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Friday 29 January 2010, AM

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Thursday 28 January 2010, PM

Ofcom welcomes new European telecoms regulation body | Ofcom

Independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries. 4G auction bidders announced December 20, 2012 Ofcom has today announced the bidders in the forthcoming 4G mobile spectrum auction the largest ever sale of mobile airwaves in the UK. npower fined for making abandoned calls December 6, 2012 The conclusion of an Ofcom investigation has today found npower, the gas and electricity supplier, to be in breach of rules on abandoned calls. - link

ITV appoints Royal Mails Adam Crozier as new boss

ITV has announced that Royal Mail boss Adam Crozier is to become the broadcaster's new chief executive. The announcement marks the end of ITV's long search for a replacement for Michael Grade, who said last April that he wished to give up the role. Prior to joining the Royal Mail, Mr Crozier had been the boss of the Football Association. - link
Tuesday 26 January 2010, PM

Radio may not go fully digital until 2020, says man in charge of switchover |Media |

Half a million digital audio broadcasting DAB radios were sold in December last year but digital radio switchover may not take place until 2020, according to the man charged with overseeing the process. The Christmas rush last month took the total number of DAB sets in the UK to 10.5m, with a total of around 2m sold last year. This marks a slight slowdown from 2008, when 2.2m sets were sold. - link

BBC News - Piracy letter campaign nets innocents

Some 1,000 fresh letters have been sent to alleged illegal file-sharers More than 150 people have approached consumer publication Which Computing claiming to have been wrongly targeted in crackdowns on illegal file-sharing. ACSLaw has sent thousands of letters to people claiming they have illegally downloaded material and offers them a chance to settle by paying around 500. - link

BBC News - EU to assess piracy detection software

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UK standard to boost 3D TV development

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Welsh viewers can name their HD channel | Broadband TV News

Viewers to the Welsh language service S4C are being invited to put a name to the broadcasters new high definition channel. S4C will then broadcast entirely in the Welsh language having previously shared some programmes with Channel 4 that will also be available as a terrestrial service in Wales for the first time. The remainder of Wales will receive the HD service on Freeview by July. - link

C21Media: Uncovering Discovery is Everything about content in the 21st Century, from television to web, mobile, tablet and beyond. - link
Monday 25 January 2010, PM blog: Freeview HD content management, what the community thinks

Graham Plumb wrote a piece for the Internet blog just recently about the difficult area of content protection for HD Freeview. As you can imagine, there has been quite a few comments attached to the blog post but there has also been even more on the backstage mailing list. B obtain the decoded tables from a third party in a country where this decryption is not illegal. - link

Local TV news consortiums will never make money, says Tinopolis owner |Media |

This view is unlikely to alter Conservative opposition to the government's plans to provide replacements for ITV's regional news services around the country, led by the shadow culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who has vowed to kill off the scheme if his party wins the general election later this year. Jones said that if Tinopolis won the Welsh IFNC pilot contract, any of the news content, from raw feeds to produced packages, would be made available, free, as a public service, to any organisation that asked for it radio stations, community broadcasters, websites or newspapers. In Wales Tinopolis is bidding on its own, without any partners. - link

Record 10m televisions sold in UK in 2009 - Telegraph

Fifteen years ago just four million new sets were sold each year, but in 2009 over 10 million were sold, according to GfK, the market research firm. However, the most popular size for a new television now averages 40 inches, according to John Lewis, almost double the size in the last 15 years or so, encouraged by video gamers enjoying playing their games on extra large screens. In the last five years, 32 million flat teleisions have been sold in the UK but the figures are expected to continue to climb once 3D televisions are introduced in a few months' time. - link

SeeSaw online TV service starts invite-only test for March launch |Media |

SeeSaw is hoping to build up the number of users for its trial over the course of about a month to 10,000, with the aim of offering about 3,500 hours of TV content at launch by March. SeeSaw is likely to look to build its profile as a provider of sport content, given that chief executive Pierre-Jean Sebert is a former managing director of British Eurosport. It is thought that SeeSaw also has deals in place with Channel 4 and Channel Five, which have not officially been announced. - link
Monday 25 January 2010, AM

Murdochs heir will be just one case of generation change |Media |The Guardian

As a 7 shareholder in News Corp it is only natural that the prince would wish to visit one of his many global media holdings. On the same day that endorsement was reported, it emerged in London that James Murdoch's decision to buy a 17.9 stake in ITV in 2006 was in contravention of competition policy and the public interest. As the tightly run BSkyB has continued to manufacture potsof money through the media downturn, it will hardly notice the amount missing from its bottom line. - link

