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ITV calls for “urgent” PSM legislation update

In its submission to UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom’s Small Screen: Big Debate consultation, commercial broadcaster ITV has warned that legislation needs a radical and urgent update for the global online era if the Public Service Media (PSM) system is to continue to deliver for the people of the UK, in the ways Ofcom’s research suggests […]

April 28, 2021By Colin Mann

Research: Pandemic narrows UK digital divide

The UK’s digital divide narrowed during the coronavirus pandemic, as people have gone online to escape the lockdown, according to research from comms regulator Ofcom. The proportion of homes without Internet access appears to have fallen from 11 per cent in March 2020, as the UK entered lockdown, to 6 per cent of homes – […]

April 28, 2021By Colin Mann

UK 5G spectrum auction final results

UK comms regulator Ofcom has announced the final results of the auction for spectrum in the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz bands, following completion of the remaining stages. In March 2021, it announced the results of the principal stage, which determined how much spectrum each of the four bidders – EE Limited, Hutchison 3G UK […]

April 27, 2021By Colin Mann

Loveworld: Third coronavirus  content breach

An investigation by UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has found that coronavirus coverage on the religious satellite television channel Loveworld breached broadcasting rules for a third time. During two episodes of a current affairs programme, Full Disclosure, presenters made a number of materially misleading and potentially harmful statements about the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines, which were […]

April 19, 2021By Colin Mann

Eutelsat explains non-removal of China’s CGTN

Eutelsat has explained why it cannot itself remove China’s controversial news channel CGTN which has been criticised by many countries, including the UK’s Ofcom regulator. China Global Television Network (CGTN), on April 10th, welcomed the acknowledgement of Ofcom that CGTN’s right to broadcast in Europe falls under French jurisdiction, which perhaps paves the way for […]

April 13, 2021

Vaizey on list for Ofcom?

Former culture secretary Ed Vaizey could be on the shortlist of candidates to chair communications regulator Ofcom, according to Reuters. Officials at the government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport will narrow the list of applicants this week ahead of final interviews. Ofcom’s responsibilities will expand in the coming years; It will become responsible […]

April 12, 2021

UK ministers welcome broadband jobs boom

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden have met with broadband industry leaders and praised the sector for creating more than 22,000 jobs over the last year as forecasts for gigabit rollout are revised further upwards. They welcomed the firms’ work to help the nation build back better from the pandemic with […]

April 6, 2021By Colin Mann

Loveworld fined £125K for Covid conspiracy theories

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has imposed a financial penalty of £125,000 (€147,000) on religious satellite channel Loveworld, after an investigation found it broke broadcasting rules for the second time in a year. During the course of a 29-hour programme – The Global Day of Prayer – Ofcom found that news content and sermons presented potentially […]

March 31, 2021By Colin Mann

UK spectrum auction at negotiation stage

UK comms regulator Ofcom has confirmed that the spectrum auction for the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz bands aimed at releasing more airwaves to improve mobile services and support 5G will now move to the negotiation period. Ofcom announced the results of the principal stage of the auction on March 17th. This set out how […]

March 25, 2021By Colin Mann

MPs: “Streamers should share ratings data”

MPs say streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video should be obliged to provide viewing data on British-made shows to UK broadcasters and Ofcom. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS), has said that UK broadcasters have a right to know how shows that they commissioned are performing on streaming platforms. The comments […]

March 25, 2021