- The BBC is considering launching a new sports channel which would be free-to-air rather than a pay-TV venture.
The channel would be a striking example of the influence of the incoming director-general, Greg Dyke, and how sport could become a higher priority to the BBC.
Speaking at the Royal Television Society in Cambridge, Mike Miller, BBC Controller of television sport, said talks about the new channel would be held in the next couple of months. Miller and other BBC officials said later that the proposal was one of a number of concepts on the table. If agreed, the channel would be launched "within the next year or two".
News of the proposed launch will be controversial in the commercial TV industry which is still smarting from the BBC's proposals to set up a new children's channel. The general feeling is that the BBC should restrict itself to services which are not provided satisfactorily elsewhere.