Sky CEO Dana Strong Talks Comcast’s Potential Appetite for Channel 4, Drive for Partnerships in Europe

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Sky CEO Dana Strong Talks Comcast’s Potential Appetite for Channel 4, Drive for Partnerships in Europe
Sky’s new American CEO Dana Strong has touted the U.K. as an “imperative market” for parent company Comcast as it looks to grow its investment in local infrastructure, and strengthen its European partnerships.

Speaking at the Royal Television Society conference in Cambridge on Wednesday, where she was interviewed by Sky News political editor Beth Rigby, Strong made her first public address since taking the reins as CEO at the pay-tv operator in January.

Strong kept her cards close to the chest throughout the session, diplomatically dodging questions about the health of the U.K. market, which is being disrupted in a major way by streaming services — a strained reality that’s traditionally a central topic of discussion at the annual conference. “You don’t respond to the rumored anxieties in the market,” declared Strong.

“You’ve got to look at the fundamental principles,” she continued. “Looking at the [public-service broadcasting] market,
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