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Prior notification of a concentration (Case M.8354 — Fox/Sky) (Text with EEA relevance. )

OJ C 73, 9.3.2017, p. 24–24 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)
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9.3.2017   

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Official Journal of the European Union

C 73/24


Prior notification of a concentration

(Case M.8354 — Fox/Sky)

(Text with EEA relevance)

(2017/C 73/14)

1.

On 3 March 2017, the Commission received notification of a proposed concentration pursuant to Article 4 of Council Regulation (EC) No 139/2004 (1) by which the undertaking Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (‘Fox’, USA) acquires within the meaning of Article 3(1)(b) of the Merger Regulation control of the whole of the undertaking Sky plc (‘Sky’, UK) by way of a public bid.

2.

The business activities of the undertakings concerned are:

—   for Fox: (i) cable network programming; (ii) television; and (iii) filmed entertainment,

—   for Sky: (i) licensing/acquisition of audiovisual programming; (ii) TV channel wholesale supply; (iii) retailing of audiovisual programming to subscribers; (iv) provision of technical platform services to broadcasters on Sky’s direct-to-home platforms; (v) sale of TV advertising; (vi) provision of fixed-line retail telephony and broadband services; (vii) provision of mobile communications services; and (viii) provision of access to public Wi-Fi hotspots.

3.

On preliminary examination, the Commission finds that the notified transaction could fall within the scope of the Merger Regulation. However, the final decision on this point is reserved.

4.

The Commission invites interested third parties to submit their possible observations on the proposed operation to the Commission.

Observations must reach the Commission not later than 10 days following the date of this publication. Observations can be sent to the Commission by fax (+32 22964301), by email to COMP-MERGER-REGISTRY@ec.europa.eu or by post, under reference M.8354 — Fox/Sky, to the following address:

European Commission

Directorate-General for Competition

Merger Registry

1049 Bruxelles/Brussel

BELGIQUE/BELGIË


(1)  OJ L 24, 29.1.2004, p. 1 (the ‘Merger Regulation’).


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