Broadcasting & Mergers

Mergers

The Croatian Competition Authority clears a merger in the pay television transmission services market (Slovenia Broadband / Tele2)
Croatian Competition Agency (Zagreb)
Slovenia Broadband and Tele2 merger approved* In the assessment procedure of the concentration between the undertakings Slovenia Broadband and Tele2 the CCA took into account all relevant facts, the results of the legal and economic analysis and the effects of the vertical concentration on (...)

The French Competition Authority clears a merger in the newspaper market (Groupe Nice Matin / NJJ)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Autorité de la concurrence clears the acquisition of Groupe Nice Matin by NJJ, controlled by Xavier Niel* The Autorité de la concurrence examined the acquisition of sole control of the Nice Matin newspaper group (GNM), which publishes the Nice-Matin, Var-Matin and Monaco-Matin newspapers, by (...)

The EU Commission clears a merger subject to remedies in the market of telecommunications and TV broadcasting (Telia / Bonnier Broadcasting)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Mergers: Commission clears Telia’s acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting, subject to conditions* The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting by Telia. The approval is conditional on full compliance with a commitments (...)

The OECD holds a roundtable on vertical mergers in the technology, media and telecom sector
OECD - Competition Division (Paris)
Vertical mergers are increasingly becoming a focus of attention in the antitrust sphere, due to a number of recent concentration operations among large vertically related companies in the technology, media and telecom industries. While traditionally presumed as pro-competitive, vertical mergers (...)

The US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upholds a district Court decision finding a merger in the video distribution sector unlikely to harm competition (AT&T / Time Warner)
McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
“[T]here is no need to opine on the proper legal standards for evaluating vertical mergers because, on appeal, neither party challenges the legal standards the district court applied.” —U.S. Circuit Judge Judith W. Rogers, United States v. AT&T Inc. Antitrust practitioners and business (...)

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. finds that the government has not proved that a merger between video distribution companies would substantially lessen competition or tend to create a monopoly (AT&T / Time Warner)
Wolters Kluwer (Riverwoods)
Justice Department Unable to Overturn Decision Allowing AT&T Merger with Time Warner* The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. last week concluded that the government failed to prove that the combination of AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Inc. would violate Sec. 7 of the Clayton Act. A (...)

The French Competition Authority re-examines and eases merger remedies made by a leading pay TV provider (Canal+ International)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Pay TV in French overseas departments and regions* The Autorité de la concurrence has re-examined the commitments made by Canal+ International as part of the take-over of Mediaserv (now Canal+ Telecom) in 2014. Certain obligations have been maintained to preserve the competitive dynamic. (...)

The Mexican Competition Authority clears a merger in the entertainment industry subject to structural remedies (Disney / Fox)
Mexican Competition Authority (Mexico City)
Clarification on Disney/Fox transaction* Mexico City, February 6, 2019.- In August 2018, the Walt Disney Company (Disney) and Twenty-First Century Fox (Fox) notified, both the Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE or Commission) and the Federal Institute for Telecommunications (...)

The Irish Competition Authority clears a merger subject to remedies in the media sector (Reach / Northern / Shell Network)
Irish Competition Authority (Dublin)
CCPC clears media merger subject to confidentiality commitments* Following an extensive two-phase investigation, the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has cleared, subject to binding commitments, the acquisition by Reach Plc (Reach) (formerly Trinity Mirror Plc) of Northern (...)

The EU Commission clears a merger subject to remedies in the global media market and rejects a referral request by the Polish Competition Authority (Discovery / Scripps)
DG COMP (Brussels)
Mergers: Commission approves Discovery’s acquisition of Scripps, subject to conditions; rejects referral request by Polish competition authority* The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the proposed acquisition of Scripps by Discovery, both US based global media (...)

The French Competition Authority conducts for the first time an investigation into an online platform merger and clears it subsequently (Axel Springer / Concept Multimédia)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
For the first time, the Autorité de la concurrence has examined the merger of two online platforms. After an in-depth examination, the Autorité unconditionally clears the acquisition of Concept Multimédia (Logic-Immo.com) by the Axel Springer Group (SeLoger.com)* Parties to the transaction On (...)

