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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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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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