UK programming spend in decline, says Ofcom

Total spend on programming across the five main UK public service broadcast (PSB) channels, as well as the BBC’s digital channels, dropped 2% year-on-year in 2012, according to Ofcom stats.  In its Public Service Broadcasting Annual Report 2013, the UK broadcast regulator said that the decrease in spend resulted in £2.9 billion (€3.37 billion) going […]

Ofcom hails return of digital ‘1950s-style’ living room

More than half of UK adults now media multi-task while watching TV, though an increasing number still view TV on their main living room screen, in what Ofcom hailed as “the reinvention of the 1950s living room.” In its 2013 Communications Market Report, published today, the UK broadcast regulator said that people are still coming […]

Channel 4 deputy chairman of board appointed

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has appointed non-exec Channel 4 board member Mark Price as deputy chairman of the Channel 4’s board.  Price takes the roll for a three-year term that will end in September 2016. He is also managing director of Waitrose and was recently named deputy chairman of the John Lewis Partnership. At the […]

Ofcom consults on new Channel 4 license terms

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom is consulting on whether Channel 4 should be required to commission more programmes produced outside of England as part of its new licence conditions.  The regulator is also looking at how Channel 4 could best deliver its remit for educational content, and whether there is a case “to either remove or […]

Ofcom sets new public service license terms for ITV, Channel 5

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has ruled that ITV must deliver more regionalised news reports as part of its new public service requirements when its current license expires at the end of 2014.  Setting out terms for the next 10-year license for ITV, STV, UTV and Channel 5, Ofcom approved proposals for a more localised Channel […]

BBC to launch five new HD channels as Ofcom creates capacity for more

The BBC has said that it will launch five new free HD channels by early 2014 on all digital TV platforms that carry HD in the UK. The channels will be HD feeds of BBC News, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBeebies and CBBC, with the news following Ofcom’s announcement today that it is creating new […]

Ofcom consults on wholesale broadband price reform

UK regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation on proposals to reform wholesale telephony and broadband charges with the objective of reducing prices paid by end consumers.  Ofcom is proposing revised ‘charge controls’ on some BT Openreach products. According to Ofcom, these controls would reduce wholesale charges, which could be expected to lead to real-terms price […]

Ofcom chairman to step down

Colette Bowe is to step down as chairman of UK media and telecom regulator Ofcom when her term ends in March 2014. Bowe has served as Ofcom chairman sicne 2009, when she was appointed for a five-year period. She was previously chairman of Ofcom’s consumer panel. “I am extremely proud of the fact that Ofcom […]

Ofcom to make high-speed broadband switching easier

UK regulator Ofcom has unveiled new proposals to make it easier for consumer to switch between high-speed broadband services. The proposals, part of a review of wholesale telecoms prices, would see the wholesale cost of switching a customer from one superfast broadband supplier to another fall by up to 80%. In addition, the minimum length […]

Ofcom orders Scuzz to clean up

UK broadcast regulator has fined the owner of digital satellite channel Scuzz £10,000 for broadcasting offensive language, sexualised imagery and depictions of illegal drug taking before the 9pm watershed.  Ofcom ruled that CSC Media Group Limited should be liable for the fine for serious breaches of the broadcasting code, claiming that it broke six rules, […]

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