M/13/003 – BT / ESPN Global

Transaction details

The proposed acquisition of control of ESPN Global Limited by British Telecommunications Public Limited Company has been cleared by the Competition Authority.

Notification date Decision date
Wednesday February 27, 2013 Thursday, April 25, 2013
Parties Involved Business activities
British Telecommunications plc

BT is an international provider of telecommunications solutions and IT services headquartered in the UK, with activities in the State, elsewhere in Europe and around the world. BT's principal activities include the provision of fixed-line services, broadband, mobile and television products and services as well as networked IT services.

ESPN Global Limited

ESPN Global is wholly owned and controlled by ESPN, Inc. The ESPN network consists of various sports broadcasting operations, including cable channels, a sports radio network and accompanying websites.

Economic sector Media merger
Broadcasting Yes
Submissions from third parties due by:
Phase 1 Phase 2
Monday, March 11, 2013
Date of Requirement for Information Date Information Received
Monday, March 25, 2013 Monday, March 25, 2013
Current status: Completed
Cleared (Phase 1)
Authorised Officer Assigned Contact Details
Elaine Cahill

Tel: 01-804 5482, email: ec@tca.ie

Media enquiries: MKC Communications: 01 7038600

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