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Thursday 12 October 2017, PM

www.moreaboutadvertising.com link icon  Rocket wins ยฃ15m Freeview media

Freeview, the UK's biggest TV platform, has awarded its 15m media account to Rocket. Rocket is part of Omnicom's five-strong line-up of media agencies in the UK. Rocket now lines up with creative agency Anomaly and digital shop NMPi. - www.moreaboutadvertising.com

Thursday 12 October 2017, AM

www.ofcom.org.uk link icon  TV access services 2017: Q1 and Q2

The first bi-annual report for 2017 on the provision of access services by broadcasters under the Code on Television Access Services shows the cumulative position from January to June 2017. All Channel 3 services are required to meet the same quotas, although there may be slight variations in the total percentage of access services provided on these channels. - www.ofcom.org.uk

Wednesday 27 September 2017, AM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Roberts Radio launches digital radio adapter โ€“ RadioToday

Roberts Radio announced that they would be entering the automotive market for the first time with the launch of a Roberts Radio digital radio car adapter, launched later this year. The digital radio car adapter market across Europe has been significantly boosted by the Norwegian switchover, the first in the world, which is underway and completes at the end of this year the planned Switzerland switchover which is scheduled for 2020 and the UK's on-going digital radio progress. - radiotoday.co.uk
radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Minister wants radio to be digital by default โ€“ RadioToday

The Drive to Digital conference, which is organised by Digital Radio UK, heard about the progress being made in transitioning UK radio to digital with speeches from leading audio and radio brands, including Roberts Radio, Ruark and Pure, as well as Amazon Alexa and Sonos ,and vehicle manufacturer, Audi. Drive to Digital was chaired by award-winning presenter, Magic Radio's Harriet Scott, and featured presentions from leading broadcasters including Paul Rodgers, Head of BBC 6 Music Tony Moorey, Content Director, Absolute Radio and Magic Radio John Cushing, Head of News Operations, Global and presenter and radio legend Tony Blackburn, who was joined by Ben Cooper, Controller of BBC Radio 1, to mark the launch of new BBC digital pop-up station, BBC Radio 1 Vintage, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the launch of Radio 1 on 30 September. - radiotoday.co.uk

Friday 15 September 2017, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  it's an offer we can't refuse from the Murdochs

Ofcom - so wet that it's the regulatory equivalent of Ross from Friends - had advised her to refer the bid to the competition watchdog on grounds of plurality, a situation the Murdochs would easily have handled. So with the Murdochs, whose populist papers pushed relentlessly against the dastardly EU for decades, yet are now keen to point out how much the country is going to need the Murdochs' business now Brexit's pushing it towards the financial shitter only they can fix us. - www.theguardian.com

Friday 15 September 2017, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  How big tech became the new titan of television

The geeks are raiding their digital vaults to transform themselves into lords of entertainment - or at least owners of content - and in the process shape what we watch and how we watch. The tech company will inhabit Hollywood history if its original content division moves into The Culver Studios, a possibility first reported by the Financial Times. - www.theguardian.com

Tuesday 12 September 2017, PM

www.gov.uk link icon  Statement from the Culture Secretary on the proposed Sky plc / 21st Century Fox Inc. merge…

Mr Speaker, I am here to give an update on the proposed merger between 21st Century Fox and Sky Plc, and my decision whether or not to refer the transaction for a full 6 month investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority. The first concern was raised in Ofcom's public interest report that Fox did not have adequate compliance procedures in place for the broadcast of Fox News in the UK and only took action to improve its approach to compliance after Ofcom expressed concerns. - www.gov.uk

Thursday 07 September 2017, PM

cagewarriors.com link icon  Cage Warriors hits free-to-air UK TV with FreeSports partnership

The new deal will see FreeSports broadcast Cage Warriors shows live and for free, bringing Europe's leading mixed martial arts promotion to free TV, with the first live event of the partnership featuring Cage Warriors 86 on Saturday September 16 from Indigo at The O2, London and the remaining 3 shows this year already in the Freesports schedule. The partnership will sit alongside Cage Warriors' existing live broadcast partnership with BT Sport in the UK, and joins a comprehensive list of premium broadcast partners including UFC Fight Pass, Viasat, Eleven Sports Network, Setanta, PPTV and Discovery's D-Sports. - cagewarriors.com

