Clarets fan from York wants to buy ITV Digital

Last updated : 01 May 2002 By Tony Scholes

Now one of the newest chairmen in the Football League is hoping to buy ITV Digital and has already had discussions with the administrators. He admits that he can't finance it himself but says he can bring in people that can.

Batchelor, apart from being York chairman, is in the motor sport business and it is from these two areas that he expects the money to come. He told his own club's web site,

"It is my intention to head up a bid for ITV Digital backed by a consortium of people from motorsport and football. We have had discussions overnight and I have been looking at this for around ten days. I need to act very quickly, after talks with the adminstrators who said the company would otherwise be broken up very quickly.

"There is no reason why we can't make this work and it will be heavily funded from the motorsport side. I don't have the money required, but I do have the ability to bring people together who do."

He certainly is going to have to act very quickly if indeed he is serious, and there is no reason to doubt him, the pay channels are already off air for ITV Digital customers who are now seeing nothing other than a message on their screens.