BSkyB chief executive Jeremy Darroch has said that the BBC’s loss of income should not prevent it from further scrutiny.
The Beeb will take a 16 per cent cut in real terms over the next six years and Darroch grudgingly accepted a deal that BBC director general Mark Thompson admitted would stave off a “fundemental attack” from commercial rivals.
“It is what it is, a settlement has been agreed,” said Darroch. “As you’d expect I understand why the government thinks the BBC has got to do its fair share in the cuts coming through. However questions remain about [the BBC’s] footprint, scope and where public money should be spent.”
Darroch also hinted that Sky could join the BBC-backed VoD service YouView, which has been given approval by Ofcom despite opposition from Sky.
ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, TalkTalk and BT are all signed up to YouView.
“We expressed our views to Ofcom. [With] leading broadcasters and ISPs [internet service providers] in a consortium there is a risk of stifling choice and there is also the inappropriate use of public money [by the BBC],” he said.
“Ofcom made its decision and we will move on. I think generally when you look at what we are doing at Sky we are broadening out our content business. We always look at new distribution opportunities. We’ll look at it but it’s too early to say to what extent we’ll participate.”