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Saturday 29 August 2009, PM

Cut the licence fee, says James Murdoch in further attack on BBC |Media |

He added that the corporation's 24-hour news channels and website were inhibiting the ability of commercial competitors to invest in news. Talking about the effect of the BBC on other news organisations, Murdoch implied that it would put newspapers out of business. He added that he was confident that News International, which owns News Corp's stable of British newspapers, would find ways to charge for digital content. - link

Peston: What future for media and journalism?

It is an honour to be giving a lecture in memory of Richard Dunn. In fact the one serious misjudgement he made was not to bid enough in the first ever channel 3 franchise auction. Yes there really was a time when the value of terrestrial commercial television companies was rising. - link
Saturday 29 August 2009, AM

James Murdoch: The evolution of a feud |Media |The Guardian

James Murdoch's MacTaggart lecture was an interesting contribution to the post-Darwin debate about nature versus nurture. As the son of Rupert, it is impossible to say whether his apparent hatred of regulation and the licence fee is hardwired into his DNA or is a result of the highly charged circumstances of his nurture. Whatever the case, the remarkable genetic similarities with his ancestor were highly apparent. - link

Top Gears studio audience consists of oafs, says Clarkson |Media |The Guardian

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Freesat: No date yet on BBC iPlayer beta - Digital Spy

Speculation has recently mounted that the iPlayer on Freesat beta would go ahead next month. However, it is believed that a letter sent to members of the Freesat customer panel informing them that they would be contacted again in September has been wrongly interpreted as confirmation that it would launch during the month. - link

The Wires David Simon: pay-TV has freed drama from ad pressures |Media |

Link to this video The Wire creator David Simon said pay-TV had rescued drama producers from the need to satisfy advertisers, which he said had destroyed the art of story-telling on the small screen. Simon said ratings for The Wire declined with every season but more people were watching it in other ways. I did not know the vernacular would travel to other American cities, let alone other countries. - link

BBC and Tories clash over stars pay |Media |

The BBC and the Conservative party clashed today over the corporation's payments to its biggest stars. Vaizey outlined plans to force the BBC to publish details of salaries. Imagine if I was arguing that MPs' salaries should be kept secret. - link

Axed More4 News just a lovely extra, says Channel 4s Dorothy Byrne |Media |

More4 News is not in direct competition of any sort with BBC news and we think we can still have diversity of voice without it. Byrne added that it was not all doom and gloom in the Channel 4 News operation, which was boosting online news. She pledged to force funding increases in the online service, regardless of cuts elsewhere at the broadcaster, admitting that the service had previously not invested enough in its digital strategy. - link

Not enough women on BBC2, Janice Hadlow admits |Media |

Hadlow added that she would like to commission another landmark comedy, a successor to Absolutely Fabulous and the Catherine Tate Show, which featured female talent in lead roles. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. - link
Friday 28 August 2009, PM

James Murdoch hits out at BBC and regulators at Edinburgh TV festival |Media |

However, his most withering comments were reserved for the BBC. News International, the News Corp subsidiary that owns the company's British newspapers, including the Sun and the Times, is currently considering introducing charges for all its websites. The public tell us that they ... trust the BBC and value the wide range of services we provide. - link

Opportunity knocks after Big Brother eviction is Everything about content in the 21st Century, from television to web, mobile, tablet and beyond. - link

The Digital Switchover and TV disposal

Between now and 2012, analogue channels broadcast from more than a thousand transmitter sites will be switched off region by region and replaced with Freeview digital TV and radio services. With the prospect of accessing a greater choice of channels, most households will be able to receive between 20 and 40 Freeview channels, depending on where you live along with increased services such as on-screen listings, interactivity, audio description and subtitling, the future of TV as we know it seems bright and exciting. As Digital UK claims, the Digital television switchover is the biggest change to television since the introduction of colour. - link

Swap your old, useless VCR for a Freeview+ box

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Price Drop TV returns to Freeview

Price drop TV is about to make a return to Freeview following an eight month absence. This is good news for the broadcaster as traditionally, when the children return to school, the long run up to Christmas begins and considering the current economic climate, the consumer is going to be looking for bargains more than ever. Price Drop TV will be broadcasting for sixteen hours per day, starting at 8am until midnight, seven days a week. - link

Sutton TV mast works are a turn-off

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BBC - The BBC Story - homepage

Ranging across themes of creativity, leadership, technology and culture, this archive will build over the years to become a unique collection 100 Voices that made the BBC. - link
Friday 28 August 2009, AM

How Murdoch's upstart became the status quo

Addressing executives from a cosy industry not used to new entrants, he made bold predictions on the impact of multi-channel broadcasting. It will be surprising if he does not use the same platform to criticise the Murdochs new foe, media regulator Ofcom, and its proposals to make Skys premium movies and sports channels available to other pay-TV retailers at reasonable prices. Twenty years ago, Rupert Murdoch was the champion of the plucky new entrant and railed against the big beasts of broadcasting trying to preserve the status quo to the detriment of consumers. - link

