Viagogo called to give evidence at ticket abuse hearing

Viagogo called to give evidence at ticket abuse hearing

Representatives from Viagogo have been called to give evidence at a select committee hearing on ticket abuse next week. 

Ed Sheeran's manager Stuart Camp, Stuart Galbraith of promoter Kilimanjaro Live, See Tickets boss Rob Wilmshurst and Hamilton producer Cameron Macintosh are also due to appear at the hearing - alongside Daily Record journalist Mark McGivern and Claire Turnham of the Victims Of Viagogo group - on Tuesday, March 21, at a venue to be confirmed. 

The Culture, Media And Sport Committee will pick up on some of the issues considered at the previous meeting last November and will consider the government's response to the independent report on secondary ticketing by Professor Michael Waterson.

In December, the Competition And Markets Authority (CMA) launched an enforcement investigation into the four main secondary ticketing platforms - Viagogo, eBay-owned StubHub and Ticketmaster's Seatwave and Get Me In. The Secretary Of State has asked HM Revenue & Customs to look into potential under-reporting of income of these sites.

It was announced on Saturday that touts who use bots to bulk buy tickets for music and sporting events will face unlimited fines, in an amendment to the Digital Economy Bill. 

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