LATEST: ITV Digital to be broken up
Administrators at Deloitte & Touche have failed to find a buyer for ITV Digital and will now sell off the business and assets 'with immediate effect'.
The administrators had hoped to sell the business as a going concern, but they were unable to secure the additional funds necessary to run the company.
The fireside sale will mean subscribers could have their paid-for services switched off immediately, though the administrators said they were in discussions with the major suppliers to provide services ‘on a short-term basis’.
However, it is likely that customers will continue to receive free-to-air digital services, such as BBC 4 and ITV 2.
ITV Digital’s suppliers include Sky Sports, Sky Movies, ITV Sports and FilmFour.
The Independent Television Commission said it would now revoke ITV Digital’s licence and offer it for tender.
But the biggest loser will be the Football League, which is owed millions by the company for broadcast rights, and now many debt-ridden football clubs could face financial ruin.