Advanced Television


Bakhurst new RTÉ Director General

Irish public service broadcaster RTÉ has appointed Kevin Bakhurst as the next Director General of RTÉ following an extensive and competitive recruitment process which was managed by the RTÉ Board. Bakhurst will replace Dee Forbes as Director General of RTÉ when her term comes to an end on July 11th. Bakhurst was previously Managing Director […]

April 19, 2023By Colin Mann

MPs to quiz Ofcom on broadcasting in Wales

Representatives from Ofcom will appear before the Welsh Affairs Committee of the UK House of Commons as MPs hold their fifth evidence session exploring Broadcasting in Wales. Eleanor Marks, Director (Wales), and Kate Biggs, Content and Media Policy Director, will be answering questions on issues covering radio, television and the growth of streaming services. The […]

April 18, 2023By Colin Mann

Ofcom: Guidance on BBC competition impact

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom is introducing a new requirement and supplementary guidance which it says will help to ensure the BBC communicates more openly and consistently with its competitors about planned changes to its public services. The new, enforceable requirement applies to any planned changes to the BBC’s public service activities which are likely to […]

April 18, 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

Report: Number portability fraud risk

With UK comms regulator Ofcom proposing an enforcement programme, following delays in implementing a broadband provider switching scheme, a report from analyst firm Omnisperience suggests that a revamp of the UK’s number porting process, which allows customers to change service provider without having to change their number, is critical to curbing both fraud and cyber […]

April 12, 2023By Colin Mann

Ofcom wants UK cloud competition probe

At the halfway point of its probe into UK cloud services, regulator Ofcom is proposing to refer the market to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for further investigation. Ofcom’s market study has provisionally identified features and practices that make it more difficult for customers to switch and use multiple cloud suppliers. Ofcom is particularly […]

April 5, 2023By Colin Mann

Ofcom investigates broadband switching delays

UK comms regulator Ofcom has opened an industry-wide enforcement programme regarding the failed implementation of a new broadband switching process, as industry misses the deadline for launching the new service. New rules have come into force requiring landline and broadband providers to operate the ‘One Touch Switch’ process for residential customers. After extensive consultation with […]

April 3, 2023By Colin Mann

Ofcom issues new BBC operating licence

The changing needs of viewers and listeners and a demand for greater public accountability are enshrined in a new, modernised BBC operating licence announced by broadcast regulator Ofcom. The licence, which comes into effect on April 1st, 2023, has been designed firmly to hold the BBC to account on delivering its remit, while enabling it […]

March 23, 2023By Colin Mann

Ofcom opens up mmWave spectrum

UK comms regulator Ofcom is to make millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum across the 26 GHz and 40 GHz bands available for new mobile technology, including 5G services. This could deliver significant benefits by enabling large wireless data capacity and speeds. It can be used to improve mobile services and deliver innovative new services across the […]

March 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