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Wednesday 11 May 2022, PM

Zero-rated? The rise and rise of TV that absolutely no one is watching

The UK analysis firm Digital TV Research this year predicted that 1.4m British households will bail on their pay TV subscriptions by 2027, possibly because we will have figured out that we're paying through the nose to not watch 99 of what is on our TVs.Just dig through your EPG and you'll see. If people aren't watching talkTV, they also aren't watching hundreds of other shows. - link
Thursday 05 May 2022, PM

Channel 4 offers to sell London HQ under alternative plan to privatisation

Channel 4 research estimates that government plans to scrap its unique publisher/broadcaster model, in which programme rights revert to makers allowing them to commercially exploit them after they air, could cost 4,000 jobs and hundreds of millions annually for production companies. On Thursday Mahon ruled herself out of any potential involvement, stating that the future of Channel 4 would lie with the government and UK Government Investments, which oversees the state's ownership of the broadcaster. - link
Tuesday 03 May 2022, AM

EPG Accessibility Annual report on improvements to the accessibility of Electronic Programme Guides

Electronic Programme Guides Ofcom's powers in relation to EPGs 2.4 The EPG Code sets out the practices to be followed by EPG providers to secure that people with visual impairments can use EPGs in the same way that people without such disabilities use them. 11 More needs to be done to make people aware of where EPGs are accessible and where they are not 3.12 Paragraph 24 of the EPG Code states that EPG providers should offer information for people with disabilities on how to use the EPG and the access services accompanying the programmes. - link
Wednesday 27 April 2022, PM

Tory MPs attack plans to privatise Channel 4

Conservative MPs have queued up to criticise plans to privatise Channel 4, raising doubts over whether the government has the parliamentary support required to sell the channel. Many MPs said the government was misguided in its belief that Channel 4 needed to compete with the likes of Netflix, especially given the streaming service has recently seen a fall in its subscriber numbers and was heavily indebted. - link

BBC to cut number of programmes it makes, says director general

The BBC will cut the number of programmes it makes and consider turning more television and radio stations into archive services, according to the corporation's director general. Tim Davie is preparing to announce deep cuts to BBC output in the coming weeks, with staff nervously wondering whether their programmes or channels will be axed. - link
Tuesday 05 April 2022, AM

Is Talent In Control? – Matt Deegan Writes

The BBC's inflexibility to create easily manageable ways for talent to profit from their shows makes it hard for them to stick around. The more competitive nature of today's audio sector makes what was a somewhat staid world into more of a replica of television, where format-owners, be they talent or production companies, move shows network to network. - link
Friday 01 April 2022, AM

Why is TV signal down in Hove?

Viewers with these services, who also watch free to view TV through an aerial, can receive a free Restore TV filter. Any viewers who experience new interference to free to view TV should contact Restore TV on 0808 13 13 800. - link
Thursday 31 March 2022, PM

Michael Grade the cultural warrior goes peacenik before MPs

Dorries might soon be shedding a few more tears because, on the basis of his performance at the pre-appointment session of the culture select committee, Grade might not be the culture warrior she had hoped. So why had Grade chosen to apply for the job, asked the committee chair, Julian Knight. - link

BBC faces $375m budget cut by 2027, as licence fee decision bites – TBI Vision

BBC Studios is increasingly being seen as one way to offset falling licence fee payments, with exports hitting 800m in 2021/22. The broadcaster, led by former BBCS CEO Tim Davie, pointed to upcoming highlights such as Frozen Planet II and Conversations With Friends, adding that it continues to play a vital role in representing the country to viewers. - link
Monday 28 March 2022, PM

'Some of our greatest fans were pub landlords'

Newsround's success proves that children are interested in the world around them, especially if it's explained in ways they can grasp. My four-year presence on Newsround in the 1970s was important for another reason - I was the first female British Asian reporter on a nationwide news programme. - link
Thursday 24 March 2022, PM

Michael Grade's Ofcom appointment seals long career in broadcasting

Michael Grade, the Tory peer who has been put forward as the government's choice to chair the broadcasting regulator Ofcom, is one of the most familiar behind-the-scenes figures in British TV.Lord Grade was born into a royal family of UK showbusiness. His father, Leslie, was an agent who booked stars such as Bob Hope, his uncle Lew was one of the founders of ITV and his uncle Bernard - a Delfont - was a theatre mogul and one-time boss of the record business EMI.Once known for his red braces and fat cigars, the 79-year-old's appointment as Ofcom chair follows a long stint of top broadcasting roles in a career spanning four decades. - link
Monday 21 March 2022, AM

