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Friday 29 July 2016, AM

stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk link icon  Making switching easier and more reliable for consumers

This document sets out our provisional view on the difficulties consumers currently experience when they switch, or consider switching, one or more triple play services between the Openreach, KCOM, Virgin cable and Sky satellite platforms. It also sets out our provisional assessment of options for reform to reduce these difficulties and deterrents, making switching easier and more reliable for consumers. - stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk
www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC told to do more for colour blind people after election complaints

The BBC has been told to do more to help the 2 million people who are colour blind in the UK after the BBC Trust upheld a series of complaints about confusing general election graphics. Colour Blind Awareness commended presenter Jeremy Vine, the figurehead of the BBC's election graphics, but said a number of difficulties were caused by the on-screen colour palette. - www.theguardian.com

Wednesday 27 July 2016, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Fireman Sam Qur'an row gets alarm bells ringing at BBC

Spare a thought, if you would, for the good people of the BBC complaints department. Only to be expected, you might think, after the production company apologised for the incident and cut all its ties with the animation studio, which it blamed for the mistake. - www.theguardian.com

Thursday 21 July 2016, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Channel 4 privatisation review was Whittingdale's agenda, says Ed Vaizey

The Guardian reported in May that the government was backing away from proposals for full privatisation of Channel 4, but was still considering other measures such as part-privatisation or forcing it to sell off its 100m London HQ and move to Manchester or Birmingham. Channel 4 chairman, Charles Gurassa, has previously criticised the destabilising impact of uncertainty over the broadcaster's future that has been felt since plans for a potential sell-off emerged last autumn. - www.theguardian.com

Wednesday 20 July 2016, AM

dtg.org.uk link icon  DTG :: News :: DTG HOSTS PMSE DEBATE

The DTG was recently delighted to host an informative debate on Programme Making Special Events as part of its DTG Spectrum Access Forum activity. One solution proposed by Ofcom to the reduction in spectrum available to PMSE, is for PMSE audio applications to share spectrum used by the Civil Aviation Authority between 960MHz and 1164MHz. - dtg.org.uk

Tuesday 19 July 2016, PM

play.google.com link icon  BBC+ The BBC, just for you – Android Apps on Google Play

BBC is the new app from the BBC that lets you mould all the content the BBC has to offer to suit your own tastes. The new BBC app lets you customise the categories so we only send you the bits of the vast store of content and contributors available through the BBC that you've shown an interest in. - play.google.com

Tuesday 19 July 2016, AM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  BT must 'put its house in order'

For its part, BT is keen to prove that it is getting its house in order and has just announced improvements in the time it takes customers to get an appointment for an Openreach engineer to repair or install broadband. Companies such as Sky, Vodafone and TalkTalk, who pay to use the network, have claimed in the past that BT underinvested in Openreach, leading to a poor service with interruptions and slow speeds. - www.bbc.co.uk
www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC 'personalisation' app ties together iPlayer and other digital services

The BBC has launched a new personalised app tying together access to all its digital services that it says will help the public get the most out of their licence fee. BBCPlus, which soft launches on Tuesday, collates BBC content and tailors recommendations, bringing together different services such as iPlayer and the BBC News website. - www.theguardian.com

Monday 18 July 2016, AM

www.digitaluk.co.uk link icon  http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/88911/Digital_UK_Update_July_2016_w…

- www.digitaluk.co.uk
radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Radio Yorkshire returns to DAB in Leeds

Some of the services transferred to Bauer's Leeds multiplex but Radio Yorkshire didn't make the move. In programming news, Radio Yorkshire has also hired former Leeds and Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn as lead summariser for Leeds United Live coverage for the 2016/17 season. - radiotoday.co.uk

Saturday 16 July 2016, AM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Ed Vaizey ends role as Communications Minister

Minister of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries Ed Vaizey has left the Government. He previously served as jointly Minister of State for Business and Enterprise and Minister of State for Energy in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government. - radiotoday.co.uk

Thursday 14 July 2016, PM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  John Whittingdale leaves role as Culture Secretary

John has only been in the role for 14 months, having been appointed by David Cameron in May 2015 following Sajid Javid's move to become Business Secretary. Since then he's attended many radio industry events, including the Radiocentre conference and the launch of DAB multiplexes. - radiotoday.co.uk
www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC News channel and World News face 10% cuts after merger is ruled out

The BBC News channel and the World News service face 10 cost cuts after the corporation decided against merging the two operations. The Guardian reported in December that the corporation had shelved plans to shut the BBC News channel and replace it with digital services after coming to the conclusion that it would only save in the region of 16m. Though the costs of running the channel exceed 110m, much of that budget in areas such as newsgathering would have to be assigned to other parts of the corporation if it were to close. - www.theguardian.com

Wednesday 06 July 2016, PM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  About 100 BBC Monitoring jobs to be axed amid £4m cuts

At least 98 jobs at the BBC Monitoring department are to be cut ahead of a 4m reduction in funding. BBC Monitoring was set up in 1939 to tap into foreign broadcasts and propaganda during the Second World War The service was independent from the BBC, and paid for by the Ministry of Defence, the Foreign Office and the BBC World Service Since its inception, it has provided coverage of the Cold War, the Yugoslav War and most recently, the Arab Spring The service translates communications from 100 languages from 150 countries, with offices across the globe In 2013 the service began being paid for by the licence fee. - www.bbc.co.uk

