The deal casts doubt on the ongoing negotiations between NTL and TeleWest, the UK's second largest cable operator. Talks have been continuing since last August, and are widely thought to have stalled.
TeleWest and Comcast cooperate in two cable franchises, Cable London and Birmingham Cable. TeleWest pointed out that it has the right to acquire Comcast's interests in those franchises if the company changes hands, and said it was considering its options. However, analysts said TeleWest's heavy debt load would prevent it from paying cash for the stakes.Reuse content