Four out of five people think TV stars are paid too much |Media |

Jonathan Ross, Piers Morgan and Simon Cowell fewer than 10 of those polled thought their pay was justified. Four out of five people thought the huge salaries paid to top TV stars were excessive, a YouGov poll of 2,000 people found. TV stars were second only to Premiership football players as a group that respondents thought should earn less, with 80 saying they earned too much compared with 93 for footballers. - link

Top contender for ITV job may sell Coronation Street - Crains Manchester Business

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A Murdoch returns to the MacTaggart, two decades on |Media |

Twenty years ago, in 1989, his father Rupert Murdoch delivered his MacTaggart lecture in what seems like a totally different media era, the analogue world. Murdoch's essential theme laid out to a fairly hostile festival audience of broadcasting executives then was that television is an area of economic activity, a business, and that competition is invariably preferable to monopoly. The crowd of TV movers and shakers, who between them owned scarcely a mobile phone or laptop in 1989 let alone the as-yet-uninvented BlackBerry were distinctly unimpressed. - link

BT boss battles BSkyB over charges for sports channels and blockbuster films |Business |

With his luxuriant head of collar-length black hair, tanned face and youthful looks, Patterson could easily be mistaken for a recently retired footballer who has decided to make the leap into the corporate world. The chief executive of BT retail, who turns 42 next month, trained as a marketeer, but football rather than cricket has been uppermost in his mind of late. BT Vision was launched in December 2006 with the ambitious aim of attracting 2 million customers, but only 433,000 have signed up. - link

File-sharers TV tastes revealed

US drama Heroes was the most popular illegal download this year, according to research firm Big Champagne. About 55 million people downloaded the show, while 51 million chose to access Lost, the second most popular show. The proportion of file-sharing involving films and television rather than music is continuing to rise, the research shows. - link
Thursday 27 August 2009, AM

STV profits fall 84% |Media |

As a group, STV reported a 35 fall in revenue, from 75.6m to 48.8m, and an 84 fall in pre-tax profits from 4.5m to 700,000 in the first six months. Operating profit fell 61 to 2.2m while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation fell 45 to 3.6m. The company said that the decline was partly due to the sale, in June last year, of Virgin Radio, which had revenue of 11.3m and operating profit of 1.1m in the first half of 2008. - link

Ashes climax watched by a fraction of 2005 audience - Yahoo! Eurosport UK

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DTG and Mirifice announce strategic automation partnership

Benefits for manufacturers include a shorter time to market, improved quality and reliability of testing and improved testing efficiency. The introduction of automation to our test regimes will reduce the time taken to test products and provide a more controlled testing environment, ensuring even greater consistency of test results. World-class services such as Freeview, Freesat and Freeview HD require a truly world class test and conformance centre. - link

BBC launches audio description on BBC iPlayer

Audio description describes what is happening on screen using the gaps between dialogue in programmes. There are also plans to extend the coverage of the service to include more of the BBC's weekly broadcast audio described programmes in the future. - link

Families lose channels after switch to new TV transmitter

Thousands of pounds of work is being carried out on the 245-metre high mast ahead of the change to digital broadcasting in 2011, when analogue TV signals will be turned off forever. Digital UK, which is overseeing the work, said that the move to the temporary antenna might have caused a problem for people without properly aligned aerials or those on the fringes of digital coverage, which extends to 76 per cent of the West Midlands. Viewers who receive satellite pictures or cable services have not been affected by the work. - link

Digital TV - News - Price Drop TV returning to Freeview - Digital Spy

After the channel disappeared from the Freeview platform in January, it will now rejoin the EPG at position 43 from August 27. The shopping channel will broadcast for 16 hours per day from 8am to midnight for seven days a week. - link

Switchover Help Scheme selects Freeview as standard offer for West

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Wednesday 26 August 2009, PM

Channel Fives 35% revenue slide leads RTL losses |Media |

Channel Five's revenues fell 35 in the first half of the year as the advertising recession hit hard, making it the worst-performing part of RTL Group's pan-European broadcasting and production business. The UK broadcaster's revenues were 138m 121m in the six months to June, down from 212m for the same period last year. This 34.9 year-on-year decline was far worse than the 18.5 fall RTL recorded in Germany and the 16.5 in the Netherlands. - link
Wednesday 26 August 2009, AM

Big Brother to be axed by Channel 4 |Media |

Photograph Channel 4/Rex Features Channel 4 confirmed today that it will axe Big Brother after a decade following next summer's 11th series. The broadcaster announced this morning at its autumn programming launch that it would not renew Big Brother producer Endemol's deal for the reality show. Another series of Celebrity Big Brother will be broadcast in January before Channel 4's association with the show comes to an end. - link

