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Friday 09 October 2015, AM link icon  BBC rules out funding digital radio switchover | Media | The Guardian
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Thursday 08 October 2015, AM link icon  BBC seeks 11-year charter in green paper response | News | Broadcast
The BBC will call for an 11 year charter when it publishes its response to the government’s charter review green paper later today.The corporation will address concerns over the politicisation of the charter review process by arguing the extension would separate the review process from the election cycle.Meanwhile it will repeat BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead’s earlier call for licence fee payers to play a formal role in charter review in future and to be consulted in debates on the funding of the BBC. - link icon  Rita Ora, Sam Smith and Coldplay back campaign to protect BBC music | Media | The Guardian…
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- link icon  Humax announces FVP-4000T Freeview Play set-box | What Hi-Fi?

Tuesday 06 October 2015, AM link icon  Channel 4's Rebrand Dismantles Its Iconic "4" Logo | Co.Design | business + design

Monday 05 October 2015, AM link icon  New digital process brings 10,000 programmes
So the UK broadcasters, including ourselves, ITV and C4, formed a digital production partnership called the Digital Production Partnership, of which I was founder and managing director. So the UK broadcasting industry, through the DPP, decided to create the equivalent of an HDCAM SR via a single common digital file format that everyone could use to submit finished programmes. -

Sunday 04 October 2015, AM link icon  Freeview Play
This beautiful and inspiring ad charts the journey of a little television in a totalitarian world of zeppelins and goosestep marching. One sees echoes of Apple's 1984, a single figure rebelling against the brainwashed masses, a revolution of one. -

Friday 02 October 2015, PM link icon  A framework for spectrum sharing
Ofcom is today seeking views on a proposed new framework for thinking about spectrum sharing that would offer a model for considering whether frequencies have the potential to be shared. Identify barriers to sharing include regulatory tools and market and technological enablers that have potential to facilitate further sharing and, set out how sharing would be considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into account any existing uses and proposed new uses. - link icon  Freeview Launches Biggest Ever Advertising Campaign
Freeview, the UK's no.1 TV platform, is set to unveil its biggest ever advertising campaign to launch connected TV service Freeview Play. Since last Saturday Freeview has been teasing the new campaign with a version of the brand's Cat and Budgie advert interrupted by an evil TV from Set Yourself Free. - link icon  DTG :: News :: "UHD is ready to roll": SES Ultra HD Conference @ the DTG, September 29th 2…
Opening the conference, journalist and industry analyst Chris Forrester said that UHD has taken huge steps forward over the past six months and cited UHD channels in China, Europe Japan, Korea, India as well as the USA. He went on to say that the first commercial 24/7 UHD channels are being carried by SES and expected that more would be announced shortly. - link icon  Barb launches 'gold standard' for online viewing measurement
The TV Player report is BARB's first publication of data for viewing that takes place on laptops, desktop PCs, tablets and smartphones. The report currently includes data from the following TV players All 4, BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, Sky Go and UTV Player. -

Friday 02 October 2015, AM link icon  Freeview launches biggest ever ad campaign |
Freeview, the UK FTA TV platform, is set to unveil its biggest ever advertising campaign to launch connected TV service Freeview Play. The TV campaign will also include 60 and 40 second versions plus product adverts which explain the features and benefits of Freeview Play. - link icon  EE TV review
You get a similar interface to the one you use on the TV which means you can do a lot more than the YouView app which is essentially the EPG so you can send recordings to the box. With the EE TV app you can watch live TV, watch recordings and make use of the Replay feature. - link icon  DAB Updates: October 2015
Events radio station Pop Up Radio has been authorised to pop up in more places on DAB digital radio. More information Bournemouth, Derbyshire, Exeter Torbay, North Devon, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and South Hampshire Pop Up Radio will be added to these multiplexes Lincolnshire listeners can now tune into BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Compass FM and Lincs FM via the new Lincolnshire digital radio multiplex. -

Thursday 01 October 2015, PM link icon  BBC releases stats to bolster Charter renewal
The document has been circulated to all former BBC employees who are in the BBC Alumni, a network designed to keep ex-BBC people up to date with the Corporation. 12.7m people a day start the day with BBC radio stations, according to the document 7.0m are listening to BBC Radio's drivetime output. -