Monday 04 September 2017, PM

www.techadvisor.co.uk link icon  5 Best TV Guide Apps for Freeview, Sky, and Netflix

That's were TV guide apps can come in handy, as they provide a simple way to know when all your favourite programmes are on. When you first launch Discover TV you're not presented with the standard TV schedule, instead there are a selection of curated lists offering, among other things, the '10 Best Today', '10 Best Catch-Up', and '5 Best Free Films'. - www.techadvisor.co.uk

Saturday 02 September 2017, PM

www.tvbeurope.com link icon  Freesat considers next-gen options

Freesat has invited set top box manufacturers to submit their views on the next iteration of their platform. The company has invited discussion on a number of possible enhancements to the platform, including support for ultra-high-definition content and the ability for users to stream recordings to multiple rooms. - www.tvbeurope.com

Wednesday 30 August 2017, PM

www.tvbeurope.com link icon  ITV submits plans for South Bank redevelopment

ITV has submitted its plans for the redevelopment of its South Bank site to Lambeth Council. ITV has submitted its planning application to Lambeth Council and hopes to start construction in 2019. - www.tvbeurope.com
www.freesports.tv link icon  FreeSports

- www.freesports.tv
www.mirror.co.uk link icon  New free sports TV channel launched showing 10 live football games per week

A new free-to-air TV channel launches tomorrow showing live football, rugby league, motorsport, ice hockey and more. Barca TV Bayern TV AC Milan TV Borussia Dortmund TV. That will involve showing the whole game, normally 24 hours afterwards, plus one hour of club news per week. - www.mirror.co.uk

Thursday 24 August 2017, AM

www.cable.co.uk link icon  New free-to-air sports channel to launch next month

A new free-to-air sports channel is to set to launch in the UK next month. A number of sporting events are classed as UK 'listed' events - those in Group A should be shown live on either BBC 1, BBC 2, ITV 1, Channel 4 and Channel 5, while Group B events must at least have highlights offered to those channels. - www.cable.co.uk

Monday 14 August 2017, PM

www.tvbeurope.com link icon  DVB approves new subtitling specification - TVBEurope

- www.tvbeurope.com

Sunday 13 August 2017, PM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  BBC to turn off 13 medium wave transmitters โ€“ RadioToday

BBC Radio Sussex, Surrey, Humberside, Wiltshire, Nottingham, Kent, and Lincolnshire will no longer be accessible on medium wave, whilst BBC Radio Devon, Radio Lancashire and BBC Essex will reduce their frequencies. The BBC has trialled the switch-off of a number of medium-wave transmitters over the past few years and made the decision to turn off 13 more transmitters following audience feedback. - radiotoday.co.uk

Wednesday 09 August 2017, AM

worldscreen.com link icon  Sony Rebrands Kix, Launches Channel on Freeview, Sky, Freesat

Sony Pictures Television Networks is rebranding Kix to Pop Max, with the kids' channel set to launch across Freeview, Sky and Freesat on August 30. Pop Max comes from SPTN UK and joins Pop and Tiny Pop in SPTN's kids' channel portfolio. - worldscreen.com
www.campaignlive.co.uk link icon  My Media Week: Owen Jenkinson, Freeview

As well as putting the finishing touches to the media pitch briefing, I have a lengthy meeting with an interesting consultancy we've been working with, Verbalisation. Consequently the commute home and evening media consumption is relatively bubble gum - Evening Standard and comedy on BBC iPlayer. - www.campaignlive.co.uk

Thursday 03 August 2017, PM

www.kentonline.co.uk link icon  KMTV channel director James Brindle says local TV is a 'win, win, win' for Kent

KMTV is the 30th channel to get off the ground, in a joint venture between the KM Group and the University of Kent. Tune in for half an hour every Wednesday from 6.30pm. HOW TO WATCH. KMTV will be available on Freeview Channel 7 and Virgin Channel 159 from 5.30pm today. - www.kentonline.co.uk

Thursday 27 July 2017, AM

www.telegraph.co.uk link icon  ITV readies hefty bill for Virgin Media as advertising sales dive

ITV is poised to hit Virgin Media with a hefty bill for carrying its main channel backed with a tacit threat of a blackout if it refuses to pay up. ITV will rely on new laws that come into force next week and scrap a copyright exemption that allows Virgin Media to carry its main public service channel for free without fear of legal action. - www.telegraph.co.uk

