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Report: Sky, Canal Discuss
TV Merger in Europe

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LONDON — British Sky Broadcasting PLC of Britain and Canal Plus SA are talking about a possible merger to create a Europe-wide broadcasting service, The Wall Street Journal reported today.


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Rupert Murdoch

The talks are at a preliminary stage, the newspaper said, citing unidentified sources.

News Corp., Rupert Murdoch's company which owns 40 percent of Sky, had no comment.

News Corp. also owns Fox News Online.

"Canal Plus has conversations with Murdoch's group, as they do with other large audiovisual groups. These types of recurrent discussions, routine conversations by Canal Plus with its partners and competitors, do not call for any particular commentary," a spokeswoman for Canal Plus in Paris said on condition of anonymity.

Sky, with 7 million subscribers, is the biggest pay-TV provider in Britain.

Canal Plus has 11 million subscribers in 10 countries, making it the largest pay-TV company in Europe. Vivendi SA owns 34 percent of the company.

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