By Julian Clover
Published: October 13, 2010 19.03 Europe/London
YouView CEO Richard Halton has reacted angrily after Sky lodged a last minute complaint with Ofcom – just as the regulator was sitting down to decide whether to hold an investigation into the hybrid broadcast service.
“While we welcome justifiable scrutiny, the timing of this submission is clearly designed to extend the regulatory process in pursuit of commercial self interest rather than the public interest,” said Halton. “We encourage Ofcom to take this wider view as they continue their consideration.”
Ofcom executives had been expected to make its decision on whether to conduct its own inquiry into YouView, the former Project Canvas, public tomorrow (Thursday) after weeks of drip drip statements by the projects opponents. Sky has been among the most vocal, but Virgin Media, and the…
In May the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) concluded that the then Project Canvas did not qualify for investigation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act. The venture brings together the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel Five, BT, Talk Talk and Arqiva. The BBC’s regulatory body, the BBC Trust, gave its approval the following month.
Halton said YouView would create competition among TV platforms and increase the range and number of opportunities for content providers and device manufacturers.
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