ITV under investigation by CMA for competition infringement

ITV has confirmed it is under investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for its purchase of freelance services which support the production and broadcasting of sports content in the UK.

ITV has been identified in the investigation, along with BT Group, IMG Media and Sky UK.

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The investigation was launched under section 25 of the Competition Act 1998 into suspected infringements of the Chapter One prohibition of the Act by companies involved in the production and broadcasting of sports content.

The CMA announced it had “reasonable grounds to suspect one or more breaches of competition law.”

However, the organisation highlighted it was too early to confirm if any breaches had been committed, and that no assumptions should be made of any infringement of the Act.

ITV said it was complying with the probe, and was committed to working with the CMA while the investigation took place.

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“ITV is committed to complying with competition law and is cooperating with the CMA’s inquiries. ITV does not propose to comment on this investigation further at this stage,” said the company in a statement.

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