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‘British Netflix’ could fail competition checks warns Sky exec

Service could 'open up a competition question'

Stephen van Rooyen, chief executive of UK and Ireland operations at Sky, has said the much vaunted British Netflix could fail competition checks if it goes ahead.

According to the Guardian, van Rooyen warned a collaboration between the UK’s public service broadcasters would likely be investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority.

“You [would] have the full might of the public service broadcasters collaborating together. That must – they still command 73 per cent to 74 per cent of viewing share – open up a competition question. It would be subject I would have thought, as it was 10 years ago, to a competition review,” said van Rooyen.

Yesterday, Ofcom CEO Sharon White called on the PSBs to collaborate on a service that would rival the online streamers.