Setback for joint BBC/C4/ITV internet TV service
Meanwhile, "non-UK companies like Google and Apple are free to build market-dominating positions online in the UK without so much as a regulatory murmur", argued ITV's executive chairman Michael Grade. "Companies who financially contribute virtually nothing to the UK creative economy are trying to use a narrow regulatory remit to exploit our investment at little or no cost to themselves. If they succeed, the losers will be UK viewers, UK advertisers and UK producers," he continued.
The anticipated joint venture would have brought together content from all three broadcasters, with the BBC's newly-revamped iPlayer continuing to exist within the new site and 4oD "migrating" to Kangaroo. It's thought the content would be a mixture of catch-up programming and free-with-advertising, pay-to-rent, pay-to-own and possibly subscription-based archive material, and would also allow transfer to portable media players.
A joint statement from BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4 said that while they were disappointed, they "remained committed to what the venture offers."