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Dame Melanie Dawes

Ofcom sets out online safety plans

Tech firms must use a range of measures to protect their users from illegal content online – from child sexual abuse material and grooming to fraud – under detailed plans set out by the new online safety regulator. Ofcom is exercising its new powers to release draft Codes of Practice that social media, gaming, pornography, search and […]

November 9, 2023By Colin Mann

Ofcom to probe Fox / GB News

UK’s Ofcom has succumbed to pressure to launch an investigation into ‘news channel’ GB News and its Dan Wootton Tonight show, on which another GB News presenter, Laurence Fox, made insulting remarks about journalist Ava Evans.. The regulator received 7,300 complaints from viewers about the show, and GB News subsequently suspended both Fox and Wootton. […]

September 29, 2023

Ofcom CEO clarifies news impartiality rules

Following the announcement that UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has launched two new broadcast investigations into GB News and Talk TV, Ofcom Chief Executive Dame Melanie Dawes has set out how upholding standards of due impartiality and accuracy are crucial to preserving the integrity of news and current affairs, in an ever-changing media landscape. Writing in […]

July 4, 2023By Colin Mann

Ofcom urges social tariff awareness

Ofcom Chief Executive, Dame Melanie Dawes and the CEOs of other UK regulators met with Jeremy Hunt MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, to discuss the impact of the rising cost of living on the sectors they regulate. Following the meeting, Dame Melanie said: “When the pandemic hit, our telecoms industry rose to the challenge of […]

June 29, 2023By Colin Mann

DSIT outlines Ofcom strategy support role

Michelle Donelan, the UK Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology, has written to Dame Melanie Dawes, CEO of Ofcom, outlining how the regulator can support the implementation of the Wireless Infrastructure Strategy and Spectrum Statement. The Wireless Infrastructure Strategy aims to drive the deployment and adoption of 5G and other advanced wireless connectivity […]

April 13, 2023By Colin Mann

MPs to question Ofcom CEO

The UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee MPs is to question Dame Melanie Dawes, Chief Executive of Ofcom, on the organisation’s work as the regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries. The session on March 14th is likely to explore a range of broadcasting issues, including the BBC’s operating licence, content […]

March 10, 2023By Colin Mann

Ofcom launches 15 investigations into RT

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has opened 15 new investigations into the due impartiality of news programmes on the RT news channel. Ofcom has observed a significant increase in the number of programmes on the RT service that warrant investigation under its Broadcasting Code. When dealing with major matters such as the crisis in Ukraine, all […]

March 1, 2022By Colin Mann

Ofcom calls for stronger public service media

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom is recommending a radical overhaul of laws to ensure that public service media survives and thrives in the digital age. Its recommendations to Government mark the conclusion of Small Screen: Big Debate – an in-depth review on the future of public service media (PSM). The report calls for the renewal of […]

July 15, 2021By Colin Mann

Jogia new Ofcom CTO

Sachin Jogia will join Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in October after nine years at Amazon, where he is currently the General Manager for Alexa Smart Home International – overseeing development of the company’s voice-activated services. A highly–experienced product and technology leader, Jogia has also held senior technology roles at […]

June 10, 2021