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Discovery: The saga continues

This month's installment of the 'Discovery: For sale or not?' saga sees Viacom as the latest DCI suitor. At the Salomon Smith Barney media investor conference in January, Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone said he reached out to Liberty Media chairman John Malone to propose a deal to acquire Discovery Communications. However, Malone, whose Liberty Media owns a 49% stake in Discovery, said he's not ready to sell. Industry insiders say the company is worth over $20 billion. Viacom, which owns MTV, CBS and BET, is only the latest to vie for a piece of the Discovery pie.
February 1, 2002

This month’s installment of the ‘Discovery: For sale or not?’ saga sees Viacom as the latest DCI suitor. At the Salomon Smith Barney media investor conference in January, Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone said he reached out to Liberty Media chairman John Malone to propose a deal to acquire Discovery Communications. However, Malone, whose Liberty Media owns a 49% stake in Discovery, said he’s not ready to sell. Industry insiders say the company is worth over $20 billion. Viacom, which owns MTV, CBS and BET, is only the latest to vie for a piece of the Discovery pie.

In January, RealScreen reported NBC considered merging with Discovery last summer. At that time, David Leavy, senior vice president of communications for Discovery, said the company had also talked with ‘a number of other business partners’. Leavy then said, and reiterates now, that ‘Discovery is not for sale’.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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