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Westward ho

COLOGNE, Germany — The German Games Convention, Europe's largest video game event, will be moving West next year, shifting from the Eastern German city of Leipzig to Cologne in 2009. The name of the event is being changed to GamesCom, organizers said Monday. The convention, which takes place Aug. 20-24, will be held each September starting next year. The BIU said the games confab has outgrown Leipzig. Instead of the 200,000 visitors the BIU expected last year, only 185,000 attended, a discrepancy blamed on a lack of hotel rooms.


LONDON — Cable group Virgin Media on Monday launched a legal bid aimed at forcing BSkyB to fully divest its 17.9% stake in commercial broadcaster ITV, arguing that a ruling that the satcaster cut its stake to less than 7.5% does not go far enough. The Nasdaq-listed cable operator said it has lodged an appeal with antitrust body the Competition Appeal Tribunal, calling for BSkyB to be ordered to sell its ITV stake completely. Last week, BSkyB lodged its own case with the CAT, arguing that the proposed cut in its ITV stake was unfair.

Olympian deal

ROME — The International Olympic Committee and Sky-Italia said Monday that Sky will be the exclusive broadcaster for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. This marks the first time that neither state broadcaster RAI nor Silvio Berlusconi's private Media-set networks will host at least part of the Olympics. The deal gives the News Corp. subsidiary exclusive rights across all platforms but, because it owns no free-to-air broadcast networks in Italy, it will look to sell Olympics-related content to a traditional broadcaster in Italy.