Liberty Global

Virgin Media agrees €10m UTV Ireland buyout

Liberty Global-owned UK and Irish operator Virgin Media has agreed to buy Republic of Ireland broadcaster UTV Ireland for €10 million (US$11.1 million). Virgin will buy the free-to-air commercial channel from its current owner, UK terrestrial broadcaster ITV, and the deal also includes a ten-year Irish output deal for ITV-produced programming. The buyout marks the […]

Report: Virgin Media in talks to buy UTV Ireland

Liberty Global-owned pay TV operator Virgin Media is reportedly in advanced talks to buy Irish commercial broadcaster UTV Ireland. According to a report in The Telegraph on Sunday, the UK and Ireland pay TV operator is poised to buy the channel from UK broadcaster ITV, which took control of UTV Ireland after it agreed to […]

Liberty Global sounds Brexit warning

Liberty Global will likely hold back on any further investment in the UK and deploy its capital elsewhere in the event of a Brexit vote next week, according to president and CEO Mike Fries. Liberty shareholders yesterday approved a £700,000 (US$1 million) donation to the Remain campaign. Fries told the Financial Times that a leave […]

Sky NZ and Vodafone agree $2.4bn merger

Sky Network Television and Vodafone New Zealand have agreed a NZ$3.44 billion (US$2.4 billion) merger that will see them offer content “across all platforms and devices”. Citing a “rapidly evolving media landscape” the companies said that the combined group will provide an “enhanced customer experience and greater choice of products and services” – spanning entertainment […]

Starz president Curtis retiring after 20 years

Long-serving Starz president Glenn Curtis is set to retire after more than 20 years with Liberty Global-backed company. An SEC filing revealed Curtis would retire on July 1, with the exec receiving a US$828,750 lump sum and further monthly payments based on his current salary after that. Curtis was named president of US-based premium cable […]

Vodafone, Liberty Global agree Dutch merger

Vodafone and Liberty Global have agreed to merge their Dutch operations, forming a 50-50 joint venture that will combine Ziggo’s fibre broadband network with Vodafone’s mobile operations. The firms said that through the deal they will create a unified communications provider in the Netherlands – with complementary strengths across video, broadband, mobile and B2B services. […]

Lionsgate ‘restarts’ Starz acquisition talks

Lionsgate Entertainment is reportedly back in for US premium cable channel Starz. The pair was previously linked in late-2014, and came closer together last year when Starz’s main shareholder, John Malone, bought 3.4% of Lionsgate through his Liberty Global group. Bloomberg has now reported that talks over Lionsgate acquiring the Outlander network have restarted. Citing […]

Vodafone confirms Liberty Global Netherlands talks

Vodafone has confirmed that it is in discussions with Liberty Global about creating a joint venture in the Netherlands. In a statement responding to recent media speculation,Vodafone said the firms are discussing a tie-up that would incorporate both companies’ local operating businesses. However, it stressed that “the discussions are ongoing and do not extend beyond […]

‘Liberty Global-Vodafone merger talks back on’

Talks between Liberty Global and Vodafone have been revived in recent weeks with a potential £140 billion (US$206.9 billion) merger in the offing, according to a UK press report. According to the Daily Mail, Liberty chairman John Malone (pictured) instigated new merger talks in the past few weeks, and major investors for both Liberty and Vodafone […]

Liberty Global pays £3.5bn for Cable and Wireless

Liberty Global has agreed to buy Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) for £3.5 billion (US$5.3 billion) in a “watershed” move to expand its presence in the Carribean and Latin America. The cable TV giant has agreed to buy all outstanding shares in CWC and combine it with its LiLAC operations – Liberty’s Lat Am and […]

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