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Report: 94% of UK accessing BBC during crisis

Report: 94% of UK accessing BBC during crisis

The BBC’s Annual Plan reveals that people across the UK have turned to the broadcaster in record numbers as a source of news, entertainment and companionship during the Covid-19 pandemic.…

Telia licenses standalone OTT rights to Discovery

The European Commission has approved Telia Company’s decision to license standalone OTT rights, in Sweden and Finland, to Discovery Networks. The European Commission approved the acquisition of TV4, C More…

C-Band: Positive news for satellite majors

C-Band: Positive news for satellite majors

On May 14th, SpaceX filed a document with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) saying that the rocket launch company does not expect the current Covid-19 crisis will affect its ability…

Intelsat: “We’ll cut debt in half”

Intelsat’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy is likely to take between 6-12 months to process and allow the satellite operator to cut its $17 billion of debt by about half. CCO Samer…

UK broadcasters guidelines for Covid-19 TV production

ITV, BBC, Sky, Channel 4, Channel 5, STV, ITN, the Association for Commercial Broadcasters and On-Demand Services (COBA) and Pact have joined forces to introduce new industry-wide guidelines for producing…

Loveworld sanctioned for Covid-19 claims

Loveworld sanctioned for Covid-19 claims

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has imposed a sanction on the licensee Loveworld Limited, which broadcasts the religious television channel Loveworld, after a news programme and a live sermon included potentially…

Ofcom updates on spectrum auction plans

Ofcom updates on spectrum auction plans

UK comms regulator Ofcom has published a consultation on one aspect of the technical modelling in its statement on the award of spectrum in the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz…

Eutelsat Q3 ‘finally delivering’

Eutelsat Q3 ‘finally delivering’

Eutelsat’s Q3 numbers were “in line with expectations [and] a return to quarter-on-quarter growth with ongoing signs of commercial dynamism in emerging markets with a new DTH platform in Sub-Saharan…

FCC orders foreign satellite-operators to pay US fees

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has ruled that foreign-licensed satellite operators and “space stations” which access the US market must pay regulatory fees to the FCC. The FCC, in the…

US seeks to deny chips to Huawei

US seeks to deny chips to Huawei

The US Commerce Department has amended of an export rule in order to curtail Huawei’s ability to use US technology and software to design and manufacture its semiconductors abroad. The…

Intelsat files for Chapter 11 “restructuring”

As long expected, Intelsat has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and says it will restructure itself under ‘Debtor in Possession’ (DiP) rules. Intelsat says it is fully backing the Federal…

BBC’s Top Gear, EastEnders resume production

BBC’s Top Gear, EastEnders resume production

Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s Director, Content, has confirmed that the Corporation plans to resume filming on two of its most popular shows, soap opera EastEnders and motoring magazine Top Gear.…

Openreach reveals digital switch next steps

Openreach reveals digital switch next steps

UK digital network infrastructure provider Openreach has revealed the next steps in its ongoing programme to help upgrade the old analogue phone network to a new digital all-IP world. In…

France to enact AVMSD directive before year end

France to enact AVMSD directive before year end

The effective enactment of the AVMSD Euro directive has been confirmed for January 1st 2021 by French President Emmanuel Macron as he set out his plan to support the cultural…

SABC: ‘We can manage’

SABC: ‘We can manage’

Reports in South Africa stated that South Africa Broadcasting Corp (SABC) was seeking another financial bailout from the government and that the broadcaster had a Rand 282 million ($15.4 million)…