UKTV s W preps Alex Jones Rochelle Humes shows as channel goes FTA TBI Vision

BBC Studios-owned multichannel service UKTV is taking its female-skewing entertainment channel W free-to-air and making it available on its DTC VOD service UKTV Play from next week. In a move that was first reported last month, W will go FTA and will launch on 28 March in Freeview slot 25 in the UK. Viewers will gain access to a range of free shows, including the upcoming Alex Jones Making Babies, Rochelle Humes Interior Designer in the Making, Nurses on the Ward and Dating With My Mates. - link
Tuesday 15 March 2022, AM

Big Tech Always Fails at Doing Radio - Matt Deegan Writes

Every time they launch these types of services they fail to hire one of the many bright people from the radio sector who could actually explain the appeal of radio - and even perhaps suggest how it could help make these services work. What won't work is assuming how you and your colleagues consume radio, and the fact you've heard a load of radio shows over your lifetime sets you up to be able to re-invent the medium. - link
Monday 14 March 2022, PM

State of the Nation 2022: Industry Survey

The State of the Nation is the DTG's annual data-driven analysis of the digital TV industry. Your responses, along with those of more than 2,000 consumers across all TV viewing demographics, will set the benchmarks, set the trends and set the direction of future innovation, technologies and policy. -
Monday 14 March 2022, AM

proposals to increase available spectrum and simplify our approach to licensing

We intend to make more efficient use of limited coverage spectrum to increase the overall spectrum resource available for restricted radio services. We also want to simplify our licensing approach for restricted services and to make the application process more straightforward. - link
Friday 11 March 2022, AM

Digital Radio UK industry body to be merged into Radioplayer – RadioToday

The move follows the Government Industry Digital Radio and Audio Review and will see Digital Radio UK CEO Ford Ennals leave the organisation. We'd like to personally thank Ford Ennals and all the team at Digital Radio UK for all their extremely hard work at pushing digital radio. - link
Thursday 10 March 2022, PM

Bucking the trend: Debunking digital radio's biggest myths – RadioToday

DAB is the most listened to digital platform, with 42 of all digital radio listening and 53 of all in-car listening. The government has signalled its support for digital radio with the recent DCMS Digital Radio and Audio Review. - link
Tuesday 08 March 2022, AM

'Cable cutters' wonder whether cheaper alternative is over as Netflix raises price

The cost of streaming is rising Subscribing to the standard plans of Disney, Hulu, Netflix and HBO Max can cost over 50 - about the same price as some basic cable plans. Cost-savvy Netflix subscribers may be tempted to turn to cheaper streaming services like Peacock or Paramount, whose most expensive plans cost 10 a month, but analysts say the prices subscribers see now are likely to only increase over time. - link
Saturday 05 March 2022, PM

ITV, BBC agree to continue funding YouView until 2024

ITV, the BBC, BT, Channel 4, TalkTalk and Channel 5 have agreed to keep YouView running until March 2024, after the shareholders reached an agreement on the service's governance and funding arrangements. Both ITV and the BBC have each committed to contribute 750,000 to YouView each financial year from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2024. - link
Sunday 27 February 2022, PM

BBC's grip on news programming shaky as commercial outlets pick off journalists

Combined with an industry-wide skills shortage, this has made it easy for commercial outlets to pick off experienced BBC journalists who can put together shows that appeal to the high-end wealthy listeners beloved by advertisers. BBC staff can get substantial pay rises and faster career progression by applying for jobs at the likes of Rupert Murdoch's TimesRadio or the forthcoming Piers Morgan-fronted talkTV. Commercial radio is also less concerned by impartiality - which led to Maitlis being ticked off repeatedly by the BBC over her social media posts. - link
Friday 25 February 2022, PM

Deloitte: terrestrial TV will be here in 15 years

The opportunity for the BBC to be funded via subscription appears to be at least 15 years away, after Deloitte's Paul Lee set out his minimum expectations for terrestrial TV's lifespan. The prediction, set out as part of the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee's first public session as part of an inquiry into BBC future funding, is significant because the government would only be able to fund a universal BBC via subscription following terrestrial switch-off. - link
Friday 11 February 2022, AM

Media planners question whether media habits between generations are converging

Senior media planners do not believe that younger and older demographics are easier to reach on the same platform despite a new report that suggests their media habits are starting to converge. The IPA's report may indicate that media consumption habits by device are converging between generations, but how advertisers can effectively reach different demographics is becoming increasingly nuanced and complex. - link

Ofcom sets out initial views on the future of mobile markets and spectrum

Ofcom has today set out our initial thinking on how mobile markets might develop and how networks might need to evolve to meet future demand. So we are considering possible future demand for mobile services and implications for spectrum. - link
Tuesday 01 February 2022, AM