Thursday 01 October 2015, AM link icon  New national radio station?
The new national digital radio multiplex, goes live early in 2016. At the moment, DAB stations can only be received on a proportion of digital radios in the UK. However, that's growing all the time with car radios and the digital tick mark helping to accelerate growth. - link icon  Lincolnshire digital radio multiplex launched
Local DAB has arrived in Lincolnshire, with a new MuxCo multiplex carrying the services of Lincs FM, Compass FM and BBC Radio Lincolnshire. BBC Radio Lincolnshire's digital service was switched-on at 8am this morning when the Mayor of Lincoln, Andy Kerry pressed a big green switch signalling for the digital transmission to start. - link icon  BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra plans not approved
The Trust decided that the BBC's proposals had the potential to have a material impact on the market and could negatively impact talkSPORT especially talkSPORT 2 which was due to be launched at a similar time early next year. TalkSPORT raised substantive concerns that the proposal would put talkSPORT 2 in direct competition with the BBC in seeking to procure sports rights and programming relationships with sports governing bodies, and that any expansion of Sports Extra's remit would place commercial viability of its plans for talkSPORT 2 in question. - link icon  Channel 4 facing 'disaster'
Key figures from Channel 4’s history have warned that privatising the PSB would be a “disaster” for the UK television industry.After a government official was photographed outside Downing Street clasping documents suggesting that privatisation is firmly on the agenda, industry heavyweights have rallied around the broadcaster.Former Wall to Wall chief executive Alex Graham, one of the founding fathers of an indie sector fostered by C4’s creation in 1982, said removing the broadcaster from public ownership would have grave consequences for producers.“We have a delicate ecology in the UK and if you start messing around with it, it’s like drilling for oil in the Arctic – that which we all find precious could disappear almost overnight,” he said.Graham added that, although he has respect for culture secretary John Whittingdale, there is a “slightly thuggish quality” about government policy on broadcasting.Charlie Parsons, creator of The Big Breakfast and The Word, said it would be a “tragedy” if the proposals were pushed through, adding that a privately owned C4 would have a “watered down” remit.“Selling off C4 is like selling off the family jewels,” he said..... -

Wednesday 30 September 2015, PM link icon  New HTML5 Player beta trial for BBC iPlayer
While opted in, whenever you visit BBC iPlayer to play a programme you'll see a reminder banner before you click Play, so you can be sure you're using our HTML5 player. During the beta period if we can't play a video in our HTML5 player you'll see the notification below, enabling you to load our non-beta player on a one-off basis. -

Wednesday 30 September 2015, AM link icon  Jon Holmes explains all about DAB digital radio
A fun video explaining digital radio has been produced and played at the Radio Festival in London. The short guide, presented by Radio X weekend breakfast host Jon Holmes, gives a quick overview of getting digital radio in your car and includes appearances by Rosie Smith and Laurence Harrison. - link icon  Zane Lowe: 'I'm not sure that Apple Music needs Beats 1'
Cooper asked Lowe to explain the circumstances which caused him to leave the BBC, prompting Lowe to squirm slightly in his seat. Previously, he worked at XFM and MTV, continuing to present MTV Two's Gonzo flagship music programme throughout his time at the BBC. Lowe was visibly moved after Cooper presented him with a Radio 1 award, and launched an impassioned defence of the corporation. -

Tuesday 29 September 2015, AM link icon  Channel 4 chairman to step down as ministers consider privatisation plans
The chairman of Channel 4 is to step down in January after ministers rejected a proposal that he stay on while trying to turn the state-owned broadcaster into a mutually owned not-for-profit company. The Shareholder Executive, the government body which now owns state assets and is looking to reduce the public deficit, is understood to have instructed advisers to value Channel 4 both with its current remit to commission diverse coverage and to support independent producers and without any public service obligations other than those broadly shared by other broadcasters such as Channel 5 and ITV to provide news and current affairs. -

Monday 28 September 2015, AM link icon  Former Radio 4 announcer fears for the future of the Shipping Forecast
The Shipping Forecast is currently broadcast four times a day at 0048, 0520, 1201 and 1754 the last two forecasts are broadcast on BBC Radio 4 LW only. The Met Office will, via the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, continue to provide data for the BBC's Shipping Forecast beyond the end of the Met Office contract with BBC Weather. -

