BT Plc cleared to acquire ESPN Global

The Office for Fair Trading has now formally approved the purchase of ESPN Global Limited by British Telecommunications Plc expanding their pay television sports broadcasting capability.

The acquisition was first announced in February with BT agreeing to purchase ESPN’s Ireland and UK TV channels to increase BT’s live sports coverage, including the FA Cup, Scottish Premier League, Uefa Europa League and German Bundesliga matches.

The launch of this new BT Sports TV package is planned for 1 August 2013.