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UK Lords criticise Gov’t Channel 4 stance

UK Lords criticise Gov’t Channel 4 stance

A report, The future of Channel 4, from the Communications and Digital Committee of the House of Lords (the UK’s upper legislative chamber), has criticised the Government’s handling of the…

SES: “Intelsat board deeply conflicted”

SES, in a motion submitted to Intelsat’s bankruptcy court, alleges that Intelsat is continuing to “disregard” the role and importance on Intelsat US as the rightful recipient of the FCC’s…

Spain: SVoDs must provide regional language content

Spain: SVoDs must provide regional language content

SVoD services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and HBO Max, among others, will have to produce 6 per cent of their TV content in Spain in other co-official languages in…

Ofcom OKs BBC Three linear return

Ofcom OKs BBC Three linear return

BBC Three is set to return to TV screens for the first time in six years, after UK media regulator Ofcom approved its relaunch as a broadcast television channel. The…

European media call for DMA loophole action

European media call for DMA loophole action

The European media sector, through the voice of public and commercial broadcasters, radio and the press, represented by ACT, AER, EBU, EGTA, EMMA, ENPA, EPC and NME, acknowledges the General…

SES earns $1bn from FCC

SES says it has received validation from the FCC in regard to the satellite operator’s Phase I C-band clearing obligations. It means that SES will receive $1 billion (€0.89) in…

IBC cancels in-person event

IBC cancels in-person event

In a brief statement issued mid-afternoon, IBC announced that the in-person IBC2021 event scheduled to take place on December 3rd – 6th at The RAI in Amsterdam has been cancelled.…

Digital Markets ‘gatekeeper law’ steps forward

Digital Markets ‘gatekeeper law’ steps forward

The EU’s proposed Digital Markets Act has moved nearer the statute books with the nod from the European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. The full parliament should approve…

Dacre drops out of ‘fixed’ Ofcom bid

Dacre drops out of ‘fixed’ Ofcom bid

Paul Dacre, the government’s preferred candidate, has ruled himself out of reapplying for the Ofcom chair in a process widely seen as being re-run specifically to get him elected. It…

Intelsat files revised Reorganisation Plan

Intelsat’s lawyers filed a revised Reorganisation Plan from its Chapter 11 bankruptcy into the court on November 19th. Intelsat and its associated businesses have debts of some $15 billion that…

UK movie pirate guilty plea

UK movie pirate guilty plea

Damian Williams, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, has confirmed the guilty plea of George Bridi, a citizen of the United Kingdom, for his role…

Canada applies for 114,852 satellites

Canada applies for 114,852 satellites

Canada-based Kepler Communications has applied to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for permission to launch 114,852 satellites into low Earth orbit (LEO). The application is in two parts: a smaller…

FTTH Council Europe calls for fibre take-up boost

FTTH Council Europe calls for fibre take-up boost

The European Commission recently published its Digital Economy and Society Index 2021 (DESI) which tracks the progress made in EU Member States in digital competitiveness in the areas of human…

Intelsat bankruptcy exit plan “inept”

In truth, Intelsat’s bankruptcy has been criticised by investors and creditors since Day One of its Chapter 11 process. But November 17th saw a slew of extra motions tabled and…

Ofcom updates on UK media plurality

Ofcom updates on UK media plurality

UK media regulator Ofcom has set out the next steps in its work to ensure that the regulatory framework for media plurality in the UK remains fit for the modern…

$31m piracy penalty for ChitramTV

$31m piracy penalty for ChitramTV

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas has entered a Judgment and Injunction against ChitramTV, a popular South Asian pirate IPTV service. The Court found that…

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