Ed Vaizey

Brexit to drive channel relocation decisions by H1 2018

TV channels that run from the UK but broadcast into Europe will likely have to decide in the first half of next year whether to move their operations due to Brexit uncertainties, warned COBA executive director Adam Minns. Speaking at the Media Summits Brexit Briefing in London last night, Minns raised doubts about the UK’s […]

Ed Vaizey replaced as UK culture minister

Ed Vaizey has been replaced as the minister in charge of the UK’s culture and media sectors, as the fall-out of the country’s recent political changes continue. Matt Hancock has been appointed minister of state for digital policy at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, effectively replacing Vaizey, who was minister of state for […]

UK government pledges superfast broadband for new homes

The UK government has unveiled plans to make superfast fibre broadband available to all new home developments. Announcing the new deal, the government said it has worked with BT’s Openreach network infrastructure arm and the Home Builders Federation (HBF) on an agreement that aims to provide fibre to new homes either for free or as […]

UK government seeks ideas for new digital strategy

The UK government has called on the public and industry to share idea about how the UK’s ‘digital revolution’ can be taken “to the next stage.” Digital economy minister Ed Vaizey issued the call for feedback ahead of the launch of a new five-year Digital Strategy for the UK early this year. “Every part of […]

BBC Trust should be scrapped, says chairman

BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead has called for the body she heads, which is charged with regulatory oversight of the BBC, to be scrapped and replaced with an external regulator after the public broadcaster’s Charter renewal in 2016. Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention, Fairhead highlighted the “complicated area of governance is the oversight of […]

UK’s FITT taskforce makes industry recommendations

The UK’s Future of Innovation in Television Technology (FITT) taskforce has made a number of recommendations to help guide the industry and create sustainable growth. In a report that marked the conclusion of an 18-month collaborative industry project, the taskforce made 13 recommendations including the establishment of a leaders assembly to guide a ‘Next Generation […]

Mobile Video Alliance launches in the UK

The Mobile Video Alliance (MVA), an organisation set up set up last year to tackle issues like video quality over mobile networks, has officially launched today with support from UK industry body the Digital TV Group (DTG). UK culture minister Ed Vaizey launched the MVA at the DTG summit in London at what the alliance’s […]

UK government aims to double spectrum revenues

The UK government has said that aims for spectrum to double its contribution to the economy to more than £100 billion by 2025.  In a paper on UK spectrum strategy, published yesterday, Ed Vaizey, minister for culture, communications and creative industries, said that the government’s “vision” for the use of spectrum was to foster contribution […]

UK multichannel broadcasters grow revenues to £5 billion

The UK’s multichannel broadcast sector has grown its revenues to £5 billion (€6 billion) a year, overtaking the BBC and commercial public service broadcasters, according to the Commercial Broadcasters Association (CoBA). According to a new report by media consultancy the Communications Chambers, on behalf of COBA, the UK multichannel sector now broadcasts 127 non-UK channels […]

UK minister outlines “three scenarios” for DTT after loss of 700MHz spectrum

The 700MHz frequency range currently given over to digital-terrestrial broadcasting is clearly going to be re-allocated because of demand for mobile broadband spectrum, and the UK government – along with the Future of Innovation in Television Technology (FITT) task force – is looking at three possible scenarios for the future of the DTT platform, according to […]