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UK: CC votes to maintain self-promoting restrictions on BBC

 |  September 26, 2013

The UK’s Competition Commission has settled upon its provisional decision and formally decided to retain undertakings that limit the BBC’s practice of promoting magazines it publishes.

According to a press release, the undertakings were established following a 1992 report by the then-competition watchdog the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. The report found that the BBC’s self-promotion was against public interest and potentially harmful to competition.

The BBC sold off its magazines operation in 2011 to Exponent Private Equity LLP, though still publishes some titles.

In its ruling, the Commission found that the BBC’s continued receiving of funds from magazine sales and licensing agreements means the undertakings must remain in place.

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