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MPs propose Online Safety Bill amendments

Suggesting the changes would limit the powers of the Secretary of State to interfere in the work of the independent regulator Ofcom, the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) of the UK House of Commons has put forward amendments to the Government’s proposed online safety legislation. The amendments to the Online Safety Bill, which […]

July 4, 2022By Colin Mann

Longer TV ad breaks for UK?

Ofcom has confirmed that the frequency and length of commercial breaks on UK television channels are to be reassessed in light of evolving viewing habits and the rise of streaming services. Current rules state that, for ITV/STV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, the total amount of advertising in any one day must not exceed an […]

July 1, 2022

Ofcom: ITV and Channel 5 should keep licences

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom believes ITV and Channel 5 should retain their PSB licences.  It has assessed whether the holders of the Channel 3 and Channel 5 licences will be able to fulfil their public service broadcasting obligations at a commercially sustainable cost, over the next ten-year licence period. The Secretary of State now has […]

June 29, 2022By Colin Mann

Telesat applies for UK earth station licence

UK comms regulator Ofcom has received an application from Canadian satellite operator Telesat for an Earth Station Network Licence for its Lightspeed satellite constellation. This application is to allow the deployment of user terminals, which is the equipment used by customers for a variety of different purposes. This can be on the ground, in the […]

June 24, 2022By Colin Mann

Ofcom: BBC must transform how it serves audiences

As the mid-point in the BBC’s current Charter period approaches, broadcast regulator Ofcom has been reviewing the BBC’s performance and its future regulation of  the Corporation. As part of this, Ofcom has tracked audiences’ experiences and interactions with the BBC, and their feelings towards it. One in nine people have had a reason to complain […]

June 22, 2022By Colin Mann

Ofcom plans more satellite spectrum

UK comms regulator Ofcom is proposing to allow satellite operators to access more spectrum so they can provide a wider range of broadband services, including in hard-to-reach areas. As consumer demand for satellite services increases, Ofcom wants to support innovation by extending spectrum access under its Earth Station Network licence to include the 14.25-14.5 GHz […]

June 21, 2022By Colin Mann

Ofcom: C4 in subtitle licence breach

An investigation by broadcast regulator Ofcom has found that public service broadcaster Channel 4 breached the conditions of its broadcast licence following an extended outage of its subtitling, signing and audio description services. These ‘access services’ are relied on by millions of people to watch and listen to television, including those who are deaf, have […]

June 20, 2022By Colin Mann

Ofcom publishes transmitter fire incident review

Organisations delivering broadcasting services need urgently to review their contingency plans to avoid the kind of transmission failure that occurred at Yorkshire’s Bilsdale transmitter in 2021, UK comms regulator Ofcom has found. The recommendations come in Ofcom’s review of the Bilsdale Transmitter Fire, which looks at how the incident was handled and what lessons need […]

June 13, 2022By Colin Mann

Ofcom proposes new licensing for drones

Ofcom has proposed a new licensing regime proposed for commercial services delivered by drones. In a news release, the regulator explained: “Advances in technology have led to drones increasing in size and complexity, and flying over longer distances – in some cases travelling beyond the sight of the operator.  This has created a range of […]

June 10, 2022

Ofcom urges tech firms to keep women safer online

Real-world concerns about women’s safety and wellbeing are mirrored in the online world, according to figures from  Ofcom’sstudy into the nation’s online lives. Its findings reveal that women are less confident about their online safety than men, more negatively affected by discriminatory, hateful and trolling content, and feel less able to have a voice and […]

June 1, 2022