Merger 2018 6

Virgin Media & Casey Cablevision

In accordance with Part 3A of the Competition Act 2002 (the Act), as amended, the Minister was notified on 12 July 2018 of the proposed acquisition of Sky plc by Comcast Corporation. This followed the clearing of the proposed merger on competition grounds by the European 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 2 August 2018, that the proposed media merger will not adversely 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 Casey

Minister's Determination Virgin

Phase 1 Examination Report