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Project Kangaroo loses its bounce

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Project Kangaroo - legs chopped off

Project Kangaroo, the joint online video on-demand venture of BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4, will not go ahead, after it was ruled it could strangle competition in the UK.

The Competition Committee decided that smaller on-demand services would be negatively affected by the venture, and that the three networks would lose the need to compete with one another. Instead, the report recommended that each network should “pursue its own commercial interests, either alone or in partnership with a third party, to exploit its archive video on-demand content rights.” The full ruling can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »

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Written by jessewhittock

February 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm

The freefall from grace of Channel 4

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Channel 4 was once the cool younger brother of the UK broadcasting family. It played the role of black sheep brilliantly, producing programmes, stars and standards of broadcasting rarely reached in the television era.

However, under the leadership of Andy Duncan, recent years have seen major trouble for the broadcaster, particularly in the furores over reality TV guff, in particular Big Brother, where the entire remit of the station has been called into question and a number of phone-in scandals. (Must be noted here this is not just a C4 problem, BBC productions have also been in hot water over this.) Read the rest of this entry »