Monday 27 June 2016, PM

www.hollywoodreporter.com link icon  Brexit: CBS, Liberty Global, ITV Stocks Among Buying Opportunities After Sell-Off, Analyst…

Malone's international cable operator Liberty Global, which owns British cable firm Virgin Media among others, saw its Class A stock drop 13.1 percent on Friday, which also led some to argue that the stock was oversold. Peel Hunt analyst Alex DeGroote also says that more defensive stocks like pay TV firms, including Liberty Global, which aren't driven by advertising revenue and the like, should end up getting more attention and love from investors amid the current Brexit jitters. - www.hollywoodreporter.com
informitv.com link icon  BBC moves to support HbbTV

The BBC is finally dropping its insistence on the legacy MHEG standard and will support the adoption of HbbTV for interactive television services. The BBC will remove its requirement for MHEG support and will work with industry groups such as the Digital TV Group to align specifications around HbbTV. The first version of the hybrid broadcast broadband television specification published as a standard in 2010. - informitv.com

Friday 24 June 2016, PM

www.telecompaper.com link icon  BBC commits to next HbbTV standard

The BBC has announced plans to adopt the HbbTV 2.0.1 standard. The BBC has developed a plan to move beyond legacy MHEG technology to industry-wide adoption of HbbTV 2.0.1 in time for equipment manufacturers to build HbbTV into 2018 product cycles. - www.telecompaper.com

Wednesday 22 June 2016, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC to scrap flagship current affairs show Scotland 2016

BBC executives lured Sarah Smith, the then Channel 4 News journalist and former More 4 News anchor, to host the show as it tried to respond to audience and political complaints that its news coverage in Scotland was too weak. Smith told the Guardian that once Scotland 2016 goes off air, Newsnight will return in Scotland to the 10.30pm slot it has across the rest of the UK, running at full length on BBC Scotland for the first time since 1999. - www.theguardian.com

Tuesday 21 June 2016, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC News merger 'needless act of self-harm' says former chief

The BBC is considering replacing the two existing services with a single 24-hour news channel as part of plans to save 80m in BBC News, as the corporation as a whole looks to save an estimated 800m by 2021-22 following last year's funding settlement with the government. The BBC has also looked at a potential merger of BBC Radio 5 Live with local radio as part of its BBC News cost-saving proposals. - www.theguardian.com

Tuesday 14 June 2016, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  ITV should make more current affairs content, says Puttnam inquiry

The inquiry also recommends that, along with other public service broadcasters, ITV should be paid by platforms such as Sky which currently host its channels for free. Though ITV has been criticised for reducing current affairs output over previous decades, it recently launched Peston on Sunday, a weekly politics show fronted by former BBC business editor Robert Peston, one of a number of high profile hires. - www.theguardian.com
www.broadcastnow.co.uk link icon  Fairhead: BBC board needs fresh thinking

Rona Fairlead has said it will be an “enormous privilege” to chair the BBC’s new unitary board and argued that she wants “fresh thinking” to protect the interests of audiences.The BBC Trust chairman, who will see out her term on the new board after the governing body is abolished next year, said it will ensure that the corporation is focused on its duty to licence fee payers.In her first speech since being confirmed in the role, Fairlead said: “Because the new board’s role will be to ensure the management is held to account in terms of quality of output, the ways risk is managed, and in how the licence fee is spent.“Crucially, the new BBC board, like any company board, must remain focused on its primary duty. And that duty is to its shareholders. And for the BBC the shareholders are the people who – like you - pay the licence fee.”The former Financial Times Group chief executive said “fresh thinking” will be critical to this as she helps assemble the unitary board. “I want us to think differently about how we connect with everyone around the UK. Take their temperature. Act on their concerns,” she told the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.Fairhead added that there must be “clear water” between the government and the new unitary board to preserve the BBC’s independence.“We must have editorial and creative independence, with no scope for interference. And that means financial independence too,” she said.Fairhead will head up the new board until at least 2018 www.broadcastnow.co.uk

Tuesday 14 June 2016, AM

www.expertreviews.co.uk link icon  everything you need to know

To receive those your TV or set-top box will have to support Freeview HD and you'll need to have HD coverage in your area, check you postcode here. Models such as the Panasonic Viera TX-40DX700B use Firefox OS as the underlying operating system and use Freeview Play for watching TV. The TVs have all of the catch-up apps available, so you can use these independently, or you can use the Freeview Play EPG to find content to watch. - www.expertreviews.co.uk

Monday 13 June 2016, AM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Jerry Springer to broadcast weekly on talkRADIO

TalkRADIO is to broadcast a bespoke version of Jerry Springer's podcast show, every Saturday at midnight. Jerry started his broadcasting career on University radio in Cincinnati before moving on to local stations. - radiotoday.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk link icon  UK facing 'digital skills crisis' warn MPs

The report found that.22 of IT equipment in schools is ineffective Just 35 of computer science teachers had a relevant qualification Only 70 of the required number of computer science teachers have been recruited The UK needs another 745,000 workers with digital skills by 2017 90 of jobs require digital skills to some degree Skills gap costs economy around 63bn a year in lost income. Our Digital Strategy, to be published shortly, will set out how we will help employers and individuals access the tools they need to power our digital economy. - www.bbc.co.uk

Thursday 09 June 2016, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Does the government want the BBC to be a state broadcaster?

