Vodafone is to buy the majority of Liberty Global’s European assets in a £16bn deal that it says will allow it to become “the leading next generation network” on the continent and offer bundles of mobile, cable television and broadband services to consumers.
The numbers, released in the firm’s latest trading update, will raise questions about its ability to match the 86,000 TV gains seen in the whole 2017 financial year.
Fox’s £18bn bid to buy Sky is currently being scrutinised by the UK’s competition regulators who’ve made a preliminary ruling that its take-over of the UK’s largest pay-TV firm would not be in the public interest due to Mr Murdoch’s control of News UK. Options have been tabled which would guarantee the editorial integrity of Sky News in a bod to allow the take-over to proceed.
While the broadcaster has to yet to confirm fixtures for the channel, it’s likely to include some boxing fixtures given BT’s existing tie-up with Frank Warren who last week signed up heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
Based on Dan Simmons’ novel of the same name, the series tells a fictionalised account of Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost 1845 Royal Navy expedition to the Artic which, Simmons suggests, encounters a local supernatural force.
BBC Studios says it’s now sold more than 300 hours of programming to African broadcasters, including flagship titles Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II.
The broadcaster, which owns ten channels including Dave, W and GOLD, has been steadily moving away from back catalogue acquisitions in favour of original UK commissions and first-run major US imports in recent years.