Monday 24 July 2017, AM

www.yorkmix.com link icon  York TV is on the air! Everything you need to know about city's new television channel

That's York is now broadcasting to the Greater York area via Freeview Channel 8. To mark its official launch, the Lord Mayor of York Cllr Barbara Boyce toured the offices and studios base at York St John University, meeting the team behind the channel. - www.yorkmix.com
www.4rfv.co.uk link icon  MXF: Bigger And Better To Meet Business Needs

SMPTE published the MXF standard in 2004, and since that time it has been continually refined to improve the business of cinema and broadcast worldwide. The more feedback SMPTE receives on the report and its conclusions, the better SMPTE can use real-world data to improve MXF and make it an even more useful means of handling media content. - www.4rfv.co.uk
www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC is paying too much for talent it can afford to lose

The dogmatic insistence that the BBC had to pay higher salaries or lose talent had been spiked by presenter John Humphrys on Radio 4's Media Show, when he was asked if he would do his job for less money. The BBC can afford to lose established talent, but it cannot afford to lose its place as the engine of the British creative digital economy. - www.theguardian.com

Tuesday 18 July 2017, PM

www.tvbeurope.com link icon  UKTV's Dave and Home to launch on Freesat

UKTV channels Dave and Home will join the line-up on Freesat on 1st August. The join UKTV's Drama, Yesterday and Really channels which launched on Freesat in December 2015. - www.tvbeurope.com

Monday 17 July 2017, PM

informitv.com link icon  Master specification for broadcast and online

An initiative originally established by British broadcasters is partnering with the SMPTE standards organisation to develop a specification to enable the exchange of master media for broadcast and online. DPP is partnering with SMPTE to develop an Interoperable Master Format specification for broadcast and online use. - informitv.com

Monday 17 July 2017, AM

www.ofcom.org.uk link icon  https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0022/104557/bbc-distinctiveness-research.p…

Satisfaction is highest with BBC radio and the BBC website and apps, followed by BBC TV. - BBC TV performs well against other PSB broadcasters, and similar to Sky. Netflix viewers rate the highest levels of satisfaction among all of the media organisations listed BBC TV viewers consider it important that the BBC delivers across the range of distinctiveness indicators tested - High quality programmes, a mix of different types of programmes, and wide audience appeal are considered particularly important. - www.ofcom.org.uk
iplayer.engineering link icon  The Tech Stack that powers BBC iPlayer

The goal of BBC iPlayer is to provide UK Licence Fee Payers with BBC TV whenever, wherever, and however they want.10 years on, our audience can watch over 3,600 hours of on-demand BBC TV content on over 10,000 different devices, from computers, smart phones and tablets to a wide range of connected TV devices. All media travels through this pipeline whether it be event streams supporting live music and sport, long form programmes on BBC iPlayer and iPlayer Radio or the short form clips used on BBC News.There is a standard media player optimising the playback experience for browser-based playback on our Web estate. - iplayer.engineering

Friday 14 July 2017, AM

www.freeview.co.uk link icon  Freeview Play users to get even more from their TV with launch of Freeview Explore

Freeview Explore will roll out on Freeview Play TVs and set-top boxes this month and paves the way for Freeview to build a deeper relationship with viewers. The new feature is the latest development for Freeview Play which launched in 2015 and has now become the most widely adopted catch-up service on televisions in the UK. Latest estimates suggest around 1.5m Freeview Play devices have been sold. - www.freeview.co.uk

Thursday 13 July 2017, PM

www.tvbeurope.com link icon  What next for 4K?

The broadcast industry has always been one that revolves around the latest technological innovations, and no current discussion around key trends and predictions would be complete without a look at 4K. The term '4K' was first introduced into the public vernacular largely by television manufacturers touting it as the next big thing in broadcasting. There is a strong possibility that 4K will be like HD, i.e. a technology that gives a small advantage to first movers, but does not really translate into increased revenues for broadcasters - just additional capital expenditure. - www.tvbeurope.com

Tuesday 11 July 2017, AM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Digital radio progress welcomed at event โ€“ RadioToday

Digital radio progress was celebrated at a special Digital Radio Summer Reception on Monday at Global in London. Over the last few years we have seen a massive expansion in choice with a raft of new stations on DAB and many more online catering for every interest. - radiotoday.co.uk

Monday 10 July 2017, PM

www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk link icon  Lightning bolt destroys television receiver

