- Stuart Prebble, ONdigital's new chief executive, appealed yesterday to the Government for help in his company's fight against Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB.
Speaking at a New Statesman conference, Prebble claimed that Murdoch had "made no secret of his desire to crush" the company and he accused the Government of "favouring the Goliaths at the expense of emerging new players". He also complained that the regulatory environment hindered ONdigital.
"What is the logic in having a looser set of rules and regulations for a dominant player, and a tighter set for the smaller newcomers?," he said.
Prebble also claimed Sky was being allowed to "shelter behind" the digital points system to withhold Sky Sports 2 and that the Government was failing to sort the situation out.
The digital points issue has been provisionally sorted out with the Independent Television Commission resolving the issue in ONdigital's favour. But Sky is refusing to supply Sky Sports 2 while it queries the decision.