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Friday 19 July 2019, PM

ITV, BBC unveil UK-focused BritBox's line-up and price point – TBI Vision

ITV holds 90 of BritBox's equity with the remaining 10 held by the BBC - though there is an option for the BBC to acquire additional shares up to 25 in total and ITV will have the ability to bring additional investors on board. The service's imminent launch comes three years after ITV and BBC Studios joined forces to launch BritBox in the US, with AMC Networks onboard as a minority partner. - link
Friday 19 July 2019, AM

Ofcom: BritBox materiality assessment Relationship between BritBox and the BBC’s Public Service activities

The BBC has proposed to change BBC iPlayer from a service where programmes are available to ‘catch-up’ for 30 days after broadcast, to one where programmes are available for 12 months as standard, with some available for longer. As required by the BBC Charter and Agreement, we are carrying out a competition assessment, under which we: look at the public value provided by the BBC’s proposals, analyse the way in which they impact on competition, and consider whether that public value justifies any adverse impacts that we identify. This document sets out our analysis and provisional conclusions. We are consulting on our conclusions for four weeks and expect to publish our final conclusions by August 2019. - link

Consultation: BritBox materiality assessment

The BBC Board assessed the corporation's proposed involvement in BritBox, and determined it was not material. Please submit responses using the consultation responses form. - link
Thursday 18 July 2019, PM

BBC over-75s TV licence axe backfires spectacularly as Tories face £1.6bn bill

The Tories' free TV licence betrayal of over-75s could add another 1.6billion to the welfare bill, experts warned today. Setting up a system to means-test eligibility will cost the BBC 38million, with 13million annual running costs, MPs heard. - link
Wednesday 17 July 2019, PM

Government's TV licence fee decision was 'nuclear', BBC boss says

The BBC has now decided to revoke free TV licences for all over-75s, except those claiming the pension credit benefit. The Conservative Party included a pledge to continue free TV licences for over-75s in its manifesto for the 2017 general election - after power for the concession had passed to the BBC in law. - link
Tuesday 16 July 2019, PM

Concerns expressed in Parliament over Small Scale DAB ownership – RadioToday

Concerns have been raised in Parliament over the future ownership of Small-Scale DAB and funding options for Community Radio stations. In a session to consider the draft Small-scale Radio Multiplex and Community Digital Radio Order 2019, Margot James MP explained the restrictions in place to prevent single companies owning multiple Small Scale multiplexes in the same or adjoining areas. - link
Tuesday 16 July 2019, AM

SCN delivers digital ads to UK FTA audience |

Sports Channel Network, the UK based Free to Air OTT channel, has become the first sport channel to deliver digital advertising to a free to air broadcast audience using the Google Ad Manager platform. SCN has also streamed football and fishing as well as drone racing and kite surfing content. - link
Friday 12 July 2019, PM


BBC sounds music Radio podcasts to a climax and test match special comes into its own will ask its listeners, how special TMS is and whether it is kept up with the times in cms has evolved in that way veteran journalist and England off Spinners Vic Marks and new is commentator Alison Mitchell talk…

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Friday 12 July 2019, AM

#118 - Pop goes the controller; Prioritising PSBs; Channel 5 profits; Influencers held to account - The Media Podcast wi

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Thursday 11 July 2019, PM

Local TV issues challenge to newspapers as it reaches 5 million viewers Prolific North

Local TV is the trading name of Made Television, which runs 8 local TV channels. That's TV. It comes a day after the country's biggest local TV operator, That's TV, announced plans to close 13 of its 20 studios, including Grimsby and Preston. - link
Thursday 11 July 2019, AM

Freeview Mumbles Something About Having Loads of Telly on it

Freeview, the umbrella term for telly that used to come through the air and now comes mostly through apps and smart TVs and whatnot, would like us to talk about a personal milestone it has achieved in the world of on-demand content. The arbitrary milestone that no one was aware of the significance of is the passing of the 20,000 hours of content level, which Freeview says it has sailed through thanks to the addition of Channel 5's catch-up services, piped through My5, to its array of on-demand television formerly known as the terrestrial selection. - link
Wednesday 10 July 2019, PM

