Coronavirus: Sport subscriptions suspended

BROADCASTERS Sky Sports and BT Sport have announced that they have stopped billing their commercial customers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sky Sports suspended its billing on March 14 and will not resume it “until a live sport schedule returns” and BT Sport said today (March 17) that it will “suspend billing for pubs and clubs customers for a two week period”.

“This is a goodwill gesture that we are putting in place while we monitor the situation,” said a statement from BT Sport.

“We will keep customers updated as the situation develops.”

Simon Raggett, managing director of Sky Business, said: “We understand that these are challenging times for many of our Sky Business venues, who rely on showing live sport in a social environment to attract customers and revenue.

“Supporting these businesses and doing what we can to help them in uncertain times is very important to us. We would like to reassure our Sky Business venues that from 14 March we will not be charging them for their Sky Sports service until a live sport schedule returns.”

The announcements come after sporting events around the world were called off and prime minister Boris Johnson advised the public to “avoid pubs, clubs, restaurants and other such social venues” in order to slow the spread of the virus.