Ofcom, BBC Trust Reject £68M Online News Plan

Law360, New York (November 21, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Citing competition concerns for private news providers, U.K. regulators have rejected a £68 million ($103 million) plan by the British Broadcasting Corp. to add a local broadband video feature to its online services in more than 60 markets.

Both Ofcom, the U.K.'s independent competition authority for the communications industry, and the BBC Trust, which governs the public broadcaster, refused to sign off on the proposal to add local news, sports and weather for 60 regions of the country to the BBC's Web coverage.

Ofcom found that...
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