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Friday 11 September 2009, AM

STV defends dropping ITV dramas |Media |

The decision backfired, with a mere 112,000 viewers, just 5.9 of the Scottish audience, tuning in to Blue Crush, making it the least watched programme on the five terrestrial channels in Scotland at that time. Across the UK on ITV1, 21 of the audience watched Marple. One of the rare network dramas it has taken is Murderland, because it is set in Scotland and features the Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane. - link
Thursday 10 September 2009, PM

BBC may show 2012 Olympics in 3D |Media |

The BBC could screen some of the 2012 London Olympic games in 3D, a senior executive said today. Roger Mosey, the director of the BBC's 2012 Olympics operation, said the corporation was looking at a number of new technologies to improve the spectacle for viewers. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. - link

Ofcom raises maximum ITV fine |Media |

Ofcom, the communications regulator, has toughened the financial penalties it can impose on ITV, following a review that concluded that the fines levied over TV phone-in deceptions were not hefty enough. However, because the ITV network is made up of 15 separate regional franchises with individual Ofcom licences, the regulator has only previously been able to fine up to 5 of the revenues of the individual licensee responsible for legal compliance with its broadcast code. In effect, Ofcom is updating the element of regulatory regime relating to fines to take account of the consolidation in the ITV network of companies over the past 15 years. - link

ASA sides with BT over Sky advert - Digital Spy

The Sky ad in question depicted a conversation between two men in which it was claimed that customers switching calls and broadband packages from BT to Sky could save 185 a year. BT also said that Sky only offers free security services for the first 12 months of a customer's contract, compared to BT's provision of such support for the whole duration of the contract. Despite the telecoms giant claiming that the ads did not include Sky's 30 connection fee, the ASA upheld Sky's argument that the cost had been factored into the calculations. - link

ITV to introduce double compliance to avoid Ofcoms financial penalities |Media |

The regulator has only previously been able to fine the individual licensee responsible for legal compliance of shows with its broadcast code. - link

Apples new iPod Nano is great news for radio but not for DAB |Media |

The new range of iPod Nanos, unveiled by Apple yesterday, will also include a tagging device allowing users to tag a song they like and then preview and purchase it when they sync to iTunes. Having just invested in an iPhone, I have mixed feelings about this innovation. I'm not going to shell out for a Nano as well, although I can download an app allowing me to listen to some - but not all - of my favourite radio stations on my iPhone. - link
Thursday 10 September 2009, AM

Ex-BSkyB boss negotiates terms for top job at ITV - Times Online

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Electra Entertainment to Launch Channel Zero Interactive TV Service for Freeview This Fall | InteractiveTV T

When it first announced the middleware in March, 2008, Electra said that it would license it free-of-charge to major manufacturers for use in set-top boxes, DVR's and integrated digital television sets. - link

City completes digital switchover

Wales will be the first nation in the UK to go completely digital Swansea will become the first city in Wales to go totally digital when the analogue television signal is completely turned off later. Everyone in Wales watching S4C on Freeview will also need to retune. The first stage of the switch off began in Swansea last month when analogue users lost BBC Two Wales. - link

Arqiva improves DTT with Tandberg tech - Digital Spy

The EN8100 also improves picture quality on Freeview to offer greater choice and quality of service for customers, as well as greater incremental revenue for Arqiva. - link

Freeview ready to begin HD testing

It seems to have been a long time coming, but finally Freeview is getting ready to test its high definition TV service. Once this has taken place the service will be rolled out around the UK. - link
Wednesday 09 September 2009, PM

Mark Thompson email to BBC staff

It showed very strong public support for us. Our score for trustworthiness was up too 69 agreed that the BBC was trustworthy, compared to 60 in 2004. Our services have never been stronger just look at the summer of music, drama and sport we've been able to deliver to the public. - link

BBC Trust - Chairmans open letter to licence fee payers

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Wednesday 09 September 2009, AM

DTG :: News :: BBC launches new version of iPlayer for PS3

As part of a V3.0 firmware update, Sony have added an iPlayer icon to the PS3's cross-media bar. The BBC has also optimised the BigScreen interface in a new larger size to take advantage of high-definition displays. DTG Staff 08.09.2009 Links open in a new window. - link

Asus unveils high-def monitor range - - formerly

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Next step in digital changes for television viewers

