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IRIS 1995-1:7/14

European Commission

Commission Approves Canal Plus Stake in Vox

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Ad van Loon

European Audiovisual Observatory

On 23 December 1994, the Commission of the European Communities authorised Canal Plus to buy 24.9% of the German television station VOX. VOX has a 2% of the share on the German market for free access television and Canal Plus was still absent on the German market.

On 6 September 1994, the Commissionís Merger Task Force had already approved an operation concerning the acquisition by News International of a 49.9% stake in VOX since it was still absent on the German market.

Bertelsmann already owned 24.9% of the VOX' shares.

Case No. IV/M.0489 - Bertelsmann/News Inter13/Vox, Commission of the European Communities, Brussels, 6 September 1994. EN