Ofcom backs BSkyB in BT ads row

UK regulator Ofcom has ruled that BSkyB has not breached its broadcast code in refusing to carry ads for BT’s new rival sports channels. Following a complaint lodged by BT earlier this year, Ofcom said today that Sky was not in breach of its code on the prevention of undue discrimination between broadcast advertisers. In […]

VOD and second screen use becoming widespread in the UK

A majority of viewers use second screen devices while watching TV, while about three UK viewers in ten are using video-on-demand services from the likes of Virgin Media, BSkyB and BT, according to regulator Ofcom. According to Ofcom’s survey of UK audience attitudes to the broadcast media for 2012, seven viewers in ten said they […]

Next wave of UK local TV licences opened up

Another 30 local TV licenses will be offered in the UK after communications regulator Ofcom asked for expressions of interest in stations across a raft of new locations. Ofcom has already awarded 19 licences in a first phase of the roll out of local TV in the UK and the first of these should be […]

Ofcom awards local TV licence for Leeds

UK media regulator Ofcom has awarded a local TV licence for the Northern city of Leeds. The channel will be called Made in Leeds. It will be run by London-based Made Television, formerly Element Television, the group chaired by former BSkyB executive and Top Up TV founder Ian West. It has bid for 11 local […]

Ofcom fines Playboy TV £100,000

UK regulator Ofcom has levied a £100,000 penalty on Playboy TV’s UK-based Benelux operation for failing to restrict under-age access to online on-demand services Playboy TV and Demand Adult. The fine follows a finding by UK video-on-demand regulator ATVOD in July last year that the websites were in breach of regulations. Playboy TV allowed unrestricted […]

Ofcom awards more local UK TV licenses

Ofcom has awarded local digital-terrestrial TV licences for Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland. The licences were awarded respectively to Glasgow Television and Edinburgh Television, both backed by Scottish commercial broadcaster STV. In May last year, Ofcom invited applications to run local TV services in 21 local areas. In total, 57 applications were received to run […]

UK leading new viewing habits, Ofcom reveals

A new report from UK media regulator Ofcom shows that the country is ahead of other countries including Japan and the US for catching up with TV online and is at the forefront of using new technology such as smart TVs and digital video recorders. According to Ofcom’s seventh International Communications Market Report, which examines […]

BBC crisis claims more scalps as Patten begins search for new DG

Following the resignation of BBC director-general George Entwistle on Saturday, head of news Helen Boaden and deputy director of news Stephen Thomas have “stepped aside” for the duration of the ongoing Pollard enquiry into flagship current affairs show Newsnight. Head of newsgathering Fran Unsworth has been named as acting director of news, while Ceri Thomas, […]

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