A lightning strike broke a television receiver at a Lincoln block of flats, leaving residents without freeview for days. A council spokesman confirmed that a lightning strike blew up the TV receiver. - www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk
informitv.com link icon  Dramatic decline in younger viewing

The five designated public service channels, that is BBC One and Two, the channel 3 licence, Channel 4, and Channel 5, accounted for 51 of viewing in 2016, and their associated 'portfolio' channels added a further 19. Viewing by children and young adults has fallen dramatically by about a third over that period, with an 8.8 decline for children in the course of 2016. The BBC receives about a quarter of that viewing, while non public service channels account for nearly 45. About a third of viewing in this age group is to children's programmes, of which about a third is to the dedicated CBBC and CBeebies channels from the BBC. Of around 512 hours a year of television watched on average by children, these two channels make up about 10 of their viewing. - informitv.com

Friday 07 July 2017, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Ofcom: young people watch a third less TV on sets as they move online

Teenagers and children are watching a third less broadcast TV on traditional sets than they were in 2010, as the shift to digital viewing and the rise of services such as Netflix and Amazon gathers pace. At 344 minutes viewing per day on average, pensioners clock up more than triple the amount of traditional TV viewing of children and younger viewers. - www.theguardian.com
radiotoday.co.uk link icon  New transmitters turned on in Leicestershire โ€“ RadioToday

An official switch-on event on Friday morning marked the introduction of four new DAB digital radio transmitters for Leicestershire. The expansion of coverage means that many listeners can now receive ten further radio stations - BBC Radio Leicester, Capital East Midlands, Gem 106, Heart East Midlands, Smooth East Midlands, Gold, Chill, LRB Digital, Sabras and Sanskar Radio - on DAB digital radio for the first time. - radiotoday.co.uk

Thursday 06 July 2017, AM

www.tvbeurope.com link icon  Freesat, Discovery partner on Quest

Subscription-free satellite TV platform Freesat has teamed up with Discovery Networks to launch Quest and Quest Red on the DTH service. Quest launched in 2009 and has steadily grown to become one of the biggest free to air TV channels for men. - www.tvbeurope.com

Monday 26 June 2017, AM

www.telecompaper.com link icon  Arqiva boosts DTT capacity for Wimbledon, Glastonbury

Arqiva announced it's providing expanded capacity for the BBC to show more of Wimbledon and Glastonbury. The additional DTT services launched on 21 June for Glastonbury and be available until the end of Wimbledon on 16 July. - www.telecompaper.com

Friday 23 June 2017, AM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  BBC Radio Cymru 2 set to launch on digital radio โ€“ RadioToday

BBC Radio Cymru 2 is getting ready to launch on DAB Digital Radio in Wales following a trial under the name of Radio Cymru Mwy last year. BBC Radio Cymru 2 will provide choice for Welsh speaking listeners as they start their day - and will be available on weekday mornings between 7am and 10am on DAB, BBC iPlayer and digital TV. While BBC Radio Cymru will continue to offer a full news service in the morning, Radio Cymru 2 will offer a mix of music and entertainment. - radiotoday.co.uk

Thursday 22 June 2017, AM

www.tvbeurope.com link icon  Freeview launches new 'Explore' feature

Freeview has launched a new feature allowing viewers to get the most out of the service. Freeview Explore will roll out on Freeview Play TVs and set-top boxes this month. - www.tvbeurope.com

Wednesday 21 June 2017, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC technical glitch leaves Huw Edwards in silence on News at Ten

Huw Edwards was left sitting in silence for four minutes at the start of BBC News at Ten on Tuesday night after a technical fault delayed the start of the programme and bemused viewers. The BBC News Channel showed Edwards sitting mute for the entirety of the delay, while BBC1 put up a message apologising for the fault and played saxophone music. - www.theguardian.com

Tuesday 20 June 2017, PM

www.gov.uk link icon  Statement on the proposed Sky plc / 21st Century Fox Inc. merger

Today I can confirm that following my intervention in the proposed acquisition of Sky plc by 21st Century Fox Inc., I have received reports from Ofcom on two public interest grounds, and the Competition and Markets Authority on jurisdiction, as set out in the European Intervention Notice issued on 16th March 2017. Notes to Editors The Culture Secretary intervened in the proposed acquisition of Sky plc by 21st Century Fox by issuing a European Intervention Notice on Thursday 16th March. - www.gov.uk