Sunday 27 September 2015, PM link icon  Our TV talent is world-beating, so why are the Tories strangling it?
While our glorious car, oil and weapons systems industries get bigged up by ministers abroad, at home there's a choreographed attack on the BBC by Conservative MPs, possibly mounted on the basis that they get asked difficult questions on Newsnight and Radio 4's Today programme. At the Royal Television Society conference two weeks ago, he protested it was not his intention to tell the BBC what programmes it should make and when it should put them out, before telling the BBC that its main news shouldn't be broadcast at 10pm and maybe Strictly Come Dancing shouldn't be shown on Saturday night. - link icon  'Wolf Hall' director says he rowed with Culture Secretary over BBC licence fee
Mr Kosminsky explained he argued with John Whittingdale over whether or not the licence fee was a tax, with Mr Whittingdale declaring that it was. Mr Kosminsky, 59, directed the recent adaptation of Hilary Mantel's book, but has otherwise not worked for the BBC in over a decade. -

Friday 25 September 2015, AM link icon  Government may privatise Channel 4, document reveals
The government has inadvertently provided further evidence that it is looking at privatising Channel 4, after an official was photographed entering Downing Street with a document setting out options for a sell-off. Channel 4's remit to cater for minority audiences and take risks is considered by some within the broadcaster as the greatest challenge to privatisation. -

Wednesday 23 September 2015, PM link icon  ITV Hub to replace ITV Player and
The move seemingly makes sense, as ITV claims 30 per cent of its usage on PC and mobile is from live streaming ITV's channels, which include ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, CITV and ITVBe, rather than the on-demand catch-up service through ITV Player. ITV also showed off new branding for ITV Hub that uses the different coloured dots from the various ITV channel logos and shows how ITV Hub is at the centre of all of ITV's content. -

Wednesday 23 September 2015, AM link icon  Radio Times poll shows massive public support for BBC and licence fee
Huge numbers say that the BBC provides high-quality programming that is distinctive from other broadcasters and, as a result, the vast majority of you - regardless of your age - would even be happy to forgo a free licence when you're 75 rather than see the BBC lose out. Three out of four of you say that the BBC should not have its services cut back, even if it means a cheaper licence fee. - link icon  Classic British film channel new on Freeview |
Available from 1300 on Tuesday 22 September 2015, people watching Talking Pictures TV will be able to relax at home and watch vintage and rare films, 24 hours a day, and relive their memories of the 'Saturday morning pictures'. Talking Pictures TV is a family-run business, which first began as a classic films DVD label under Renown Pictures Ltd. With its own large library of rights for UK films and acquired programming from many major broadcasters, Talking Pictures began to see a huge demand for its DVD content, and saw the opportunity to launch a TV channel. - link icon  BBC quietly launches 'live rewind' for radio
The BBC has quietly launched 'live rewind' for radio stations allowing you to rewind back to the beginning of the current radio programme. Live rewind appears available for all BBC Radio stations and appears live now within the web console. -

Tuesday 22 September 2015, AM link icon  Broadcasters raise concerns over EE TV
ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 have raised major concerns about an innovative catch-up tool on fledgling television service EE TV.The commercial broadcasters have questioned EE TV’s Replay functionality - a PVR service that allows users to bypass adverts by automatically recording hundreds of hours’ worth of content.The recorded programmes are presented on EE TV’s 1TB box in a VoD-style menu, allowing users to browse content by genre, channel and specially selected top picks.But unlike a VoD service, which will stream pre- and mid-roll adverts, users are able to skip through the commercials because the content is recorded.. - link icon  RT breached broadcasting rules over claims BBC faked pictures of Syrian chemical attack, s…
The media regulator instructed RT to broadcast two on-air statements after finding its reporting of the conflicts in Ukraine was not impartial and that its Syria coverage breached the broadcasting code on factual matters. The regulator ruled that the programme Ukraine's Refugees, broadcast in July 2014, was in breach of impartiality rules. - link icon to Launch New Cloud DVR for Cord Cutters
Tv, which is about to unveil a major change in direction with the launch of a new cloud DVR. ShowDrive, as the new product is being called, will allow consumers to store up to a thousand hours of broadcast TV recordings in the cloud, and then stream those recorded shows and movies to internet-connected TVs, streaming boxes and mobile devices. The ShowDrive Freeview box doesn't come with an internal hard drive to record shows instead, it uploads recordings to the cloud, where they are instantly transcoded and made available for streaming. -

Monday 21 September 2015, AM link icon  Chris Moyles launches the new national Radio X | RadioToday

Sunday 20 September 2015, PM link icon  Digital UK boss: Freeview Play will be a 'natural evolution of TV'
Digital UK has the figures to back up his statement over 90 of television is watched live on TV and 95 of the most-watched programmes are on Freeview. In just under five years' time around 15m homes will be affected by the government's decision to auction off a chunk of Freeview's airwaves to mobile phone companies. -