Call for sale of BBC Worldwide -UK Politics, UK - The Independent

The committee's report, published today, adds that the British film industry also suffers from the absence of a successful worldwide company that can promote its work. That finding will please ministers and independent film producers, but is likely to irritate the BBC's management which does not want to sell the division. In 2007, Worldwide bought the Lonely Planet information travel group to build it up into a worldwide franchise. - link
Saturday 23 January 2010, PM

Freeview Viewers in Sheffield to Retune on 17 March 2010

The retune is required to prepare local transmitters for the future rollout of HD high definition channels on Freeview. Freeview will launch an information campaign in Sheffield ahead of the change, reminding viewers to get ready. The campaign will include newspaper and radio ads, and on-screen messages. - link
Friday 22 January 2010, PM

Displays Screens Part 2

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Channel 4 appoints David Abraham as chief executive |Media |

The new chief executive's starting date at Channel 4 has yet to be finalised. Abraham's appointment leaves a question mark over the future of Kevin Lygo, Channel 4's director of television and content, who is understood to have been the only other candidate on the final shortlist for the job. The new chief executive is to be paid a basic salary of 490,000 a year. - link

Guardian Media Talk: The New York Times and Sky's ITV stake link
Friday 22 January 2010, AM

Content management on the HD Freeview platform | Ofcom

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Freeview HD content management

Ofcom has this week published its formal consultation considering the implications of the proposed new Freeview HD content management system. This will attract further dialogue from those who take the view that introducing any form of content management represents an unacceptable restriction on consumers' rights. The issues are really quite complex and the benefits not immediately obvious the primary benefit being that the use of such technologies gives access to a wider and more attractive range of HD content. - link

Ofcom publishes consultation on Freeview HD content management proposal

Ofcom has published a second consultation on a BBC proposal to control how its and other broadcasters' high definition content is made available on Freeview. HD programmes have already begun to be broadcast on Freeview in parts of the country and HD Freeview boxes will be available in the shops shortly. Ofcoms consultation asks whether the BBC, through its subsidiary Freeview, should be granted a change to its multiplex licence. - link

Comet bets on digital TV equipment

With high street stores struggling to survive in a down trodden market, the electrical retail chain Comet is pinning its hopes on demand for digital TV equipment to power the company out of the recession and into profit. The World Cup is the last main international sporting event until the Olympics open in London in 2012, so if the retail sector doesnt make the most of this summers events then they are likely to be paying for it for a long time. - link

Jersey to miss out on the TV turnover News This Is Jersey

Only 16 channels will become available when the new digital service is launched in November, compared with 55 in more than 90 per cent of areas in the UK. Jersey television sets will not be able to receive the channels because the Island is not covered by any of the UKs 80 large transmitters. The Frmont transmitter is among more than 1,000 across the UK which will receive only the minimum number of channels. - link

Freeview tuning in to HD - Sheffield Telegraph

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Virgin Media comments on BSkyB losing Court bid over ITV stake

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Thursday 21 January 2010, PM

Jeremy Hunt: No public subsidy for outdated regional news

I hope it is the latter that will have more influence on the media industry. So today I want to talk about both the good and bad in the Digital Economy Bill, and the key things that would be different under any potential Conservative administration. The statutory duties proscribed under the Communications Act 2003 have singularly failed to keep pace with technological progress. - link

Hunt: well do all we can to stop ITV news replacement pilots |Media |

Hunt, speaking at the Oxford Media Convention today, said the Tories wanted an all-encompassing regional news solution to empower local radio, newspapers and websites with city-based franchises. Earlier this month the department for culture, media and sport announced the eight successful consortiums to bid to run pilots for regional news in Scotland, Wales and England. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. - link

Sky ordered to sell down stake in ITV |Media |

In the fourth ruling since Sky acquired the shareholding in November 2006, the court of appeal has told the satellite broadcaster it must sell the stake down to less than 7.5, leaving the broadcaster facing a potential loss of 500m. The court of appeal also denied BSkyB permission to appeal to the supreme court on a potential alternative remedy. Sky now has 28 days to apply directly to the supreme court. - link
Thursday 21 January 2010, AM

Oxford Media Convention: Were worth double the licence fee to UK economy, says BBC |Media |

The Deloitte report will show that BBC TV contributes at least 4.5bn of that 7.6bn figure, she will reveal. The BBC's network of radio stations, which account for around half of all radio listening, generates a further 1bn and its controversial online operation contributes 300m. BBC Worldwide, its commercial arm, and other commercial operations contribute 866m to the UK economy, according to Deloitte. - link

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So viewers thought that Freeview HD was actually free!

