BBC Trust approval of funding for Freesat

BBC Trust decision (72 pages, PDF) to allow the BBC to use licence fee money to participate in the establishment of a digital satellite free-to-view TV platform. The decision follows from the February 2007 consultation.

The BBC Trust has published the responses from organisations (42 pages, PDF), which include nine pages from Sky criticising the BBC Trust's reasoning, highlighting the permanence of Sky's own free satellite offer, and requesting publication of the basis on which the BBC Trust considered the BBC's funding of Freesat to comply with State aid law.

The BBC Trust's decision "does not include approval for a service licence to make available BBC HD output through Freesat"; proposals for a BBC HD channel are to considered by the BBC Trust this year.

For further information or advice please contact Franck Latrémolière.

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