Saturday 19 September 2015, AM link icon  Travel Channel trials live restart service
Travel Channel is to become the first broadcaster to trial Arqiva’s live restart functionality, allowing viewers to instantly skip back to the start of any programme during its broadcast.The Scripps Network-owned channel, which features shows including Expedition Unknown, Shed and Buried and Baggage Battles will become the first client to adopt the media services business’ Start Over functionality.Using the Arqiva technology, all Freeview HD homes will be able to press the red button on their remote control to immediately start watching the current programme from the moment it got underway.The service works using MHEG technology, with Arqiva constantly recording the playout feed rather than relying on directing viewers to a VoD service.It blocks users from fast-forwarding the stream to prevent ad-skipping, although pausing is possible. The service has been verified with Barb, which will count viewing as part of its viewed on same day as live (Vosdal) ratings measurement.. - link icon  challenging news scheduling and indie rules
He announced a major review of the BBC's market impact - not in itself a huge surprise given the questions asked in his own charter review green paper. His line - supported recently by BBC director general Tony Hall - is that consolidation amongst indies and increasing foreign ownership - often by companies that dwarf Channel 4 and even in some cases the BBC - needs to addressed if the health and welfare of Britain's world-renowned creative economy is to be assured. - link icon  Watch: 5 live chief calls for industry to work together
We've already got our once every three month RAJAR so, once every two months, a future-proofing radio story where BBC and commercial radio come together. The former BBC Director of Radio, Tim Davie, held regular meetings with commercial radio CEOs. -

Friday 18 September 2015, AM link icon  Yentob brands plan to move BBC 10pm news ridiculous
Within six months, the BBC announced a plan to move its 9pm news bulletin to the unguarded 10pm slot. A shorter News at Ten programme then returned to ITV for three nights a week under orders from the regulator, setting the two broadcasters' main news bulletins against each other. -

Wednesday 16 September 2015, PM link icon  Help Receiving TV and Radio
The Black Hill transmitter in Scotland, will be subject to interruptions on Radio 1-4 FM, and reduced power on Radio Scotland and Radio Nan Gaidheal to ensure engineers can work safely on the mast. This work will be weather dependent and will continue till the 30th September. - link icon  Ex-Bank of England deputy governor to lead review into BBC regulation
The government has appointed a former banker to carry out an independent review into the way the BBC is governed and regulated amid increasing criticism of the existing BBC Trust. Three broad options were outlined to replace it reform the current trust system give the BBC a unitary board alongside a new standalone regulator or create a new BBC board with regulatory powers switched to existing media regulator, Ofcom. -

Wednesday 16 September 2015, AM link icon  Television contest shows: Looking for the next generation of TV hits
Channel heads look on nervously at the fate of big new entertainment ideas such as Utopia, the latest offering from Big Brother creator John De Mol, in which a group of strangers try to create an ideal civilisation over the course of a year, which was rejected by American audiences and panned by critics. An Austrian game show idea in which contestants must escape from a matrix made up of 1,001 separate rooms, picking up rewards along the way. -

Monday 14 September 2015, PM link icon  Charter Proposals: Your Views
Two colleagues share their thoughts on the Charter proposals outlined on Monday by Director General Tony Hall at the Science Museum in London. Claire believes we must guard against complacency and also robustly defend ourselves against criticism. - link icon  BARB reveals online viewing data
Average programme streams is an industry-agreed metric for the total viewing time of a programme on a television player by all devices in the reported period, divided by the full length of the programme. Sky Go, which currently only measures Apple iOS views, scored only 14,000 streams in a week for its most popular on-demand programme, Ex on the Beach, from MTV. It is early days for BARB measurement of online viewing, but these do not sound like numbers that will particularly excite advertisers. -

Monday 14 September 2015, AM link icon  John Hardie: ITN chief gives his take on the BBC and explains why TV news is here to stay
Not much of a headline you might think, given it comes from the news provider to ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, but John Hardie's strident defence comes as evidence that news-watching, like everything else in the digital world, is changing. News at Ten, whose ratings have long lagged behind the BBC's Ten O'Clock News, is bringing in Tom Bradby in place of Mark Austin and Julie Etchingham to helm the bulletin this autumn. - link icon  The Media Column: British TV is being bought up and outgunned by the Americans, leaving th…
Read more The Last Kingdom, BBC - first watchiPlayer to offer 'binge watching' in challenge to Amazon and NetflixDaniel Radcliffe and Brian Cox lead BBC drive to 'get Britain coding'. One online platform, BBC Ideas, could be a replacement for BBC4. Another, iPlay for children, could mean the end of BBC children's channels on the goggle box. -

