Virgin Media to contest Ofcom early termination fine

Virgin Media is to appeal a fine levied by UK regulator Ofcom for making excessive charges for early termination of contracts. The cable operator said hat it “strongly disagrees” with Ofcom’s ruling and believes to be “both unjustified and disproportionate”. Virgin said it would appeal the decision before the Competition Appeal Tribunal. Ofcom announced today […]

BBC iPlayer box-set plan hits regulatory hurdle

The BBC’s plans to extend the availability of box-sets on its iPlayer on-demand service, and other planned changes to iPlayer are “material” and require the BBC Board to undertake a public interest test, according to UK media regulator Ofcom, in a ruling that contradicted the pubcaster’s board’s own assessment of the impact of the proposed […]

Ofcom outlines plans to boost fibre build-out

UK media and telecom regulator Ofcom has outlined proposals to give businesses, mobile operators and broadband providers greater access to BT Openreach’s ducts and poles to boost the rollout of fibre. Ofcom is consulting on proposals to allow access to Openreach’s ducts and poles to companies offering any type of telecoms services including high-speed lines […]

Ofcom names Sophie Morgan to content board

UK media and telecom regulator Ofcom has named TV presenter and entrepreneur Sophie Morgan to its content board. Ofcom’s content bard is a committee of the main Ofcom board that as advisory responsibility for a wide range of content issues, including the regulation of television, radio and video-on-demand quality and standards. Morgan is lead presenter […]

Ofcom: BBC must be more transparent and take more risks

UK public broadcaster the BBC needs to go further in acting transparently, particularly in relation to the potential competitive impact of its activities, according to regulator Ofcom. According to Ofcom’s first annual report on the broadcaster since taking over as independent regulator, the BBC “does not routinely explain planned changes in its public service activities […]

UK PSBs call for new prominence rules to tackle tech giants

The UK’s public service broadcasters have asked the government to guarantee the prominence of their linear and on-demand services in the face of mounting pressure from global giants like Netflix. In an open letter signed by the heads of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, STV and S4C, the broadcasters urged broadcast regulator Ofcom to modernise […]

Ofcom appoints two new board members

Ofcom has appointed British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) chairman Maggie Carver and financial analyst Angela Dean to its board. Alongside her BBFC role, Carver is also chair of the and the Racecourse Association and has held a number of media industry roles – including sitting on the boards of ITN and Channel 5. She […]

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 […]

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