Dunja Mijatovic, the human rights advocate who is the OSCE's representative on freedom of the media, points out that in some cases the transformation of state television into a public one was a condition of these new democracies becoming member states of the Council of Europe. Government control exercised through its planned unitary board takes the UK closer to eastern European models, even allowing for the fact that the government already appoints the chair and deputy chair overseeing the BBC. Is this really the direction of travel Britain should be taking - www.theguardian.com
www.theguardian.com link icon  Whittingdale accused of misleading MPs on plan to privatise Channel 4

The culture secretary, John Whittingdale, has been accused of misleading parliament over the government's plans to privatise Channel 4. 7 June 2016 Whittingdale appears in front of the committee again and is probed on why he did not mention that discussions on C4 privatisation were under way when he appeared on 9 September. - www.theguardian.com
www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC's most popular shows still face axe under charter renewal, Labour claims

Strictly Come Dancing and other popular BBC programmes may still be at risk of being axed under government plans to overhaul the corporation's governance, Labour has warned. Shadow culture secretary Maria Eagle said prescriptive requirements in the BBC white paper for charter renewal suggest shows such as Countryfile and Doctor Who may also be under threat. - www.theguardian.com
radiotoday.co.uk link icon  RadioDNS to hold ‘radio in the car' event

RadioDNS is hosting a one day event to examine 'ten themes crucial to the future experience of radio in the car'. RadioDNS says the ten themes reflect the discussions that it has most often between broadcasters and manufacturers looking to keep radio prominent and relevant in the car. - radiotoday.co.uk
radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Delicious Digital to create new sound of 5 live

London based Delicious Digital has won the pitch to provide the new sound of BBC Radio 5 live. The company, founded by Ollie Raphael, will create a brand new sonic identity for the broadcaster and a full network imaging pack to use on-air across the station. - radiotoday.co.uk

Tuesday 07 June 2016, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  John Whittingdale defends BBC plans after MPs voice concerns

SNP MP John Nicholson was one of several members of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee to raise concerns about the future independence of the BBC after last month's white paper unveiled a radical overhaul of its governance. Under the proposed changes to its royal charter, the BBC Trust will be replaced by a unitary board, with the BBC responsible for appointing at least half of the members and the government no more than six. - www.theguardian.com
www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC urged to reject proposal to merge news operations

MPs have called on the BBC to reject a proposal to merge BBC News and BBC World News into one new 24-hour channel. The proposal goes before the BBC News executive board next month. - www.theguardian.com

Friday 27 May 2016, AM

www.comedy.co.uk link icon  Radio 4 orders new Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy series

Radio 4 has commissioned a new series of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, over a decade since the last series aired. Expected to be titled 'The Hexagonal Phase', the British Comedy Guide understands that the new episodes will primarily be based around the book And Another Thing.... This news comes after Towel Day, the annual celebration of the work of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy creator Douglas Adams. - www.comedy.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk link icon  Rio 2016 on the BBC

The use of BBC Four with extended hours to cover the Olympics is part of a number of temporary services which will allow the BBC to offer extended coverage of Summer 2016's major events. BBC Four and BBC Four HD will be available on extended hours from 1pm for the duration of the Commonwealth Games. - www.bbc.co.uk

Thursday 26 May 2016, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC's Tony Hall: greater NAO scrutiny must not undermine editorial freedom

Tony Hall has said far-reaching powers given to parliamentary auditors to examine the BBC's finances must not undermine the corporation's editorial freedom or ability to take creative risks. The NAO currently carries out about two investigations a year into the BBC's finances, but under plans in the white paper published earlier this month it will no longer have to ask for permission to launch an audit. - www.theguardian.com

Tuesday 24 May 2016, PM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Manchester DAB radio stations change frequencies

BBC Radio Manchester's Breakfast presenters Phil Trow and Alison Butterworth, Key 103's Breakfast presenters Mike Toolan and Chelsea Norris, and Smooth North West's Jo Lloyd gathered to press the big green retune switch to signal the importance for listeners to retune their DAB digital radios to continue to receive eleven local BBC and commercial stations on DAB - BBC Radio Manchester, Capital Manchester, Heart North West, Gold Manchester, Smooth North West, Key 103, Key 2, Key 3, KISS FRESH, Absolute 90s and Asian Sound. The retune is necessary as a result of essential engineering work, boosting and changing the frequency of existing digital radio transmitters in the Manchester area and switching on two new transmitters, which will bring eleven local BBC and commercial stations to 385,000 more listeners for the first time. - radiotoday.co.uk

Tuesday 17 May 2016, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Save BBC recipe archive petition signed by more than 25,000 people

More than 25,000 people had signed a petition calling for the BBC to reverse its decision the morning after news emerged the BBC was planning to close its food website. One BBC source said that no more than 50 jobs would be affected by decision made as part of its Online Creative Review. - www.theguardian.com

Monday 16 May 2016, PM

www.telegraph.co.uk link icon  BBC set to launch Britflix rival to Netflix after John Whittingdale approves subscription …

A source with knowledge of the project said that ITV was involved, along with a number of production companies, including NBC Universal, the parent company of Downton Abbey maker Carnival Films. The putative service would carry British broadcasters' archive content, as well as commissioning its own original series much like Netflix, which has developed hit shows such as Narcos and Making a Murderer. - www.telegraph.co.uk
www.theguardian.com link icon  I'm slaughtered by the right for criticising BBC reform at the Baftas

