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BBC’s content chief talks up iPlayer plans, benefits of extended rights window

BBC content chief Charlotte Moore has outlined how on-demand service iPlayer will become central to the UK public broadcaster’s approach to commissioning shows and argued its extended 12-month rights window will benefit producers. “We are transforming our offer to audiences. And this will mean a big change in the way we commission shows,” Moore told […]

Ofcom confirms BBC’s 12-month iPlayer window

UK media regulator Ofcom has confirmed its decision to allow the BBC to make shows available on iPlayer for 12 months rather than 30 days at present, adding that the changes could result in growth of up to 33% for the VOD service. Selected shows will also be available beyond the 12-month period, Ofcom said, […]

UK regulator Ofcom admits “transparency issues” over BBC Studios

UK media regulator Ofcom has said the commercial arm of the BBC has “transparency issues” regarding the diversity of those producing its shows and the amount its on-screen talent is paid. BBC Studios merged its production arm into its commercial division last year and now produces programming for both its public broadcaster parent as well […]

UK broadcasters “warmly welcome” Ofcom’s prominence measures

UK public service broadcasters have welcomed proposed changes from media regulator Ofcom that would provide their services with more prominence and allow them to compete with streamers. On Thursday, Ofcom announced a raft of measures to ensure “that PSBs continue to deliver high-quality content for UK viewers and listeners”. These included improving the prominence of […]

Ofcom sets out new PSB measures in face of “unprecedented challenges”

UK regulator Ofcom has announced a new set of measures to improve the chances of PSBs against the threat posed by international streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. In an announcement made on July 4, Ofcom detailed that it is setting out a “package of measures, including recommendations to Government, to support PSB […]

Ofcom approves BBC’s proposed 12-month iPlayer window

UK media regulator Ofcom has provisionally given the BBC a green light for its planned changes to BBC iPlayer, subject to certain conditions and guidance. The regulator said that it accepts that the BBC needs to keep pace with changes in consumption habits. “We have provisionally found that the proposed changes to BBC iPlayer would […]

Ofcom CEO Sharon White to step down

Ofcom CEO Sharon White is to step down towards the end of the year to become chairman of The John Lewis Partnership. White joined Ofcom in March 2015 from HM Treasury where she was Second Permanent Secretary. Lord Burns, Ofcom Chairman, said: “Sharon has been an outstanding Chief Executive for Ofcom and will be missed by […]

Ofcom greenlights BBC/Discovery deal for UKTV

British regulator Ofcom will not conduct a formal investigation into the BBC’s deal with Discovery to divide up UKTV. This effectively means that the proposed deal – that will see Discovery take control of three channels and the BBC take control of seven – now has official approval. Discovery, which became a co-owner of UKTV […]

UK producers express concern at BBC’s rights plan for iPlayer

British producers have expressed concern about BBC plans to make programmes available for longer on its iPlayer streaming service. The BBC has put forward proposals to regulator Ofcom that programmes should be available on BBC iPlayer for at least 12 months after they are first shown, and that selected returning titles should be available as […]

Ofcom publishes draft no-deal Brexit broadcast licences

Ofcom has published draft broadcast licence templates that could be used in the event of a no-deal Brexit as it prepares for “all eventualities” relating to the UK’s departure from the EU. Currently the EU’s Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) provides the basis for Ofcom’s broadcast licensing framework. The AVMSD’s ‘country of origin’ principle lets […]

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