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, […]

BT most complained about pay TV service

BT Vision remained the most complained about pay TV service in the UK in the first quarter of the year with 0.29 complaints per 1,000 customers, according to Ofcom stats.  This marked an increase from 0.24 complaints per 1,000 subscribers in the previous quarter, and was six times greater than the industry average, according to […]

Ofcom kicks of phase two of local TV licensing

UK regulator Ofcom has begun the second phase of licensing local TV channels. Following the award of 19 licences in the first phase of the project, the regulator has invited applications to operate new channels in seven further locations. Ofcom has opened applications to operate channels in  Bangor, Cambridge, Middlesbrough, Mold, Scarborough, Swansea and York. […]

Ofcom backs Sky in sports ad dispute

UK regulator Ofcom has ruled that BSkyB has not breached its broadcast code in refusing to carry ads for BT’s new rival sports channels.  Following a complaint lodged by BT earlier this year, Ofcom said today that Sky was not in breach of its code on the prevention of undue discrimination between broadcast advertisers. In […]

Ofcom highlights changing pattern of online piracy

About 18% of UK internet users over the age of 12 who accessed digital entertainment content online used an illegal service in the three months to the end of January, up from 16% for the previous quarter, according to the latest copyright infringement tracker report provided by media regulator Ofcom. However, the number of people […]

UK local TV operator Comux heads for Birmingham

Comux UK, the company responsible for operating the UK’s local digital-terrestrial TV infrastructure, is setting up base at Birmingham Science Park Aston’s Innovation Birmingham Campus. Comux will occupy three suites: one dedicated to broadcast operations; one that will house the operations team; and another that will contain the servers required to power the local TV stations. […]

Second screen and VOD use on the rise, says Ofcom survey

A majority of viewers use a ‘second screen’ devices while watching TV, while about three UK viewers in ten are using video-on-demand services from the likes of Virgin Media, BSkyB and BT, according to the latest survey of viewing habits by regulator Ofcom. According to Ofcom’s survey of UK audience attitudes to the broadcast media […]

Ofcom to pilot white space technology in autumn

UK regulator Ofcom has unveiled plans for a trial of ‘white space’ technology has invited industry players to participate in the pilot. Ofcom plans to trial the use of gaps between radio spectrum bands allocated to digital terrestrial broadcasters for applications including broadband access in rural areas, WiFi-type services and machine-to-machine transmission and reception. The […]

UK Government proposes Ofcom cost-cutting efforts

The UK Government has launched a consultation, proposing seven changes to the duties of communications regulator Ofcom, in a bid to “save money and increase efficiency.” The proposed changes include removing Ofcom’s obligation to review the public service broadcasting landscape every five years, instead allowing the Culture Secretary to request a review when deemed necessary. […]

UK local TV deadline looms

Parties looking to start up a local TV station in 30 UK areas, including Cambridge, Aberdeen, Bangor and York have until tomorrow to register their interest with communications regulator Ofcom. The deadline relates to a second wave of local channels, in localities that also include Basingstoke, Guildford, Inverness, Luton, Maidstone, Middlesbrough, Plymouth, Reading, Stoke on […]

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