Sunday 13 September 2015, AM link icon  The BBC is loved by the nation. It can use that power to confront the Tories
The BBC must say loud and clear that its revenues - whether through the licence fee or the proposed household levy - are designed to be the public's to be spent on great programmes, not a surrogate tax to be raided by government. How about a sequence of citizens' marches on Westminster and Whitehall The BBC belongs to the British public, not to a transient Tory cabinet aiming for the country's Torification. -

Saturday 12 September 2015, AM link icon  Cambridge small-scale DAB multiplex launches
The multiplex launches with five services being broadcast - they are UKRD's local station, Star Radio, community radio station Cambridge 105, Chris Country, Gaydio and student station Core Radio. If you have a vacancy in radio, post it on for free, or go premium for extra coverage. -

Thursday 10 September 2015, PM link icon  Tony Hall: 'We're creating a more bespoke BBC'
The BBC is to hire around 100 local reporters to work with local newspapers, under new plans announced by the BBC's director general Tony Hall. Speaking to journalists and staff on Monday morning, Tony Hall outlined the plans. - link icon  Metaphor » Consumer Features
Showcase is a unique programme recommendations service with a team of telly experts choosing great content for viewers to watch across linear and On Demand. An image-based design makes Showcase stand out and elicits a strong emotional response from viewers. -

Thursday 10 September 2015, AM link icon  Multichannel doesn't cut it any more
The terminology used to describe non-PSBs must be modernised, says Susanna DinnageIt is more than 26 years since pay-TV launched in the UK, joining the PSBs of the time: the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.Then, the industry struggled to collectively name these new arrivals. ‘Multichannel’ was a clumsy solution to describe a range of independent channels specialising in a variety of genres. They were bucketed together and kept at arm’s length from the PSBs.The world has moved on since then. These non-PSBs now contribute more than £725m to the UK TV production industry across entertainment, kids’ TV, factual, sport and news – a 50% increase in five years. But the commoditised ‘multichannel’ name has stuck. And it still has a dismissive whiff about it.Surely it is time to update our terminology. ‘Multichannel’, ‘terrestrial’, ‘digital’ – these words no longer define channel groupings.Many PSBs are now multichannel networks. When people refer to the terrestrials, they largely mean the PSBs. Every channel is digital now.Let’s move on. To my mind, there are only two ways to categorise the ‘new’ world of broadcasting: ‘PSB’ and ‘non-PSB’, or ‘free-to-air’ and ‘subscription’. -

Wednesday 09 September 2015, PM link icon  BBC licence fee replacement gets backing from culture secretary
Whittingdale's comments to MPs on Wednesday came two days after the BBC itself backed the household levy system, outlined in the government's green paper on the future of the BBC, as one way of modernising the current system. The BBC said on Monday the new services will be dependent on increased government funding, due to be discussed in the autumn, although Whittingdale gave no indication as to whether the extra money would be forthcoming or not. -

Monday 07 September 2015, PM link icon  BBC backs replacing licence fee with universal levy
The BBC is backing a new system of funding that would see all households pay a levy, replacing the current licence fee which only targets homes that watch live TV. The corporation says that it will make significantly more revenue from the move with TV Licensing, the body tasked with collecting the licence fee and chasing down evaders, costing more than 100m last year. The household levy system, a version of which was introduced in Germany in 2013, would help to solve issues that have arisen with the current licence fee system. -

Monday 07 September 2015, AM link icon  Tony Hall speech at the Science Museum on the future vision of the BBC
Give you a flavour of what to expect from the BBC. And introduce you to the idea of an Open BBC for the internet age - redefining the BBC's relationship with the nation, with our world-class institutions and with its audiences. To deliver a more original BBC. A digital BBC. A universal BBC. A BBC that continues to help Britain be a creative powerhouse, recognised the world over. - link icon  Heralding a bolder, more open and more distinctive BBC
Proposals announced today represent the start of a major programme of modernisation to preserve and enhance everything that is best about the BBC and public service broadcasting. Three further announcements before the end of the year will look at, in turn, the BBC's role in the creative economy and especially more on BBC studios and worldwide, secondly, our formal response to the questions the government set out in their Green Paper and, finally, how we will live within our means including how we will address the budget shortfall we have to tackle within this Charter period. - link icon  Full line-up for Global's Radio X confirmed
Radio X will have a new multi-million pound national advertising campaign and Chris Moyles will hit the road with some of his favourite bands and artists to bring listeners across the country a series of exclusive live music events. The strapline for the brand new Radio X is 'Get into the Music'. - link icon  BBC4 stars express horror at claim station could be axed
Read more BBC's Tony Hall The Tories won't close us downBBC to axe more than 1,000 jobs in drive to cut spendingAccepting cost of over-75 licences marks significant shiftViewers of BBC iPlayer could be charged to offset cuts. Proposals will be published today for a new multimillion-pound collaboration between the BBC and local newspapers, including a network of 100 public service reporters supplying news for local outlets. -