Inside Wimbledon

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello and welcome to a rather unusual Media show today because we're at Wimbledon I'm currently standing on the roof of the broadcast centre on my left is number one court with it's brand new retractable roof on my right is centre court with its walls festooned with…

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Wednesday 10 July 2019, AM

Niocast’s John Evington on the upcoming local radio DAB expansion

Call this week's radio Today programme lots of big news to talk about and will Delve deeper into what could be one of the big changes to our digital radio landscape in the UK small scale DAB does John Errington from the Nile cast trial Multiplex has been running in Manchester James cridland is her…

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Media Masters - Heather Dietrick

Media Masters with Paul Blanchard welcome to media Masters a series of one-to-one interviews with people at the top of the media game today. I'm here in New York and John by header Dietrich chief executive of the Daily Beast and media career began as a first amendment like initially in academia,…

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Amazon and Google deliver on TV peace deal

Amazon and Google have drawn a line under a long-running dispute by providing their on-demand video services to each others' TV platforms. The lack of a YouTube app on Amazon's TV platform - FireTV - was a significant handicap for Amazon, and I imagine Google wasn't too thrilled about missing out on reaching the 30 million-or-so FireTV users either. - link
Sunday 07 July 2019, AM

How technology is changing the craft of screenwriting

While technology is pushing things forward, streaming services themselves also have an uncertain future. Mercurio's advice for aspiring young writers is to write as much as you can in your spare time and to be open to criticism. - link
Friday 05 July 2019, PM


BBC sounds music Radio podcasts bearded state Monopoly the BBC has just published its annual report as presenters and executives earnings overall go up and audience figures overall go down. How can the BBC justify taking away the free licence fee from most over 75's while I defend the BBC's move t…

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Licensing small-scale DAB How Ofcom would exercise new functions proposed by Government

Small-scale DAB is a new way of transmitting digital radio that uses advances in software and lowcost computer technology to provide a flexible and inexpensive approach to the terrestrial broadcast of digital radio services to a relatively small geographic area. The concept was first tested by Ofcom engineer Rashid Mustapha in 2012 and subsequently the Government funded a series of trials, licensed and facilitated by Ofcom, to test the feasibility of the technology. The trials demonstrated that small-scale DAB can provide a robust and reliable means for small analogue stations to broadcast on digital, - link
Friday 05 July 2019, AM

A new future for public service broadcasting

Launching Small Screen Big Debate - a national forum to discuss the future of public service broadcasting on TV and online. ITV will increase the budget of CITV by almost 10, to fund more original commissions for 6-12 year olds, and develop a new online news and current-affairs offering for 12-15s.Channel 4 will develop a new digital-first service for 13-16 year olds. - link
Thursday 04 July 2019, AM

Media Masters - Ken Bruce

Media Masters with Paul Blanchard welcome to media Masters series of one-to-one interviews with people at the top of the media game Ken Bruce better and radio presenter for BBC Radio 2 starting out in hospital radio can join BBC Scotland is the announcer in 1978 and was given his first show shor…

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Wednesday 03 July 2019, PM

Who's watching the BBC?

BBC sounds music radio podcast the media show from BBC Radio 4 BBC published its annual report yesterday and it raises some very big questions for The Corporation above or is it still independent some of the BBC's biggest headaches detail within the report all arise because of government demands a…

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Wednesday 03 July 2019, AM

RadioToday Roundtable July 2019

The radiator day programme was broadcast bionics discover the world leading brands at bionic. Radio this is the radio Today programme I'm Stuart Clarkson coming up later on we got James cridland in Kuala Lumpur looking ahead to radiodays Asia and loads of great audio from the archive with David Ll…

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Tuesday 02 July 2019, AM

The Attention Economy

In the attention economy, attention is not only a resource but a currency users pay for a service with their attention. An optimistic future of the attention economy is also possible recent developments offer hope for a more equitable attention economy. - link
Saturday 29 June 2019, AM

