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.

Growth of catch-up viewing via PCs is slowing, says Ofcom

The growth in popularity of watching catch-up services via a PC is slowing down in the UK, according to regulator Ofcom’s latest Communications Market Report. The number of users watching TV via a PC-delivered catch-up service increase by just three percentage points year-on-year to 29% for the first quarter of 2012 as catch-up services become […]

Ofcom refers Sky and Viacom dispute back to VOD regulator

The UK’s Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD) must decide whether content owners or service providers offering on-demand services have ‘general control’ over the selection and organisation of the programmes that comprise the service. An appeal by BSkyB against an ATVOD determination that it was providing an on-demand service which included content from three Viacom […]

Ofcom reveals pay TV provider with most complaints

Ofcom has for the first time-released data about the most complained about UK pay TV providers. Data for the first quarter of 2012 shows that the media regulator received the most complaints about BT Vision, with 0.27 complaints per 1,000 customers. BT’s sales processes and problems with billing were the top reasons for complaints. The […]

Ofcom publishes ‘three-strikes’ online copyright code

Ofcom is planning to encourage UK internet users to download films and music legally with a new code that would require large ISPs to inform customers of allegations that their internet connection has been used to infringe copyright. The media regulator has published a draft code for consultation that it said includes measures to help […]

Ofcom confirms Richards has applied for BBC director general job

Ofcom has confirmed that its chief executive Ed Richards has applied for the BBC director-general job. In a statement, the UK communications regulator said it had put measures in place to prevent any conflicts of interest. “Given the significant level of speculation surrounding potential applicants for the BBC director general role, Ofcom can confirm that […]

Ofcom wants international channels to meet subtitling requirements

Ofcom wants channels that it licenses that are transmitted beyond the UK to be made to provide subtitling, signing and audio description services. The UK communications regulator licenses 400 channels that are transmitted beyond UK borders from channel operators including Discovery, Disney, Turner and Viasat. It wants all of these to meet its new requirements […]

BSkyB could win reprieve on regulation of movie rights

The Competition Commission has decided against regulating to reduce BSkyB’s grip on the UK pay TV movies market, according to a report in the Mail on Sunday newspaper. The commission’s preliminary report, due to be released this week, is expected to conclude that the entry of online movie rivals including Netflix and Lovefilm has reduced […]