A huge and probably futile gamble: the strange TV return of BBC Three

The first three series of Eating With My Ex were branded as BBC Three content but could only be streamed via iPlayer, as the youth-oriented service, which launched in 2003, was dropped from the airwaves in 2016 when the BBC was looking for budget cuts. The regulator Ofcom and BBC bosses hope the return of a linear BBC Three will help to restore the BBC habit to the absconding demographic. - link
Monday 31 January 2022, PM

Podcast Moderation -

Spotify has finally responded by finally publishing it's relatively inadequate rules for what they allow on the platform and a promise to include a Covid advisory on relevant podcasts - because everyone reads the show-notes of a podcast. Apple can choose not to include a podcast in its directory - they have rules that in the past has seen them, for example, remove Alex Jones' podcast for hate speech. - link

Mixes and podcasts help drive record quarter on BBC Sounds - RadioToday

BBC Sounds has recorded its most popular quarter yet with a total of 364 million plays of all content across radio, podcasts and music mixes. The Christmas Sounds series proved hugely popular last quarter, contributing to a record 5.2 million plays of all music mixes on BBC Sounds between October and December 2021. - link

Privatising Channel 4 will harm UK 'levelling-up' plan, warn TV bosses

Privatising Channel 4 would sabotage Boris Johnson's efforts to boost the British economy and cut future tax revenues by hundreds of millions of pounds, senior cabinet ministers have been warned. In their letters to the three ministers, which have been seen by the Guardian, the executives argue that Channel 4 plays an essential role in supporting and nurturing British broadcasting talent, making UK-wide programmes, in Glasgow, Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff and Leeds. - link
Monday 31 January 2022, AM

BBC Three hopes to bring viewers to BBC amid licence fee plans

It's in this uncertain climate that BBC Three is set to make its return as an official channel, which viewers will be able to tune into via Freeview, Sky, Virgin and Freesat, and live on BBC iPlayer from Tuesday 1st February, with Drag Race UK Versus the World part of the relaunch. During a chat with and other press, BBC Three boss Fiona Campbell spoke about how the channel plans to increase the BBC's under-35s audience, who may be more open to a Netflix-style subscription for the broadcaster instead of paying a licence fee. - link
Friday 28 January 2022, AM

Ofcom to investigate Channel 4 over subtitle problems

Although subtitling services were restored on these platforms on 22 October 2021, services were not fully restored on the Freesat platform until 19 November 2021. The investigation will consider the extent to which Channel 4 met the legislative quotas, which are set out in more detail in our Code on Television Access Services. - link
Tuesday 25 January 2022, AM

Adam Boulton: Sky News faces 'existential' crisis as TV habits change

An estimated 8 million Britons a month watch Sky News but most only watch briefly, meaning typical viewing figures during the daytime are nearer 100,000 people. Boulton said he remained a believer in TV news but that the format needed to change, with audiences for traditional news bulletins continuing to fall. - link
Monday 24 January 2022, PM

TBI Tech Analysis: No renaissance for traditional TV as online video reigns -- TBI Vision

Recent advances by the online video sector have seen it catch up with and overtake pay-TV. At the end of 2021, online video had around 1.26 billion global subscriptions, while pay-TV had 1.07 billion. With online video subscriptions available at a fraction of the price of classic pay-TV subscriptions, why isn't the paid-for category as a whole growing at the expense of the non-pay sector Omdia believes the attractive free-to-view viewing options available satisfy the viewing demands of a significant segment of the population. - link
Friday 21 January 2022, PM

David Dimbleby suggests BBC licence fee could be linked to council tax

The veteran TV presenter David Dimbleby has suggested the BBC licence fee could be linked to council tax to make it fairer as the government questions future funding of the broadcaster. The simple way of doing it would be to attach an element of the licence fee to the council tax band. - link

The BBC's fight against stupid

Sadly, stupid Andrew Rosindell, the Member of Parliament for Romford, doesn't realise that BBC Radio 4 ends every day's programming by, um, playing the National Anthem. Stupid Andrew Rosindell doesn't listen to BBC Radio 4, that much is clear, but he was asking the question to stupid Nadine Dorries, the UK Culture Secretary, who apparently replied that it was a good question. - link
Friday 21 January 2022, AM

The fight for the future of the BBC

The latest skirmish between the BBC and the government is part of a running debate over who the BBC serves, which dates back to the organisation's earliest days. The culture secretary, Nadine Dorries, announced that the government would be freezing the BBC licence fee for the next two years, forcing the BBC to make deep cuts to its programming. - link
Wednesday 19 January 2022, PM

