The BBC’s commercial arm and Deloitte, the administrator of Woolworths, will
appear before a High Court judge today to settle an argument over the value of
2Entertain, their joint venture, the Financial Times reported.
The outcome of the case could affect government plans, due to be published
next week, to secure the funding of public service broadcasting, because
2Entertain forms part of a proposed new joint venture between BBC Worldwide and
Channel 4, according to people familiar with the case, according to the
BBC Worldwide argues that the property rights arrangement affecting the
2Entertain business in effect lapsed when Woolworths collapsed last November so
a valuation must be made on the basis that the rights – to manufacture and
distribute DVDs carrying BBC material – are not available to anyone other then
the BBC, the FT said.
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