Same here. Virginmedia hasn't long taken over NTL/Telewest and now already an American Private Equity Group Carlyle are making moves buy it out.
May be good, may be bad. Private Equity Company's generally buy to sell 3 to 4 years later at a profit. If Carlyle manage to acquire Virginmedia then, as a Private Equity company it would presumably come off the Stock Market, so there would be no shareholders to worry about. But I did read that Richard Branson has something like a 10% shareholding and would like to keep it if he sold it.
How he would do that if it came off the Stock Market I don't know.