Senior executives from BSkyB and Virgin Media have resumed talks over the carriage of Sky’s basic channels.
Virgin dropped the channels, including Sky One, Sky News and Sky Sports News, in February 2007 after the two parties failed to reach agreement over the price of their continued carriage.
“We’ve got continued interest in securing Sky basics back on our platform, that’s been evident since the close of the first quarter,” acting Virgin Media CEO Neil Berkett told an investor call last week. “It would be inappropriate for us to talk about where we’re at.”
Separately, it has emerged that Goldman Sachs has been appointed by Virgin Media to examine the sale of all or part of its Virgin Media Television division, according to The Sunday Times.
Virgin Media TV includes brands Living, Bravo and the high profile Virgin, as well as the 50% stake in the UKTV joint venture with BBC Worldwide.