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Ofcom: ‘Ethnic-focused services highly-valued’

TV channels and radio stations aimed at minority ethnic communities are highly valued by viewers and listeners, according to a new study published by UK broadcast regulator Ofcom, although certain content gives audiences cause for concern. According to Ofcom, the report is the first of its kind. It spoke to more than 160 people from […]

November 3, 2021By Colin Mann

That’s TV consolidates studio bases

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has agreed to local TV channel operator That’s TV’s request to consolidate the studios/main production bases for some of its channels. The licensee had requested Ofcom’s written consent for That’s TV to reduce the number of studios/main production bases from seven to five, which would serve all 20 of the local […]

November 1, 2021By Colin Mann

Dacre ‘can have another go’ at Ofcom job

Paul Dacre will be offered another chance to become chair Ofcom, ministers have confirmed, according to The Guardian. Ministers have wanted to appoint the former Daily Mail editor since the vacancy emerged. Having appointed a sympathetic selection panel Dacre was unexpectedly rejected as even this panel deemed him “not appointable” following interview. This even though […]

October 28, 2021

Loveworld hit with harmful content fine

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has imposed a financial penalty of £25,000 (€29,400) on religious satellite channel Loveworld after its investigation found it broke broadcasting rules. During two episodes of current affairs programme, Full Disclosure, the presenters made a number of unevidenced, materially-misleading and potentially-harmful statements about the coronavirus pandemic and vaccines, which were broadcast without […]

October 6, 2021By Colin Mann

Ofcom simplifies network switching

UK broadband and landline customers will find it easier than ever to change provider and secure a better deal, under a new ‘One Touch Switch’ process implemented by regulator Ofcom. The change means all home broadband users – including cable and full fibre customers – will only have to contact their new company to switch, […]

September 28, 2021By Colin Mann

Roberts new ITN Director of Technology, Production & Innovation

Television production company ITN has announced that Jon Roberts has been appointed as its new Director of Technology, Production and Innovation. Roberts will join ITN’s Senior Leadership Team and will lead the technical strategy for the company, guiding the management and development of broadcast operations, technology, studios, media management and workflows. Roberts has extensive experience […]

September 24, 2021

Channel 5 extending evening news

Channel 5 will launch an extended, early-evening weekday news bulletin this autumn. An hour-long 5 News programme at 5pm will replace the two existing 30-minute broadcasts, at 5pm and 6:30pm, in Channel 5’s early evening schedule. The broadcaster says this will” enable the programme to examine and unpack stories in greater detail and create space […]

September 24, 2021

Provisional OK for BBC Three linear relaunch

Media regulator Ofcom has provisionally concluded that the BBC should be permitted to re-launch BBC Three as a broadcast television channel. It is now seeking views on the decision from interested or affected organisations and individuals. Ofcom initially concluded that the proposed relaunch would constitute a material change to the Corporation’s UK public service activities, […]

September 16, 2021By Colin Mann

Dorries new DCMS Secretary; Dowden demoted

Nadine Dorries, MP for Mid Bedfordshire, has been appointed Secretary of State at the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) following a wider than expected reshuffle by Prime Minister Boris Johnson of his Cabinet. She replaces Oliver Dowden, who has been named Minister without Portfolio within the Cabinet Office, effectively a demotion. Dorries […]

September 16, 2021By Colin Mann

MPs warn against ‘unappointable’ Ofcom candidates

Julian Knight, Chair of the UK parliament’s DCMS Committee has called for the government to rule out candidates previously deemed to be unappointable from applying again for the post of Chair of Ofcom, a clear reference to the potential renewed candidacy of former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre. The re-running of the recruitment process to […]

September 15, 2021By Colin Mann