The Charter and Agreement place duties on Ofcom to consider the impacts of the BBC’s activities on fair and effective competition.
As a large publicly-funded organisation, the BBC inevitably has an impact on competition in the wider media market. It may have a positive effect by increasing choice or encouraging sector wide innovation, for example. But in fulfilling its objectives, the BBC may also harm the ability of others to compete effectively.
Ofcom’s role is to assess the impact of the BBC’s activities on competition. We have developed rules relating to different areas of BBC activity that could lead to competition concerns and guidance to explain the tools we will use to protect fair and effective competition in the areas that the BBC operates.
We are consulting on our provisional conclusion that the BBC can proceed with planned changes to BBC iPlayer, subject to certain conditions and guidance.