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Global TV revenues up 7.7%

Global TV revenue increased by 7.7% last year to £239 billion (€284 billion), according to UK media regulator Ofcom. The regulator’s sixth annual International Communications Market Report recorded a recovery in the advertising market where revenues were up 9.9%. Income from subscription services was up 7.1%, with BSkyB in the UK experiencing the most significant […]

No competition probe for UK TV ad business

UK communications regulator Ofcom has decided not to refer the way that TV advertising is bought and sold to the Competition Commission. Having investigated the market Ofcom said that the current system is transparent and that viewers, advertiser and consumers were not harmed by the way that TV ads are bought and sold in the […]

Ofcom names local TV locations

Ofcom has named the 20 towns and cities expected to receive licences to run their own TV channels. The locations are Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Grimsby, Leeds, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Preston, Southampton and Swansea. Ofcom chose the locations from a list of 65 towns and […]

Ofcom outlines TV plans for forthcoming year

Ofcom plans to press ahead with the auction of spectrum in the 600MHz band following digital switchover. In its draft work plan the regulator said it would hold the 600MHz auction in 2012-13. It said that one potential use would be to provide new TV services on digital-terrestrial TV. This might include new standard definition […]

Ofcom receives deluge of submissions on media plurality

UK media regulator Ofcom reportedly received over 45,000 submissions to its review of media plurality by last Friday’s deadline. The review was initiated following News Corp’s bid to acquire 100% of pay TV operator BSkyB, which was aborted as a result of the News of the World phone hacking scandal. Ofcom received about 50 submissions […]

Ofcom reveals digital TV figures

Latest data from UK regulator Ofcom shows that 93% of households currently watch digital TV on their main set, while 96% of households have at least one TV set using digital TV. Ofcom’s UK Communications Infrastructure Report for 2011 found that 89% of households are served by the three public service DTT multiplexes, a figure […]

Ofcom calls for media plurality comments

Ofcom, the UK communications regulator, has invited comments on measuring media plurality, following a request by the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt. Hunt has requested that Ofcom assess how practical it would be to set limits on media ownership to protect plurality. He has also asked the regulator to […]

Ofcom clears Al Jazeera

UK communications regulator Ofcom has cleared Al Jazeera of any infringement of the broadcasting rules relating to its coverage of leaked documents concerning the Arab-Israeli conflict. A senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) had complained of unfair treatment and invasion of privacy, but the claim was rejected by Ofcom, which said the broadcaster […]

Ofcom offers fifth HD DTT channel

Ofcom has invited applications for an extra HD channel on the UK’s DTT network. The communications regulator has called for applications from commercial public service broadcasters for a fifth HD slot on the Freview platform to join BBC HD, BBC One HD, ITV HD and 4HD. The move could see Channel 5 launch a HD […]

Hunt unveils local TV map

UK culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has unveiled 65 areas across the UK that could be eligible for local digital-terrestrial TV services. Hunt published a map of eligible areas identified by media regulator Ofcom where it would be technically possible to launch local TV services using so-called ‘interleaved’ spectrum on the digital-terrestrial network, and Hunt has […]