When I criticise a Conservative government for exactly the same power grab, the right of the party attacks with one voice - and a very personalised attack at that. Isn't the attempt to pack the board of a public service broadcaster exactly the kind of attack on free speech, exactly the kind of insidious encroachment of big and centralising government that the right has always wisely opposed when it hails from the left - www.theguardian.com

Sunday 15 May 2016, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  What next for the BBC? Birt, Iannucci, Puttnam and more on its future

Let the new charter commit governments to proposing the right level of the BBC's future funding let the BBC and independent scrutiny assess the consequences of that funding let the public have their say about what they're willing to pay, and then let parliament debate the proposition - publicly, transparently. Above all, what will the process for renewing and setting the licence fee be The BBC should be more transparent about how it spends its funds, but the government also needs to commit to an orderly and open debate about BBC funding. - www.theguardian.com

Saturday 14 May 2016, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  The BBC is still in danger after the white paper

Ever since its monopoly was broken by the introduction of commercial TV in the 1950s, it's been an economic necessity for the BBC to keep an eye on ratings - if only to justify the universal licence fee. It is odd that the newspapers which screamed that the Leveson proposal for a watchdog to make sure that the press-appointed ombudsman was working properly was government interference with the freedom of the press are now strangely quiet about government plans to appoint half the members of a new BBC governing body and interfere with the corporation's finances. - www.theguardian.com

Friday 13 May 2016, PM

www.pressgazette.co.uk link icon  BBC white paper: Broadcaster to be regulated by Ofcom for the first time and run by new un…

The BBC is set to regulated by Ofcom for the first time and run by a unitary board appointed by the government and the BBC itself. The former deputy governor of the Bank of England recommended that the current governing body, the BBC Trust, be abolished and suggested the corporation be regulated entirely by Ofcom. - www.pressgazette.co.uk
www.ft.com link icon  ITV advertising hit by Brexit uncertainty

Print a single copy of this article for personal use. Contact us if you wish to print more to distribute to others. - www.ft.com
radiotoday.co.uk link icon  BBC to support future DAB switchover plans

The Government's White Paper on the future of the BBC has been issued and says it will provide the BBC long term stability and a strong foundation for it to continue to inform, educate and entertain the entire British public. A decision on the digital switchover is likely to be taken at some point during the next charter period and the Government would expect that the BBC completes the final phase of its national DAB network so coverage is equal to that of FM. BBC Nations services in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland DAB coverage should also match FM coverage. - radiotoday.co.uk

Thursday 12 May 2016, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  but the BBC's new board must be resisted

That's what must be resisted, not just because this Tory government has a bizarre visceral antipathy to the very idea that our great public broadcaster is such a success, but because Labour governments have a bad record too of trying to intimidate the BBC. I was in the newsroom as social affairs editor in the run-up to the 1997 election, and heard the nightly bellowing threats down the phone by Peter Mandelson and Alastair Campbell, even before the bulletin went out. Can the Archers and EastEnders fans, news junkies, Radio 3, Hollow Crown and Strictly fans be mobilised over the nature of the BBC's governing board The government plainly thinks it has stopped the public outcry - even as it still pursues its intent to curb, control and shrink our greatest national glory. - www.theguardian.com
www.theguardian.com link icon  'The BBC belongs to the public, not the government': readers defend the corporation

The BBC belongs to us, the public, not the government. The BBC should remain editorially independent of the government and should strive at all times to reflect, in an unbiased and inclusive way, the people and communities it reaches, both in the UK and abroad. Let it remain a flagship of broadcasting, admired throughout the world. - www.theguardian.com

Wednesday 11 May 2016, AM

www.a516digital.com link icon  Freeview: More BBC Local Radio stations are coming

The BBC is preparing to add further local radio stations in England on Freeview, over a year after the broadcaster started to add local stations to the platform. The service will not be on Freeview for listeners in the Buxton area, who must continue to tune in on FM. BBC Radio Sheffield - In Sheffield, many Freeview users have their aerials pointing towards Emley Moor or the more distant Belmont transmitter - BBC Radio Sheffield will therefore be available in both the Yorkshire and East Yorks / Lincolnshire TV regions. - www.a516digital.com

Tuesday 10 May 2016, PM

gawker.com link icon  Internet Video Views Is A 100 Percent Bullshit Metric

The new conventional wisdom is that video will be digital media's savior, but it is only a matter of time before this is proven false too. Rather than advertising based upon how many women are expected to watch a video, advertisers will be able to advertise based upon how many women aged 18-29 who live in the Dallas area, are single, and say Shawshank Redemption is their favorite movie, are expected to watch a video. - gawker.com
www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC white paper could spark revolt among Conservative MPs

MPs fear that the white paper to be published on Thursday could give the government too much influence over the BBC, with plans to give greater powers to a new unitary board and media regulator Ofcom, and to curtail the corporation's content. It is unclear how much MPs can do, given the fact that the royal charter governing the BBC is finally defined by an agreement between the culture secretary and the BBC following the publication of the white paper. - www.theguardian.com

Monday 09 May 2016, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Bafta TV awards 2016: Wolf Hall director says BBC is under threat

The government came under unprecedented attack at the Bafta TV awards on Sunday, where the BBC swept the board with double wins for BBC2's Mark Rylance drama Wolf Hall and Peter Kay sitcom Car Share. Winning the prize for his role as Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall capped an extraordinary year for Rylance, who also won an Oscar and a Bafta film award for Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies. - www.theguardian.com

Sunday 08 May 2016, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Channel 4's David Abraham: why wreck a winning formula with privatisation?

