Charles Moore and Paul Dacre set for Ofcom and BBC chairman roles

Charles Moore and Paul Dacre have reportedly been identified as the UK Conservative government’s picks to be chairman of the BBC and Ofcom respectively. Both figures are well known right wing figures in the media, and would serve to further align the British media with the agenda of number 10.  The pair have been offered […]

Ofcom: older viewers driving COVID-19 boost in streaming

UK adults doubled the amount of time spent on streamers during the peak of the Covid-19 lockdown, a report from the country’s media regulator has found. Ofcom revealed the finding in its Media Nations 2020 report, adding that 12 million adults had signed up to streaming services in April, with three million of those having […]

CGTN rehires former Ofcom and Sky News head as pressure mounts

China Global Television Network (CGTN) has rehired a former Ofcom board member amid ongoing pressure on the regulator to revoke the state-owned broadcaster’s UK licence.  Over the past few months, the broadcaster has been found guilty on multiple occasions of breaching impartiality rules and airing forced confessions, and has been forced to register as a […]

Pressure grows on Ofcom to ban Chinese state-owned news network from airwaves

Ofcom is under increasing pressure to remove China Global Television Network (CGTN), the state-owned broadcaster, from the UK. This comes after the broadcaster has been accused of breaching impartiality rules and airing forced confessions. The former was brought into prominence last month when the regulator found that CGTN had broadcast a forcibly obtained confession from […]

Virgin Media tops Ofcom’s list as UK’s most complained about pay TV operator

Virgin Media has claimed the unfortunate title of being the most complained about pay TV operator in the UK, according to Ofcom. The media regulator has published its Q4 2019 consumer complaints data, and while consumers have had less truck with operators across the board the Liberty Global brand is still the pick of the […]

Ofcom names content standards and licensing chief

UK media and telecom watchdog Ofcom has named Alison Marsden has been appointed as director of content standards, licensing and enforcement. Marsden will head Ofcom’s team with responsibility for setting and enforcing content standards for television, radio and on-demand services and Ofcom’s broadcast licensing programme. She will also sit on Ofcom’s content board, a committee […]

Ofcom names content director to board

UK media and telecom regulator Ofcom has appointed Kevin Bakhurst, its content and media policy group director, to its board. Bakhurst joined Ofcom in 2016 and has overseen its work on content standards and policy, including taking on regulation of the BBC and preparations to become the regulator for video sharing platforms in the UK. […]

UK pay TV operators must now warn customers of end of contracts

From tomorrow, UK broadband and pay TV service providers must ow warn their customers when current contracts are ending and inform them how much they could save by signing up to a new deal, under new rules brought into force by regulator Ofcom. The regulator estimates that around 20 million customers are already out of […]

‘MP for Albert Square’ Oliver Dowden appointed secretary of culture

As a part of the British government’s cabinet reshuffle, Oliver Dowden has been appointed as the secretary of state for the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee. Dowden replaces Nicky Morgan, who was created a life peer in order to fill the gap between the December 2019 general election and the formation of a […]

Ofcom hires ex-Google exec as head of emerging technology

UK regulator Ofcom has hired Google executive Professor Simon Saunders as director of emerging technology. At Google, Saunders was head of connectivity partnerships for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has served with the tech giant since 2015, working with mobile operators globally on improving wireless connectivity through advanced technology. Saunders is a specialist […]

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