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 […]

Two million UK DTT homes could be hit by 4G interference

Some 945,000 individual UK households that use signal amplifiers and a further 953,000 homes that use communal aerials could experience TV interference when 4G mobile networks are launched, according to a written parliamentary answer by culture minister Ed Vaizey. Citing Ofcom’s second consultation on the co-existence of DTT services and new mobile services in the […]

Ofcom invites local TV applicants

Ofcom has today invited applications to run 21 local TV channels across the UK. The media regulator has opened applications for L-DTPS licences that are required to launch local channels in the 21 regions initially earmarked by Ofcom, including Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton & Hove, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Grimsby, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, […]

Ofcom warns Competition Commission not to overstate Netflix impact on Sky

UK media regulator Ofcom has urged the Competition Commission not to overestimate the impact of Netflix and Lovefilm on the pay TV market in the UK when considering BSkyB’s allegedly dominant position in the supply of pay TV movies. Ofcom said on Friday that the market impact of the US online video-on-demand service and its […]

UK regulator probes BSkyB ownership

Ofcom is widening an investigation into the ownership of UK pay TV operator BSkyB. The UK communications regulator has established a team to examine the evidence given at the Leveson inquiry into media ethics. Much of the focus of that inquiry has been the alleged phone hacking by portions of the UK press and notably […]

Canis Media offshoot to bid for local TV transmission licence

Channel distributor Canis Media has become the first company to express interest in bidding for the local TV MuxCo licence to be offered by regulator Ofcom. Canis has created a new company, Comux UK, to apply for the licence, which will be granted to the operator of transmission infrastructure for new local services. Potential local […]

Ofcom upholds ATVOD ruling on Viva TV Music

UK regulator Ofcom has upheld a decision by video-on-demand watchdog ATVOD that MTV’s online service Viva TV Music is subject to regulation as an on-demand programme service. MTV Networks Europe had appealed against ATVOD’s initial ruling. The decision means that MTV is required to ensure that the service complies with a range of statutory requirements […]