Friday, 1 August 2008

Digital Spy: Sky, Virgin still in carriage negotiations

Sky and Virgin Media are continuing to negotiate regarding the carriage of Sky's basic channel bouquet on Virgin's cable service, it was confirmed on Thursday.

Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch said: "Our view hasn't changed," he said when asked if a resolution to the dispute was likely to happen before February. "We'd like to get our channels back on Virgin. It's cost us money in terms of advertising and wholesale, and I'm afraid that is the power of a closed network, so we can't do that unless they agree. If we can get to sensible terms we'll try to but it's still up in the air."

A Virgin spokesperson told Digital Spy: "Discussions are still ongoing."