Monday 19 June 2017, AM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  BBC Public Interest Test consultation on proposed TV channel for Scotland

As the new channel represents a material change to the BBC's UK Public Services, the BBC has begun a Public Interest Test of the proposal and, as part of this process, has opened a six week consultation seeking views from interested parties. The consultation is open to all, but we would particularly welcome views from industry stakeholders and other interested parties with activities in Scotland. - www.bbc.co.uk

Wednesday 07 June 2017, AM

informitv.com link icon  Rapid rise in average internet speeds

Ranked 69, sees an average connection speed of 6.5 Mbps, while the Philippines, ranked 100, sees 5.5 Mbps. There are still some countries, like Paraguay, ranked 148, where the average connection speed is 1.4 Mbps and only 2.8 of connections were above 4Mbps. Comcast ranks first in the United States, with an average of 3.92 Mbps. Virgin Media ranks first in the United Kingdom, with 3.90 Mbps, just ahead of BT with 3.81 Mbps. Even Switzerland, which ranks top, only comes in with an average of 4.28 Mbps, with the fastest service provider recording 4.37nbspMbps. - informitv.com

Saturday 27 May 2017, PM

www.consumerreports.org link icon  http://www.consumerreports.org/tv-service/free-over-the-air-tv-is-going-to-get-better/

- www.consumerreports.org

Thursday 25 May 2017, PM

www.broadcastnow.co.uk link icon  BBC Worldwide shuts BBC Store

BBC Worldwide is to close BBC Store just 18 months after it launched the download-to-own service - blaming a rapidly changing market for the decision.The service, which sells some 12000 hours of BBC Studios and indie shows including Doctor Who and Line of Duty, will stop accepting purchases from today, ahead of a full closure of the site in November.iPlayer links to the service will be removed over the next few days.Customers who have bought shows via Store will be fully refunded or offered Amazon Prime vouchers to re-download their programmes. The cost to BBCW is thought to run in to the low millions of pounds.A handful of dedicated staff have been placed into redundancy consultations as a result of the closure, with the BBC attempting to find them roles elsewhere in the organisation.. - www.broadcastnow.co.uk

Wednesday 24 May 2017, AM

www.theverge.com link icon  An interview with alleged KickassTorrents founder in his jail cell in Poland

Last Tuesday, two days before his release, The Verge sat down with Vaulin in his jail cell for a two-hour interview - the first since his arrest - to discuss his extradition fight and his life inside jail. Back at the jail, Vaulin was transferred between cells seven times he was made to carry all his possessions to a new cell in one trip books, legal papers, cups, pots, etc. - www.theverge.com
www.broadbandtvnews.com link icon  Arqiva confirms sale as EBITDA rises

Arqiva has confirmed the transmission company is for sale. Strong results for the nine-months to March 31, 2017 included 11 per cent growth in contining operations and a 12 per cent rise in EBITDA to 351 million. - www.broadbandtvnews.com

Wednesday 17 May 2017, PM

www.seenit.co.uk link icon  After dropping its legacy Vision platform, will BT's axe fall on EE TV?

Does BT's willingness to shed customers by axing its ageing Vision service offer any clues about the future of EE's TV platform Even if EE was on commission with some of those services, and I've been unable to find any hint that they are, they'd still be making very little - if anything - from the EE TV platform and certainly less than on BT TV where they have their own buy to keep and PPV store. - www.seenit.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk link icon  BBC News

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Thursday 11 May 2017, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  iPlayer catchup service will require user login within weeks, says BBC

Users of BBC iPlayer will need to enter a password to access the online catchup service within the next few weeks, the broadcaster has announced. The changes come after rules introduced last year made watching or downloading BBC programmes through the iPlayer illegal without a TV licence. - www.theguardian.com

Thursday 11 May 2017, AM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Radio music use on Amazon Echo set to grow โ€“ RadioToday

A survey shows using Amazon's Echo device for listening to the radio and music is set to grow dramatically over the next 12 months. Listening to radio or on-demand music services is the most widely reported use of Echo and 71 of users say the device means they are listening more. - radiotoday.co.uk

Monday 08 May 2017, PM

tbivision.com link icon  Global pay TV revenues 'to peak in 2017' - TBI Vision TBI Vision

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squarepenguin.co.uk link icon  WARNING: Failed to download programme schedule

