Broadcasters to resume billing


BROADCASTERS Sky and BT Sport have announced that they will resume charging their commercial customers in the coming weeks but at reduced rates.

Sky will resume billing customers able to reopen by July 15 from that date, charging a 50% discount for the remainder of July and August.

BT Sport, meanwhile, will resume charging its customers from August, albeit those who renew their contract will receive a 70% discount, dropping by 10% each month until the normal rate has resumed.

Sporting events including SPFL, Premier League and Formula 1 will all be taking place in the coming weeks after a being suspended during the pandemic.

Bruce Cuthbert of BT Sport said the company recognises “that when pubs reopen they will be operating within challenging restrictions whilst trying to reconnect with their customers and communities”.

And Sky Business managing director, Simon Raggett, said: “Whilst the Scottish Government’s intention is to allow pubs, hotels and restaurants to reopen from July 15, we appreciate that every venue is different and the time it will take to open may vary across the sector.

“To help support our customers during this challenging time, if they are not authorised or able to open from July 15, then we will suspend their Sky service until they can.

“Our partnership with our customers is very important to us and to support those who can open on July 15, they will receive a 50% discount off their Sky subscription for July and August.”