Ofcom to help EC investigate Sky football deal

ofcomThe European Commission has called in UK media and competition regulators to help its investigation into the way the Premier League sells its rights, including its exclusive £1bn pay-TV deal with BSkyB.
The communications regulator Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading – which have joint responsibility for competition regulation of the British media sector – have been asked by the commission to provide “specialist advice” about the UK broadcasting market and the value of the Premier League’s rights.

The European commission has waged a long campaign to force the Premier League to scrap its exclusive arrangement with BSkyB and share its live TV rights with other UK broadcasters.

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