UK DTT viewers face disruption threat as Ofcom looks to 5G spectrum

UK regulator Ofcom last week unveiled plans to prepare frequencies for so-called 5G mobile services that could see the 700MHz spectrum currently allocated to digital-terrestrial TV being made available to mobile telecom companies. Ofcom asserted that drawing on the 700MHz spectrum would be vital to avoid a possible capacity crunch as demand for high-speed mobile […]

UK completes switchover, readies for dividend auction

The UK has completed its eight-year long digital switchover process with the switch-off of analogue transmissions in Northern Ireland today. John Cresswell, CEO of transmission services provider Arqiva was joined at Belfast’s Divis transmitter site by Olympic pentathlete Mary Peters to turn off the last remaining analogue transmitter. UK media and communications regulator Ofcom has […]

BT Vision gets most complaints

BT Vision is the UK’s most complained about pay TV provider. Between April and June, Ofcom found that 0.25 BT Vision customers per 1,000 customers made a complaint, which was above average industry levels for complaints. Complaints about BT Vision were partly driven by issues related to their sales processes and problems with billing. Virgin […]

Ofcom: Sky is fit and proper

UK pay TV operator BSkyB has passed regulator Ofcom’s assessment of being fit and proper. Ofcom, which has an ongoing duty to be satisfied that all broadcast licensees are fit and proper, launched an assessment of Sky in July 2011 following the public debate about parent company News Corp’s roll in the phone hacking scandal. […]

Ofcom awards first two local TV licences

UK regulator Ofcom has awarded its first two licences for local digital-terrestrial TV channels. The first channels licences to be awarded were to Latest TV Ltd to offer a service of the same name in Brighton & Hove and Channel 7 Television Community Interest Company to offer a service called Lincolnshire Living in Grimsby. The […]

Ofcom revokes Praise TV licence

UK media regulator Ofcom has revoked the licence of Praise TV owner Destiny Broadcast Network Europe after it features programming that the regulator believed fell outside the terms under which the licence was originally granted. Ofcom said that Destiny “failed to satisfy Ofcom that the Licensee had general control over which programmes and other services […]

Ofcom confirms ATVOD’s regulatory role

Following a review, communications regulator Ofcom has decided the current arrangements for the co-regulation of the video-on-demand sector should remain in place and ATVOD should remain its co-regulator in this respect. Slight amendments to the regulatory arrangements mean that ATVOD no longer needs prior Ofcom approval to publish or amend guidance or consult Ofcom before […]

Ofcom reveals local TV licence bidders

UK regulator Ofcom has revealed the names of the organisations that have made a bid for one of 21 licences to run local TV channels. The regulator received a total of 57 applications, including five to run a service in London. Amongst the bidders are London newspaper the Evening Standard under the London Live name […]

BSkyB wins battle on regulation of sports channels

BSkyB has claimed victory in its battle with regulator Ofcom after the latter’s imposition of wholesale must-carry obligations on the pay TV operator’s sports channels was overturned by the UK’s Competition Appeals Tribunal. The CAT decision follows a two-year long legal challenge against Ofcom’s ruling that the wholesale supply of Sky Sports 1 and 2 […]

Ofcom reviewing ASA’s VOD ad role

UK communications regulator Ofcom is reviewing the arrangements for regulating advertising in video-on-demand content. It has previously assigned the UK Advertising Standards Authority to as co-regulator of VOD advertising, but pledged to review this arrangement two years after its introduction and is now seeking comments from interested parties.