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Channel 4 outlines Equity by Design Strategy

Channel 4 has launched its first equity strategy, ‘Equity by Design’, a framework that sets out how it will create fair outcomes for everyone and accelerate change in the industry. The strategy details how Channel 4 will work to ensure there is equity in experience by improving how diversity and inclusion is built into decision-making. […]

March 27, 2024

Italy: Streamers must invest more in local content

The Italian government has adopted amendments to the Audiovisual Media Services Law that prioritise investment in original Italian content, particularly for streaming services. Streaming players like Netflix and Prime Video must now invest 16 per cent of their Italian revenue in European productions (down from 20 per cent, but 70 per cent must be Italian […]

March 22, 2024From Branislav Pekic in Rome

CMA has Vodafone/Three merger concerns

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has suggested that a proposed Vodafone/Three merger, which seeks to combine two of the four UK mobile network operators, could lead to higher prices for customers and affect investment in UK mobile networks. The CMA launched its initial Phase 1 investigation in January 2024 after it was notified […]

March 22, 2024By Colin Mann

Crown producer calls for UK drama protection

Andy Harries, co-founder of Left Bank Pictures, producer of acclaimed series The Crown, has warned that the UK production sector is in danger of ending up as a first class, top-end service industry to the US at the expense of our own experiences. Harries issued the warning in an acceptance speech at the 50th annual […]

March 22, 2024By Colin Mann

SABC staff threaten strike

South Africa’s SABC public broadcaster has its staff deadlocked in what are long running pay negotiations. The powerful Communication Workers Union (CWU) is now threatening a full blown strike. SABC and CWU have been talking since July 2023 about a pay rise. SABC offered 6 per cent, which was accepted by the CWU but the […]

March 22, 2024By Chris Forrester

Ofcom satellite services spectrum boost

UK comms regulator Ofcom has published three documents which aim to enable more spectrum access for the growing satellite connectivity sector in the UK. Satellite operators offer a range of broadband services in the UK, such as helping better to connect homes and businesses in hard-to-reach rural areas, as well as on trains, in the […]

March 22, 2024By Colin Mann

Study: Piracy sites in India pose malware risk

A new study commissioned by the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) found that piracy websites posed the highest risk for malware infection among consumers in India. The study found that consumers perceived accessing piracy sites as presenting the highest risk of being affected by malware (59 per cent), even more than if they clicked […]

March 22, 2024By Colin Mann

European mobile industry issues connectivity manifesto

Mobile industry trade body the GSMA and leading European mobile operators have launched Connecting Europe to 2030: A Mobile Industry Manifesto for Europe, outlining a strategic vision for Europe’s mobile connectivity sector. It calls for critical policy reforms to ensure that Europe’s digital economy, underpinned by strong, sustained network innovation, can reestablish a leadership position […]

March 21, 2024By Colin Mann

France: Google fined €250m for IP breaches

French regulators have fined Google €250 million for breaching an agreement over paying media companies for reproducing their content online. The Competition Authority said it was fining the company for breaches linked to intellectual property rules related to news media publishers. The regulator also cited concerns about Google’s AI service. It said Google’s AI-powered chatbot […]

March 20, 2024

ITV renews PSB licences

ITV  has accepted the UK media regulator Ofcom’s offer to renew all of its public service broadcasting licences for a full ten-year term to 2034. The commercial television broadcaster and content producer said the Channel Three licences cover all of ITV1’s output. This includes its 13 nations and regions news franchises (UTV, Border, Tyne Tees, […]

March 20, 2024