The EU General Court sets aside the Commission’s approval decision of a merger in the market for television and telecommunication services (Liberty Global / Ziggo)
Giannino SI (Monserrato)
By the judgment recently rendered in the KPN/Commission case , the General Court of the EU (GC) has quashed the decision previously made by the European Commission by which it gave a conditional go-ahead to the Ziggo acquisition by Liberty Global. The appeal was filed by a competitor of the (...)

The EU General Court annuls a Commission’s conditional merger clearance in the audiovisual sector (Liberty Global / Ziggo)
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 26 October 2017, the General Court annulled the European Commission’s conditional merger clearance decision in Liberty Global/Ziggo. The Commission had approved the acquisition of Ziggo by Dutch rival cable TV operator Liberty Global in 2014, subject to extensive conditions including the (...)

The EU General Court orders fresh review of a merger (Liberty Global / Ziggo)
Dechert (Brussels)
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Dechert (Brussels)
The EU lower court has overturned a 2014 merger clearance by the European Commission (EC) following an appeal by a third party. Overturning the clearance does not mean that the deal is now prohibited. Instead, the case goes back to the EC, and the parties have to re-notify. At best this is (...)

The French Competition Authority clears a merger in the telecommunication and media sector (SFR / Groupe News Participation)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Autorité de la Concurrence clears the acquisition of Groupe News Participations by SFR Group * Parties to the operation On 6 April 2017, the SFR Group notified the Autorité de la Concurrence that it was increasing its holding in Groupe News Participations (hereafter “GNP”), thus taking sole (...)

The Australian Competition Authority publishes draft media merger guidelines
University of New South Wales (Sydney)
Australian draft media merger guidelines: a review* Background The ACCC released its draft media merger guidelines in August 2016. Given the previous merger guidelines were released in 2006, these drafts outline the first proposed changes in over ten years. Critically these guidelines come in (...)

The French Competition Authority refuses to lift the ban on exclusive broadcasting of premium sports channels pronounced against a pay TV channel (Canal Plus)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Autorité de la concurrence considers that the conditions are not currently satisfied to lift the ban on exclusive broadcasting of premium sports channels pronounced on Canal Plus. * The Autorité will engage, during the upcoming twelve months, in an in-depth work in dialogue with all the (...)

The French Competition Authority clears a merger in the market of production of programmes broadcast on television (Newen / TF1 / FIFL)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
THE AUTORITÉ DE LA CONCURRENCE CLEARS THE ACQUISITION OF JOINT CONTROL OF NEWEN BY TF1 AND FIFL* On 27 November 2015, TF1 and FIFL notified the Autorité de la concurrence of the acquisition of joint control of the FLCP (Fabrice Larue Capital Partners) Group, for which the principal company, (...)

The Belgian Competition Authority fines an undertaking for impeding a market inquiry by the late provision of information (Sanoma Media)
Belgian Competition Authority (Brussels)
The Competition College of the Belgian Competition Authority has imposed a fine of 50 000 euro on Sanoma Media Belgium because they impeded an investigation by the late provision of information* The Competition College has decided that Sanoma Media Belgium N.V. (seller) impeded by negligence (...)

The French Competition Authority clears a merger, subject to remedies in the regional daily press market (Les Journaux du Midi / La Dépêche du Midi)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Autorité de la concurrence clears, subject to conditions, the acquisition of Les Journaux du Midi by La Dépêche du Midi.* The La Dépêche du Midi Group is mainly active in the South/South-West of France, with the publication of the following regional daily press titles: La Dépêche du Midi, La (...)

The French Competition Authority clears a merger in the daily newspaper market (Libération and L’Express / Mr Drahi)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Autorité de la concurrence clears the acquisition of Libération, on the one hand, and L’Express on the other hand, by Mr. Patrick Drahi.* The Autorité de la concurrence clears the acquisition by Mr. Patrick Drahi of the daily newspaper Libération (held by NewsCo Group and PMP Holding), on the (...)

The UK Competition and Markets Authority reviews a merger remedy in the market of media related services (GTCR Canyon / Gorkana)
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)
CMA consults on GTCR proposed undertaking* The CMA is consulting on a proposed undertaking in lieu of a reference in relation to GTCR’s acquisition of Gorkana Group. In April, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced it would consider in detail an undertaking proposed by GTCR (...)

The Croatian Competition Authority clears a merger in the markets of radio broadcasting and radio advertising (Nautical Centre Prgin / County Radio Šibenk)
Croatian Competition Agency (Zagreb)
CCA clears concentration between Nautical Centre Prgin and County Radio Šibenk* The CCA cleared in the first phase the acquisition of sole control of the undertaking NCP Nautički centar Prgin – Remontno brodogradilište Šibenik (NCP Nautical Centre and Shipyard) over the undertaking Županijski radio (...)

