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The BBC believes that Sky should scrap the electronic programme guide (EPG) fees it charges free-to-air broadcasters, it has been reported.

At present, operators including the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 are required to pay for the privilege of airing content over Sky's subscription TV platform.

But according to the BBC's Director of Policy and Strategy John Tate, it should be Sky that pays to maintain this relationship.

In an interview with industry magazine Broadcast, he argued that Sky should either broadcast BBC content for free or pay the corporation to air its channels.

"The licence fee-payer should not have to pay twice for the carriage of content," he claimed.

"At the minimum, we think a zero-pay regime would be a fair outcome. Sky’s ability to offer the BBC channels is hugely important to its business and it should pay for the carriage."

Sky Director of Policy Adam Kinsley admitted it is "beneficial" for the TV platform "to carry any channel".

However, defending Sky's EPG charge, he said there are also "huge benefits" to channels being on a platform which is available to 11 million homes.

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