Gov’t committee: BBC Trust ‘should be abolished’

The BBC’s governing body, the BBC Trust, has “lost confidence and credibility and should be abolished”, according to a British government committee report on the BBC Charter review. Published today, the Culture, Media and Sport Committee report claims that while the BBC is an “extraordinary national and global institution”, it needs a “radical overhaul of […]

Channel 4 appoints new chairman

UK commercial pubcaster Channel 4 has appointed Charles Gurassa as its new chairman. He will replace Lord Terry Burns whose tenure as chair ends on January 27. Gurassa will step into the new role on January 28. He is currently deputy chairman of the EasyJet airline, chairman of the Genesis Housing Association, a trustee of […]

Comedy Central apologises after Ofcom rap

The UK Comedy Central channel has issued an apology and changed its in-house guidelines after Ofcom reprimanded the Viacom channel for running a series of x-rated promos before the UK watershed. Many of the promos in question were shown during back-to-back transmissions of Friends, when the audience would have comprised significant numbers of children and […]

UK government orders independent BBC review

The UK government has appointed former Virgin Money and Prudential chairman and former Bank of England deputy governor Sir David Clementi to head up an independent review into how the BBC is governed and regulated. The review will form part of the ongoing BBC Charter renewal process. Clementi has been tasked with coming up with […]

Netflix leads Amazon as UK viewers prioritise movies

Netflix has 4.4 million paying customers in the UK and Amazon Prime Instant Video 1.2 million, according to communications regulator Ofcom. The numbers were contained in Ofcom’s annual Communications Market Report. The regulator said that 15% of its survey respondents now use an SVOD service more regularly than a year ago, while 7% were using […]

BT fires salvo in battle with Sky

Ofcom should amend the scope of its Digital Communications Review to include pay TV, so it can address high prices and a lack of competition in the UK market, according to the CEO of BT’s consumer division, John Petter. In a speech to the Broadcasting Press Guild yesterday,Petter said there were market failings in the […]

‘PSBs investing less in UK content’

Investment in UK-originated content has decreased in recent years, but satisfaction with public service channels in the UK has increased, according to communications regulator Ofcom’s latest PSB Review, which was published today. The UK public service broadcasters are the license fee-funded BBC and its commercial counterparts, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Against a backdrop […]

Maxdome CEO to exit

German VOD service Maxdome is saying goodbye to its CEO for the second time in four months. Lesley MacKenzie, who is also executive VP of entertainment at Maxdome parent ProSiebenSat.1, is leaving the business to pursue other opportunities in the on-demand space. Her departure from ProSiebenSat.1’s E-Entertainment division comes just four months after she replaced […]

UK political row over mooted censorship plan

Prominent members of the UK government have been revealed to be at odds over mooted plans to vet TV programmes before their transmission Home Secretary Theresa May has sought approval for a new range of measures to tackle religious extremism, which included giving communications regulator Ofcom the ability to censure programmes ahead of broadcast. However, […]

Ofcom rejects Virgin Media calls to delay Premier League auction

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has reject calls by Virgin Media to delay the current Premier League TV rights auction, claiming there is no “urgent need to intervene.” Last month, Virgin called for a temporary halt to the auction while Ofcom concluded an ongoing investigation into the sales process.  However, the Premier League responded by saying there […]