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BBC Windows 7 coverage 'sales pitch', says OSC

Open Source: BBC used licence fee to advertise OS

The BBC's recent coverage of Microsoft's Windows 7 was nothing more than a "sales presentation" according to the Open Source Consortium (OSC).

The coverage in question is a three-minute news feature that saw analyst Rob Enderle and the BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones discussing the pre-beta version of the OS, which was launched at the Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in the US last month.

In a written complaint sent to the BBC Fair Trading Unit, the OSC claimed a three-minute was "a sales presentation rather than the news review" and was using the licence fee to "advertise" the product.

However, the BBC disagrees and says the complaint is an "issue of editorial choice".

See also: In pictures: What's new in Windows 7?

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