Ed Richards

Former Ofcom CEO: BBC licence fee sustainable ‘for present purposes’

Former Ofcom boss Ed Richards has said that the BBC licence fee is a sustainable model in the near term and that he has not been persuaded by any alternative funding models. Speaking at the Outside the Box conference at BAFTA yesterday, Richards, who was CEO of the UK broadcast regulator for eight years before […]

Civil servant tipped for Ofcom top job

Civil servant Sharon White, who currently holds the top role in the Treasury overseeing the UK’s public finances, has been tipped to take the CEO role at broadcast regulator Ofcom. According to a Sky News report, White is understood to have been recommended to Culture Secretary Sajid Javid as Ofcom’s new chief executive, though the appointment […]

Ofcom to make 700MHz available for mobile

Ofcom has said it will make the 700MHz frequency band that currently forms the bedrock of digital-terrestrial available for mobile broadband applications. The regulator said the switch would take place by the beginning of 2022 and possibly up to two years earlier, citing the claim that demand for mobile data “could be 45 times higher […]

Ofcom CEO Ed Richards steps down

Ofcom’s chief executive officer, Ed Richards will step down at the end of December after eight years in charge of the UK broadcast regulator. Announcing the departure, Ofcom said that the process to appoint Richards’ replacement is already underway, led by Zygos Partnership and that it aims to complete the recruitment process early in 2015. […]

UK surge in superfast broadband

The proportion of superfast broadband connections in the UK has grown from 5% in November 2011 to 25% in November 2013, according to new research by Ofcom. The UK broadcast regulator said that the average actual fixed-line residential broadband speed in the UK is 17.8Mbit/s, almost five times faster than it was five years ago […]