Competition Commission

  1. Regulators OK AEG's Planned Takeover of London's Wembley Arena

    September 03, 2013 4:55 AM EDT U.S. live event giant AEG Live's bid to take over management of the Wembley Arena has been cleared by Britain's Competition Commission. AEG currently owns and operates the O2 Arena -- which recently played host to Beyonce, Justin Biebe ...

  2. Universal Music Group Receives Statement of Objections From European Commission Over EMI Deal

    June 19, 2012 5:55 PM EDT Universal Music Group has formally received the European Competition Commission's Statement of Objections regarding its proposed purchase of EMI's recorded music department, a step that the company had long expected part of the normal EU ...

  3. News Corp's Sky News Deal Clears British Government

    June 30, 2011 7:29 AM EDT LONDON (Reuters) - News Corp secured British government backing for its buyout of BSkyB on Thursday after the minister responsible rejected complaints the move would give Rupert Murdoch too much power and influence. The Department of Media gave it ...

  4. U.K. Clears Ticketmaster/Live Nation Merger Again

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Competition Commission cleared the proposed merger of the two U.S.-based live music giants, Live Nation Inc. and Ticketmaster Inc., for the second time on Friday (May 7). The U.K. regulatory body dropped its objections to the deal i ...

  5. LN, Ticketmaster Merger Investigation Re-opened

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST In another twist to the proposed merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster, the U.K.'s Competition Commission (CC) has re-opened its investigation into the tie-up. The CC confirmed today (Feb. 11) that the original Dec. 22 decision, which cleare ...

  6. Consumer Watchdog Weighs In On Orange/T-Mobile Merger

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the U.K. consumer watchdog, has requested a say in the proposed merger of the British divisions of mobile telecoms companies Orange and T-Mobile. France Telecom owns Orange and Deutsche Telekom owns T-Mobile. The ...

  7. CTS Eventim Challenges Live Nation-Ticketmaster U.K. Ruling

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST German ticketing company CTS Eventim AG is challenging the Competition Commission's (CC) approval of the proposed merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster in the United Kingdom. Eventim is arguing that the antitrust authorities didn't ...

  8. U.K. Regulator's U-Turn On Ticketmaster, Live Nation

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST In its ruling today (Dec. 22), the Competition Commission (CC) completely changed its position on the proposed merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster in the U.K. Such an about-turn for the U.K. regulator is "unusual" according to Simon B ...

  9. U.K. Body Approves Ticketmaster, Live Nation Merger

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster and Live Nation have welcomed the Competition Commission's (CC) decision to clear the proposed merger of the companies in the U.K. The CC has concluded today (Dec. 22) that the merger will not result in a substantial lessening of ...

  10. Live Nation Outlines 'Legal Flaws' On U.K. Merger Ruling

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has submitted a document detailing what it describes as "key legal flaws" in the provisional Competition Commission (CC) ruling that the proposed Live Nation and Ticketmaster merger will hinder competition in the market for l ...

  11. Live Nation/Ticketmaster U.K. Merger Inquiry Extended

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST The inquiry by the Competition Commission (CC) in the U.K. into the merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster has been extended by eight weeks, and will now report by Jan. 19, 2010. It follows a provisional CC ruling on Oct. 8 that the merger will hi ...

  12. Live Nation And Ticketmaster U.K. Merger Review Extended

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Britain's Competition Commission extended on Thursday its inquiry into the proposed merger between Live Nation Inc and Ticketmaster Inc, the two most powerful companies in the live music business. The inquiry has been extended by eight weeks, ...

  13. U.K. Regulator Opposes Ticketmaster/Live Nation Deal

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Competition Commission (CC) has made a provisional ruling that the proposed merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment will hinder competition in the market for live music ticket retailing, which could result in higher pr ...

  14. Lawmakers Want Ticketmaster/Live Nation Probe

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The proposed merger of ticketing giant Ticketmaster and Live Nation, the world's largest concert promoter, should be closely scrutinized by the Justice Department, according to the chair of a Senate antitrust subcommittee and 50 members of th ...

