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BSkyB Said to Consider Leasing Space in Dublin Office Block

September 28, 2011

Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc, the U.K.’s biggest pay-TV operator, may lease about 45,000 square feet (4,200 square meters) of space in Dublin, two people familiar with the matter said.

BSkyB is looking at properties including Burlington Plaza, an office block near the central business district, according to the people, who declined to be identified because the information isn’t public. Spokesman Robert Fraser declined to comment.

The company, based near London, has opened offices in Stockport and Sheffield, in northern England, in the last year to handle queries from customers. In June it announced a plan to open another in Newcastle in October.

BSkyB sales rose about 16 percent to 6.6 billion pounds ($10 billion) in the year ended June 30. The company had 541,000 cable subscribers in Ireland in June 2008, the last date for which figures are available.

News Corp. owns 39.1 percent of BSkyB. Bloomberg LP, the parent of Bloomberg News, competes with News Corp. units in providing financial news and information.

--With reporting by Jonathan Browning in London. Editors: Andrew Blackman, Ross Larsen.

To contact the reporters on this story: Neil Callanan in London at ncallanan@bloomberg.net; Joe Brennan in Dublin at jbrennan29@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Andrew Blackman at ablackman@bloomberg.net; Edward Evans at eevans3@bloomberg.net.


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