Sunday 06 September 2015, AM link icon  Nick Sutton on Twitter: "Sunday Telegraph reporting "BBC Four may be shut down" #tomorrows…
- link icon  Pure expand digital and internet radio range
The new line-up includes the Evoke F3 digital and internet radio with Bluetooth and Spotify Connect the third generation of the world's best-selling digital radio family, One Mini, Midi and Maxi a new bedside radio, Siesta Rise, and the Evoke C series, a range of all-in-one home audio systems. Digital radio coverage is increasing in Italy and, in France, the regulator is beginning a consultation on the second wave of cities to adopt digital radio, after Paris, Nice and Marseille. -

Saturday 05 September 2015, PM link icon  BBC plans daily news broadcasts into North Korea
High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email to buy additional rights. BBC plans to broadcast a daily news bulletin into North Korea, as part of a renewed strategy of countering state propaganda worldwide. Britain’s public broadcaster has said it is increasingly worried by restrictions on the media in certain countries and by the rise of state-backed rivals such as Qatar’s Al Jazeera, China’s CCTV and Russia’s RT. -

Saturday 05 September 2015, AM link icon  Digital dreams and open skies: universal service and the BBC
The United Nations' educational and cultural body, UNESCO, suggested in 2005 that public service broadcasting might have 'an important role to play in providing access and participation in public life' it would serve 'the interests of people as citizens rather than as consumers' it would assist in 'strengthening civil society' and it would be 'a unique service providing universal access to information and knowledge'. The pressures for mobile growth are now suggesting to policy-makers, commercial interests and broadcasters alike that there may come a time when broadcasting will no longer be 'broad' - but banished from the airwaves as the age of plenitude and of 'free-to-air' transmission comes to an end. -

Friday 04 September 2015, PM link icon  Freeview Play to launch in October
Freeview's next-generation smart TV platform will launch in October with upgrades to Panasonic TVs and further products from Panasonic, Humax, Manhattan TV and Vestel. The ongoing cooperation between Freeview, the DTG and Digital UK builds on the success and experience of Freeview HD, developing the technical framework and managing conformance of products entering the retail market, which has seen it become the UK's most-watched high definition TV platform. - link icon  Local TV Creates Hurdle to Streaming
Networks need the affiliates because, beyond the stations they own, the affiliates are the ones that actually negotiate with traditional cable and satellite providers for carriage fees, after securing exclusive access to their network's programming in their market. One network, CBS, has had great success getting its affiliates to put their feeds on CBS All Access, its 6-a-month service that combines live streams of local CBS stations with a Hulu-like library of on-demand CBS content. -

Friday 04 September 2015, AM link icon  Culture secretary warned BBC over EU coverage
Whittingdale, who sent the letters in June but only made them public on Thursday night, said that the BBC and Ofcom should act on complaints about EU referendum coverage within 24 hours. The BBC Trust said that there will be an ability to fast-track complaints about BBC coverage during the referendum period. - link icon  Nat Geo owner to launch UK free-to-air channel
Fox International Channels (FIC) is on the brink of launching a free-to-air channel with a raft of National Geographic factual content, as the battle for the free-to-air market heats up.Broadcast understands that the pay-TV network is launching Your TV to in October to target a female focused audience.It will air series including Corrupt Crimes, US legal drama Shark and repeats of Don’t Tell The Bride.The channel will be one of the most significant moves made by FIC managing director Jeff Ford since he joined in May. Sources have indicated that it is likely to air a mix of existing Nat Geo content, as well as additional entertainment formats, which are likely to be acquired.-

