BSkyB CEO says keen to sign BT wholesale sports deal

LONDON Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:58am EST

BSkyB Chief Executive Jeremy Darroch speaks at the CBI annual conference in London November 19, 2012. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

BSkyB Chief Executive Jeremy Darroch speaks at the CBI annual conference in London November 19, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett

LONDON (Reuters) - BSkyB (BSY.L) is keen to sign a mutual wholesale deal with BT (BT.L) so both groups can offer their customers the full range of live sports, Chief Executive Jeremy Darroch said on Wednesday.

BSkyB, the dominant pay-TV group in Britain, lost the rights to show Champions League soccer to BT earlier this month, making it more important that the two groups agree a wholesale deal so BSkyB can show the BT sports channels on its platform and vice versa.

Speaking at a Morgan Stanley conference in Barcelona, Darroch said he did not expect to take a huge hit from the loss of the channels and that they had not been willing to pay any more for the rights.

(Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by Leila Abboud)

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