The switch-off of the analogue signal will mean 10 relay transmitters serving areas such as Neath and Clydach can, for the first time, broadcast their signal. People in Swansea responded really well in adapting to the change at stage one of switchover by preparing in good time. - link
Tuesday 08 September 2009, PM

Radio Today with RCS: DAB postcode checker launched

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Freeview HD product testing to begin October | Home Cinema Choice

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Tuesday 08 September 2009, AM

Media Talk USA: Will hyperlocal save journalism? link
Monday 07 September 2009, PM

BBC HD: Autumn Schedule

Hello Everyone There has been a communications lull from me over the summer - although I know that a number of you have been engaging vigorously with Andy Quested's entries about our new encoders, and debating picture quality. I have been working on a range of issues relating to the future of HD and the BBC. They don't address entirely the points that many of you regularly raise with me around your desire to see all the BBC channels, and certainly all the programmes you regularly watch, in HD. - link
Monday 07 September 2009, AM

Rupert Murdochs News Corp launches global service to link all its outlets |Media |

The service, called NewsCore, will operate like a global wire service for all the company's newspapers, TV networks and websites. When TG24 learns that Vesuvius has blown its top again, everyone in NewsCorp will have it. The NewsCore service, approved by the News Corp chairman and chief executive, Rupert Murdoch, will scan the company's electronic story queues, satellite feeds and websites and make all the content available to company newsrooms around the planet. - link

Murdoch Jr gives BBC a preview of the battle ahead |Steve Hewlett |Media |The Guardian

Predictable perhaps, given the recessionary woes afflicting most of the corporation's competitors and the fact that a Murdoch was giving the keynote speech. First there was the matter of talent pay and whether the BBC should publish details of its salaries. A consensus appears to be building everywhere except the BBC that it is right, or at least inevitable, that the information be made public. - link

Global warning: time to wage war on BBC s Politburo radio - TV Radio, Med

This means he presides over more than 40 per cent of commercial radio content. Theres a recovery taking place in commercial radio, he asserts in his soft Scots burr, acknowledging that the total UK radio audience has reached a record high, and that Global itself attracts more than 19 million listeners. No, he says, commercial radio cannot now put aside its long-running complaint that the BBC has it over a barrel. - link

Charlie Brooker on James Murdoch and his media empire |Culture |The Guardian

Damien Thorn, offspring of Satan, was educated at Yale before inheriting a global business conglomerate at a shockingly young age and using it to hypnotise millions in a demonic bid to hasten Armageddon. I guess that's what the News Of The World does when it challenges the consensus view that personal voicemails should remain personal, or that concealing a video camera in a woman's private home bathroom is sick and creepy it magically becomes acceptable when she's Kerry Katona. As a news source, Fox is about as plausible and useful as an episode of Thundercats. - link
Sunday 06 September 2009, PM

BBC Radio 4 In Business, Media Mayhem

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Testing times for Freeview HD | Broadband TV News

Product testing, which also includes Freeview HD personal video recorders, will get underway in October. Testing against Freeview HD brand requirements will mark a step change in market compliance. The DTG can now utilise eight years of test suite development as a foundation to ensure that Freeview HD receivers will meet levels of compliance, only achieved previously on vertical or lower volume proprietary standard platforms. - link
Sunday 06 September 2009, AM

North West Evening Mail | News | Digital viewers set for fourth retune

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Saturday 05 September 2009, PM

Public rejects Murdoch view of BBC, says ICM poll |Media |The Guardian

It shows rising levels of trust in the broadcaster and increased public support for the licence fee. His comments opened up debate about the future of the corporation, which is protected by its guaranteed licence fee while some other media organisations are facing sharp falls in revenue. An overwhelming majority, 77, think the BBC is an institution people should be proud of up from 68 in an equivalent ICM poll carried out five years ago. - link

Broadband woes: a 2 per cent solution?

