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Half of UK homes now take streaming services as broadcast viewing slides

Half of UK homes now subscribe to streaming services, according to regulator Ofcom’s latest Media Nations report. According to the report, the number of UK households signed up to the most popular streaming platforms – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Now TV and Disney Life – increased from 11.2 million or 39% of all homes in 2018 to […]

Ofcom greenlights BBC iPlayer plan, despite concerns over BritBox

Ofcom has confirmed that the BBC can extend the window under which it makes most of its programmes available on the BBC iPlayer service to one year, with some content, including kids content, available for longer. “We have decided that the public value of the proposed changes to BBC iPlayer justifies the adverse impact on […]

RT faces £200k Ofcom fine, but retains licence

British regulator Ofcom has fined Kremlin-funded RT £200,000 (€222,741) for breaching impartiality rules. An investigation into RT found that the network breached the British broadcasting code on seven occasions in six weeks following the 2018 Salsibury novichok attack, and in regards to its reporting of the Syrian conflict. It had been speculated that the network […]

Ofcom starts search for new chief

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 […]

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