MEDIA: UKTV and Virgin TV accept ITC decision

Unsuccessful Channel 5 bidders UKTV and Virgin Television have indicated that they are unlikely to appeal against the Independent Television Commission’s surprise decision to award the licence to the Channel 5 Broadcasting consortium.

Unsuccessful Channel 5 bidders UKTV and Virgin Television have indicated

that they are unlikely to appeal against the Independent Television

Commission’s surprise decision to award the licence to the Channel 5

Broadcasting consortium.



A PR adviser for UKTV, the highest bidding consortium put together by

the Canadian broadcaster CanWest, which was widely expected to win the

licence, said an appeal against the decision was now unlikely.



‘The consortium members are analysing the ITC proposal point by point

and will take a view following that. It is unlikely that they will go

for a judicial review on the basis of the quality aspect of the bid,’

said the source.



UKTV failed to meet ITC requirements on two counts and Virgin on three

counts relating to the quality of their proposed programming.



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