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Barwise: ‘Subscription BBC a car crash’

Eminent academic Patrick Barwise, emeritus professor of management and marketing at London Business School, and a renowned commentator on media and broadcasting, has suggested that moves to replace the BBC…

US continues to urge UK against Huawei

Robert Strayer, the US deputy assistant secretary for cyber and communications, has said that the Trump administration has not given up on its fight to stop the UK using Huawei…

FCC: US digital divide is closing

FCC: US digital divide is closing

The US Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Economics and Analytics (OEA) has released updated data which it suggests shows that the digital divide substantially narrowed during the first two years…

UK: £65m package for 5G trials

Rural areas in the UK will benefit from a series of government-funded trials to help them seize the potential of modern technology, the Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced. Nine…

Italy: Legal proceedings against pirate IPTV users

Italy: Legal proceedings against pirate IPTV users

For the first time, legal proceedings have been launched in Italy against users of pirated TV content using IPTV technology. After a lengthy investigation, Italy’s Financial Police have identified and…

UK govt threatens BBC licence fee

UK govt threatens BBC licence fee

The UK government under Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reiterated its intention to scrap the television licence fee and make viewers pay a subscription. In plans revealed to the Sunday…

Game over for BBC licence?

“Democracy is the worst way to run a country, except all the others,’” said Winston Churchill. The same may well be true of a licence fee and a PSB national…

Legal action against EU approval for Vodafone/Unity deal

German regional operator NetCologne is taking legal action challenging EU approval of Vodafone’s acquisition of Unitymedia from Liberty Global. German press also reports that Deutsche Telekom and Tele Columbus have…

CBA: Senator looks to object to FCC proposal

Senator John Kennedy (Republican, Louisiana) is reportedly considering introducing emergency legislation which could override the FCC’s decision of $9.7 billion of inventive payments. The Politico news-site says that Kennedy has…

Whittingdale back at DCMS

Whittingdale back at DCMS

John Whittingdale MP has been appointed Minister of State at the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. He previously served as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and…

Ofcom fines Talk Radio and NTV Mir Baltic

Ofcom fines Talk Radio and NTV Mir Baltic

Ofcom has fined the licence holders of Talk Radio £75,000 (€90,000) and NTV Mir Baltic £20,000 for breaking broadcasting rules. Talk Radio is a national digital speech radio station. NTV…

Ofcom: New customer contract rules

Ofcom: New customer contract rules

UK phone, broadband and pay-TV customers must be warned when their current contract is ending, and what they could save by signing up to a new deal, under sector regulator…

Dinenage, Huddleston in at DCMS

Caroline Dinenage MP and Nigel Huddleston MP have joined the UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in junior ministerial roles as Prime Minister Boris Johnson continues his…

MWC cancelled

The GSMA, organiser of Mobile World Congress, has cancelled the event, suggesting the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA…

Dowden new UK Culture Secretary

Dowden new UK Culture Secretary

Oliver Dowden MP has been named as the new Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. He takes over from Nicky Morgan, who was appointed…

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