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Spanish regulator approves Jazztel acquisition

The Spanish markets regulator, the CNMV, has given a green light to Orange’s proposed acquisition of Jazztel following EC clearance of the deal last week.  The move means that Orange is now free to go ahead with its offering for publicly-listed Jazztel’s stock. The telco is offering €13 per share in cash, valuing the alternative […]

Oettinger: no move to pan-Europe licensing, possible concessions on geoblocking

The European Commission does not want to impose pan-European content licensing as part of its Digital Single Market proposals, and the audiovisual industry could benefit from certain exemptions to restrictions on geoblocking to enable them to continue to license on a territory-by-territory basis, according to Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for the digital economy and society.  […]

EBU renews call for safeguarding of DTT spectrum

The EBU has renewed its call for the safeguarding of the interests of digital-terrestrial TV viewers as the European Commission closed its public consultation on the Lamy Report on the future of the UHF band.  The EBU emphasised the conclusion of the Lamy Report that digital-broadcast TV “will continue to play an essential role as […]

EC sets out stall on digital single market priorities

The European Commission has agreed three broad areas for action to push forward plans for a single digital market across the EU at a meeting yesterday. The Commissioners have agreed to push for better access to digital goods and services across borders by introducing harmonised consumer and contract rules and with more efficient and affordable […]

EC VP calls for strong net neutrality rules and end to geo-blocking

European Commission vice-president and digital single market commissioner Andrus Ansip has called for “strong net neutrality rules and more coordination on spectrum” along with “an end to geo-blocking and other barriers to e-commerce”. In a speech at a European Voice event on Creating Europe’s Digital Highways, Ansip called  for the implementation of a single set […]

Denmark ‘most digital country’ according to EU stats

Denmark is ‘the most digital country’ in Europe, according to new stats released yesterday by the European Commission, which has made moving to a “fully-fledged digital single market” one of its top priorities. According to the Digital Economy and Society Index, Denmark had an overall score of 0.68 (out of 1) and ranked first of the 28 EU […]

EC backs net neutrality, removal of geo-blocking

New European Commission vice-president Andrus Ansip has backed “solid” and “clearly defined” net neutrality and called for geo-blocking restrictions in Europe to be scrapped. In a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg Ansip – who is one of three European commissioners who has taken over from recently retired digital policy chief Neelie Kroes – […]

EC and data industry make €2.5 billion ‘big data’ pledge

The European Commission and Europe’s data industry have committed to invest €2.5 billion in a public-private partnership, designed to strengthen the data sector. Announcing the deal, the European Commission said that the partnership aims to “put Europe at the forefront of the global data race” and could create 100,000 new data-related jobs in Europe by […]

EC clears way for Liberty Global acquisition of Ziggo

The European Commission has cleared Liberty Global’s acquisition of leading Dutch cable operator Ziggo, clearing the way for Ziggo shareholders to tender their shares into Liberty’s offer. The expiry date for the offer is November 4.  To secure approval,  Liberty Glboal has agreed to sell its Film1 premium movie channel in the Netherlands and has […]

Viacom closes Channel 5 acquisition

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has closed its £450 million acquisition of UK broadcaster Channel 5 from Northern & Shell Media Group. The deal was first announced on May 1 and was completed yesterday morning after receiving unconditional clearance from the European Commission. With the conclusion of the agreement, VIMN – which owns channel brands […]