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Britain’s ITV considers possible deal to buy All3Media


Britain’s ITV considers possible deal to buy All3Media

By Amy-Jo Crowley and Paul Sandle

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s ITV is “actively exploring the possible acquisition” of production company All3Media, it said on Friday after Reuters reported the broadcaster’s interest.

All3Media could be valued at more than 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion), sources said in May when Reuters reported that the company’s owners were exploring options for the maker of popular shows “Fleabag”, “Midsomer Murders” and “The Traitors”.

One of Britain’s leading independent production companies, All3Media is owned by Warner Bros Discovery and Liberty Global. ITV is Britain’s biggest free-to-air commercial broadcaster.

Sources told Reuters in a story released on Thursday that Warner Brothers could sell its All3Media holding while Liberty Global could retain a stake in a merged entity, which would comprise ITV Studios and All3Media.

Another option is that ITV buys out both parties entirely, one source added.

“ITV Plc notes the recent media speculation and confirms that it is actively exploring the possible acquisition of All3Media,” the broadcaster said in a statement to the stock exchange.

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“There can be no certainty as to whether any transaction will take place, nor as to the terms of any such transaction.”

Speaking generally about its finances, ITV in March said that it had accessible funds of more than 1 billion pounds, comprising cash and undrawn debt facilities.

In a potential deal, ITV would combine All3Media with the Studios business it has built to offset more volatile revenue from its advertising-dependent TV channels and new ITVX streaming service.

 

(Writing by Kate Holton; Editing by William James and David Goodman)

 

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