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Old 16-11-2017, 00:50   #1
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BBC considers bid for the rest of UKTV

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The BBC is manoeuvring towards a £500m bid for full control of UKTV, the broadcaster behind the Dave and Gold channels, in what would be a major expansion into the advertising and pay-TV markets.
According to industry and City sources the corporation’s commercial arm BBC Worldwide is in talks with advisers about borrowing hundreds of millions of pounds from private investors to buy out the half of UKTV it does not already own.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/...e-broadcaster/
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Old 16-11-2017, 02:01   #2
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Re: BBC considers bid for the rest of UKTV

Never saw that coming.

Wonder why they didn't make an offer when Scripps were selling their 50% stake?
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Old 16-11-2017, 08:22   #3
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Re: BBC considers bid for the rest of UKTV

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Never saw that coming.

Wonder why they didn't make an offer when Scripps were selling their 50% stake?
I think you meant VM not Scripps? The BBC has become more right-wing since then and the Government is tied up with Brexit so the BBC is unlikely to find so much opposition this time round.
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Old 16-11-2017, 10:04   #4
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Re: BBC considers bid for the rest of UKTV

Well, if it helps to keep the licence fee down, I'm all for it. They are BBC programmes, after all.
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Old 16-11-2017, 11:17   #5
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I think you meant VM not Scripps? The BBC has become more right-wing since then and the Government is tied up with Brexit so the BBC is unlikely to find so much opposition this time round.
I thought that Scripps had put themselves up for sale and been bought by Discovery?

Maybe the BBC would have had to buy the whole company as opposed to just the rest of UKTV.
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Well, if it helps to keep the licence fee down, I'm all for it. They are BBC programmes, after all.
Why are you all for it as yesterday you predicted the end is nigh for Linear TV as we know it but of course OB changes his mind more then a chameleon changes their skin.

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1. The number of traditional linear channels would start to decline from about 5 years' time;

2. The number of traditional linear channels existing in 20 years' time will be very small or non existent, due to the massively increased use of OTT services, which were easier and more convenient to use.

That was about a year ago, so you can take a year off the 5 years and 20 years predictions
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Why are you all for it as yesterday you predicted the end is nigh for Linear TV as we know it but of course OB changes his mind more then a chameleon changes their skin.
Humour the Old Boy Den, we know linear TV is here for some time yet, the crinklies don't watch any other way and they don't die so much these days,I blame the flu jab......

As for UKTV when are they going to show some classic Dr Who again ?? Fed up of the modern version.
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Re: BBC considers bid for the rest of UKTV

BBC were pleading poverty when they shut BBC3 down.

The licence fee is obviously too much!
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BBC were pleading poverty when they shut BBC3 down.

The licence fee is obviously too much!
It's nothing to do with licence fee funding. BBC Worldwide is a commercial division of the BBC, funds for any purchase would be raised separately and revenue generated by BBC Worldwide ultimately supports the licence fee as an additional source of income.
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Why are you all for it as yesterday you predicted the end is nigh for Linear TV as we know it but of course OB changes his mind more then a chameleon changes their skin.
What are you on about? UKTV is a brand and they will continue to make programmes available, whether conventionally or through on demand.

I don't know what your definition of 'nigh' is, but I thought that meant almost immediately. I have never said that the end of these beloved channels was imminent!

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Humour the Old Boy Den, we know linear TV is here for some time yet, the crinklies don't watch any other way and they don't die so much these days,I blame the flu jab......

As for UKTV when are they going to show some classic Dr Who again ?? Fed up of the modern version.
Don't let Den mislead you, Mr K! I agree that these channels are here for a while yet, but Den can't quite grasp this (although I think he's full of mischief!).

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