UK pay-TV provider BSkyB has attacked the BBC Trusts handling of the consultation process for the BBCÂs plans for Project Canvas, the proposed free-to-air on-demand service to complement digital-terrestrial platform Freeview and free-to-air satellite platform Freesat.
Sky has written to the BBC Trust, the public broadcasterÂs governing body, accusing it of granting insufficient time to respond to the BBCÂs expanded set of proposals for the service. Sky has also castigated the Trust for failing to seek an independent market impact assessment from communications regulator Ofcom, and has said that the process will serve to undermine confidence in the TrustÂs ability to act as an effective regulator of the BBC.
The BBC Trust, which has set a September 1 deadline for comments on the detailed proposals, has been conducting a market impact assessment and public value test on CanvasÂs suitability as a licence fee-funded project since February. The Trust said it had given Âample opportunityÂ for comment on the proposals.
Canvas is a joint project between the BBC, BT, ITV and Five.Â