Ofcom


Ofcom starts search for new head honcho

British media regulator Ofcom has stepped up its search for a new CEO following the departure of Sharon White in June. White stepped down from the role to join the John Lewis Partnership as chairman on a reportedly near-£1m salary. As reported by the Financial Times, recruitment company Russell Reynolds has started advertising the Ofcom […]

Chinese state broadcaster hires former Ofcom director

China Global Television Network (CGTN), the Chinese state broadcaster, has hired former board member of Ofcom Nick Pollard. As per the Financial Times, Ofcom is currently investigating CGTN over a complaint filed by a British citizen who accused the channel of broadcasting a confession made under duress. A second complaint was made by a UK-based […]

Ofcom prominence measures “warmly welcomed” by UK PSBs

British PSBs have responded to Ofcom’s proposed measures to aid PSBs in the streaming era.  On Thursday, July 4, broadcast regulator Ofcom announced its measures to ensure “that PSBs continue to deliver high-quality content for UK viewers and listeners”. These include improving the prominence of PSB content on major viewing platforms, a renewed focus on […]

Ofcom sets out new PSB measures in face of “unprecedented challenges”

UK regulator Ofcom has announced a new set of measures to improve the chances of PSBs against the threat posed by international streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.  In an announcement made on July 4, Ofcom detailed that it is setting out a “package of measures, including recommendations to Government, to support PSB […]

Ofcom gives provisional green light to 12-month BBC iPlayer plan

UK media regulator Ofcom has provisionally given the BBC a green light for its planned changes to BBC iPlayer, subject to certain conditions and guidance. The regulator said that it accepts that the BBC needs to keep pace with changes in consumption habits. “We have provisionally found that the proposed changes to BBC iPlayer would […]

Ofcom CEO Sharon White to step down

Ofcom CEO Sharon White is to step down towards the end of the year to become chairman of The John Lewis Partnership. White joined Ofcom in March 2015 from HM Treasury where she was Second Permanent Secretary. Lord Burns, Ofcom Chairman, said: “Sharon has been an outstanding Chief Executive for Ofcom and will be missed by […]

Ofcom greenlights BBC/Discovery deal for UKTV

British regulator Ofcom will not conduct a formal investigation into the BBC’s deal with Discovery to divide up UKTV. This effectively means that the proposed deal – that will see Discovery take control of three channels and the BBC take control of seven – now has official approval. Discovery, which became a co-owner of UKTV […]

Netflix and Prime Video eclipse local broadcaster revenues in the UK

UK revenue for streaming giants Netflix and Amazon Prime is double that of the nation’s five biggest broadcasters. According to an Ofcom report on the UK’s VOD market, Amazon Prime and Netflix generated an estimated £1.09 billion (€1.27 billion) in 2018. By contrast, Sky’s Now TV, ITV Hub, All 4, My 5 and the BBC […]

Ofcom introduces ‘best deal’ rule for UK broadband, phone and TV operators

Broadband, phone and pay TV firms must tell customers about their best deals, Ofcom has announced. According to a statement from the regulator, broadband, TV, mobile and home phone companies will be required to tell their customers when their contracts are close to expiry and tell them about their best deals. Broadband, TV, mobile and […]

BT tops Ofcom pay TV complaints list

BT topped UK regulator Ofcom’s list of the most complained-about pay TV service providers in the fourth quarter of last year. The telco generated 12 complaints per 100,000 subscribers in the three months to December, followed by Virgin Media with 10 and TalkTalk with seven. Sky generated the fewest complaints, with only one subscriber per […]

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