BBC, Sky resolve retrans row

Editor | 01-03-2014

Mirroring their US equivalents, which seem interminably bogged down in such intractable disputes, the BBC and Sky have come to agreement regarding retransmission fees.

The news comes at the end of what has been an excellent week for the BBC, and specifically Director General Tony Hall following the sale of a slew of content in the US and permission from the BBC Trust to launch a new online commercial service for audiences to buy and keep BBC programmes. In the new deal the BBC will no longer have to pay the satellite pay-TV behemoth £4.5 in annual fees. The two parties have also concluded successfully a long-term carriage deal for BBC services and the iPlayer on-demand service on Sky's platform.

Sky and the BBC have reached an agreement which reduces the BBC's payments for platform services to zero,” the two companies said in a joint statement. “Alongside this, both parties have reached an agreement that secures the long-term availability of BBC channels and the BBC iPlayer on the Sky platform. We will also continue to discuss opportunities that offer viewers/Sky customers new and innovative ways to discover and consume BBC content."