Merger 2017-01


In accordance with Part 3A of the Competition Act 2002 (the Act), as amended, the Minister was notified on the 30 January 2017 of the proposed acquisition Joint Venture “Britbox” by BBC Worldwide Americas Inc. and ITV SVOD Holding Inc.. This followed the clearing of the proposed merger on competition grounds by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

In accordance with the Act, the Department undertook a 'Phase 1' examination of the merger in order to determine its potential effect on the plurality of media in the state. As a result of this examination the Minister made a determination, on 14 March 2016, that the proposed media merger will not negatively affect the plurality of media in the state and, as such, that it may be put into effect.

Copies of the letters containing the Minister's determination can be found below:​

Minister's Determination to BBC Worldwide (PDF 53.9 KB)

Minister's Determination to ITV plc (PDF 51.1 KB)

Phase 1 Final Publication ​ (PDF 903 KB)