The Canadian Competition Authority clears a transaction in the media sector revealing a possible shift in the Bureau’s analytical framework for media mergers (TVA Group / Transcontinental)
Stikeman Elliott (Toronto)
MEDIA MERGERS AND THE COMPETITION BUREAU: IS THE MEDIUM THE MARKET? * The rapid growth of digital media in recent years and the simultaneous pressures on traditional media have led to a number of fascinating media transactions in which the Competition Bureau has had to confront the difficult (...)

The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority removes commitments imposed on broadcasting companies in the context of the acquisition of a pay-TV broadcaster (TV4/MTV)
Roschier (Helsinki)
On 27 November 2008, the Finnish Competition Authority (since then the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority, "FCCA"), conditionally approved the acquisition of pay-TV broadcaster C More Group Ab ("C More") by TV4 Ab (“TV4”). The acquisition combined the broadcasting operations of MTV Oy (...)

The EU Commission clears the acquisition of a Dutch cable TV operator by a competitor, subject to conditions (Liberty Global / Ziggo)
DG COMP (Brussels)
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DG COMP (Brussels)
"Liberty Global/Ziggo: Consolidation and Innovation in Telecoms"* In the midst of the telecoms consolidation wave observed in Europe and the US, the Commission’s review of Liberty Global/Ziggo highlights the risk that fixed network consolidation can pose to innovation. Even in the (...)

The French Competition Authority again conditionally clears a merger in the TV-broadcasting sector (Canal Plus / D8 and D17 TV Channels)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Autorité de la concurrence again clears, subject to remedies, the acquisition of D8 and D17 by Vivendi and Groupe Canal Plus.* The commitments made by GCP and Vivendi are identical to those made at the time of the 2012 clearance decision with the exception of the one related to the (...)

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission does not oppose the proposed acquisition of media monitoring business (iSentia)
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
ACCC to not oppose iSentia’s proposed acquisition of AAP’s media monitoring business The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced that it will not oppose the proposed acquisition of Australian Associated Press Ltd’s media monitoring business by iSentia Pty Limited. iSentia (...)

The German Competition Authority clears acquisition by a paid TV service supplier of a minority share in a TV-sports channel (Sky / Sport1 and Con­stan­tin Sport Mar­ke­ting)
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
Merger cleared - Sky may acquire a participation in Sport1* Today the Bundeskartellamt cleared the acquisition of a minority share in the sports channel Sport1 by Sky Deutschland. The transaction also involves the acquisition of a minority share in Constantin Sport Marketing GmbH (CSM) and the (...)

The French Competition Authority conditionally clears an acquisition of sole control on the pay-TV market (Canal Plus Overseas / Mediaserv)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Subject to a number of commitments, the Autorité de la concurrence has cleared the acquisition of Mediaserv by Canal Plus Overseas, a subsidiary of the Canal Plus Group* The Autorité de la concurrence has cleared, subject to a number of commitments, the exclusive takeover by the Canal Plus (...)

The UK Parliament proposes that Ofcom be allocated decision-making power in mergers raising potential media plurality concerns
UEA law school - Centre for Competition Policy (Norwich)
Article published on Centre for Competition Policy blog. Ofcom: A Credible Solution to Bias in Media Public Interest Mergers?* On 4 February, the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications published its Report on Media Plurality proposing a number of changes to media ownership (...)

The French Competition Authority requests consultation in relation to commitments proposed for a notified acquisition in the TV-broadcasting sector (Canal Plus / D8 and D17 TV Channels)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Canal Plus has just renotified the acquisition of D8 and D17 TV channels. The Autorité de la concurrence has decided to seek sector-specific regulators’ and market players’ views on the new draft commitments* (...)

The Russian Competition Authority clears a merger in the media sector (Ecofran)
Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (Moscow)
FAS approved a business transaction for “ECOFRAN MARKETING CONSULTING & COMMUNICATION SERVICES COMPANY LIMITED”* On 20th January 2014, FAS Russia approved a business transaction for “ECOFRAN MARKETING CONSULTING & COMMUNICATION SERVICES COMPANY LIMITED” (included in the group of persons of (...)

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