According to industry experts, there are around 28 million Freeview set top boxes and TVs with built in Freeview tuners that will need an upgrade in order to receive the new HD channels. - link

Inside Project Canvas: Bringing broadband TV to the masses | CIO Insights |

Windows and Office Get the true story behind Windows 8 Greg Shultz wants you to read and watch what he believes is one of the best explanations of how the Windows 8 operating system was developed. Posted by Greg Shultz December 20, 2012 1131am Latest comment by explorerv... Here are 15 of the best widgets available for Android, updated for 2012. - link

BT goes with Pace for STB

The new BT Vision equipment will use low levels of power in all aspects of its operation which will comply with the latest regulations being brought in by the EU. The set top boxes will be HD Ready and provide the user with access to the Freeview digital TV service. - link

BBC digital TV channels on course to survive review |Media |

The review of BBC operations, led by the director general, Mark Thompson, is due to lead to cuts in some content and some kinds of programmes. It is understood that executives had considered merging BBC2 and BBC4. This found that the BBC was worth 7.6bn to the British economy. - link

Oxford Media Convention on Twitter

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Wednesday 20 January 2010, PM

Timeline: Skys ITV stake |Media |

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Appeal court ready to rule on BSkyB stake in ITV |Media |

In the fourth ruling since Sky acquired the shareholding in November 2006, the Court of Appeal will decide whether to uphold previous orders for Sky to reduce its stake from 17.9 to less than 7.5. Although Sky is likely to appeal if the decision once more goes against it, there is no guarantee that Supreme Court the only court left for it to apply to would hear the case. Sky had argued that the stake was a passive investment and offered to withhold using their voting power. - link

BBC Media Show: Science; Lord Heseltine; Pay TV - 20 01 09 link
Wednesday 20 January 2010, AM

Nick Robinson: Plotting to save the BBC

Should you be forced to pay a flat tax to pay for TV programmes you don't watch and find offensive Can it be justified in an era when so much can be downloaded for free On tonight's Decision Time on Radio 4 we examine the arguments, pinpoint the opponents and look at the hurdles on an ideas path down the corridors of Whitehall and Westminster. - link

ITV advertising plan is rejected

The commission had already said last year that limits on how much ITV could charge advertisers should remain. It is due to publish its final ruling on ITV next month. The framework was brought in to prevent ITV abusing its dominant market position. - link
Tuesday 19 January 2010, PM

Tories would scrap local news pilots | News | Broadcast

It takes just 2 minutes and offers full, instant access to the Broadcast website along with a copy of the magazine delivered every week. - link

BBC undertakes review of marketing

The BBC today announced a review of its marketing services across the business. - link

BBC Science press pack: introduction

Alongside a range of high-level programmes that demonstrate how engaging science can be, a number of science-related activities will take place throughout the year This year, the BBC aims to unearth astronomy content from 40 years of science broadcasting, giving the audience the chance to go on their own online journeys across the Universe. Lab UK, the groundbreaking online experiment site, will again partner with the country's leading science institutions to benefit scientists across the world, with an ambition to release one new experiment per quarter. From the outer corners of the Universe to the history of the Royal Society, radio and television will celebrate some of the greatest minds and most important ideas in science. - link
Tuesday 19 January 2010, AM

The Freeview HD con: Even viewers with the latest TVs will need to pay 170 for high definition channels | Mail Online

Even those who have recently bought an HD-ready television with a built-in Freeview decoder face paying at least 170 to upgrade. The BBC and other broadcasters are launching free HD channels that most equipment won't show But viewers have not been told that they will need a new generation of high-tech set-top box to see the pictures. Some 20million digital TV set-top boxes have been sold in Britain in the past five years, offering families access to Freeview TV channels and radio stations. - link

Abolish ad rules, says ITV after minor change to CRR announced |Media |

ITV today attacked the competition regulator after it made only a minor adjustment to the rules governing how ITV1 sells advertising. The broadcaster issued a lengthy statement railing against the decision, saying CRR harmed UK production and should be abolished. However, Williams added that Ofcom was right to continue to keep CRR in place at this time. - link

Sky TV producer jailed for stalking -

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UK Regulator Proposes ITV Can Launch HD, +1 Channels -

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New DAB transmitters switched on

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Monday 18 January 2010, PM

Freesat talks up a year of HD sport Register Hardware

Freesat's aim in releasing this titbit is to persuade sporty types to invest in a Freesat-branded HD TV or set-top box, and a satellite dish. The Winter Olympics' opening ceremony takes place on 12 February. We call on set-top box makers to extract their digits and release Freeview HD kit pronto, if not in time for the Vancouver game then at least for other upcoming knocking-a-ball-around stuff. - link
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