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Do not adjust your set: a revolution in television as content moves online |Media |The Guardian

There's a revolution going on in television but you may not necessarily be watching it on the set in your living room. Online viewing of programmes in the UK will more than triple in the next few years, according to the latest forecasts, boosted by new video on demand websites offering the best British and US shows to internet users for free. This figure is forecast to jump to close to 5bn views by 2013. - link

2009 Review of Television Access Services | Ofcom

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Enquiry to Ofcom from BBC Free to View Ltd concerning its DTT high definition multiplex licence | Ofcom

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News Star | News | Cumbrian digital TV viewers facing Freeview retune

Some people in west Cumbria have already retuned their set-top digital boxes four times, and many will have thought that the current service was the end of their part in the digital revolution. However, Freeview has now announced another retune on September 30, designed to give better access to Channel 5 and to pave the way for high definition television on Freeview. Terrestrial television signals were turned off in north and west Cumbria on July 22, and the Caldbeck transmitter and its relays were switched to all-digital television services. - link
Friday 04 September 2009, PM

Media Talk: Civil war at Independent News and Media link
Friday 04 September 2009, AM

Five signs agreement with Sony for new internet TV platform

Five has signed an agreement with Sony that could allow viewers to instantly access TV shows by plugging their TV into an existing broadband connection, according to the broadcaster. Charles Constable, Director of Strategy, Five, said Its vital for broadcasters and other industry stakeholders to explore such initiatives if they are to gain a solid footing in the digital world. As broadband content continues to grow in popularity, Five looks forward to working with Sony to explore and learn from the exciting opportunity to bring on-demand content to the television in the home. - link

Barry Fox's Inside View

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Thursday 03 September 2009, PM

ITV Goes HD - AVReview News and comment

More detailed plans will be made available next month. The only concern comes with the lack of availability of Freeview HD boxes, which aren't expected to be available in serious numbers until later next year. - link

Freeview HD content protection issue resolved | Broadband TV News

Subsequently, Ofcom has rushed through its consultation process, inviting comments by September 16th on an amendment to Condition 6 of the licence, making clear the licensees ability to protect intellectual property rights subject to clearance from the regulator. The difficulty for the BBC is that any move would require the co-operation of receiver manufacturers. - link

Sony shows off triple-tuner HD TV - Register Hardware

It sports a 100,0001 contrast ratio and digitally ups the source 'frame rate' to 100Hz. It can display Blu-ray content at cinema-rate 24f/s. Sony also launched a Freesat-less version of the W5810, called the W5800. - link

Radio Today with RCS: DRDB to be dismantled

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Thursday 03 September 2009, AM

Trader fumes at cost of Digit Al

The Whitehaven News is aware of at least two people still having problems but Brooks believes the fault has probably now been fixed. Ofcom, the independent regulator of television which has a legal obligation to help consumers, could only advise people with problems to get back in touch with Digital UK. A spokesman has now offered that they can also write to the Broadcasting Technical Policy Department at Ofcom. - link

New digital radio switchover body to recruit chief executive |Media |

The Digital Radio Development Bureau is to be dismantled and incorporated into a new body charged with meeting the government's 2015 digital radio switchover target. The Radio Council is hopeful an appointment will be made before the end of this year. The Digital Britain plan requires that at least 50 of all radio listening is via digital platforms by 2013. - link

BBC archives - Gone but not forgotten - Features, TV Radio - The Independent

A rare tape of the programme reveals that this is indeed the case, along with the unforgettable sight of a 25ft-high banana statue dominating the grounds of Southern Television. Why, runs the popular argument, should any broadcasting company have paid to store the likes of Compact, an early 1960s BBC soap opera that was critically loathed in its heyday or any other material of little or no repeat value Another reason for the retention of such programmes is as a counterbalance to the more corrosive effects of nostalgia. - link

Youtube and PRS make peace as musicians protest about plans to punish file sharers |Technology |The Guard

Thousands of music videos pulled from YouTube in a royalties dispute will go back online after peace broke out today between the website and the music industry. A new licensing deal with PRS for Music, the trade body that collects music royalties, has brought the six-month dispute to an end. Thousands of music videos are now being reinstated after being blocked from the site by YouTube's parent company Google during the licensing wrangle. - link

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Sony announces Freesat IDTVs

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Why Murdochs are wrong to blame BBC for medias woes | Business

It is a multi-platform provider of information and entertainment and, in his view, should be forced to climb off some of those platforms in double-quick time. Before I take issue with him, let's admit that there was a lot of good sense in the speech last weekend. He showed that he understands the complexity of the fast-moving digital landscape and, most particularly, the increasing convergence between what were once separate forms of communication. - link

In pictures - Stephen Frys wildlife odyssey |Environment |

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Wednesday 02 September 2009, PM

ITV to launch time-shift channel | 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
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