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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 tackles broadband tech consumer confusion

Broadband customers could get clearer and more consistent information about their service when signing up to a new deal, under proposals announced by UK comms regulator Ofcom. Under the planned new guidance, broadband providers would only be able to use the terms ‘fibre’ and ‘full-fibre’ on their websites and in contracts if their network uses […]

March 8, 2023By Colin Mann

Ofcom: GB News breached broadcasting rules

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has found the Mark Steyn programme, which aired on GB News on April 21st, 2022, in breach of its broadcasting rules. Ofcom says it has been consistently clear that, under its rules, broadcasters are free to transmit programmes which may be considered controversial and challenging, or which question statistics or other […]

March 6, 2023By Colin Mann

Ofcom: Virgin Media tops Q3 pay-TV complaints

Ofcom has published the latest figures for complaints the regulator received about the UK’s major mobile, broadband and pay-TV providers between July and September 2022. In summary, the latest complaints data shows: Overall, complaint volumes during this quarter were broadly in line with the previous three months. Shell Energy continued to attract the most broadband […]

January 26, 2023

Ofcom progresses online child protection work

UK comms regulator Ofcom is seeking evidence on risks of harms to children online and how they can be mitigated, as it prepares to develop codes of practice in our forthcoming role as online safety regulator. Within the first 100 days of its online safety powers taking effect, Ofcom will publish and consult on draft […]

January 10, 2023By Colin Mann

More ads for UK PSBs?

UK regulator, Ofcom, is reviewing the rules that restrict the UK’s PSBs from running as many minutes of advertising on their pay-TV or OTT rivals. The rules were introduced in 1991 to support the new pay-TV and cable companies such as Sky to build their businesses in the UK. Non-PSB channels are allowed to air […]

December 26, 2022

Report: Record UK rollout of faster Internet

More than four in ten UK homes can now access faster, more reliable Internet connections, as the rollout of full-fibre technology continues at record pace. Ofcom’s annual Connected Nations report, which measures the availability of broadband and mobile services across the UK, found that full-fibre connections are now available to 12.4 million households (42 per […]

December 15, 2022By Colin Mann

Ofcom consults on changes to BBC’s Operating Licence

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom is consulting on proposed changes to the BBC’s Operating Licence. The BBC’s Operating Licence sets regulatory conditions designed to ensure that the BBC fulfils its Mission and Public Purposes; that audiences across the UK are well served by the BBC; and that it provides distinctive output and services. According to Ofcom, […]

December 14, 2022By Colin Mann

Research: Smart speakers combat loneliness

Smart speakers are playing an important role in combatting loneliness for people who live on their own, according to new Ofcom research. The regulator’s latest data show that smart speaker ownership nearly doubled during the pandemic, increasing from 22 per cent of households in 2020 to 39 per cent earlier in 2022. But why do […]

December 13, 2022By Colin Mann

Research: ‘UK audiences OK’ with brand placements

Audience research commissioned by broadcast regulator Ofcom reveals UK viewers’ attitudes towards commercial references in and around TV programmes. In addition to income from adverts in commercial breaks, broadcasters can generate revenue from references in programmes. These commercial arrangements allow brands, products and services to feature in and around TV programmes – through product placement […]

December 5, 2022By Colin Mann