BBC-Led Consortium Wins Digital Licenses

04 July 2002

In a statement early Thursday morning, the publicly-owned British Broadcasting Corporation confirmed that the Independent Television Commission had conditionally awarded it (and its partners) the digital television licences formerly held by the now bankrupt ITV Digital.

The successful BBC bid was made in partnership with US transmitter company Crown Castle and BSkyB, the Rupert Murdoch-controlled satellite broadcaster. Sky will make available three of its channels and is a member of the not-for-profit company that will operate the system.

There were three unsuccessful bidders: ITV and Channel 4 together with pay-TV operator Freeview Plus; Digital Television Broadcasting backed by venture capital firm Apax Partners; and SDN, led by United Business Media and cash-strapped cable operator NTL.

Data sourced from: BBC Online Business News (UK); The Times (London); additional content by WARC staff