Virgin Media Launches Fresh Attack on BSkyB

30 April 2007

LONDON: The UK's sole cable services provider, Virgin Media, has escalated its row with the nation's sole satellite TV operator BSkyB, claiming that the latter is abusing its "dominant position in pay-TV".

In papers submitted to the High Court in London, Virgin alleges that BSkyB "engaged in abusive behaviour involving a disproportionate attack targeted at its only material competitor".

The two broadcasters are locked in a dispute over the amount BSkyB was charging Virgin to broadcast its channels. As a result they were pulled from the cable company's platform.

Virgin claims this has damaged its business, and also states that it was essentially strong-armed into providing its own content to BSkyB in an earlier deal because of the News Corporation-owned company's dominance of the market.

The court papers also referred to BSkyB's controversial purchase of shares in ITV, the UK's largest commercial broadcaster, which is now under investigation by communications watchdog Ofcom.

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