ITV balks at prospect its catch-up could fund BBC

Adam Crozier

Adam Crozier

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has deemed government proposals to make access to its digital catch-up service conditional on TV license possession as “wholly unreasonable,” according to a weekend report by Sky News.

The proposed changes to TV licensing in the UK would mean that access to all catch-up services provided by broadcasters with “a public service remit” –  ITV, Channel 4 or Channel Five –  require a TV license, effectively meaning that competitors to the BBC are compelled to help fund it.

ITV chief exec Adam Crozier has written to ministers to express his concerns, and the company itself is reportedly also threatening legal action if and when the proposals are enacted.

“The Government has agreed to look at bringing forward legislation in the next year to modernise the licence fee to cover public service broadcast catch-up TV to reflect changing technology and viewing habits,” a DCMS spokesman told Sky News. “Details of what the legislation will cover are being considered and we will set out next steps in due course.”

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