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UK’s competition regulator investigates BBC, ITV, and others in TV industry for potential law violations.

UK’s CMA Launches Investigation into Potential Competition Law Violations in the UK TV Industry

Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) Investigates Non-Sport UK TV Industry

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has initiated an investigation into potential competition law violations in the non-sport UK TV industry. The focus of the probe is on the procurement of services from freelancers and employment practices across various entities. This investigation includes well-known broadcasters such as the BBC and ITV, as well as production companies like Hartswood Films, Hat Trick Productions, Red Planet Pictures, Sister Pictures, and Tiger Aspect Productions. ITV has confirmed its involvement in the case and has committed to cooperating with the CMA’s inquiries.

Previous Probe on Anti-Competitive Behavior in Sports Content Production

The CMA’s investigation comes in the wake of a separate probe into anti-competitive behavior in sports content production. The previous investigation was based on leaked emails that suggested possible price collusion with freelance camera operators. However, due to insufficient evidence, the CMA did not issue any statement of objections. Despite this, the CMA remains committed to ensuring fair competition within the industry.

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Current Investigation and Entities Under Scrutiny

The current investigation is expected to run until March next year. It focuses on the entities behind popular shows such as ‘Derry Girls’ and ‘Have I Got News For You’. Red Planet Pictures has also confirmed receipt of a case initiation notice from the CMA and, like ITV, has pledged to cooperate fully.

Encouraging Information Sharing

The CMA has stated that it is not yet clear whether this new investigation will uncover evidence of wrongdoing. However, they are encouraging anyone with information to come forward. The authority’s actions emphasize its commitment to ensuring fair competition within the UK TV industry, particularly in relation to hiring practices and service procurement from freelancers.

This article was created with the support of AI and reviewed by an editor.

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