Reports in the Guardian suggest that the BBC is experiencing significant misgivings regarding the extent of its involvement with YouView, due to concern about the use of license fees to support private companies, regarding which issue the BBC is facing questions in parliament.
The Guardian adds that, while the BBC’s involvement in YouView was first approved by BBC trustees, it was on condition that “there should be no subsidising by the BBC of joint venture partners” – meant to ensure that it complied with state aid and competition law. The paper also quote the following “industry expert”: “YouView was meant to be the champion of the next generation of free to air but the involvement of the internet service providers means that it has become a pay platform. YouView isn’t the champion of the free; it’s the home of the pay.”
A BBC spokeseman, meanwhile, told the Guardian that: “We are committed to YouView and are confident of finalising the renewed shareholders agreement by the end of March.”