UK politicians call for Ofcom Murdoch enquiry

A group of UK cross-party politicians has called for Ofcom to launch a review into 21stCentury Fox CEO James Murdoch’s suitability to hold a UK broadcasting licence. The move comes in the wake of Fox’s proposed £11.7 billion (US$14.6 billion) bid for the 61% of international pay TV group Sky that it does not already […]

Ofcom details how it will regulate the BBC

Ofcom has revealed details of how it will regulate the BBC from next April. The UK communications regulator will have responsibility for key aspects of oversight of the broadcaster activities relating to content standards, competition and performance, including plans to extend its Broadcasting Code to cover BBC iPlayer, implement a new operating licence for the […]

Ofcom names C4 board members

UK media regulator Ofcom has announced four new board members for UK public broadcaster Channel 4. The new arrivals are Simon Bax, Paul Geddes, Christopher Holmes and Roly Keating. Bax is s chairman of media group Archant and of Wispire, which provides rural broadband services. He was previously European vice-president and chief financial officer of […]

UK kids switching off TV

For the first time children aged five to 15 now spend more time online than they do watching TV sets, according to Ofcom research. The UK broadcast regulator’s ‘Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes’ report claims that in the past year children have increased their weekly online time by one hour and 19 minutes […]

Netflix is most popular UK on-demand service

Netflix is by far the most popular paid-for video-on-demand service in the UK, and is increasing its lead, while BBC iPlayer is the most used among all VOD services, according to the latest edition of Ofcom’s Communications Market Report. According to the survey, 23% of UK adults used Stranger Things network Netflix on average each […]

RTÉ deputy chief exiting for Ofcom

The deputy director general of Irish pubcaster RTÉ, Kevin Bakhurst, is set to exit and join UK media regulator Ofcom. Bakhurst will become content group director at Ofcom, overseeing content and media policy at the watchdog. Bakhurst joined RTÉ is 2012 from the BBC, initially to become managing director of news and current affairs. He […]

UK nets’ factual spend hits £522m, kids down

New Ofcom stats show UK public broadcasters spent more on factual programmes in 2015 than in the previous seven years, totalling £522 million (US$687 million), though children’s programming hours dipped to a 17-year low. The PSBs – the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 – saw factual investment at its highest point since 2008, […]

Watchdog, industry call on C4 to programme for kids

Calls for Channel 4 to do more to cater for kids are getting louder, as the British public broadcaster is asked to provide regulator Ofcom with an updated plan in this respect. The ad-funded PSB is required by the terms of its licence to provide content for different demos, but has largely moved out of […]

‘30% of UK adults see TV getting worse’

Around 30% of UK adults thought that the quality of TV programming got worse in 2015, according to new research by Ofcom. The broadcast regulator’s ‘UK Audience Attitudes Towards Broadcast Media’ report found that half of viewers thought the quality of TV shows remained the same last year, while just 17% thought they had improved. […]

Ofcom: BT must open up Openreach

BT must open up its Openreach infrastructure arm to competitors, but for now will not be forced to shed the unit entirely, according to Ofcom. The speed of broadband directly impacts how fast content can be downloaded and streamed, and debate over infrustructure in the UK has raged for some time. Publishing the initial conclusions […]