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The EU on Friday cleared US cable giant Comcast's bid for pan-European TV group Sky, paving the way for an epic multi-billion-dollar takeover tussle with Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox.
Brussels said it had "no competition concerns" over Comcast's £22-billion ($29.4-billion, 25.1-billion-euro) bid for all of Sky, which is best known for its live coverage of English Premier League football.
Commission - EU - Merger - Regulation - Acquisition
"The European Commission has approved unconditionally under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Sky by Comcast, a US based global media, technology and entertainment company," the EU's executive arm said in a statement.
"The Commission concluded the transaction would raise no competition concerns in Europe."
Comcast - Hollywood - Film - Studio - Universal
Comcast owns Hollywood film studio Universal Pictures and operates several TV channels including CNBC.
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