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Confirms 'provisional approval' of Project Canvas

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Elsewhere on planet Beeb, the Trust today officially gave its provisional approval to the Corporation's involvement in Project Canvas.

As we reported yesterday, The BBC Trust has given the go-ahead for the corporation to push on with providing internet access to the TV, via a set-top box.

The UK's four terrestrial channels - BBC, ITV, Five, Channel 4 - have now signed up to the project. BT and internet service provider Talk Talk are also on board.

"After careful consideration, the Trust has provisionally concluded that Canvas is likely to benefit licence fee payers. We believe Canvas could be an important part of the way in which the BBC delivers its services in the future," said the Trust's strategic approval committee chair Diane Coyle.

"Our provisional conclusions include some conditions on the BBC's involvement. These conditions are designed to help secure the public value we identified and to help minimise, where possible, any potential harmful effects on the market.

"We will now be consulting industry and the public on our provisional conclusions. The last stage of the process will be to consider the responses to that consultation before reaching our final decision," she added.

Project Canvas has already been heavily criticised by rival broadcasters like Sky, which of course has a decent-sized broadband internet access business of its own.

The Trust said its provisional findings on approval of the project would conclude on 2 February 2010, after which time Aunties' governing body will reach its final decision. ®

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