Openreach to ramp up full-fibre build after Ofcom ruling

BT has said that it will rapidly expand its full-fibre network in the wake of Ofcom’s decision not to impose price caps. The regulator announced that it would not put a limit on the amount that Openreach can charge wholesale buyers as an attempt to incentivise BT to invest £12 billion in the UK’s infrastructure […]

Piers Morgan’s anti-Meghan rant becomes Ofcom’s most complained about moment ever

Controversial UK media personality Piers Morgan has become the most complained about TV figure in regulator Ofcom’s history. Ofcom confirmed on Wednesday that 57,121 people – including Meghan herself – had submitted formal complaints over the presenter’s comments about the Duchess of Sussex.  It overtakes the 44,500 complaints made by Brits over the treatment of […]

CGTN fined £225,000 by Ofcom

CGTN has been handed a £225,000 fine from Ofcom as tensions between the Chinese state broadcaster and the UK broadcasting apparatus continues to escalate. The fine comes weeks after the broadcaster had its UK licence revoked on the grounds that the network’s owner, Star China Media Limited (SCML), “did not have editorial responsibility” over the […]

CGTN turns to France following UK ban

Chinese state broadcaster CGTN has applied for a French broadcasting licence. The network is trying to regain a foothold in Europe after Ofcom revoked its licence to broadcast in the UK earlier this month. The regulator said that the network’s owner, Star China Media Limited (SCML), “did not have editorial responsibility” over the channel and […]

O2 handed £10.5 million fine for decade of overcharging customers

Telefónica’s UK mobile operator O2 has been handed a fine of £10.5 million for almost a decade of billing errors which resulted in the overcharging of 140,000 customers. Ofcom opened an investigation into potential issues with the way O2 was billing departing customers in 2019. The regulator said that the fine was reduced from £15 […]

Ofcom revokes Chinese media outlet CGTN’s broadcast licence

Ofcom has revoked Chinese state media outlet CGTN’s broadcast licence in the UK. The regulator said that the network’s owner, Star China Media Limited (SCML), “did not have editorial responsibility” over the channel and “as such, does not meet the legal requirements” to be a broadcast licensee. Instead, Ofcom pointed to China Global Television Network […]

Paul Dacre set to be announced as Ofcom chair

UK prime minister Boris Johnson is set to appoint former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre as the chair of broadcast regulator Ofcom. News first circulated linking Dacre to the job in September 2020, but a new report from The Guardian claims that the outspoken champion of Brexit could be announced soon.  The 72-year-old Dacre, currently […]

March auction for 5G spectrum sale in UK

Ofcom will start an auction for 5G spectrum in March. The UK regulator had initially announced in August 2020 that it would start bidding in January, but Ofcom had paused the process and said that it “will continue to monitor developments” as the country continues to struggle with the Covid-19 pandemic.  The auction will offer […]

Government mulls Ofcom regulation for Netflix and other streamers

Tensions between the UK government and Netflix appear to be approaching an all time high, with a culture minister suggesting that the streamer could be brought under Ofcom regulation. The starting point for this dispute stems from the release of the latest season of The Crown, with culture secretary Oliver Dowden saying that Netflix should […]

UK broadcasters ‘unlikely to survive’ without overhaul to regulations, claims Ofcom

The UK’s traditional broadcasting industry ‘is unlikely to survive’ without the overhauling of broadcast laws and regulations, claims an explosive report from regulator Ofcom. According to its review of public service broadcasting (PSB), Ofcom has found that public service content is important to audiences and the creative economy but that it is at a critical […]

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