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Ofcom awards local TV licence for Liverpool

UK regulator Ofcom has awarded the new local TV licence for Liverpool to Bay TV Liverpool. Under its 12-year licence, Bay TV Liverpool, which is chaired by former Liverpool Chamber of Commerce chief executive Jack Stopforth, is expected to cover about 890,000 homes, although total coverage number have yet to be finalised. Ofcom said it […]

Five take UK 4G spectrum

UK regulator Ofcom has awarded 4G mobile spectrum to five companies – Everything Everywhere, Hutchison 3G, BT subsidiary Niche Spectrum Ventures, Telefónica UK and Vodafone – raising a less-than-expected £2.3 billion (€2.7 billion) for the Treasury. According to Ofcom, almost the whole UK population will be able to receive 4G mobile services by the end […]

Ofcom awards Leeds local TV licence to Ian West’s Made Television

UK media regulator Ofcom has awarded a local TV licence for the Northern city of Leeds. The channel will be called Made in Leeds. It will be run by London-based Made Television, formerly Element Television, the group chaired by former BSkyB executive and Top Up TV founder Ian West. It has bid for 11 local […]

YourTV wins Manchester local TV licence

YourTV, backed by former BBC chairman Michael Lyons among others, has secured UK regulator Ofcom’s licence to provide a local TV channel for the Manchester region. YourTV, which lost its bid to operate the licence for London, has also made a number of other local TV bids. The Manchester channel, which could begin broadcasting this […]

Evening Standard beats rivals to win new London TV licence

UK regulator Ofcom has awarded the new local TV licence for London to newspaper the Evening Standard’s London Live. London Live backer Evening Standard TV was one of five bidders for the London licence, regarded as the most commercially significant of the new local digital-terrestrial TV licences to be awarded by Ofcom. The new channel […]

Ofcom awards Comux local TV infrastructure licence

UK regulator Ofcom has awarded Comux UK the licence to operate the UK’s local digital-terrestrial TV infrastructure. Local TV signals will be distributed over the same network that delivers Freeview, the UK’s free-to-air DTT service. DMOL, the organisation responsible for the management and allocation of channel numbers on DTT, has reserved channel numbers for new […]

Ofcom rules in BBC Worldwide’s favour in VOD case

UK communications regulator Ofcom has ruled in favour of BBC Worldwide in a case concerning whether video-on-demand regulator ATVOD had jurisdiction to rule on Worldwide’s YouTube channels. Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK public broadcaster the BBC, appealed an earlier Ofcom ruling that the YouTube channels were on-demand services and therefore were subject to the […]

Ofcom fines Playboy TV Benelux

UK regulator Ofcom has levied a £100,000 (€120,360) penalty on Playboy TV’s UK-based Benelux operation for failing to restrict access to online on-demand services Playboy TV and Demand Adult to under-18s. The fine follows a finding by UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD in July last year that the websites were in breach of regualations. Playboy TV […]

Ofcom awards local TV licences for Scottish cities

Ofcom has awarded local digital-terrestrial TV licences for Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland. The licences were awarded respectively to Glasgow Television and Edinburgh Television, both backed by Scottish commercial broadcaster STV. In May last year, Ofcom invited applications to run local TV services in 21 local areas. In total, 57 applications were received to run […]

ATVOD responds to Ofcom Channel Flip decision

UK media regulator Ofcom has upheld an appeal by Channel Flip Media against an ATVOD determination that in April 2011 it was providing an on-demand programme service on the www.channelflip.com website. In order to fall within the scope of the regulations overseen by on-demand services regulator ATVOD, a service must satisfy a number of statutory […]

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