‘MP for Albert Square’ Oliver Dowden appointed secretary of culture

As a part of the British government’s cabinet reshuffle, Oliver Dowden has been appointed as the secretary of state for the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee. Dowden replaces Nicky Morgan, who was created a life peer in order to fill the gap between the December 2019 general election and the formation of a […]

Ofcom hires ex-Google exec as head of emerging technology

UK regulator Ofcom has hired Google executive Professor Simon Saunders as director of emerging technology. At Google, Saunders was head of connectivity partnerships for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has served with the tech giant since 2015, working with mobile operators globally on improving wireless connectivity through advanced technology. Saunders is a specialist […]

Ofcom appoints Melanie Dawes as CEO; becomes internet content regulator

British broadcast regulator Ofcom has announced the appointment of Dame Melanie Dawes as its CEO. Dawes replaces Sharon White, who announced she was to become chair of the John Lewis Partnership in June 2019. She will assume the role in March, with interim CEO Jonathan Oxley resuming his position as competition group director and board […]

Virgin Media tops Ofcom’s UK pay TV complaints table

Virgin Media generated the highest volume of pay TV complaints of all UK services providers to regulator Ofcom in the third quarter of last year, with Sky generating the lowest. Virgin Media generated 14 complaints per 100,000 pay TV subscribers over the quarter, with 44% of those being related to complaints handling. The other main […]

Ofcom unveils plans to supercharge UK fibre, close down copper network

UK regulator Ofcom has unveiled new plans to accelerate the slow rollout of fibre, including caps to what BT’s infrastructure arm, Openreach, can charge for access in urban areas combined with incentives for the infrastructure player to invest in rural areas. Opening a consultation on its review of the wholesale fixed telecoms market, Ofcom also […]

Ofcom removes licence from religious broadcaster Club TV

Ofcom has withdrawn the licence of Club TV, the broadcaster of Islamic religious channel Peace TV Urdu after ruling that one of its programmes had incited murder.  Ofcom wrote to Club TV on November 12 and 13 after the Peace TV channel rebroadcast Kitaab-ut-Tawheed – Part 59, a programme that the regulator had previously found […]

BBC’s Clementi makes case against subscription model 

A move away from licence fee finding to a subscription model means that the BBC would “no longer be the BBC you and I know” and would undermine the public service broadcaster principle of universality, according to Sir David Clementi, the pubcaster’s governor.  Speaking at the Voice of the Listener and Viewer at the end […]

Ofcom names interim CEO

UK media and telecom regulator Ofcom has named Jonathan Oxley as its interim chief executive, succeeding Sharon White. Oxley is currently group director for competition and a board member for Ofcom. He will take up the CEO role when White leaves at the end of this month. Ofcom said that the process to name a […]

Ofcom: BBC sustainability at risk as ‘lost generation’ switches off

The BBC risks a “lost generation” of younger viewers as its reach among 16-24 drops below 50% for the first time, according to Ofcom’s latest annual report on the public broadcaster. The regulator said that the pubcaster will face a threat to its future sustainability if it cannot engage young people sufficiently. Ofcom’s study of […]

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 […]