Commercial challenge to BBC iPlayer

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An alliance of newspaper and magazine publishers is calling for an expert forum to discuss opening up the BBC’s iPlayer to commercial content to stop it dominating the download and on-demand market.

The British Interactive Publishers Alliance – which counts of News International, Sky Interactive, the Guardian, Trinity Mirror and the Telegraph Group among its members – argues that under current proposals for the iPlayer, consumers could be locked into a "BBC-only" walled garden.

Bipa’s proposal, which forms part of the organisation’s submission to Ofcom as it gears up to start a market impact assessment of the BBC iPlayer, is at odds with the corporation’s existing plans.

"There are no plans to broaden the scope of the BBC iPlayer at this stage and this does not form part of BBC management’s current application which is going through the public value test," the BBC said in a statement.

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