Televisa set to up Univision stake with FCC blessing

Mexican broadcasting giant Televisa is set to significantly up its stake in Hispanic US network Univision after media regulators okayed the plan. The Federal Communications Commission yesterday greenlit a joint petition from Televisa and Univision to allow the former to increase its 14% voting interest and 10% equity stake. This means New York-listed Televisa is […]

Spanish watchdog fines Telefónica for misapplication of faults penalties

Spanish markets regulator the CNMC has imposed a €5 million fine on Telefónica for charging rival operators for faults on wholesale leased lines. According to the regulator, the telecom operator broke rules governing the supply of wholesale lines – known as the Oferta de Acceso al Bucle de Abonado (OBA) – by levying penalties for faults […]

UK bans junk food in all kids media

A ban on junk food advertising in the UK will apply across all media, extending the rules that already apply to kids TV. The widening of the ban beyond TV means advertising of all high fat, salt or sugar (HFSS) products is prohibited online and on social media, in print and in cinemas. The HFSS […]

Ofcom to force BT to legally separate Openreach

Ofcom is to formally notify BT to legally separate Openreach, the infrastructure arm that supplies the network used by rival service providers including Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone, after it said BT had failed to come forwards with proposals that met its competition concerns. Ofcom said it was “disappointed” that BT had yet to make proposals […]

Altice suffers fresh regulatory blow as it accepts ‘gun-jumping’ fine

Cable and telecom group Altice and its French subsidiary SFR have been fined €80 million by the French competition watchdog for “gun-jumping” during the acquisition by Altice of SFR and Virgin Mobile France. The Autorité de la Concurrence said that the imposition of the fine represented a first in Europe. The move relates to Altice’s […]

BBC calls for greater regulation of C4 following Bake Off scandal

The BBC has called for greater content regulation to be imposed on Channel 4, in the wake of its coup in taking the rights to The Great British Bake Off. At the RTS London Conference this afternoon, the BBC’s director of strategy and education, James Purnell, launched an outright attack on Channel 4, claiming that the […]

Ofcom: Openreach to be a ‘distinct company’ but still part of BT

Ofcom has said that BT’s infrastructure division, Openreach, should become a distinct company, but resisted calls to separate the two entities entirely. In a set of detailed proposals published today, the UK broadband regulator said that Openreach should be a legally separate company within BT Group, with its own board, executives and no direct lines of […]

Culture secretary to close BBC ‘iPlayer loophole’

UK culture secretary John Whittingdale has vowed to close the “iPlayer loophole”, which allows non-licence fee payers to access the online catch-up service for free. Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention yesterday, Whittingdale said that he will bring in legislation to extend the licence fee to cover catch-up, as well as live linear, content “as […]

UK government unveils age verification plan for adult sites

The UK government has unveiled plans to introduce “some form of age verification” on all pornographic websites. A public consultation has been launched on the plans, which are designed to prevent children from accessing “potentially damaging material.” The government said its preferred approach is to make companies that create and profit from online pornography take […]

Ukraine moves to ban Russian channels

Ukraine’s National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting has ruled that all TV distribution providers must exclude a number Russian TV channels that do not comply with the country’s laws from their platforms no later than March 11. Channels to be dropped by leading cable operator Volia include My Planet, Vremya: Dalekoe i Blyzkoe, Science […]