CBM threatens legal action against Crown Castle



CBM have reacted angrily to an announcement by Crown Castle, which partners the BBC and BSkyB in the Freeview service, saying it is considering splitting Channel 22 - which it had originally allocated entirely to CBM - between several providers. Crown Castle argues that the success of Freeview has increased the value of the channel, which it describes as probably the last free-to-view 24-hour DTT channel.

CBM said it was "disappointed but not surprised by Crown Castle's announcement [...] in relation to Channel 22" and said it was "considering its options" - which might include taking legal proceedings for breach of contract, and making a formal complaint to the Independent Television Commission (ITC) on competition grounds.