Ofcom to investigate BSkyB after BT Sport complaint

The battle for armchair sports fans escalated after the telecoms regulator Ofcom launched an investigation into BSkyB's alleged refusal to share its Sky Sports channels with BT on "fair terms".

Ofcom said it has opened an investigation into Sky's "alleged abuse of a dominant position" regarding the wholesale supply of Sky Sports 1 and 2 - its flagship sports channels.

BT has complained that BSkyB is taking advantage of its market dominance.
BT has complained that BSkyB is taking advantage of its market dominance. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

BT wants to offer Sky Sports via YouView set-top boxes to complement its own newly-launched sport offer.

But BT said Sky will not allow the channels to be broadcast over BT boxes unless it offers its rival wholesale access to its own BT Sport channels in return.

BT Sport Rio Ferdinand
Rio Ferdinand has been signed by BT Sport as an "interviewer, programme-maker and football expert" Credit: PA

Ofcom said it will "consider whether Sky has abused a dominant position under UK and/or EU competition law".

The regulator added it will decide by next month whether to grant "interim relief" - which could temporarily give BT access to Sky Sports.

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