Wednesday 02 September 2015, AM link icon  Labour's Jeremy Corbyn vows to reverse BBC cuts
Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to protect the licence fee and reverse BBC funding cuts in a policy document on the arts.The MP for North Islington said the corporation is “under threat” from the Conservative government and Labour must lead a campaign to keep it strong.“The BBC is a unique asset that defines our country,” Corbyn’s document said. “Government must support a strong, independent and properly funded BBC so it can carry out its duties as a public service broadcaster.”It added that the corporation was “severely wounded” by the 2010 licence fee freeze and a well-funded news operation should remain at the heart of its offering to audiences both in the UK and overseas through the World Service.- link icon  Global's radio stations now link DAB/FM together
The new technology will allow drivers radios to automatically switch between different local radio stations that are part of the same network. The technology has been developed and implemented by Global and Arqiva so that both digital radio receivers and FM receivers automatically transition between different Heart, Capital and Smooth local stations, picking up the best DAB or FM signal available and automatically switching over to the next transmission area as a driver passes from one area to the next. -

Tuesday 01 September 2015, AM link icon  Netflix Losing Flicks: Why It's Actually Smart to Shed ‘Hunger Games,' Other Epix Movies…
Netflix calls itself an Internet TV subscription service and compares itself to HBO and so, by extension, it's also really a competitor to Epix. Netflix decided a while ago it doesn't want sloppy seconds to pay TV. Yes, non-exclusive library content is important to buttress the proposition that there will always be something to watch in your Netflix queue, including TV and movie favorites. -

Monday 31 August 2015, PM link icon  TV Networks Confront Ad Blockers Erasing Commercials Online began blocking the blockers in 2013, preventing visitors using the software from streaming episodes of shows. CBS Interactive sites fall in line with industry estimates for ad blocking more broadly, Mr. Morris said, with anywhere from 5 to 40 of users arriving with ad blocking software. -

Monday 31 August 2015, AM link icon  Media Monkey: Martin Freeman, Armando Iannucci, and Frankie Boyle
Monkey's awkward moment of the festival when culture secretary John Whittingdale looked around and realised that all around him were getting to their feet to give a standing ovation to Armando Iannucci's MacTaggart speech in which he accused ministers of effectively trying to kill off the BBC. Ever politically astute, Whittingdale also stood up. Things got a bit heated during the Is the BBC Under Siege session, when Hat Trick co-founder Jimmy Mulville challenged BBC director of strategy James Purnell about the decision to make BBC3 online only. - link icon  Manchester small-scale DAB service launched
Chris Country, Gaydio, The Steve Penk Wind-Up Channel, Revolution 962 and Unity Radio are now broadcasting across the city, whilst Manchester Business Radio is running a pre-launch promotional sequence ahead of its full launch on 21st September. MAX - a new format devised by former BBC Radio Manchester boss John Ryan is scheduled to launch on Tuesday followed by London Greek Radio on Wednesday and Panjab Radio on Thursday. -

Saturday 29 August 2015, PM link icon  Chris Bryant says passing cost of free licences to BBC is 'spiteful' attack
Labour's Chris Bryant has challenged the culture secretary's claim that passing the cost of TV licences for over-75s to the BBC was purely driven by the need to reduce the national deficit, arguing that the government has pledged to clear it before the corporation even takes on the full 750m burden. Osborne said Whittingdale's letter stating the terms of the deal shows the government will support the BBC with 468m toward the 750m cost in 2018/19, then 247m in 2019/2020, before the corporation takes on the full burden in 2020/2021. - link icon  BBC3 should follow Radio 1 in focusing on social media, says Google boss
BBC 3 is scheduled to go online only at the start of 2016, but the decision to take the youth-oriented channel off the airwaves has been criticised at a time when the BBC is trying to work out how to engage younger audiences. The strategy has involved creating a dedicated space on iPlayer for visual content from Radio 1, and posting to YouTube and other social media. - link icon  Tony Hall a 'coward' for not challenging John Whittingdale, says Chris Bryant
- link icon  Lord Burns said to be examining options for Channel 4 sale
Lord Burns, the chair of Channel 4, is understood to be looking at options for a partial or full sell-off of the broadcaster as the government considers the sale of state assets to help reduce its budget deficit. Rumours about the possible privatisation of Channel 4 have re-emerged since the Shareholder Executive, which manages the government's ownership of the broadcaster as well as the Royal Mint, nuclear fuel company Urenco and other assets, was moved from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to the Treasury. - link icon  Tycoon takeover puts Euronews funding in focus – POLITICO
Euronews is the European Union's biggest media commitment, having received 240 million from Brussels since it launched in 1992 - with 25.5 million pouring into its coffers in 2014, a third of the network's budget. In recent years, Euronews suffered funding constraints as the public broadcasters scaled back their commitment, making it more reliant on European taxpayers. - link icon  UTV reports pre-tax profits of 1m: Results down from 10m a year earlier
UTV Ireland had revenue of 4.9m - more than wiped out by an operating loss of 7.5m - while revenue for the Northern Ireland TV operation was 4.2m. And the company's chairman said the budget deadlock in Northern Ireland was likely to have an impact on TV advertising revenues in its Belfast-based channel over the next few months. Overall revenue at the plc - one of just three listed companies in Northern Ireland - was 58.3m. Operating profit was 2.5m, down from 11.1m a year earlier. - link icon  Caribbean TV for Freeview |
Arqiva has announced the launch of a new hybrid IPTV channel on the Freeview platform. ABN TV, the African-Caribbean family entertainment channel, will provide content 24 hours a day to audiences with internet-enabled Freeview devices. -

