UK government calls for digital platforms to ‘step up’ online rules

Digital platforms need to “step up and play their part in establishing online rules”, according to culture minister Matt Hancock. Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention yesterday, Hancock said that the when it comes to posting videos online, broadcasters are regulated by Ofcom, newspapers by IPSO, but user-generated content uploaded to major online platforms are […]

BBC licence fee price to increase on April 1

The UK government has confirmed that the BBC licence fee will increase from £147 per year to £150.50 on April 1. The move marks the second price increase in as many years, and comes after the government announced in 2016 that the fee would rise in line with inflation for five years from April 1, […]

UK government rejects BT’s £600 broadband offer in favour of regulation

The UK government has rejected BT’s offer to voluntarily invest up to £600 million to deliver 10Mbps broadband to 99% of the UK by 2020, instead opting for a regulatory Universal Service Obligation (USO). The government said that after careful consideration it had decided that regulation is “the best way of making sure everyone in […]

France Télévisions faces call to make more savings

France Télévisions and France’s other public broadcaster organisations could be forced to find significant cost savings after the French government demanded economies in the region of €80 million, according to a report in Le Monde. According to the paper, which did not name its sources, France Télévisions, Radio France, France Médias Monde – the international […]

UK creative sector benefits from £700m in tax relief

The UK’s creative industries have benefitted from more than £700 million in tax relief over the past year, according to government stats. Creative Sector Tax Reliefs were introduced to help UK businesses and the government report claims that TV series like Netflix’s The Crown and films like Lady Macbeth are among the productions to have […]

Illegal streaming boxes ‘threaten copyright progress’

Adapted set-top boxes that let users illegally stream premium content risk undermining recent progress in copyright infringement, according to a UK government report. The UK Intellectual Property Office-commissioned study said that streaming giants such as Netflix and Spotify are keeping infringement levels stable, and the number of consumers accessing exclusively free content is at an […]

UK government scraps business rates for fibre broadband

The UK government has announced plans to scrap business rates for operators who install new fibre on their networks, with the introduction of the Telecommunications Infrastructure Bill. The government said the bill will incentivise operators to invest in the broadband network and claimed it will pave the way for a “gold standard of full-fibre broadband […]

Polish pay TV providers slam government plan to levy licence fee

The Polish government has unveiled controversial proposals to collect TV licence fee payments using the subscription databases of cable and satellite DTH providers. New legislation, expected to reach parliament within the next couple of months, calls for cable and other digital TV platform operators to pass their customer data to Poczcie Polskiej, the country’s national […]

Clementi confirmed as BBC chairman

David Clementi has been confirmed as the next chairman of British public broadcaster the BBC. The UK government has confirmed the former deputy governor of the Bank of England as its preferred candidate a day after news of his imminent appointment broke locally. He will in effect replace Rona Fairhead, who is chairman of the […]

Digital Economy Bill: UK targets adult sites, online piracy

The UK government has proposed a new law that will age-restrict adult sites, increase sentences for online piracy and make fast broadband a legal right. The Digital Economy Bill, which was introduced this week, says that adult sites should introduce age restrictions that will stop those aged under-18 from accessing pornography – or risk being […]