Boxer abandons Irish DTT

Boxer DTT, the Swedish consortium that is 50 per cent owned by Denis O'Brien's Communicorp group, has abandoned its plans to provide DTT under the contracts it was awarded by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland last July.

Its decision to pull out means that a consortium comprising TV3, Eircom and Setanta Sports will be offered the licences for the three commercial DTT multiplexes. The BCI said it has asked the One Vision consortium, the second placed applicant in the licensing competition, if it is still interested in the licences and still in a financial position to offer DTT services in time for the switch-off of analogue services in 2012. TV3 said the broadcaster would not comment until the consortium had the opportunity to look at the feasibility of launching a commercial DTT service.

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