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Ofcom: UK TV industry still lacks diversity

The UK’s television industry is strongly skewed towards people from privately-educated backgrounds, according to research on the sector’s diversity from regulator Ofcom . Ofcom’s annual Diversity and Equal Opportunities in…

AT&T hits DirecTV with class action

AT&T hits DirecTV with class action

AT&T shareholders, complaining that telco giant AT&T artificially “faked” inflated subscriber numbers, have filed a class Action. Also named in the Action is Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner’s CEO. The action…

ICASA wants “public interest” sports on FTA

South Africa’s media regulator ICASA wants certain key sporting events to be classified as of significant public interest and made available to free-to-air broadcasters. However, the sporting rights-holders are not…

Study: Private sale most efficient for C-Band

Study: Private sale most efficient for C-Band

Satisfying the rapid demand growth for additional commercial spectrum presents challenges the Federal Communications Commission, according to public policy issue think tank Phoenix Center. While the Federal Communications Commission has…

Report: High spectrum prices leave millions unconnected

Report: High spectrum prices leave millions unconnected

The negative impacts of high spectrum prices on consumers can no longer be disputed, according to a new report by trade body the GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile…

US returns Huawei’s seized tech

The US Government has returned equipment to Huawei which it seized two years ago.  In return Huawei Technologies USA (HT USA) has dropped a lawsuit against the US Commerce Department…

US Senators call for Google Content ID expansion

US Senators call for Google Content ID expansion

A number of US Senators have joined forces to ask Google CEO Sundar Pichai to expand Content ID, YouTube’s copyright infringement technology, to more members of the creative community. The…

FCC to submit CBA thinking on 5G to Congress

Investment bank Exane/BNPP says that the FCC has to submit a report to the US Congress on its thinking in regard to the proposed reversioning of some 180 MHz of…

Turkey: Netflix applies for licence under new law

Netflix has applied for a licence to continue operating in Turkey under new online broadcasting rules that have raised fears over potential censorship. Turkey last month granted its radio and…

OTT platforms: “No investment in local creation, no streaming in France”

Pushing OTT platforms to invest in local content production is what the upcoming audiovisual reform, promised by French President Macron, is aiming at. “If the platforms don’t respect the French…

Iraq bans US TV channel for 3 months

The Arabic Al Hurra TV channel has been hit with a 3 month broadcasting ban.  The channel is alleged to have transmitted a controversial 12 minute report on corruption within…

Vodafone, TalkTalk appeal Ofcom Openreach finding

Vodafone UK and TalkTalk have lodged an appeal with the Competition Appeal Tribunal to try and overturn Ofcom’s regulation published on June 28th. Helen Lamprell, Vodafone UK’s General Counsel, said…

USA: 8 charged with video streaming piracy

A US federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging eight individuals with conspiring to violate federal criminal copyright law by running two of the largest unauthorised streaming services in…

Licensee fined £2.8K for illegal Sky Sports

Licensee fined £2.8K for illegal Sky Sports

Thomas John Holland of the Goat Inn in Sheerness, Kent in the southeast of England has been convicted of three offences of dishonest reception of a television transmission, in this…

Vivendi demands vote in Mediaset spat

Vivendi issued a statement on August 26th saying that following the decision by the Mediaset Board of Directors to refuse to allow it to vote at its latest Shareholders’ Meeting…

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