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EC passes Telefónica acquisition to local regulator as Vodafone chief raises objections

The European Commission is to leave a decision on the acquisition of Canal+ España by Telefónica to Spanish competition watchdog the CMNC. Meanwhile, the CEO of Vodafone Spain has warned of the risk of Telefónica gaining a dominant position in the pay TV market in the country. The CNMC’s chairman José María Marín Quemada has […]

EBU warns on possible consequences of Telenet acquisition

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has written to the European Commission to express its concerns about the merger of Belgian media groups Corelio, W&W and De Vijver Media with Liberty Global-owned cable operator Telenet. The EBU is concerned that after the merger, Telenet will act as both gatekeeper through its hold on TV distribution in […]

Liberty Global reportedly close to securing Ziggo green light

Liberty Global is on the brink of securing a green light from the European Commission to acquire leading Dutch cable operator Ziggo, according to a Bloomberg report. According to Bloomberg, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the investigation, Liberty Global has made commitments, including the sale of its premium Dutch film channel Film 1 and […]

Europe approves Vodafone-ONO deal

The European Commission has cleared Vodafone’s planned €7.2 billion takeover of Spanish cable operator ONO under EU merger regulations. The Commission said that the deal would not raise competition concerns as the two businesses would largely complement each other – with ONO mainly focused on fixed telecoms while Vodafone is most active in mobile. “Vodafone […]

Euro broadcasters welcome EU anti-piracy plan

The European Commission has launched an action plan to deal with infringement of intellectual property rights within the EU and a strategy for protecting IP outside of the region. The EU said that it will adopt a ‘follow the money’ approach, which involves attempting to prevent the commercial-scale IP infringement rather than penalising individuals. Europe’s […]

Europe rejects Dutch regulation request over Liberty-Ziggo deal

The European Commission has rejected a request by the Dutch competition authority (ACM) to review Liberty Global’s planned takeover of local cable operator Ziggo.  In a statement, the Commission said that it had decided not to refer the acquisition to the ACM for assessment under Dutch competition law, believing its own experience in “assessing many […]

European Commission launches ‘in-depth’ Liberty-Ziggo investigation

The European Commission has opened an “in-depth investigation” into Liberty Global’s planned buyout of Ziggo after voicing concerns that the deal “may reduce competition” in the Netherlands.  In a statement, the Commission said that it will assess whether the deal is in line with EU merger regulations, adding it is worried the deal may limit […]

Europe approves Deutsche Telekom takeover of GTS Central Europe

The European Commission has approved Deutsche Telekom’s planned takeover of GTS Central Europe, an infrastructure-based provider of telecoms services. The €546 million deal, which was first agreed in November, was cleared without conditions and is now due to close in the coming weeks. “We are pleased that we can now close the transaction and start […]

European Commission clears Discovery-Eurosport deal

The European Commission has cleared Discovery Communications’ acquisition of sports broadcaster Eurosport in a deal that, Discovery management tells DTVE’s sister title TBI, means revenues from the US-listed company’s international division will now eclipse those from its domestic market. Clearing the deal for Discovery to take control of Eurosport, the Commission said there were no […]

Liberty-Ziggo deal to be reviewed by EU regulator

European antitrust watchdog the European Commission will reportedly review Liberty Global’s agreed takeover of Dutch cable operator Ziggo. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the regulator has been formally notified of the deal and has until April 23 to either approve it or launch a more detailed investigation. The European Commission can also choose […]