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 […]

Ofcom fines Believe TV

UK communications regulator Ofcom has fined British thematic faith healing channel Believe TV £25,000 (€30,000) for a series of regulatory violations. The body has fined the broadcaster, which is operated by The Light Academy, for a number of breaches between December 2010 and February 2011 related to claims made by televangelists, pastors and religious leaders […]

Connected TV needs higher degree of regulation, says Ofcom chief

Connected TV services are “TV-like experiences” and should be subject to a higher degree of regulation than internet content access through a PC, according to Ed Richards, CEO of UK media regulator Ofcom. Richards, speaking at the Oxford Media Convention, said: “Converged or connected TVs, which incorporate broadcast, video-on-demand and open internet services, are considered […]

Ofcom to borrow additional spectrum for Olympics

UK media and telecoms regulator Ofcom plans to commandeer additional spectrum to cope with an expected spike in demand during the London Olympic Games this summer. Ofcom expects demand for wireless spectrum to double during the games, fuelled by the increasing use of wireless technology by broadcasters, walkie-talkie systems, talkback systems and timing and scoring […]

Ofcom: content providers responsible for Virgin Media VOD

UK media regulator Ofcom has upheld a ruling by video-on-demand regulatory body ATVOD that content producers, rather than the platform operator, are responsible for the VOD services featuring their content on the Virgin Media cable platform. Ofcom has upheld ATVOD’s ruling that three Viacom companies – Nickelodeon UK Ltd, the Paramount Partnership and MTV Networks […]

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 […]