#117 - Facebook’s currency; Kyle’s lie detector; ITV’s gender balance; Eastenders’ ratings

Hello and welcome to the media podcast I'm only man on today show can Facebook's new currency save its relationship with media companies that gender balance is rewritten at ITV and the televised lie detector has been permanently unplugged plus the government spawn block legislation is delayed agai…

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Friday 28 June 2019, PM

Broadband speeds boost for UK homes

Only one-in-10 homes with basic, copper broadband are able to stream their favourite shows in UHD. With more than nine-in-ten UK homes and small businesses now able to get superfast connections, many on standard broadband could improve their streaming experience by upgrading - often without paying more than they do now. Ofcom's Boost Your Broadband campaign allows people to easily check what broadband is available in their area, see what broadband is best for their needs and get advice on how to secure the right deal for them. - link

My5 expands content offering with Pluto TV

The Pluto TV channels' debut on My5 represents the first collaboration between the two Viacom-owned AVOD platforms in the UK. The three Pluto TV channels with distribution across a host of new platforms including YouView, Freeview, Apple TV and mobile devices. Pluto TV Food brings an entirely new content genre to My5, whilst Pluto TV Movies and Pluto TV Drama will supplement Channel 5's existing pipeline of content, cumulatively delivering an extra 720 hours of programming to My5 each year. - link


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Wednesday 26 June 2019, PM

The lure of the obvious

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts and this is the media show from BBC Radio 4 hello the people in media ask me what they have to do to get on the show while effective technique is to publish something particularly clever and interesting and in the past week. I've read to articles that meet that crit…

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Media Masters - Dominic Smales

Media matters with Paul Blanchard welcome to media masters at series of one-to-one interviews with people at the top of the media game, Dominic smales founder and chief executive of gleam futures after spending 15 years in Media Production and advertising at companies including chrysalis and USB…

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Wednesday 26 June 2019, AM

Reaction to Fleur East joining Hits Radio

Thanks for choosing the weekly podcast from Radio today. Don't forget to rate and subscribe on your favourite podcast app sounds professional the radiator day programme was broadcast bionics discover the world leading brands at bionic. Radio 4. It's a short one this week. Who are Mrs at we got the…

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Friday 21 June 2019, PM

Media Business Podcast #6: Commissioner Index Breakfast Panel - Let’s Talk Drama

Is the podcast from Media business insight the publishers of screen international and broadcast my name is Alexandra evoking managing editor broadcast intelligence commissioner in legs in This podcast will be listening to an event recording of broadcast Commission in next breakfast panel the commi…

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BBC sounds music Radio podcasts parachute opinion profoundly at odds with what is generally accepted well Victoria Coren Mitchell's Radio 4 comedy series has certainly been living up to its title the world turned upside down when the BBC which is supposed to be one of the pillars of society only h…

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BBC reports record global audiences

The Global Audience Measure shows BBC News audiences hit 394 million globally, with the BBC World Service accounting for 319 million of that figure. BBC Global News reported record audience figures across TV and digital. - link
Wednesday 19 June 2019, PM

How the media sells us gender equality

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 hello remember the days when the adverts with better than the programs stop arbeloa the bike campaign from 1973 is the as good today as it's always been unlike some of the ads from the olden days, because the advertising regulator in this country ha…

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Toby Anstis prepares to launch Heart Dance

This is the weekly radio industry podcast from Radio today coming up on this episode will talk to Toby Anstis about his long-running heart mid morning show as he gets ready to front the new digital station heart dance which launches this week James cridland is here to take us through 3 podcast tha…

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Wednesday 19 June 2019, AM

Media Masters - Katy Searle

Media Masters with Paul Blanchard welcome to media Masters a series of one-to-one interviews with people at the top of the media game today on my Katie Searle head of BBC Westminster starting as a researcher and produce it should be with the BBC for almost three decades during which time she is …

