Chris Patten Will Say Ofcom Should Assess BBC’s Market Impact, FT Reports

British Broadcasting Corp. Trust Chairman Chris Patten will suggest that restrictions on the commercial activities of the BBC should be tightened and that market-regulator Ofcom should carry out market-impact assessments to see whether the broadcaster’s plans could block commercial competitors or distort U.K. markets, the Financial Times reported.

Patten, a former Conservative Party chairman, will also rule out any public sale of the commercial unit, BBC Worldwide, the FT said, citing two unidentified people the newspaper said have read a speech Patten is scheduled to give to the Royal Television Society on July 7.

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