UK pay-TV operator BSkyBÂs appeal to delay regulator OfcomÂs ruling that it must wholesale its premium sport content to rivals will be heard by the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) on Friday.
According to CAT’s web site, a hearing has been provisionally set for 09:30 on Friday. Last month, Ofcom ruled that Sky must publish a new pricing structure by May 14. Should CAT grant Sky interim relief, it will be able to delay this date as it pursues a full appeal. Sky claims OfcomÂs decision that it must reduce the wholesale price of its two main premium sports channels by 23.4%, from Â£13.88 (Â15.63) to Â£10.63 per subscriber per month, represents Âan unprecedented and unwarranted interventionÂ.
If Sky is unable secure interim relief, rivals Virgin Media and BT Vision will be able to offer Sky Sports channels before the start of the new UK football season in August.