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Blackstone, Hellman explore $17 bln Nielsen bid: Financial Times

Blackstone and Hellman & Friedman are leading a group that is exploring a bid to buy Nielsen, which could sell for $17 billion, the Financial Times is reporting. CPPIB from Canada and GIC of Singapore are also part of the group that is exploring a buy of the TV ratings provider, the story said. If successful, the deal would return Nielsen to its previous owners. Blackstone and H&F, along with Carlyle, took Nielsen private in 2006.