BT and Openreach workers set for second strike on August 30-31

Workers at BT are set for a further two days of strikes at the end of the month. More than 40,000 BT workers held a two-day national strike on July 29 and August 1 after the operator refused to meet with union leaders who turned down an across-the-board pay increase of £1,500 to frontline workers. […]

BT returns to growth as workers gear up for strike action

BT Group has seen a return to growth with a narrow 1% increase in Q1 revenue. The operator is facing strikes on July 29 and August 1 for the first time in 35 years, with 40,000 workers demanding an improvement to BT’s £1,500 pay increase offer to frontline workers. BT’s core earnings increased by 2% […]

Competition watchdog approves BT Warner Bros. Discovery JV

UK competition watchdog the CMA has approved the planned 50:50 joint venture between BT and Warner Bros. Discovery that will BT Sport folded into a new entity with Eurosport UK to take on Sky Sports in the UK and Ireland. The CMA said that it had “cleared the anticipated joint venture between Warner Bros. Discovery, […]

BT workers to strike on July 29, August 1

More than 40,000 BT workers will go on strike for the first time in 35 years. After voting in favour of industrial action last month, BT workers will hold a two-day national strike on July 29 and August 1 after the telco failed to meet the Communication Workers Union (CWU) demands to come to the […]

CWU to BT: come to table by July 13 or risk first strikes in 35 years

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has told BT to start formal talks over employee pay rises this week or it will move forward with its plans to strike for the first time in 35 years. Last month, around 96% of 21,000 BT Openreach engineers and 91.5% of call centre staff voted to strike over an […]

Amazon secures UK UEFA rights as BT loses exclusivity

Amazon has secured UK rights to the UEFA Champions League, with BT losing its exclusive rights to the top European football competition. The news, announced by UEFA on Friday, has seen BT lose its exclusive rights to UEFA competitions, having been the sole broadcast partner in the UK since 2015.  BT will retain the majority […]

BT workers vote for first strike in 35 years

Workers at BT have voted to strike over an “incredibly low” pay increase offer. On Thursday, around 96% of 21,000 BT Openreach engineers voted to strike, with the Communication Workers Union (CWU) saying that 91.5% of BT Group workers who voted also favoured a strike. The union has criticised BT’s offer of a £1,500 pay […]

UK government set to block Drahi-BT takeover

The UK’s business minister Kwasi Kwarteng is expected to block the takeover of BT by Altice owner Patrick Drahi. According to sources in the City cited by ThisIsMoney, the government is also set to cap any further stake-building from Drahi and may stop him from taking a seat on the board. In December, Drahi increased […]

CMA launches review into BT Sport-Eurosport merger

The merger of BT Sport and Warner Bros. Discovery’s Eurosport is set to be reviewed by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). In a statement published by the CMA, the regulator said that it has until July 28 to make its phase 1 decision on whether the tie-up would negatively impact competition in the […]

UK govt to probe Altice BT stake on national security grounds

UK business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has called in Altice’s acquisition of an additional 6% stake in BT at the end of last year for a full national security assessment. The Department of Trade and Industry cited the government’s “powers under the National Security and Investment Act 2021 to scrutinise and- if necessary – intervene in […]