David Abraham is chief executive of Channel 4 Television and a former chief executive of UKTV. This is an edited extract from What Price Channel 4 a collection of essays published by Abramis and edited by John Mair, Fiona Chesterton, David Lloyd, Ian Reeves and Richard Tait. - www.theguardian.com
stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk link icon  http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/700-clearance-cfi/summary/700_MHz_…

Question 1 Do you agree with our assessment of the number of viewers that will need to retune Question 2 Do you any comments on how viewers will find the retuning process and whether there are particular groups of viewers which will require greater consideration/assistance with the process What help might they need 100,000-160,000 viewers may need to replace their aerials 3.11 Most aerials sold today are 'wideband' aerials. Table 2 Estimated cost of viewer communications scheme Component On-screen pop-ups to tell viewers they need to re-tune Estimated cost 0.5m-1m 0-0.5m website A website explaining what viewers will need to do as a result of development the clearance process costs An advice line for viewers that experience problems 1m-2m Targeted communications to charities that help vulnerable groups of viewers 0.5m-1m Administrative costs 0.5m-1m Total cost 2.5m-5.5m 3.23 14 The scope of the viewer communications campaign for DSO was much greater than what we have allowed for above. - stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk
stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk link icon  http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/consultations/maximising-benefits-700-MHz-cleara…

Maximising the benefits of 700MHz clearance Enabling acceleration of 700MHz clearance and use of the 700MHz centre gap Consultation Publication date 11 March 2016 Closing Date for Responses 20 May 2016 Maximising the benefits of 700MHz clearance About this document In November 2014 we decided to make valuable spectrum in the 700MHz band available for mobile data as soon as practicably possible. Table 1 Benefits of change of use of the 700MHz band in 1st January 2016 NPV 22 Benefit Magnitude Network cost savings Access to the 700MHz band will enable MNOs to meet increases in demand for mobile data at a lower cost than would 480m-770m 22 These figures correspond to the update published on 11-3-2015 16 Maximising the benefits of 700MHz clearance otherwise have been the case. - stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk
www.freeview.co.uk link icon  UKTV Play expands reach with Freeview Play launch

UKTV Play - complete with previews, collections, celeb picks, favourites list, history and resume function - to launch on Freeview Play. UKTV today announced it is further expanding the reach of its award-nominated on demand service, UKTV Play, by making it available on Freeview Play. - www.freeview.co.uk
www.theguardian.com link icon  The BBC will be so dull if the Tories get their way

Behind closed doors myself and other creatives within broadcasting have been reassured the opposite that the BBC is loved throughout the land, that its licence fee is safe, that the government is simply not allowed to and has no intention of telling it what programmes to make, and that its editorial independence will be preserved. Frustrated that their plan to cut the corporation to shreds can't happen because it would be deeply unpopular, are those same people looking for subtler ways to administer a quieter, gentler death Otherwise why the stories, coming from No 10, that David Cameron wants the BBC charter to be reviewed every five years instead of 10, that it should have a new ruling body in which at least half its members are appointed by the government of the day, and that this body should have involvement in day-to-day operational decisions, including news coverage - www.theguardian.com

Sunday 08 May 2016, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  the BBC's Galápagos tortoise

Suddenly, with his archaic belief in both the value of public broadcasting and the inherent worth of the un-monetisable natural world, the venerable polymath himself is as rare a creature as the Galpagos tortoise, whose environment he strove to save, and one equally doomed to extinction. Whittingdale has been unashamedly ridiculous since at least last summer, and yet, like that old condom stuck to the roof of the bus shelter by the mosque and visible only from the top deck of the 141, he shows no signs of being removed by higher powers any time soon, perhaps because they are scared of his knowledge of torture techniques. - www.theguardian.com
www.theguardian.com link icon  Senior Conservative MPs and peers in fight to halt radical BBC reform

A Conservative rift has emerged over a radical plan to reform the BBC, limit its autonomy and divide the licence fee with other broadcasters. Whittingdale is to argue for greater public scrutiny of all the corporation's spending and to urge that the BBC Trust should be abolished, with future regulation shared by a powerful new board of trustees and Ofcom, the media watchdog. - www.theguardian.com

Saturday 07 May 2016, PM

www.telegraph.co.uk link icon  John Whittingdale to force BBC to reveal stars' pay

The BBC currently publishes a limited amount of information about how much it pays its stars, disclosing only how many performers sit within a variety of financial bands, ranging from 50,000 up to 5 million. The new government proposals will apply to all BBC employees and freelancers above the 150,000 threshold. - www.telegraph.co.uk

Saturday 07 May 2016, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC follows Netflix in using online viewing data to help it pick new shows

The BBC is following Netflix in using online viewing data to help it decide which programmes to make. News teams were already using data more extensively to work out what stories should feature on TV, with interest in online coverage of Greece's relationship with the European Union helping staff decide whether to feature the story in the evening bulletin. - www.theguardian.com

