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Ofcom has published a statement on protecting fair and effective competition in how the BBC carries out its trading activities.

Ofcom says that, as a large, publicly funded organisation, the BBC inevitably affects competition in the wider media market. It may have a positive effect, for example by stimulating demand or encouraging sector-wide innovation. However, in fulfilling its objectives, the BBC may also harm the ability of others to compete effectively.

Under the Charter and Agreement, the BBC Public Service can carry out some specific types of “trading” activity that are ancillary to its core public service activities, and commercial in nature.

The statement, which follows a consultation in March, explains Ofcom’s requirements and guidance. To read the statement, click here.