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DCMS committee calls for regulation of online platforms

A compulsory code of ethics, overseen by an independent regulator, should be brought in to monitor online platforms like Facebook and bring an end to self-regulation, according to a UK parliamentary report. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee’s damning final report on ‘Disinformation and ‘fake news,’’ published today after an 18-month inquiry, recommended […]

BBC to create BBC Three strip on BBC One

The BBC is to create a dedicated slot devoted to the best of BBC Three programming on its flagship channel. From March 4, programmes from the BBC’s youth-focused online-only channel will air on BBC One from 22:35 from Monday to Wednesday after a truncated News at Ten. The Question Time discussion show will continue to […]

UKTV’s Darren Childs to step down

UKTV boss Darren Childs is to step down from his role as CEO of the British multichannel broadcaster.  The exec will remain until 1 July while the board explores new leadership options. He is believed to be a top contender for the role of Premier League CEO – a role recently turned down by BBC Studios […]

DTG names Simon Fell as chair

The UK’s Digital TV Group, which serves as a collaboration centre for innovation in digital media technology, has named Simon Fell as its new independent chair. Fell will take over from David Docherty, who has spent 10 years in the post. Fell was most recently director of technology and innovation at the European Broadcasting Union […]

Virgin Media teams with Arris to trial 8.5Gbps broadband

Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media has teamed up with technology specialist Arris to launch an 8.5Gbps symmetrical broadband trial in Papworth, Cambridgeshire. The six-month trial to 50 homes in the town uses an existing fibre-to-the-premises connection, with data transferred using Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) technology. Virgin Media’s trial uses its existing fibre network in the […]

MTV launches mobile SVOD service in the UK

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has launched MTV’s first-ever direct-to-consumer SVOD mobile streaming app MTV Play in the UK. MTV Play is targeted at younger, mobile-first audiences who want to watch MTV’s youth-focused reality content. The app will include a broad array of catch-up and box set content and a live feed of the MTV […]

BBC licence fee to go up in April

The UK government has confirmed that the BBC licence fee will increase from £150.50 (€171.75) to £154.40 per year from April 1, 2019. Licence fee payers will receive a reminder or a payment plan reflecting the new amount when their licence is next due for renewal. Those buying or renewing a licence after 1 April […]

Virgin Media tops Ofcom pay TV complaints

Virgin Media generated the highest number of complaints about pay TV to Ofcom in Q3 of last year, according to the media and telecom regulator’s latest analysis of complaints received. The Liberty Global-owned cable operator generated 19 complaints per 100,000 subscribers, mostly related to contract issues, followed by complaints handling and billing, pricing and charge […]

Immediate Media taps Arqiva for hybrid delivery of channels

UK media services outfit Arqiva has launched a new hybrid TV service on the country’s digital-terrestrial TV platform for two of specialist interest media company Immediate Media’s craft shopping channels. Arqiva said it had extended the delivery of Sewing Quarter and Jewellery Maker to the DTT audience via two new IP portals, giving viewers 24-hour […]

Channel 4 takes on streamer with new slate

Channel 4 director of programmes Ian Katz has launched a slate of programming for 2019, which he believes will stand out against major streaming platforms. The list of programmes adhere to C4’s ‘Dial up the Difference’ strategy according to Katz, which sees the broadcaster make “mischievous”, “noisy” content that highlights “the big issues and arguments […]

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