Procedures for enforcement of BBC Competition requirements
Launch date:23 January 2017
Modified at:02 March 2017
Under the new BBC Charter and Agreement, regulation of the BBC’s activities will pass from the BBC Trust to Ofcom. Ofcom will regulate the BBC in accordance with the terms of the new Charter and the Agreement, and will prepare and publish an Operating Framework containing the provisions we consider appropriate to secure the effective regulation of the BBC.
Ofcom’s regulation of the BBC will cover, amongst others, the impact of the BBC’s activities on competition. Ofcom will set requirements as part of the Operating Framework to that effect. In addition, the BBC is also subject to certain competition-related requirements set out in the Agreement, some of which are enforceable by Ofcom. Together, we refer to the requirements in relation to competition which are enforceable by Ofcom as the “competition requirements”.
In accordance with the new Charter and the Agreement, Ofcom must enforce compliance by the BBC with the competition requirements.
This consultation seeks views on the proposed procedures that Ofcom will normally follow when enforcing compliance by the BBC of competition requirements. Following the end of the consultation period, Ofcom will publish its new procedures. These will come into effect when Ofcom takes over responsibility for regulating the BBC on 3 April 2017.