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Bbc And Sky Fight It Out!!!

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JUST RELEASED FROM THE BBC!!

HERE WE GO THE GLOVES ARE OFF.

THERE IS MORE AS THIS IS ONE OF MANY PROBLEMS TO OCCUR FROM THE SILLY MOVE BY THE BBC. I CAN SEE THE BBC LOSING THERE LICENCE RIGHTS OVER THERE BLUNDERS.

BBC and Sky in listings row
The BBC has called in TV regulators after BSkyB threatened to move its channels from the top of satellite TV listings.
BBC One and BBC Two are currently the top two channels viewers see on Sky Digital's programme guide.

But the BBC is leaving Sky Digital to broadcast independently on satellite next month, although Sky Digital subscribers will still be able to receive the channels.

BSkyB now wants to move them down the guide to a more obscure slot.

The BBC says this would confuse viewers, and has called in the Independent Television Commission to adjudicate.

ITC regulations say "due prominence" must be given to public service channels such as BBC One and BBC Two.

'Most-watched'

A BBC spokesman said: "BBC One and BBC Two are among the most watched channels in multi-channel homes and Sky will be doing their customers no service by moving them down the list.

"Sky customers expect to see us on channels 101 and 102 and now they might have to scroll down the list to find us."

The corporation believes moving BBC One and BBC Two would be a breach of the 1996 Broadcasting Act, which guarantees the channels a prominent spot on the satellite service's programme guide.

The BBC will be broadcasting its channels from a different satellite to Sky from 30 May, which it says means it will not have to pay Sky to encrypt its channels so they can only be seen in the UK.

The satellite the BBC currently uses transmits to most of western Europe, while the one the BBC is moving is directed at just the UK and Ireland.

Irish 'replacement'

The BBC says moving satellites will cost it £85m over the next five years, and viewers will no longer need a Sky card to watch its channels on satellite.

It has been reported that Sky wants to replace BBC One and BBC Two with Irish channels RTE One and Network Two.

RTE, the Irish state broadcaster, still uses Sky's encryption system, and its channels occupy the top two slots on the programme guide there.

But those channels are not available to satellite viewers in the UK.

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