Thursday 27 August 2015, PM link icon  BBC boss: Whittingdale has 'laid to rest' charter renewal concerns
BBC head of strategy and digital James Purnell has stood by the corporation’s defensive response to the government’s green paper - but admitted that the culture secretary’s latest remarks had “changed the mood of the debate”.In July, the corporation said the government’s document on charter renewal would herald a “much diminished, less popular” BBC, which Purnell said was an appropriate response to what appeared to be a threat to its future.During a panel debate on the future of the BBC at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Purnell said: “If you look at all the context of the green paper there was a legitimate question around the intentions of the government, John has now laid that to rest”. -

Thursday 27 August 2015, AM link icon  Sinclair Fight With Dish Could Spur Action on TV Blackouts
Sinclair blocked Dish customers' access to 129 stations in 79 markets on Tuesday, Dish said in a statement. Dish in a filing with the FCC said Sinclair unfairly coordinated negotiations for stations the broadcaster doesn't own. -

Wednesday 26 August 2015, PM link icon  John Whittingdale claims he is not 'dismantling the BBC' and that it's future is not under…
BBC sympathiser Dame Judi Dench The decision to make the BBC cover the cost of providing free licences to the over-75s and the consultation on the broadcaster's future role has prompted high-profile sympathisers, from Dame Judi Dench and Stephen Fry to former Tory minister Lord Fowler, to warn of the consequences of damaging the BBC. Similar sentiments were voiced last night by Armando Iannucci, in a lecture at the festival. Read more BBC wanted to make royal epic but 'could not compete' with Netflix financiallyBBC experiment finds licence fee completely justified and 'incredibly good value'. - link icon  Whittingdale: Channel 4 privatisation 'not under discussion' but not ruled out
Whittingdale said a sale of Channel 4 was not currently being discussed, but said whatever its future, its remit to cater for minority audiences and take risks must not change. The question comes in the wake of several reports in July that the government is considering proposals to privatise Channel 4, which is state-owned but supported by advertising, in a move that could raise more than 1bn to aid deficit reduction. - link icon  Unless you want TV by diktat, defend the BBC
Here's the thing that's exactly how the BBC worked some 15, maybe 10 years ago. Let's stop playing games, let's talk properly, and honestly, about what we value and want to preserve in the BBC. The question shouldn't be how do we cut it down to size, but why should we. - link icon  BBC considers replacing news channel with mobile streaming service
The BBC is thought to be considering whether to close the channel as it looks for ways to cut costs, and the corporation's head of news, James Harding, on Wednesday refused to say whether it would still exist in 10 years. Speaking on the same panel as Harding, Channel 4 News editor Ben De Pear said the prospect of the channel being privatised was worrying because news was not profitable for Channel 4. -

Tuesday 25 August 2015, PM link icon  'Proper debate' needed over ownership of Channel 4, says former chairman
The question comes in the wake of several reports in July that the government is considering proposals to privatise Channel 4, which is state-owned but supported by advertising, in a move that could raise more than 1bn to aid deficit reduction. Channel 4 executives have fiercely defended the broadcaster's unique status and made clear their opposition to privatisation. - link icon  Treasury refuses to publish BBC funding deal details despite FoI request
Chris Bryant, the shadow culture secretary, has threatened to turn to the Information Commissioner to get the full details of the BBC's shotgun licence fee deal revealed after the government admitted it has more documents but refused to make them public. Last month, Bryant forced the publication of the licence fee deal letter from chancellor George Osborne and culture secretary John Whittingdale to BBC director general Tony Hall. -