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Spain’s Mediaset accused of ad limits breach

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Spanish competition authority CNMC has started legal proceedings against Mediaset for a possible breach of the Audiovisual law over advertising limits. Two of its channels, Tele 5 and Cuatro, would have broken the legal advertising limit of 12 minutes per hour with Mediaset facing a fine of up to €100,000 for each violation. The proceedings will take at least six […]

Google News Spain to close over links tax

The new Spanish Intelectual Property legislation that requires content aggregators to pay for using publishers content from January has driven Google to close down its News service by December 16th. The search provider will remove Spanish media outlets from the service following a row with the country’s government over new legislation aimed at protecting local publishers that requires the search […]

Ofcom fines HardGlam

Ofcom has imposed a financial penalty of £1,500 on the operator of an on demand programme service, provided through the website ‘HardGlam’, which gave access to 14 separate websites. Between February and November, users of HardGlam services could access sexually explicit R18 equivalent material, without a system in place that would restrict under 18s from accessing it. The Authority for […]

Australian ISPs move to create anti-piracy Code


Australia’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) industry will create an industry Code for a notice scheme to combat online copyright infringement or ‘Internet piracy’, in line with decisions made December 10 by the Federal Cabinet. “We support the balanced approach that the Government has taken to what is a serious issue in Australia,” said Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton. “Australia’s ISPs […]

French satellites cannot be sold to Russia

French satellite builder Thales Alenia is suspending an agreement with Russia to supply satellites. The first craft to be affected by the decision is a military so-called ‘Spy’ satellite for the Russian military. The decision follows on from a report by the US intelligence services suggesting that the French satellites contain US-designed or supplied space technology, and these parts might […]

Australia announces steps to tackle online piracy


The Australian Government has announced new measures to ensure Australians make informed choices when accessing online content and to strengthen the industry’s ability to tackle online copyright infringement. Copyright protection provides an essential mechanism for ensuring the viability and success of creative industries by incentivising and rewarding creators. The rapid growth of the Internet has brought significant challenges to the […]

ODM/StarSat ‘adult’ appeal denied

Cape Town’s Western Cape High Court has turned down an appeal from local pay-TV operator On Digital Media/TopTV, and which is in the process of being sold to China’s StarSat. The appeal was against an order which prohibits transmissions of adult TV channels carried as part of the ODM/StarSat bouquet.  ODM/StarSat is broadcasting three channels including Playboy TV. Judge Lee […]

Saudi Arabia bans Nilesat from coffee bars

Alcohol-free Saudi Arabia has totally banned youngsters and teenagers under 18 from visiting coffee bars, and the government is warning the coffee shop owners that they must only screen TV programming from Arabsat. Coffee bars are favourite places for youngsters to hang out, and frequently will be packed out with viewers watching soccer matches. But the screens can also be […]

Academics urge FTC net neutrality action

A group of US academics, under the auspices of the International Center for Law and Economics, has urged the nation’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to warn the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the adverse effects of adopting restrictions on potentially pro-competitive conduct such as paid prioritisation as it considers its rule-making on the Open Internet. They say the FTC should, […]

BBC details BBC3 online only plan


The BBC Trust has now received detailed proposals from the BBC Executive to close BBC Three as a broadcast channel and re-invent it as an online only proposition. Alongside this, the Executive also propose launching a BBC One+1 channel, extending the hours for CBBC and enhancing BBC iPlayer. The Trust  confirmed the proposals represent a significant change to the UK […]

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