Tuesday 03 May 2016, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Govenment threats to make BBC move Strictly are 'ridiculous', says Lord Patten

Conservative party grandee Lord Patten has sharply criticised culture secretary John Whittingdale and accused the government of listening more to the BBC's commercial rivals than the public. In his first public comments on the BBC since standing down as chairman almost two years ago due to ill health, Patten used his Reuters Institute Lecture to call for an independent body to advise the government on the level of the licence fee and the corporation's governance. - www.theguardian.com

Tuesday 03 May 2016, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Threats to shift Strictly are just part of the plan to sabotage the BBC

Most serious to the BBC's reputation is the plan drawn up for Whittingdale by David Clementi, a former chairman of Virgin Money and Prudential, to create a single board running the BBC, dominated by political appointees. The question is how loudly fans of The Archers, Radio 3, Strictly, Bake Off, War and Peace or Match of the Day will defend this soundscape of the nation - this rare social glue in a fissiparous society - and show they are all goggling together, as bonded to the BBC as they are to the NHS.. - www.theguardian.com
www.a516digital.com link icon  Channel 5 HD encryption to be lifted on 3rd May

Once the encryption is lifted, Channel 5 HD will no longer be part of the range of channels covered by Sky's entertainment pack and will be available to all HD viewers, even without a current viewing card. Timeline Channel 5 HD on FreeviewHow did we get here Why did it take so long for Channel 5 HD to go free-to-air - www.a516digital.com

Monday 02 May 2016, AM

www.a516digital.com link icon  DAB Update: D2 station migration completes

Kiss Fresh available in more areasMaking use of some of the freed-up capacity on local DAB multiplexes, Bauer Media's Kiss Fresh station has replaced Kisstory in areas where it controls the local DAB service - notably across northern England and central Scotland. Coverage boostsWith just a few months until the completion of the current DAB coverage expansion programme, DAB digital radio has been boosted during the past week in parts of East Anglia, with the addition of the Essex local DAB multiplex from transmitters at Braintree and Manningtree. - www.a516digital.com

Sunday 01 May 2016, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC scheduling: government denies it is seeking to take over

The government has denied reports that it will seek to determine BBC scheduling following reports that it will bar the broadcaster from showing popular programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing at peak viewing times. The BBC has voiced concerns at moves it says will undermine its independence, particularly about plans for the government to directly appoint most members of a new body to run the corporation instead of the BBC Trust. - www.theguardian.com
www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC Studios: a win for talent or an own goal?

Coming hot on the heels of the exit of the director of BBC Studios Peter Salmon and Wendy Darke, who was due to be head of natural history, the departures have left some of the 2,000 or so staff who officially transferred into BBC Studios on Friday feeling nervous. To compound matters there are reports that the forthcoming white paper on the BBC proposes allowing independent producers to tender for more or all BBC shows, raising the prospect that even in-house hits created by the corporation, such as Top Gear or EastEnders, could one day be made by outside companies. - www.theguardian.com
www.theguardian.com link icon  Tony Hall's grand reorganisation of the BBC 'is playing with fire'

Truth be told the BBC privately believes the white paper and, critically, the funding arrangements behind it - only an 800m cut as the BBC is forced to take up the cost of over 75s' licence fees - is essentially a done deal. Who will do that and with what lines of accountability Secondly, given that all the mainstream TV channels and most of the radio stations run content that might be thought of as coming from all three of the new directorates, where does the overview function currently exercised by the channels and their controllers overseen by the TV and Radio directorates sit And thirdly where does the audience fit into all this, given that consumption of BBC content is still overwhelmingly via traditional channels The potential failure to grasp the importance of channel controllers to the BBC's communication with the viewing/listening public is completely wrong-headed. - www.theguardian.com
www.theguardian.com link icon  The only thing Channel 4 needs to be saved from is privatisation

In Paris, the selfsame doctrine holds as 70 editors and production people who sustained the International New York Times lose their jobs. The spoils of news competition go increasingly not to news providers, but to the aggregators and platforms of social media. - www.theguardian.com

Friday 29 April 2016, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Government could ask BBC to trial pay service as it closes 'iPlayer loophole'

The government could ask the BBC to trial a new paid-for service on the iPlayer as it cracks down on viewers without TV licences watching online for free. As well as telling the BBC to put password controls on the iPlayer, he will ask it to investigate a new offering in which people would pay for shows outside its traditional catch-up window, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. - www.theguardian.com

Wednesday 27 April 2016, PM

www.digitaltveurope.net link icon  Freeview: death of linear TV ‘overstated' » Digital TV Europe

The death of linear TV is not something that Freeview is experiencing, with the vast majority of people in the UK still tuning in live, according to Freeview managing director Guy North. Also speaking on the panel, Damien Read, director of product marketing for Now TV, stressed that Sky's standalone over-the-top service is not cannibalising its core pay TV offering. - www.digitaltveurope.net

Tuesday 26 April 2016, PM

www.broadcastnow.co.uk link icon  BBC needs to be braver online

s the BBC becoming ‘old media’, just as it tries to embrace the globalised future, asks Tony GarnettIn the 1990s, John Birt forced the BBC’s arts mandarins to embrace the digital revolution. But the early adopter energy seems to have morphed into a sluggish reluctance. BBC3 goes online, but mainly to save money. Websites merely support broadcast programmes. An early CBBC online drama initiative seems isolated: if other work is in progress, the gestation is interminable.I spent my life in drama, struggling to embrace and use each new technology. It was an exhilarating ride, sometimes uncomfortable but always embracing. It was a perennial fight for the right to innovate. www.broadcastnow.co.uk

