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Ofcom names new CTO

UK media and communications regulator Ofcom has named Mansoor Hanif as chief technology officer. The Ofcom CTO is tasked with helping to ensure that Ofcom’s work for people and businesses is informed by current developments in networks and other technology. Mansoor was most recently director of the Converged Networks Research Lab at BT, leading research into both landline and […]

New chief economist for Ofcom

UK media and telecom regulator Ofcom has named Luisa Affuso as its new chief economist. Affuso joins the regulator from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she is a director in the economics group leading the competition economics team. She has advised on a number of high-profile competition policy matters, covering UK and international markets and including cases relevant to the sectors Ofcom regulates, […]

Ofcom: risks of structural decline in TV industry appear to be growing

TV viewing in the UK has been falling since 2010 but saw a steeper decline in 2017, with the risks of structural decline in the industry appearing to be growing.   This was one of the findings of Ofcom’s Communications Market Report, a major study on how communications services are changing in the UK, which shines […]

Ofcom: UK broadcasters failing to deliver for older children

Older children are being let down by UK broadcasters, according to Ofcom research showing that major channels aren’t broadcasting programmes specifically made for 13-15 year-olds. In particular, Ofcom noted that ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 must “revitalise” their approach to children’s programming. The BBC was not included in the report because its responsibilities are […]

Ofcom outlines full fibre support proposals

Ofcom has outlined a set of proposals to support long-term investment in full-fibre networks, following the publication yesterday of the government’s Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR). The UK’s communications regulator said that “consistent, predictable regulation” over the coming years will help companies like Openreach, Virgin Media, Vodafone, CityFibre and TalkTalk as they build out full-fibre […]

Sky least complained-about pay TV operator in UK in Q1

Sky was the least complained-about pay TV provider in the UK in the first quarter of this year, and BT was the most complained-about, according to the latest figures released by media and telecoms watchdog Ofcom. According to Ofcom’s statistics, Sky generated two complaints per 100,000 customers in the three months to March, compared with […]

Streaming services overtake UK pay TV as viewing revolution gathers pace

Subscriptions to OTT TV services Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Now TV have overtaken traditional pay TV services in the UK, according to figures compiled by media and telecom regulator Ofcom. According to Ofcom’s latest Media Nations report, which covers major trends in UK television, pay TV revenues also declined last year after a period […]

Ofcom names strategy and research director

UK media and telecoms regulator Ofcom has named Yih-Choung Teh as group director for strategy and research. He has been a director in Ofcom’s competition group since 2007, working on a wide range of media and telecoms issues. Over the last three years, he has been responsible for leading on the competition aspects in Ofcom’s […]

Ofcom predicts ‘Kangaroo 2’ collaboration between UK broadcasters

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has called on the UK’s public service broadcasters to collaborate in order to compete with global giants like Netflix, describing a previous regulatory block on such efforts as a “tragedy”. Speaking at the DTG Summit in London this morning, Ofcom group director and board member, Steve Unger, predicted that something along […]

Ofcom opens seven new investigations into RT in wake of Salisbury attack

UK media and telecoms regulator Ofcom has opened seven new investigations into Russian overseas news channel RT following the nerve agent attack on a Russian exile and his daughter in the city of Salisbury. Ofcom said that RT parent TV Novosti’s overall compliance record with its licence had not previously been out of line with […]

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