November 20, 2013 / 9:00 AM / 4 years ago

BSkyB CEO says keen to sign BT wholesale sports deal

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