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Ofcom Warns Broadcasters Transmission Fees From Pay TV Would Be 'Complicated'

The media regulator Ofcom has dealt a blow to ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 by raising doubts about the idea of public service broadcasters receiving fees from pay-TV companies for carrying their free channels. ITV has been lobbying hard for these payments, known as retransmission fees, which are common in the US and could be worth up to GBP140 million a year in extra revenue for the broadcaster, according to analysts at Liberum Capital. Ofcom said that such fees could be “complicated” to implement.

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