18 September 2014

Commission clears broadcasting deal

On 9 September 2014 the European Commission cleared at phase I the acquisition of Channel 5 Broadcasting by Viacom.  Both Viacom and Channel 5 are active in the UK in the licensing or acquisition of broadcasting rights to audio-visual content, the wholesale supply of television channels, the retail supply of audio-visual content and TV advertising.  The Commission’s investigation focused on TV advertising.  RBB worked with Shearman & Sterling, counsel to Viacom, to demonstrate the limited overlap and absence of closeness of competition.

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