The American cable television giant Comcast has made an offer for the British Sky, valued at about 22.100 million pounds (25.061 million euros). The proposal supposes to compete directly with the offer that launched Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, that in his case was blocked by the authorities of the British competition.
In a statement sent to the London Stock Exchange, Comcast Corporation, owner of CNBC and Universal Pictures, says it has submitted an offer of 12.50 pence (14.1 cents) per share, 16% more than that of Murdoch. The company hopes to receive the approval of the regulatory authorities and is committed to the impartiality of information in the United Kingdom, according to its press release. Comcast says that “it is a strategic opportunity to buy a leader in the production and dissemination of content in the United Kingdom and Europe.”
In the case of Rupert Murdoch’s offer, the UK Markets and Competition Authority (CMA) temporarily blocked it in January. It offered for the 61% of the British chain Sky that still does not control 11.700 million pounds sterling (13.338 million euros). But Competition considered that the operation “is not in the interest of the public and that it could compromise the plurality of means, due to the excessive control over the information supply in the country that it would obtain to the Murdoch family.