Bilsdale transmitter: New temporary mast to be switched on in February - BBC News

Properties in Teesside, County Durham and North Yorkshire have been reliant on an interim transmitter since the Bilsdale mast caught fire in August. Arqiva hopes all properties affected will have their aerials redirected before the new interim mast is switched on. - link
Monday 17 January 2022, PM

TBI Tech Analysis: Why language puts US and France ahead on channel choice TBI Vision

The high channel availability in the US and France can be explained in part by the number of foreign-language channels available to consumers in these territories. While some channels or equivalents are available in other territories, they are not as widespread as in the US. The analysis above was taken from Omdia's Channel Distribution Report - December 2021 - written by Edmund Ludlow, senior data analyst, and Tim Westcott, senior principal analyst, for digital content channels. - link
Wednesday 12 January 2022, PM

The Editor Planning to Shake Up News

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Wednesday 05 January 2022, PM

Text appeal: Ceefax recreated by 20-year-old Northern Irish man

The BBC closed the original Ceefax service as part of the transition to digital television broadcasts, with Northern Ireland being the last region of the UK to lose access. Dane, who runs his Ceefax server from his home, said his service was remarkably stable. - link

Did the storming of the Capitol damage US media?

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello, this is the media show from BBC Radio 4 hello this week the year anniversary of the storming of the US capitol. It's an event in America and it's Media is still coming to terms with some us news outlets have been accused of obsessing over January 6th. I've bee…

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Tuesday 04 January 2022, AM

Don't surrender BBC in face of political attacks, Melvyn Bragg urges

The government's politically motivated attacks on the BBC are part of a general abasement of British institutions in recent years, the broadcaster Melvyn Bragg has warned, as he called for the corporation to be protected. A former adviser to Theresa May reportedly warned of negative political consequences for the BBC should the appointment go ahead.And the prime minister used a minor row over whether Rule, Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory should be played as instrumental pieces only at the annual Proms to portray the BBC as unpatriotic. - link
Wednesday 29 December 2021, PM

The Secret Life of the Continuity Announcer

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Sunday 26 December 2021, PM


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Wednesday 22 December 2021, PM

Meet the Covid Influencers

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts hello, this is the media show from BBC Radio 4 now the omicron variant means we will still have decisions to make about how you're celebrate Christmas and those calculations will be guided by will be here from politicians from health officials and from the media and …

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Wednesday 22 December 2021, AM

ITV can toast a bumper year - yet investors remain reluctant

When McCall left easyJet to take the reins from Adam Crozier, now installed as BT's new chairman as the telecoms giant becomes a takeover target for billionaire investor Patrick Drahi, investors valued ITV at 7.25bn.The broadcaster's market capitalisation has remained stubbornly well below that level ever since, with a current valuation at 4.3bn. Despite that reduced price and the rush of foreign private equity firms snapping up UK firms this year, there is no sign of any takeover suitor as yet. Its portfolio of channels accounts for about 40 of the UK's 3.7bn traditional TV ad market, with more good news expected next year with sectors including travel, cars and high street retail forecast to return along with the advertising gold of the next football World Cup.McCall's focus is to get investors to reassess ITV beyond the narrow focus on TV advertising - 60 of the broadcaster's total revenues come from non-advertising sources - by beating the drum for its digital and media content businesses. - link
Monday 20 December 2021, PM

Channel 5 joins Digital UK

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 have entered into a new Digital UK members' agreement, marking the first time that the venture has been wholly owned by all four PSBs. ViacomCBS-owned Channel 5 joins Digital UK with immediate effect. Earlier this year Digital UK merged with Freesat Ltd, bringing the two free-to-air organisations together and aligning technical developents across the two platforms. - link
Friday 17 December 2021, PM


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Friday 17 December 2021, AM

BBC could make fewer dramas and show more repeats as budget cuts bite

The BBC could be forced to replace expensive high-end dramas and natural history shows with cheaper programmes owing to government-imposed funding cuts. In the future, channels such as BBC Two and BBC Four will operate on substantially reduced budgets, often showing repeats, with money diverted to shows for BBC One and BBC Three. - link

Biggest BBC Cuts Yet To Come, British Journalism Awards Guardian hits 1m

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Wednesday 15 December 2021, PM

Jon Snow: A Lifetime in News

BBC sounds music Radio podcasts from BBC Radio 4 hello that distinct musica mean only one thing it's time for Channel 4 news and one of the most famous faces in broadcasting Jon Snow has been the face of the program since 1989 over the course of three decades every Prime Minister from Margaret That…

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Friday 10 December 2021, PM


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