BSkyB signs up

BRITISH Sky Broadcasting, the satellite television group, has dealt another blow to its rivals by signing up two more channels to its digital service on an exclusive basis for several years.

Flextech is providing the channels, including Living, which carries the Jerry Springer chat show, and UK Arena, one of the channels produced by Flextech's joint venture with the BBC.

The news is a blow to ONDigital, the joint venture between Carlton and Granada, which plans to launch a 30-channel digital service this year.