John Petter, CEO of BT’s Consumer Division today called on Ofcom to formally amend the scope of its Digital Communications Review to include pay-TV.
In a speech to the Broadcasting Press Guild, Petter compared the falling prices, rising speeds and strong international performance of the UK broadband market with the high prices and bad outcomes suffered by UK consumers in pay TV.
BT believes Sky pay TV customers are paying close to £50 a year more than the EU average for basic pay-TV channels and potentially sums greater than £75 a year more if they opt for premium sports and movie packages.
“We think Ofcom should heed the call of Sky’s biggest shareholder,” Petter observes. “James Murdoch once said in relation to Sky that 21st Century Fox fought for ‘a level playing field and to have competition policy applied with an even hand’. But when it comes to competition in pay-TV, the message from Sky seems to be ‘talk to the hand’. We think Ofcom should make Mr Murdoch happy and give the UK a competitive pay TV market that is fit for the next decade”.