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Orange to hold talks to sell Dailymotion stake to PCCW

DailymotionOrange is set to enter into exclusive talks with Hong Kong-based telco PCCW to sell a 49% stake in Dailymotion, its online video portal, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

According to the Journal, citing un-named sources familiar with the matter, Orange has told its board that will begin exclusive negotiations with PCCW in the next few days, to run for about 45 days. PCCW has made an offer valuing the online video service at €250 million including debt, according to the Journal. 

French daily Le Figaro said that Orange had confirmed the report to it. Asia currently accounts for about a quarter of Dailymotion’s audience.

Orange has been searching for an international partner to broaden Dailymotion’s reach for a number of years. A2013 move to sell a 75% stake to Yahoo was effectively blocked by government minister Arnaud Montebourg, who was keen for France to retain majority control of the site. Last year Orange was reported to be in talks to sell a stake in Dailymotion to Canal+.

Other French ministers subsequently distanced themselves from Montebourg’s intervention, with then digital economy minister Fleur Pellerin saying that the company was free to pursue deals with foreign partners.