Ofcom is facing pressure from MPs to intervene to ensure TV channels are not left out in the cold by electronic programme guides.
Ofcom is facing pressure from MPs to intervene to ensure TV channels are not left out in the cold by electronic programme guides.

The media regulator is being asked to include in its code of practice a requirement for EPG providers to periodically review the ordering of channels according to audience share.

The demand has the backing of Julie Kirkbride, shadow Tory media minister, and Don Foster, the Liberal Democrat media spokesman.

But 40 MPs in all parties have added their names to a Commons motion tabled by Labour MP John Grogan calling for Ofcom to act.

"Providers of EPGs hold a significant position of power in deciding how digital television channels should be listed on the EPG," the MPs said.

"Certain channels are seriously limited in their ability to compete by their position on the EPG."

Calling for the review the MPs added: "It is in the viewers' interests for the position on the EPG to reflect where viewers expect to find them."