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BT in talks with ‘small handful’ of interested parties over Sport sell-off

"We are in no rush, we want to do the right thing for everyone," said Philip Jansen

The CEO of BT has said the company continues to hold discussions with interested parties as it looks to sell-off its sport broadcasting arm.

Philip Jansen told journalists talks over a possible sale were continuing.

“We are in talks with multiple parties,” he said. “Not a long list, a small handful. We could continue to operate it ourselves with a small partnering effort, move to a joint venture and there is the possibility of an outright sale.

“We have had extensive long discussions but it is complicated. We are in no rush, we want to do the right thing for everyone,” Jansen added.

There has been increased speculation that BT is in talks with DAZN about a possible sale with suggestions in September that a deal could be announced “within weeks”. DAZN’s chairman Kevin Mayer has previously admitted the sports streamer is “possibly” interested in buying BT Sport.

The streaming service is keen to gain access to the broadcasting rights to the Premier League as it looks to become more established in the UK.

BT confirmed it was holding talks around a potential sale of its sports broadcasting arm in April. A number of companies have been rumoured as potential suitors but no deal has been announced so far.