Forbes has come up with its list of who–besides Comcast–might mount a bid for NBC Universal. Confirming our own TVWeek speculation, Forbes thinks it’s likely that Liberty Media, led by Denver-area based John Malone, will make a bid. And, like TVWeek. Forbes speculates that one of the things Malone, who owns DIrecTV and Starz, could do is turn NBC into a cable network.
Forbes rates Disney and News Corp as longshots in the hunt for NBCU, and Time Warner’s interest at slim to none.
On the more probable challengers to Comcast, besides Liberty, Forbes says some private equity firms are likely to make a bid for NBCU as well. The only ones Forbes mentions in the article are Providence Equity and Thomas H. Lee and Bain Capital.