COMPETITION
Television

The combination of BBC, ITV and Channel 4 in the proposed new ‘Kangaroo’ online service which will have more than 10,000 hours of classic TV has led to a referral to the Competition Commission. Rival broadcasters including BSkyB have complained that the launch of Kangaroo would risk ‘skewing the market and the Office of Fair Trading made the referral after not being able to make a judgment on whether or not the new venture would limit consumer alternatives. When the venture was launched last year the head of BBC Worldwide said the development was partially motivated by the need to avoid the mistakes made by the record labels when they allowed Apple to corner the market in online download sales and ITV Chief Sir Michael Grade warns that the delay caused by the referral will allow global rivals to steal a march on domestic broadcasters and that the regulatory framework seems “unable to take the most important interest into account – that of the British viewer”

The Guardian July 1 st 2008