Ofcom makes board appointments

Ofcom has appointed former BT, KPN and Alcatel Lucent CEO, Ben Verwaayen, and journalist and documentary film maker Bill Emmott to its board. Verwaayen and Emmott will take up their roles as non-executive members of the Ofcom board this month for a term of four years. Emmott will also take on the role of chairman […]

EBU welcomes EU move on Polish media law

The EBU has welcomed the EU’s initiation of a preliminary ‘structured dialogue’ with the Polish government about the country’s controversial new media law under the ‘rule of law’ powers created in 2014 to protect democratic values. The European Commission has requested information on the impact of changes in the law on Poland’s public service broadcasters, […]

UK government: BBC should help reduce deficit

A UK culture ministry official has said that the BBC is not implementing cost savings at the same rate as other private and public sector enterprises, and noted the government thinks the BBC should play a part in reducing the UK deficit. Speaking at the Westminster Media Forum Future of the BBC event in London […]

Ofcom to take over VoD regulation from ATVOD

The UK’s Ofcom is to bring regulation of on-demand video services in-house, ending existing co-regulator ATVOD’s six year role in regulating the content of VoD services. Ofcom’s decisions followed a strategic review that concluded that “in light of the increasing convergence of linear services and on-demand programme services, the Single Digital Market Review in the […]

EC consults on extending copyright rules to internet TV services

The European Commission has launched a consultation on the EU Satellite and Cable Directive, looking at whether the rules on how satellite broadcasters and cable companies are fit for purpose in the digital age. The Commission is also seeking views on the possible impact of extending existing copyright rules to services provided over the internet, […]

AT&T completes DirecTV acquisition

AT&T has completed its US$49 billion (€45 billion) acquisition of DirecTV following approval of the deal by the FCC. The acquisition makes AT&T the largest pay TV provider globally, providing services to over 26 million customers in the US and 19 million in Latin America and the Caribbean. The group also has over 132 million […]

Swisscom facing competition fine over Teleclub

Swisscom has rejected an allegation by the country’s competition watchdog that its pay TV unit Teleclub is abusing its dominant position and must sell its service to third-party service providers in a fair and non-discriminatory way. ComCo, the regulator, has threatened the telco with a CHF143 million fine. According to ComCo, Swisscom and Teleclub have […]

Europe launches consultation on media in the digital age

The European Commission has launched a public consultation in a bid to make Europe’s audiovisual media landscape “fit for purpose in the digital age.” The consultation will seek feedback on Europe’s current media framework – the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) – and is part of the EC’s Digital Single Market strategy. “The AVSMD applies […]

Ofcom fines EE £1 million

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has fined mobile operator EE £1 million for failing to comply with rules on handling customer complaints. Ofcom’s investigation, which is part of a wider monitoring and enforcement programme, found that between July and April last year EE did not give some customers accurate or adequate information about their right to […]

Arris takeover of Pace probed by US Justice Department

Arris and Pace have each received a second request for information from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) about Arris’ US$2.1 billion (€1.9 billion) takeover of its set-top box rival. The additional information request is part of the regulatory process under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act – which requires any investor seeking to acquire a […]