  15. Tickmaster/Live Nation Merger Under U.K. Scrutiny

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. OFT (Office of Fair Trading) has referred the proposed merger between Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc and Live Nation Inc to the Competition Commission. Prior to the proposed merger, Live Nation made a deal with Europe's largest ticke ...

  16. LN, TM Merger: European Regulatory Challenges Ahead

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation/Ticketmaster declined to comment on its specific merger approval strategy for Europe, but the deal is likely to require clearance by the European Commission. Both companies are operational in multiple European Union member states and a ...

  17. OFT Sheds Light On Its UMG-V2 Clearance

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading has published in-depth detail behind its decision to approve Universal Music Group's acquisition of V2. In its assessment, posted today on the OFT Web site, the competition regulator noted that the two c ...

  18. U.K.'s OFT Clears UMG-V2 Deal

    November 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group cleared the final hurdle in its acquisition of V2 Music Group when Britain's Office Of Fair Trading said today it would not refer the buyout to the Competition Commission. In a brief statement issued on its Web site, the ...

  19. Academy Buyout Snags On London Venues

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Hamsard's planned acquisition of U.K. venue operator Academy Music Holdings would lead to a "substantial lessening of competition" and will not be allowed to go ahead unless certain live music venues in London owned by either party ...

  20. Live Nation, Gaiety Made To Wait On Academy Decision

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST A proposed buyout of U.K. venue operator Academy Music Holding could bring about a hike in venue rental costs and reduce competition in London, the government's anti-trust body has reported. The Competition Commission explained its views Tues ...

  21. OFT Refers Academy Music Buy

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Competition Commission has 24 weeks to probe. Britain's Office of Fair Trading has referred to the Competition Commission Hamsard's planned acquisition of U.K. venue operator Academy Music Holdings Ltd. Hamsard, the investment vehicle jo ...

  22. OFT Refers Academy Music Buy

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Competition Commission has 24 weeks to probe. Competition Commission has 24 weeks to probe. News ...

  23. HMV To Buy Bookseller Ottakar's For $118M

    May 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Powerhouse British music and entertainment retailer HMV has agreed to buy bookseller Ottakar's for a cut-price £62.8 million ($118 million). Powerhouse British music and entertainment retailer HMV has agreed to buy bookseller Ottakar ...

  24. HMV To Buy Bookseller Ottakar's For $118M

    May 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Powerhouse British music and entertainment retailer HMV has agreed to buy bookseller Ottakar's for a cut-price £62.8 million ($118 million). Powerhouse British music and entertainment retailer HMV has agreed to buy bookseller Ottakar ...

  25. Ottakar's Rebuffs HMV Approach

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT HMV Group's most recent offer for book seller Ottakar's has been rejected. In a statement issued today (May 16) to the London Stock Exchange, Ottakar's claimed that HMV's renewed cash offer was at a p HMV Group's most rece ...

  26. Ottakar's Rebuffs HMV Approach

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT HMV Group's most recent offer for book seller Ottakar's has been rejected. In a statement issued today (May 16) to the London Stock Exchange, Ottakar's claimed that HMV's renewed cash offer was at a p HMV Group's most rece ...

  27. Watchdog OKs HMV Bid For Ottakar's

    May 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Britain's competition watchdog confirmed on Friday (May 12) it had given the green light for HMV Group to make a fresh bid for bookstore chain Ottakar's. Britain's competition watchdog has given the green light for HMV Group to make ...

  28. Watchdog OKs HMV Bid For Ottakar's

    May 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Britain's competition watchdog has given the green light for HMV Group to make a fresh bid for bookstore chain Ottakar's. In a statement issued today (May 12), the Competition Commission said the merg Britain's competition watchdog ...

  29. HMV Warns Of Tough Times Ahead

    May 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT HMV Group plc is predicting a slump in profits of up to £36 million ($67 million) for the year ended April 29, 2006. The music retail giant issued a pre-close statement today (May 9), ahead of th HMV Group plc is predicting a slump in pro ...

  30. HMV Warns Of Tough Times Ahead

    May 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Analysts say figures 'worse than expected.' HMV Group plc is predicting a slump in profits of up to £36 million ($67 million) for the year ended April 29, 2006. The music retail giant issued a pre-close statement today (May 9), ahead of ...

