Jonathan Thompson

Everyone TV’s Jonathan Thompson warns against algorithm-led TV future

Jonathan Thompson, the CEO of the newly rebranded Everyone TV (fka Digital UK), has warned that British public broadcasters must rise to meet the existential threat posed by global streaming services and their “anonymous algorithm”. Speaking at the Outside The Box 2023 conference in London yesterday, Thompson used his keynote to discuss the “universality” of […]

Freeview announces ‘Bundle Builder’ service

Freeview has announced a new online ‘Bundle Builder’ service, as a response to growing demand for bundles of shows that are available on free TV. Speaking at the Outside the Box conference at BAFTA’s headquarters in London this morning, Freeview managing director Guy North said that Freeview Play, which underpins Freeview Bundle Builder, is becoming […]

Freeview Play content discovery revamp due this year

A new Freeview Play content discovery and recommendation system is currently in development and is due to launch later this year. During a panel session on ‘innovation in broadcast’ at the DTG Summit in London yesterday, Digital UK CEO Jonathan Thompson showed a picture and gave details of the in-development offering. He said it would provide […]

Digital UK urges Europe to ‘protect future of free TV’

Digital UK and members of the Wider Spectrum Group have urged EU policy makers to protect the airwaves used by Freeview and other European terrestrial services ahead of the WRC next month. Digital UK Chief Executive Jonathan Thompson and other senior representatives of the broadcasting sector called on the EU to protect the future of […]

DTT ‘must evolve’, says Digital UK CEO

Digital terrestrial television “must and will evolve” to adapt to new technology and web connectivity, according to Digital UK chief executive Jonathan Thompson. In Digital UK’s ‘Free to view TV for the connected age’ update, Thompson said that Digital UK’s priority over the coming months and years will be to adapt and to make sure […]

Digital UK stresses DTT value ahead of spectrum shakeup

The UK’s Freeview DTT platform returns almost £80 billion (€97 billion) to the economy and delivers more value per unit of spectrum than mobile broadband, according to a new report by Digital UK.  The not-for-profit organisation claims the research “challenges the view that mobile broadband delivers more value from airwaves than television” as policy makers […]

Former Channel 4 exec takes Digital UK top job

Former director of strategy for Ofcom and Channel 4, Jonathan Thompson, has been appointed chief executive of Digital UK – the non-profit organisation formed to help consumers covert to digital TV. The hire comes after current Digital UK CEO David Scott said last month that he is stepping down, with Thompson due to take up his […]