The RSS feed URL is https//squarepenguin.co.uk/blog/index. In all past cases the feeds have come back up after a short while, so please don't feel tempted to post any 'not working for me too' posts. - squarepenguin.co.uk

Thursday 04 May 2017, AM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Radio professionals celebrate DAB in Birmingham โ€“ RadioToday

Over 100 radio industry people attended the Doing the DAB Birmingham event on Wednesday night to hear about the developments of digital radio in the city. The event heard that capacity for further new DAB stations in Birmingham is now fully utilised and MuxCo's Matt Deegan called for Ofcom to create a second local DAB multiplex for Birmingham and David Timpson confirmed RT Radio's interest in launching services in the UK, including Birmingham to serve the Irish Diaspora. - radiotoday.co.uk

Wednesday 03 May 2017, PM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  New transmitters for Wolverhampton Shropshire โ€“ RadioToday

Ian Perry from BBC Radio Shropshire, and Ed Nell, Home Run presenter on Free Radio, pressed the big green digital radio switch at 08.45am to signify the expansion of local DAB coverage in Telford and across Wolverhampton Shropshire in front of pupils and staff from Newdale Primary School. The expansion of coverage means that many listeners can now receive eight further radio stations - BBC Radio Shropshire, BBC Radio West Midlands, Free Radio, Free Radio 80s, Heart West Midlands, Smooth West Midlands, Radio XL and Capital - on DAB digital radio for the first time. - radiotoday.co.uk

Tuesday 02 May 2017, PM

informitv.com link icon  Fewer viewers want to watch on TV

An international survey from Accenture suggests a dramatic drop in the proportion of viewers who prefer to watch television shows on television sets. It is difficult to reconcile the survey results with the reality of how people actually watch television programmes, which is still overwhelmingly on a television. - informitv.com
www.tvbeurope.com link icon  BBC to 'make science personal' with year-long programming campaign

The BBC is launching a year-long season of science and technology programming under the banner of Tomorrow's World. Britain's Greatest Inventions - a live show presented from the Science Museum Group's stores by Dr Hannah Fry and Ant Anstead for BBC Two where the public will vote, from a shortlist, for the invention which they feel has been of most influence and importance in their lives. - www.tvbeurope.com
radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Amol Rajan to host Radio 4's The Media Show โ€“ RadioToday

Amol Rajan, Media Editor for BBC News, is the new presenter of The Media Show on BBC Radio 4, as a permanent replacement for Steve Hewlett. Amol Rajan, a former Editor of the Independent, is a familiar voice to Radio 4 listeners in his role as the Media Editor for BBC News, in which he reports on and oversees the BBC's coverage on all stories about the media industry and its impact on business, politics and culture across the world. - radiotoday.co.uk

Saturday 29 April 2017, PM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Royal Assent for Radio Multiplex Services Bill โ€“ RadioToday

The Bill, officially known as the Broadcasting Bill 2016-17, is believed to be the first Private Members' Broadcasting Bill to receive Royal Assent, and makes provision for the regulation of small-scale DAB multiplex services. Dean Kavanagh, Director, Switch Radio, operator of the small-scale DAB multiplex in Birmingham, said 'We're obviously delighted that the Bill has received Royal Assent before dissolution. - radiotoday.co.uk

Friday 28 April 2017, AM

www.digitaltveurope.net link icon  YouGov: 5m UK viewers use pirate streaming services ยป Digital TV Europe

Nearly 5 million UK adults, some 10 of the population, use pirate TV streaming services or apps, according to YouGov. The research firm said that 4.9 million people currently have access to platforms such as illegal Kodi boxes, chipped Amazon Fire TV Sticks, and illegal streaming apps on smartphones and tablets. - www.digitaltveurope.net
player.stv.tv link icon  STV Watch Live

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Monday 24 April 2017, PM

informitv.com link icon  Netflix numbers and room for growth

The company failed to meet its own forecasts and is forecasting slower growth for the next quarter, so how far can Netflix continue to grow. In comparison to HBO, which Netflix has long seen as a competitor, Reed Hastings points out that they have continued growing modestly, while Netflix has grown rapidly. - informitv.com

Thursday 20 April 2017, AM

www.seenit.co.uk link icon  BT confirms legacy Vision+ boxes to be scrapped this year

