RTS Cambridge. Senior executives have railed against the Competition Commission decision to prevent the launch of Kangaroo, opening the door to overseas ventures such as Hulu.
Asked by outgoing Channel 4 chief executive Andy Duncan as to what could be done, culture secretary Ben Bradshaw said he was open to ideas. This week Ofcom announced proposals to regulate television-like content, though whether or not this would include Hulu may well be dependent on the structure of the UK venture.
“It is illogical that Hulu will come in and make revenues because the Competition Commission will not let us come together ourselves,” commented Gerhard Zeiler, chief executive officer, RTL Group and owner of Five.
Luke Johnson, chairman, Channel 4 said that if the government and the Competition Commission wanted thriving competition they were going the wrong way about it. “If they want a healthy industry they should shove off”. He added Channel 4 had actively considered joining the Canvas project – where the BBC, ITV and Five are already present – and continued to do so.