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Friday 29 August 2014

Regulator rejects TV3 complaint on RTE fees

Emma Jane Hade

Published 21/06/2014 | 02:30

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TV3 initially submitted the complaint to ComReg against RTE in June 2008
TV3 initially submitted the complaint to ComReg against RTE in June 2008

THE Communications Regulator will not be pursuing TV3's complaint that it was overcharged by RTE in relation to transmission fees.

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The station had complained that RTE and RTE Transmission Network Ltd (RTENL) abused their "dominant position in the market for the sale of wholesale analogue terrestrial television transmission and distribution services".

The alleged abuses concerned "excessive and discriminatory pricing" in the charges levied by RTE upon TV3 from when the station launched in 1998 until the analogue switch-off in 2012.

But ComReg announced their decision to formally close the investigation yesterday after they were assisted by Deloitte Consulting to provide analysis of the data gathered during the probe.

TV3 initially submitted the complaint to ComReg against the national broadcaster in June 2008.

TV3 claimed the fees they paid to RTENL were higher than the regulated prices TG4 were paying. They said they were being charged "unfair and excessive prices", and they were not "proportionate to the cost to RTENL of providing the services being charged for".

Consulting firm Deloitte presented a detailed report to ComReg last December, which contributed to the decision to close the complaint on the basis that "there are insufficient grounds for action with respect to each of the alleged excessive and discriminatory pricing abuses".

ComReg decided that there was "insufficient grounds for action, with respect to each of the alleged excessive and discriminatory pricing abuses".

A spokesperson for RTE last night said that they "welcome the decision by ComReg to close the TV3 complaint".

Irish Independent

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