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Premier League confident over Ofcom investigation

The Premier League insists they abide by EU and UK competition law following news that Ofcom will launch an investigation into how their TV rights are sold.

A Premier League statement said: "We note that Ofcom has launched an inquiry.

"Ofcom has stated that this is at an early stage and it has not reached a view as to whether there is sufficient evidence of any infringement.

"The Premier League currently sells its audio-visual rights in a way that is compatible with UK and EU competition law and will continue to do so. We will be able to demonstrate that as part of this process."


Ofcom to investigate sale of Premier League TV rights

Regulator Ofcom will investigate how the Premier League sold its live television rights after a complaint from Virgin Media.

Earlier this year, Virgin Media said it had filed a complaint over the increasing costs of showing matches, and claimed consumers were paying more as a result of the escalating bidding war between broadcasters.

Sky and BT currently own the live rights to Premier League matches.

Ofcom said it would consider whether there had been a breach of either British or European Competition law which distorts or restricts competition.

Sky Sports and BT Sport were not immediately available for comment.

Ofcom taken to court over Big Fat Gypsy Wedding

BFGW stars Sam and Pat pictured at a BAFTA awards party in 2011. Credit: PA

Gypsy campaigners are coming to the High Court over Ofcom's handling of their complaints about the Big Fat Gypsy Wedding television programmes.

The Traveller Movement, a charity supporting gypsies and travellers, has won permission to seek a judicial review against the communications watchdog.

It accuses Ofcom of conducting a flawed and biased investigation into accusations by the movement and eight individual women that the BFGW programmes perpetuated racist stereotypes.

They also complain the Channel 4 series broke broadcasting regulations regarding consent, sexually exploited traveller children and "caused untold harm to social cohesion" by reinforcing misconceptions and prejudices.

Ofcom has indicated it will defend its actions and contends the gypsy case is unarguable.

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