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Tuesday 18 June 2019, AM

This is what would be lost if the BBC gave free TV licences to all over-75s | Peter Kosminsky | Opinion | The Guardian

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Sunday 16 June 2019, AM

500,000 sign petition demanding Government fund free TV licences

A petition opposing the BBC's decision to axe free TV licences for the over-75s has reached half a million signatures. Abrahams said the blame for the move lies with the Government and issued a renewed call on all Conservative Party leadership candidates to take back responsibility for the funding of free TV licences for over-75s if they become prime minister. - link
Saturday 15 June 2019, PM

Free TV licences cannot be saved with cuts to salaries, says BBC

Getty Images/BBC Cutting the pay of stars and senior managers would only save a fraction of the cost of free TV licences for older people, the BBC has said. Continuing the universal scheme would cost 745m, a fifth of the BBC's budget and equivalent to the cost of BBC Two, BBC Four, the BBC News Channel, the BBC Scotland channel, Radio 5 Live and a number of local radio stations. - link
Friday 14 June 2019, PM

#116 - Brexitcast to TV, Homophobia on YouTube, BBC vs Pensioners - The Media Podcast with Olly Mann

Hello and welcome to the media podcast I'm only man we are recording today at podcast a in London the podcast in conference organised by radiodays Europe will update you on all the big scenes from today sessions plus the changing Googles algorithm that left mail online with half as many site visit…

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Wednesday 12 June 2019, PM

Sex, drugs and TV debates

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello, I'm Andrea catherwood, and this is the media show from BBC Radio 4 The Daily is one of the most popular podcasts on the planet its host Michael dibari will be telling me why and it is the big election that motorbike most of us won't play any part in so it's t…

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The Daily's Michael Barbaro

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello, I'm Andrea catherwood, and this is the media show from BBC Radio 4 now the chances are that you're already familiar with what has become one of the most popular podcasts in the world the daily is produced by the New York Times and after just two years. It's r…

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Media Masters - Alok Jha

Media matters with Paul Blanchard welcome to media Masters a series of one-to-one interviews with people at the top of the media games communication in physics at university. He spent 11 years at the Guardian where he broke doesn't say front page stories and presented the award-winning science Wee…

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BBC iPlayer can show programmes for a year instead of 30 days

The BBC will be allowed to keep programmes on its iPlayer service for up to a year after they are first broadcast rather than the current 30 days, in an attempt to help the corporation compete with Netflix. The availability of individual programmes on iPlayer may rely on negotiations with the independent production companies that make shows for the BBC. Many BBC programmes are likely to transfer to the forthcoming paid-for BritBox service after 12 months, which will require an additional subscription on top of the licence fee. - link
Wednesday 12 June 2019, AM

Roundtable with Jimmy Buckland, Sam Bailey and John Ryan

Thanks for choosing radio today's Weekly podcast for a smarter way to make radio hello, I'm Stuart Clarkson and first this week as a thank you to everybody got in touch by a variety of means about last week's tribute to John Myers and we really appreciate all the lovely feedback and thank you agai…

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Evening Standard comment: Free licence fees won't help the BBC survive

They shouldn't lose out, which is why the BBC is right to offer free licences to every household that has someone on pension credit benefit - around 900,000 do so at present but the number that could be eligible could reach 1.5 million by 2020. If we want the BBC to survive - and we do - then those who can afford to pay should do so. - link
Tuesday 11 June 2019, PM

Ofcom makes revisions to DAB technical rules for broadcasters – RadioToday

Ofcom has made revisions to the technical rules that digital radio DAB broadcasters need to follow. Ofcom has made changes to ensure the Technical Codes keep pace with new technology and industry developments, including the needs of future small scale DAB services. - link
Tuesday 11 June 2019, AM

Buying cables? Going for gold could mean a rip-off

The actual speed you get is entirely dependent on what you're connecting - a slow internet connection is not going to be made faster by a high spec cable - so unless you know you need to transfer data over 1Gbps don't spend the extra on cat6 cables. Charging cables for phones are probably the most lost or broken cables around. - link
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