BT should prioritise telecoms over football TV rights

DUP MP Gregory Campbell says BT should prioritise improving its telecommunications infrastructure over gazumping Sky and other competitors for televised football rights.

The East Londonderry MP made the comments during a debate in Westminster.

He commented: “BT uses its competitive edge to try to take Sky’s customers, particularly regarding televised football.

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“Does my hon. Friend agree it would be better if instead of—or maybe as well as—doing that, some of those millions of pounds of expenditure were diverted into improving the infrastructure, about which we have heard so many complaints this morning?”

His party colleague Jim Shannon said: “I agree with him wholeheartedly.

“In the free market of communications, of course, consumers can vote with their feet but that is not to say the Government have no role in ensuring proper service standards that customers of any business would expect.”