  31. HMV Awaits Details Of Waterstone's Bid

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT HMV Group has reacted coolly to a proposal to buy its U.K. bookseller chain Waterstone's. Waterstone issued a statement to the London Stock Exchange which said that an "indicative offer for Waterstone HMV Group has reacted coolly to a pr ...

  32. HMV Awaits Details Of Waterstone's Bid

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT HMV Group has reacted coolly to a proposal to buy its U.K. bookseller chain Waterstone's. Waterstone issued a statement to the London Stock Exchange which said that an "indicative offer for Waterstone HMV Group has reacted coolly to a pr ...

  33. U.K. Regulator OKs HMV's Bookseller Bid

    March 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Britain's competition regulator has given a provisional green light to a potential bid by HMV Group for U.K. bookseller Ottakar's. Britain's competition regulator has given a provisional green light to a potential bid by HMV Group f ...

  34. U.K. Regulator OKs HMV's Bookseller Bid

    March 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Britain's competition regulator has given a provisional green light to a potential bid by HMV Group for U.K. bookseller Ottakar's. Britain's competition regulator has given a provisional green light to a potential bid by HMV Group f ...

  35. Former HMV Exec Roche Joins Borders U.K.

    February 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST British entertainment retail veteran David Roche has been appointed CEO of Borders U.K., with effect from March 1. British entertainment retail veteran David Roche has been appointed CEO of Borders U.K., with effect from March 1. After 12 years� ...

  36. Former HMV Exec Roche Joins Borders U.K.

    February 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Retail vet exited Waterstone's in 2005. British entertainment retail veteran David Roche has been appointed CEO of Borders U.K., with effect from March 1. After 12 years' service as product director with retailer HMV, Roche took a simila ...

  37. U.K. Regulator To Probe HMV's Books Chain Buy

    December 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST OFT refers Ottakar's deal to Competition Commission. OFT refers Ottakar's deal to Competition Commission. News ...

  38. U.K. Regulator To Probe HMV's Books Chain Buy

    December 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST HMV Group's planned acquisition of bookseller chain Ottakar's is to be probed by the Competition Commission. British regulator the Office of Fair Trading today (Dec. 6) said it has referred to the Com HMV Group's planned acquisition ...

  39. U.K. Regulator To Probe HMV's Books Chain Buy

    December 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST OFT refers Ottakar's deal to Commission. HMV Group's planned acquisition of bookseller chain Ottakar's will be probed by the Competition Commission. British regulator the Office of Fair Trading today (Dec. 6) said it has referred to ...

  40. HMV Made To Wait On Ottakar's Buy

    December 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST U.K. regulator the Office of Fair Trading has delayed its decision on whether to refer HMV Group's proposed takeover of bookselling business Ottakar's to the country's Competition Commission. U.K. regulator the Office of Fair Tradin ...

  41. HMV Made To Wait On Ottakar's Buy

    December 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST U.K. regulator the Office of Fair Trading has delayed its decision on whether to refer HMV Group's proposed takeover of bookselling business Ottakar's to the country's Competition Commission. U.K. regulator the Office of Fair Tradin ...

  42. Competition Commission To Eye Vue Cinema Acquisition

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Office of Fair Trading said Sept. 23 it has referred the completed acquisition of A3 Cinema and its subsidiary Ster Century (U.K.) by U.K.-based exhibitor Vue Entertainment to the Competition Comm LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Office ...

  43. U.K.'s OFT To Probe Ticketing Business

    June 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the independent anti-trust watchdog, is to launch a fact-finding investigation into the alleged exorbitant fees charged by ticket agents for rock concerts and The U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading (OF ...

  44. EU Regulators To Review Sony, BMG Merger

    January 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Competition commission officially notified Competition commission officially notified News ...

  45. EU Regulators To Review Sony, BMG Merger

    January 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Competition commission officially notified Bertelsmann AG and Sony Corp. have officially notified the European Union's competition commission of their plans to combine their recorded music businesses. A Bertelsmann spokesman confirms that the ...

  46. EU Regulators To Review Sony, BMG Merger

    January 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Competition commission officially notified Bertelsmann AG and Sony Corp. have officially notified the European Union's competition commission of their plans to combine their recorded music businesses. A Bertelsmann spokesman confirms that the ...