MTV owner Viacom looks set to become the first U.S. broadcaster to buy a British free-to-air television channel with an announcement possibly coming later today. Richard Desmond, who also owns The
Daily Express and the Health Lottery, had put a price tag of GBP700m -- but bids from interested parties, believed to have also included BT, Channel 4 and ITV, fell far short. If the GBP450m Viacom
deal is announced it will place Sky in an awkward position. It handles UK advertising for Viacom.
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