Ofcom sanctions Samaa TV for hate speech

UK media regulator Ofcom has imposed financial penalties for breaches of its broadcasting rules on channels Samaa TV and Studio 66. Samaa TV owner Up and Coming TV must pay £40,000 for breaches of the Broadcasting Code the channel, while Ofcom is also imposing a £15,000 financial penalty on 965 TV Limited, after its Studio 66 service […]

Ofcom: Sky ‘continues to contravene’ end of contract notification rules

The UK’s broadcast regulator, Ofcom, has found that Comcast-owned pay TV operator Sky is in violation of contract rules. Closing a case which was opened in December 2020, Ofcom ruled that Sky failed to comply with the requirement to issue end-of-contract notifications to certain pay TV customers.  This came after the regulator introduced new rules […]

Record generational divide laid bare in latest Ofcom report

The gulf in UK video consumption habits has been laid bare in Ofcom’s latest Media Nations report, with younger adults now watching almost seven times less scheduled TV than those aged 65 and over. According to the eagerly anticipated annual report, people aged 16-24 spend 53 minutes in front of broadcast TV on an average […]

Ofcom calls for evidence as pressure mounts to loosen PSB ad rules

UK media regulator Ofcom has issued a call for evidence to help it decide whether there needs to be a change in the rules governing the amount of advertising that can e shown on the country’s public service broadcast channels. UK broadcasters are subject to restrictions on how much advertising they can show on their […]

Gigabit broadband now available to two thirds of UK homes

Gigabit broadband is now available to two thirds of the UK’s homes, according to a study by regulator Ofcom. According to the media and communications watchdog, some 66% of UK homes, or 19.3 million homes in total, can now access internet speeds of up to 1Gbps, up from 37% at the same point last year. […]

Ofcom hires Meta misinformation chief to oversee online safety

UK media and telecoms regulator Ofcom has hired Meta’s EMEA misinformation policy chief to oversee its online safety policy when the government gives it the power to regulate this area. Jessica Zucker previously headed Meta/Facebook’s minsinformation policy team in EMEA as as acting as the company’s global health misinformation lead during the pandemic. With the […]

UK government to outline C4 privatisation plans in white paper

The UK government is set to release a policy paper outlining its plans to sell Channel 4. The government confirmed that it would privatise the pubcaster earlier this month, in a move which has received major pushback from Channel 4’s CEO ​​Alex Mahon along with  lawmakers across parliament and well-known TV personalities such as former […]

Streamers to be regulated by UK government

Streamers such as Netflix, Disney+ and Apple TV+ are to be regulated in the UK for the first time, while super-indies are set to face new scrutiny over their ‘independent’ status. The proposals from UK government came in a far-reaching White Paper that promises to deliver a “new golden age of programming” by updating “decades-old […]

Former BBC chair Michael Grade picked for vacant Ofcom chairman role by UK government

Former BBC chairman and Channel 4 CEO Lord Michael Grade has been announced as the UK government’s preferred pick for chair of Ofcom. Grade was selected from a final shortlist that included former Conservative party deputy chairman Stephen Gilbert and Telegraph Media Group deputy chairman Guy Black. All three represent the Tories in the House […]

UK’s Ofcom revokes RT licence

UK media regulator Ofcom has revoked the licence of Russian state-backed news channel RT to broadcast in the UK, with immediate effect. The watchdog said that it did not consider RT’s licensee, ANO TV Novosti, fit and proper to hold a UK broadcast licence. The decision to pull the plug on the Russian outfit comes as […]

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