Tuesday 26 April 2016, AM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Record numbers of new cars with digital radio

In the year 2015 almost 1.9 million new cars were registered with digital radio as standard and it is projected that in 2016 over 2.2 million cars will be sold with digital radio as standard. The Q1 2016 new car data confirms the level of support digital radio has from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and vehicle manufacturers. - radiotoday.co.uk
radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Moyles encourages everyone to back DAB radio

Chris Moyles took a quarter of an hour of his show today to explain the benefits of digital radio and future of Radio X. He was encouraging his listeners to spread the word about DAB and thanked his loyal fans for buying new radio sets just to be able to listen to him on Radio X via DAB. He talked about Manchester being a level playing field for the station because it's on FM, and that there are people in radio in Manchester who are worried about Radio X. Chris compared the future of radio to how television has switched off analogue radio and everything is now digital, saying some people don't realise all TV is now digital, and he wants the same for radio. - radiotoday.co.uk

Monday 25 April 2016, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  This white paper threatens the BBC's independence. It must be opposed

Even before any serious debate had started, we saw George Osborne take away a sizable chunk of the BBC's income with his demand that the BBC fund the licence fee for the over 75s. In return the BBC thought it had extracted a commitment from the government that the licence fee from 2017 would rise in line with inflation. There would be just a single board running the BBC. On that board there would be a non-executive chairman and deputy chairman, three executives from the BBC and then four more non-executive members representing the four nations of the UK. The public interest would be safeguarded by the chairman, the deputy and the other non-executives. - www.theguardian.com

Friday 22 April 2016, AM

www.lek.com link icon  Life-Stage Analysis of Millennials Highlights Major Threat to Traditional TV

L.E.K. Consulting launches first in-depth analysis of U.K. millennials' media habits by life stage, from living with their parents to starting their own families Preferences broadly consistent across life stages and spreading to older generations Media participants need to adapt more rapidly to the new reality. Forty-five percent of millennials pre-family and 56 of millennials with children currently have a pay TV subscription, and 45 of them either have or expect to have an OTT subscription in the next year, with two-thirds of those planning to cancel or reduce their pay TV spend. - www.lek.com
www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC funding: only half of young people know about licence fee

Only half of 16 to 24-year-olds know that the BBC is funded by the licence fee, while over a third of adults are unaware how the corporation's website is funded. A new Ofcom report, adults' media use and attitudes, found that just 52 of 16 to 24-year-olds knew that the BBC TV programmes are funded from the 145.50 annual TV licence fee charged to all UK households that watch live TV. The media regulator's annual report also found that 37 of adults did not know that the BBC's website is also funded by the licence fee. - www.theguardian.com

Thursday 21 April 2016, AM

search.googleblog.com link icon  Inside Search: Building the future of TV, with you

So now when you're looking for The Big Bang Theory, we'll not only show you the apps and sites where you can find the latest episode, but also show which channel you can turn your tv to later in the evening or week to catch it live. We put this technology to the test with two of the highest rated TV events in the last year the Rugby World Cup Finals on TF1, the leading network in France, and the Republican Presidential Debates on Fox News, a leading news network in the US. Politics and sports are pretty personal topics, so it's only appropriate that TF1 and Fox News created a fully addressable viewing experience for the millions of viewers that tuned in using Dynamic Ad Insertion. - search.googleblog.com

Wednesday 20 April 2016, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC Radio 1 to ditch overseas acts for more homegrown talent

The BBC will look to retune its national music stations Radio 1 and Radio 2 to focus on emerging homegrown talent in a bid to counter government criticism that they are not distinctive enough. The BBC said it would have more new homegrown talent on Radio 1 and Radio 2 as part of a robust defence of the distinctiveness of the two stations published on Tuesday, saying around 90 of their music output was not played on any other station. - www.theguardian.com

Tuesday 19 April 2016, PM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  UK phones only get 4G '53% of the time' study finds

Of the four UK networks, EE was found to have the best 4G connectivity, while Three had the worst. The State of the Mobile Network report also noted that O2 had the highest 3G and 4G latency - that's the amount of time data takes to travel along a network, measured in milliseconds. - www.bbc.co.uk
www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC News creates controller role for mobile and online as overhaul begins

BBC News is creating a controller of mobile and online in the first stage of division director James Harding's cost-cutting Future of News plans. Staff were also given an update on the BBC's streaming news service Newstream, which has had an internal launch of 'Ten to Watch', an on-demand bulletin within the BBC News app which some BBC News employees are testing. - www.theguardian.com
www.theguardian.com link icon  John Whittingdale is 'bullying' BBC over Europe, says shadow culture secretary

Eagle also criticised the government over reports earlier this week that it is considering forcing the BBC to sell off its stake in UKTV, the commercial broadcaster it jointly owns with US network Scripps through its commercial arm BBC Worldwide. Eagle also queried whether Ofcom would be ready to take on the regulatory duties of the BBC when the new royal charter begins on 1 January 2017.The government-commissioned Clementi report, published last month, recommended that the BBC Trust should be abolished and its regulatory role taken over by Ofcom. - www.theguardian.com
www.bbc.co.uk link icon  a way to make television more real?