UK Launch of Hulu Postponed Until 2010 Says Report -

The launch of US-based free video on demand service,, has apparently been pushed back from September this year - which is next week - to early 2010, possibly in January, according to latest reports. Put it otherwise, there are not enough UK content for it to launch. Now there's no reason why this should be a problem, a mainstream broadcaster like Five for example, sources a significant portion of its programme lineup from outside the UK. - link

Free help for digital switchover

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Unthinkable - Devices you wouldnt think of (as as Wednesday, 26th August 2009)

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BT Vision Roll out a Major Update |

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Beware touts trading on Sky TVs name | This is Money

Touts Sky fears its customers are being targeted by firms purporting to be linked to the company Broadcaster Sky fears its customers are being targeted by firms purporting to be linked to the TV company and offering insurance for satellite dishes and set-top boxes. These firms are charging around 10 for insurance, but don't say they are not linked to Sky at all. Last month, Sky took one firm to the High Court. - link
Tuesday 25 August 2009, PM

Hulu nears deal with ITV to lead its UK online push |Media |

It is understood that Hulu has offered ITV an equity stake thought to be significant and possibly more than 25 in the UK venture. It is not thought to have made an equity offer to other UK players such as Channel 4. A sticking point, as it was with Project Kangaroo, has been the question of ad sales. - link

Sky satellite subscribers watch out - scammers about - Derry Today

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Tuesday 25 August 2009, AM

Loophole over selling banned DVDs

Dozens of prosecutions under a 1984 Act have been dropped because the government of the day failed to notify the European Commission about the law. It made it illegal to sell violent video games to children and the most explicit adult films could be sold only in licensed sex shops. The loophole means no-one can be prosecuted until the law is passed again and that will take three months. - link
Monday 24 August 2009, PM

Your ECHO guide to the digital TV switchover

Basically, in both cases, were talking about nothing more complicated than boxes. A great many people in Merseyside wont even need to give it more than a second thought because theyve already got a digital box or a sleek and shiny digital TV. If theyve got Freeview, all theyll need to do is retune their equipment at both stages of switchover. - link

Digital TV - News - Canvas eyes 2010 launch date - Digital Spy

Halton said that this was to clarify that Canvas will be an open platform which is available to everyone. The feedback we have had from indies, studios and content retailers of all description has been really positive. Halton explained that the important thing to bear in mind is that Canvas will never be directly involved, or draw a revenue stream, from those models. - link

Mobile TV very slow to take off

They predict that the number of people watching free-to-air analogue TV on their phone will be 54 million in 2009. By 2013 they say those numbers will increase to around 300 million with the biggest growth in emerging markets. Everyone has a TV and everyone has a mobile phone. - link
Sunday 23 August 2009, PM

The internet TV revolution: Free movies could be just around the corner | Mail Online

This year sees the arrival of a new generation of web-based TV services that build on the massive success of the BBC's iPlayer, allowing you to catch up with programmes you missed - or to revisit old classics. It promises to revolutionise the way we watch TV. Verdict The best under-the-TV computer you can buy. - link

Apple to offer own-brand HDTV, claims analyst Register Hardware

In the run-up to the launch of its branded TV in 2011, Apple will unveil a range of TV-focused gadgets, Munster predicted. An iTunes TV Pass offering unlimited pay monthly access to the librarys content archives could also launch within 12 months, Munster said, effectively replacing a consumers monthly cable bill. - link

BBC plunged into new deception row - TV Radio, Media - The Independent

The BBC was plunged into a new deception row today after a cameraman posed as a member of the public on one of its daytime shows. The corporation - which was fined last year after a phone-in scandal - has suspended the production company behind the auction programme Sun, Sea and Bargain Spotting, hosted by Angela Rippon. The series - a key part of the BBC2 daytime schedule - has been pulled off the air and from the iPlayer web service. - link

James Cridland quits as audio head of BBC future media |Media |

He joined the BBC after serving as digital media director at Virgin Radio. He sets out his plans for his immediate future My last day will be Wednesday 2 September. I'll be working on for a while out of trendy Shoreditch then exploring a bit of the world's radio industries, before popping up somewhere new and exciting in the spring in radio, naturally. - link

Sky3 to show pay TV content for free - Digital Spy

Sky has announced that it will make selected pay TV programmes and content free-to-air on Sky3 for one weekend in September. - link
Friday 21 August 2009, PM

BBC - Press Office - First look at new animated Doctor Who

The BBC today releases the first image of the animated Doctor as he will appear in the new animation, Dreamland, which is due for broadcast later this year. In the run-up to the animation, fans will be able to visit the Doctor Who website to follow a behind-the-scenes production blog on the making of Dreamland, giving the opportunity to follow the progress of the animation as it develops. It presents an amazing opportunity to expand the multiplatform storytelling potential of Doctor Who. - link

What range of television channels will be available through a TV aerial in different regions of the UK after digital swi

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