Last updated: May 8, 2012 - 7:53am
A familiar voice will be raised in complaint over the way television rights to English football are sold, as Kelvin MacKenzie says he plans to report British Sky Broadcasting and the Football League to Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator.
The former editor of The Sun also dismissed the tender process announced by the Premier League as a “racket” that would do nothing to reduce what he claims are anti-competitive conditions that disadvantage broadcasters such as his own new Sports Tonight business. MacKenzie is usually a supporter of companies such as BSkyB that are controlled by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and he is more accustomed to being a scourge of Ofcom and its European counterparts. But now, as the founder of a small sport-focused TV channel, he claims BSkyB’s deal with the Football League is anti-competitive, constitutes “warehousing” – overpaying for rights which are then never used – and breaches European Union directives.
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