BSkyB to argue against rivals' TV venture-report

LONDON Mon May 11, 2009 5:00pm EDT

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LONDON May 11 (Reuters) - BSkyB (BSY.L) will launch an attack on a proposed television venture involving the BBC [BBC.UL], BT Group Plc (BT.L) and ITV Plc (ITV.L), saying it risks distorting competition, according to a report on the Daily Telegraph's Website on Monday.

In the satellite broadcaster's submission to the BBC Trust's consultation on the venture, known as Project Canvas, BSkyB will say there is insufficient justification for the alliance, the Website said.

Canvas will involve partners helping to develop a video-on-demand, Internet-enabled television set-top box.

BSkyB will say the BBC's role is not to "develop, promote and operate its own means of delivery," but to "work with industry and in partnership with other organisations to facilitate understanding and adoption of emerging technologies," the Website said.

No-one at BSkyB could immediately be reached for comment. (Reporting by David Holmes; Editing Bernard Orr)

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