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Friday 19 July, 2019


Ofcom: BritBox & BBC's Public Service activities

RNS Number : 1098G
Office of Communications
19 July 2019

19 July 2019


Assessment of the relationship between BritBox and the BBC's Public Service activities


Ofcom has today published its assessment of the relationship between BritBox - a proposed new streaming service from ITV and the BBC - and the BBC's publicly-funded activities.


Ofcom is required to make this assessment under the Charter and Agreement. We have provisionally found that:


·      the BBC's proposed involvement is unlikely to distort the market;

·      BritBox is unlikely to gain an unfair competitive advantage as a result of its relationship with the BBC's public-service work.


So we have provisionally concluded that the BBC's involvement in the BritBox service is not a material change to its commercial activities, and no further assessment is required ahead of its launch.


We will publish a final decision by early September, taking account of any further industry feedback and evidence.




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