Panel split over Murphy threat to exclusivity premiums

25 April 2012

Private practitioners and a senior European Commission official yesterday debated the impact of the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) ruling in Murphy v Premier League, with some claiming it risked undermining the ability of movie producers and sporting leagues to offer quality content to broadcasters and audiences. Stefano Berra in London.

Ofcom: do not overestimate online competition in pay-TV market

24 April 2012

Ed Richards, chief executive of the UK's media and telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has warned that online video content providers do not provide sufficient competition to challenge the role of established broadcasters. Stefano Berra in London.

Competition experts hit back at remedies in broadcasting sector

24 April 2012

Competition counsel to BSkyB and Hollywood film studios have warned of possible negative effects of remedies being imposed by antitrust authorities throughout Europe to address concerns of excessive concentration in the pay-TV market. Stefano Berra in London.


Antonio Bavasso

Allen & Overy

Keynote Speaker

Ed Richards

Chief Executive, OFCOM, UK


Andrea Appella

News Corporation, UK

Simon Bishop

RBB Economics, UK

Cristina Caffarra

Charles River Associates, Germany

Christian Ewald

Federal Cartel Office, Germany

Pablo Ibanez-Colomo

London School of Economics, UK

Krzysztof Kuik

DG Competition, European Commission, Belgium

Jorge Padilla

Compass Lexecon, Spain

Dave Poddar

Allen & Overy, Australia

Andrea Prat

London School of Economics, UK

Simon Priddis

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, UK

Ted Shapiro

Motion Picture Association, Belgium

Alison Sprague

FTI Consulting, UK

Yih-Choung Teh


Tommaso Valletti

Imperial College London, UK

Thibaud Verge

French Competition Authority, France

Stephen Wisking

Herbert Smith Freehills, UK

CPD points

The conference has been accredited with 6.5 CPD hours from the SRA.


08.30: Registration and coffee

09.00: Chairman's opening remarks

09.10: Keynote address

09.30: Competition enforcement in pay-TV: Incumbency, content and platform foreclosure and emerging technology issues

  • Foreclosure or incumbency theories
  • Wholesale mandatory offer remedies
  • Exclusivity in content acquisition
  • Content owners' perspective
  • New technologies and platform access

11.00: Coffee break

11.20: Territorial exclusivity after Murphy

  • The ECJ position
  • Can the Coditel case law still apply?
  • Does the judgement apply to other types of content?
  • Does the judgement apply to the internet?
  • Relationship with IP rights
  • Impact on economic models

12.50: Lunch

14.00: Recent developments in international merger control and remedies

  • EC
  • France
  • Germany
  • Australia

15.30: Tea break

16.00: Plurality regime: is there a need for reform in the UK?

  • Issues under consideration
  • The current UK regime
  • Is there a need for reform
  • Measuring plurality
  • How does the UL regime compare with positions elsewhere in the EU

17.30: Closing remarks and close of conference


The King's Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN, United Kingdom


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  • "Hit all the important points and provided useful insight into each"

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