Petition Ofcom to properly regulate the BBC to comply with UK Competition Rules.

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Louise Green
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BBC Discrimination and breach of Competition Law

There is not much evidence that the BBC is performing a public service role.

Laughlines Ltd has complained to Ofcom that the BBC has breached UK competition law and manipulated the commercial market by creating a dominant position for an Australian ‘Fawlty Towers’ show.

As the owner of the copyright in the final recorded version of its TV programme and the protected trademark, the BBC acknowledged our British 'Fawlty Towers' Tribute in 2004, which established itself in the UK as the original ‘Leading British No.1 tribute’. The BBC acquiesced in the advertising and marketing of our show.

In 2006, the original ‘Fawlty Towers’ cast members, attended the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay for the 30 year 'Fawlty Towers' celebration anniversary, where the most popular established British tribute act by Laughlines was advertised and performed.  After travelling to the Hotel Gleneagles to film a ‘live’ show a TV producer described the show ‘as a total education in performance’.

In 2008 the BBC provided exclusive publicity for the UK launch of an Australian ‘Fawlty Towers’ show for its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which was broadcast on the BBC ‘One Show’. The shows Australian performer, Alison Pollard Mansergh has told the press of the BBC’s support stating “The BBC have watched the show and supported us greatly”

In 2014, the BBC suddenly objected to the original British No.1 ‘Fawlty Towers’ tribute act, causing it to be withdrawn from the market, thereby restricting the tribute market for 'Fawlty Towers' and clearing the path for the Australian ‘Fawlty Towers’ show and its Australian performer to establish a dominant position in the UK market.

The Australian ‘Fawlty Towers’ show is now marketed to be the ‘original’ and No.1 Tribute Act’.

UK organisations must not discriminate against British nationals by discretely offering, or providing unequal opportunities which are advantageous for employment and UK services offered by a particular individual or group from another country.

We would be grateful for your support by signing our petition to urge Ofcom to hold the BBC to account.

Thank you in anticipation for your support.

You can read more about the BBC scandal here Unity News Article

You can watch our interview with David Clewes at Unity News;

David Clewes Interview

Laughlines Ltd shows can be found at:https://laughlines.net/

The Australian performers show can be found at: https://www.torquaysuitetheatre.com/