BT mulls Sky Sports pricing appeal

November 15, 2012 10.14 Europe/London By Julian Clover

BT chief executive Ian Livingston has told a Morgan Stanley conference the telco is “minded to appeal” against the Competition Appeal Tribunal’s ruling on the wholesale pricing of Sky Sports.

In August BSkyB has won its appeal over the amount it can charge rival platforms for two of its premium sports channels in a ruling by the Competition Appeal Tribunal.

The bundle of Sky Sports 1 and 2 favoured by the majority of customers was reduced by 10.5% to £17.14. The intervention followed a three-year review into the pay-TV market after complaints from Virgin Media, BT, Top Up TV and Setanta Sports.

Livingston said that a final decision was not required until the deadline, which falls on November 26.