TOKYO, July 25 SoftBank Corp CEO
Masayoshi Son said on Thursday he could not comment whether he
had tried to buy Universal Music, after a media report last week
said Universal's owner Vivendi SA had rejected an $8.5
billion offer from Son's company.
"I can't comment on the matter," he told reporters inside
Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, when
asked whether he had considered acquiring Universal Music from
The Financial Times reported last week that the Japanese
telecoms group, which just completed a $21.6 billion takeover of
U.S. mobile carrier Sprint Corp on July 10, made an all-cash
offer to buy Universal Music about three months ago.
(Reporting by Mari Saito; Editing by Edmund Klamann)