BT wants a probe into Murdoch’s TV sway

10 July 2015

rupert-murdoch The BT group are going after Sky and Rupert Murdoch. They've asked watchdog Ofcom to expand their review of the pay-TV industry, and look at Sky’s dominance in the UK.

Citing a lack of competition in the area, BT Chief Executive Officer Gavin Patterson said Rupert Murdoch’s European pay-TV provider has 64% of the market in Britain. He said: "We are calling for a fair regulation, a level playing field, so that customers who buy triple play get the same regulation for TV companies as they do for broadband."

Ofcom are due to drop their review of the industry some time this month, which of course, has been used by BT's rivals to call for an examination of the phone company’s control over the communications market. Sky themselves asked the regulator to look at BT's dominance in the broadband market.

Sky responded to these criticisms, saying: "the reality is that, in a competitive market, customers are choosing Sky in greater numbers and staying with us for longer because of the quality and value that we offer. This looks like an attempt to deflect attention from the real problems that exist in broadband, where consumers are suffering because of BT’s under-investment."

Ofcom, in their statement, said that they are "carrying out a comprehensive review of the digital communications market, which is broader than our telecoms review 10 years ago. We are seeking evidence and analysis from all parties to help inform that work, and we will publish an update later this month."

1 comment

  • rjt
    " “the reality is that, in a competitive market, customers are choosing Sky in greater numbers and staying with us for longer because our operatives make it fucking impossible to cancel your subscription, and when you finally get through to the person who can do it they beg and plead with you not to do it and then offer you a deal that is far below the advertised rates" Fixed that for you.

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