AMC Networks Looks to Acquire Nearly Half of BBC America

UPDATED: The channels also might be interested in a sales and distribution partnership.

AMC Networks, home of Mad Men and The Walking Dead, is in discussions over taking just under a 50 percent stake in BBC America, according to people familiar with the plan. 

BBC America is BBC Worldwide's U.S. channel and it is available in about 80 million of the nation's households.

The negotiations were first reported by Bloomberg.

Sources also said BBC America is interested in a partnership that lets it use AMC's advertising sales and distribution network.

The BBC has partnered with AMC before, co-producing shows like The Honorable Woman, an eight-part series starting Thursday on AMC's SundanceTV.

AMC declined to comment.

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