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ITV in advanced talks to buy ‘The Voice’ maker

By | Published on Monday 2 March 2015


ITV is in advanced negotiations to buy Dutch telly production company Talpa Media, which would put the programme-making division of the ‘X-Factor’ broadcaster in charge of ‘The Voice’ franchise. Which would be interesting from a UK perspective.

Confirming that talks were ongoing, ITV plc told reporters: “ITV confirms that it is in exclusive discussions regarding an acquisition of Talpa. These discussions may or may not result in agreement of a transaction”.

Talpa Media belongs to TV industry veteran John De Mol, whose original media business morphed into Endemol (he’s the De-Mol of En-de-mol). The music publishing side of Talpa was acquired by BMG last year.