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Sky UK

Sky UK is a telecommunications company that provides TV, broadband Internet services, and telephone services. Formerly known as BSkyB, it was formed from the merger of Sky Television and British Satellite Broadcasting (BSB) in 1990. Sky UK is a subsidiary of Sky, which also includes operations in several other countries in Europe. In 2018, telecommunications company Comcast purchased Sky. This entry discusses the development of Sky UK.

BSB began as a joint project set up by the Pearson Media Group and Granada Television, later joined by Richard Branson’s Virgin Media, who eventually sold his stake. The remit of BSB was to be a state satellite broadcaster, which moved terrestrial UK broadcasting to the next stage of development. BSB would also fend off foreign competition, as satellite ...

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