High Definition TVs are now being replaced by 4K TVs in our homes - offering four times the definition of HD. Manufacturers have now started adding High Dynamic Range on their latest models giving a greater range of brightness, luminosity, depth and detail to the picture. Will it bring a real improvement in picture quality - www.bbc.co.uk

Monday 18 April 2016, PM

muckrack.com link icon  America now has nearly 5 PR people for every reporter, double the rate from a decade ago

For every one job result for a reporter, photojournalist or TV producer, you'll get 10 results for jobs available to people with journalism backgrounds or degrees to switch careers toward marketing, advertising and - most of all - public relations. That means over a career of 20 years, the average PR person will make about 300,000 more than the typical reporter, and as anyone in either industry knows, the benefits will be much more lucrative at a public relations firm. - muckrack.com
www.pcauthority.com.au link icon  Strained Streaming: Why is streaming catch up video in Australia so painful?

The site is easy to navigate, the content is uploaded quickly, and the quality is at a high bitrate, although the end result wavers somewhere between high-end SD and low-end 720p. It doesn't require a login either. In 2016, when the likes of Netflix and Stan, stream content in both 1080P and 4K, there is really no excuse for not being able to supply it. - www.pcauthority.com.au

Monday 18 April 2016, AM

www.broadcastnow.co.uk link icon  BBC facing cash raid from DCMS

The BBC faces an anxious wait for the white paper on charter renewal amid conflicting reports over the weekend about government plans to raid the corporation’s finances.The Sunday Times reported that culture secretary John Whittingdale will force BBC Worldwide to relinquish its £500m stake in UKTV, with half the proceeds going to the Treasury, under proposals to be outlined next month.The newspaper also claimed that Whittingdale wants to hand £100m of licence fee funding to third parties to create children’s and news content that the BBC will be required to carry across its airwaves.But The Sunday Times report was contradicted by Sam Coates, the deputy political editor at The Times, who said on Sunday that 10 Downing would apply a handbrake to Whittingdale’s ambitions.- www.broadcastnow.co.uk
radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Date set for Planet Rock and Absolute 80s move

Digital One has requested to remove Absolute 80s and Planet Rock from its multiplex from April 30th. At the moment, the two Bauer services are available on two national DAB services, following the launch of Sound Digital Limited. Bauer's heat and Kisstory services will be removed from local multiplexes by the 30th April 2016 now they are also available on SDL. Digital One, owned by one of the three SDL investors, Arqiva, says it will continue to seek additional customers for vacant capacity on the multiplex following the removal of Absolute 80s and Planet Rock. - radiotoday.co.uk

Sunday 17 April 2016, PM

reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk link icon  Reuters Institute for the study of Journalism

Traditional television viewing is falling, and the rapid rise of online video viewing continues. If television news providers fail to respond to these profound shifts in how people use media, they risk eventually becoming irrelevant, a new report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford warns. - reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk

Saturday 16 April 2016, AM

www.nytimes.com link icon  Obama Presses for Open Market for Cable Set-Top Boxes

Photo WASHINGTON - President Obama on Friday announced his support for opening the market for cable set-top boxes, singling out the devices in millions of homes as a clunky and outdated symbol of corporate power over consumers, as he introduced a broad federal effort to increase competition. In an unusual step, Mr. Obama weighed in personally on a pending proposal at the Federal Communications Commission, having his administration file comments that applauded the effort to loosen cable companies' grip on the boxes. - www.nytimes.com
www.a516digital.com link icon  Digital Radio Retune for Merseyside: what you need to know

Listeners to DAB digital radio in the Merseyside area will need to retune on Wednesday 20th April following a frequency change that will affect local radio stations. The new frequency will go live from 6am on Wednesday 20th April, after which listeners will need to rescan their DAB radios in order to continue listening. - www.a516digital.com

Friday 15 April 2016, PM

www.broadcastnow.co.uk link icon  BBC white paper to be published in May

The government’s white paper on BBC charter renewal will be published in May, culture minister Ed Vaizey has confirmed for the first time.The Department for Culture Media & Sport (DCMS) has previously only gone as far as to say that the document will be released in “spring” – a target it will just about meet if published next month.In a debate about diversity at the BBC in parliament on Thursday, Vaizey said he had seen an early draft of the report. “We are going to publish it in May,” he said.Vaizey added that boosting diversity will be a prominent part of the government’s plans for the BBC.The DCMS was swamped by 190,000 responses to its consultation on the BBC’s future and this is said to have contributed to the release date being pushed back. Another factor in the delay has been the EU referendum, in which culture secretary John Whittingdale is playing a prominent role as part of the Vote Leave campaign. - www.broadcastnow.co.uk

Friday 15 April 2016, AM

www.politico.eu link icon  Copyright fight club – POLITICO

Coming into office in 2014, the European Commission laid out an ambitious agenda to overhaul the entire digital copyright system in the EU. It's moving on various fronts, investigating contracts between Hollywood studios and TV stations while preparing new legislation that could change everything from watching movies and sports to publishing videos on YouTube. The Commission's review of copyright laws is wide-ranging, affecting a broad range of businesses in industries including tech, retail, telecoms and media. - www.politico.eu