From April 28th, BBC iPlayer will cease to be available on the older boxes, with broadband delivered PSB HD channels such as BBC One HD removed from May 31st. On the same day on demand content from ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 will also be axed. BT has now confirmed that this will be followed by the removal of all paid-for extra channels as well as its BT TV video on demand service which gives access to additional catch-up content and pay per view movies, plus buy to keep films and TV shows. - www.seenit.co.uk

Wednesday 12 April 2017, PM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Final speakers for Doing the DAB Birmingham โ€“ RadioToday

The upcoming radio event on DAB in Birmingham will feature a large panel of radio experts from across the West Midlands. The event runs from 6pm until 8pm on Wednesday 3rd May at the Hotel La Tour, and includes a welcome drink, a prize draw for a Pure digital radio and the opportunity for networking. - radiotoday.co.uk

Monday 03 April 2017, PM

informitv.com link icon  Two different views of television

Television makes up three quarters of all video viewing, with live television accounting for 60. Subscription video services, like Netflix, account for 4.1 of viewing, slightly less than online porn at 4.9. In 2016, average television viewing within seven days of broadcast was just over 3.5 hours a day, down from 4.0 hours at its peak in 2010, but only four minutes less than in 2006. Although digital video recorder penetration has risen to 60 of homes in the United Kingdom, 86 of all television viewed on a television set is watched at the time of transmission, and a further 6 is viewed on the same day, leaving just 8 viewed time-shifted. - informitv.com

Thursday 30 March 2017, PM

www.gizmodo.co.uk link icon  Your Smart TV Can Be Hacked With Fake Freeview Signals

A security researcher in Zrich has created a smart TV hack that can be executed remotely, and about 90 of current models are susceptible to it. Rafael Scheel works for ethical hacking company OneConsult, and was looking into smart TV hacking. - www.gizmodo.co.uk

Thursday 30 March 2017, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  why we should all celebrate Channel 5's birthday

You might think that congratulations are in order, but where would you send the telegram Do you even remember who owns Channel 5 these days The response to Channel 5's nightly chat flagship, The Jack Docherty Show, was so underwhelming that ratings actually rose when guest hosts filled in for its star. - www.theguardian.com

Wednesday 29 March 2017, AM

www.ofcom.org.uk link icon  BBC Performance

Under the new Royal Charter and Agreement, regulation of the BBC passes from the BBC Trust to Ofcom on 3 April 2017. As part of our new responsibilities, we are required to publish an operating framework containing provisions to secure effective regulation of the BBC. In relation to the BBC's performance, we must set an operating licence for the BBC, and we may set measures to assess the BBC's performance. - www.ofcom.org.uk

Tuesday 28 March 2017, PM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  DAB radio coverage improved and celebrated โ€“ RadioToday

The DAB expansion has brought an additional 7,000 kilometres of the UK road network into coverage for local DAB stations and 2,300 kilometres of roads for the BBC national DAB stations. During the meeting, Digital Radio UK unveiled the new spring digital radio consumer campaign which highlights that DAB coverage is now available to over 90 of households and prompts listeners to reconsider digital radio with the message, 'if you think you know digital radio - think again. - radiotoday.co.uk
www.theguardian.com link icon  Channel 4 to stay in public hands amid pressure to relocate

The culture secretary has ruled out privatising Channel 4 following a protracted review of its long-term future, but in return wants the state-owned broadcaster to relocate some or all of its operations outside London. The new consultation, to be published in the coming weeks, will also look at whether Channel 4's quota of original British commissions that must come from TV production companies outside London will be raised from 35 to 50. Channel 4 already exceeds its target, with more than half of original commissions in 2015 coming from outside the capital. - www.theguardian.com
radiotoday.co.uk link icon  50 million DAB receivers now sold worldwide โ€“ RadioToday

New figures have been released from WorldDAB showing over 50 million DAB Digital Radio receivers have now been sold. The UK now has total receiver sales of 31.7 million, along with an increase in the number of new cars fitted with DAB as standard to 87. Available to download here, the new version includes information on receivers sold in cars for Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands - plus details on emerging DAB markets. - radiotoday.co.uk

Tuesday 21 March 2017, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  UK broadcasters back BBC's call for top spots on programme guides

The House of Lords will debate an amendment to the digital economy bill on Monday that would extend rules that give the UK's public service broadcasters top billing on electronic programme guides. Purnell has said that BBC channels such as CBBC and CBeebies, which account for the bulk of UK-made children's shows, should be further up the programme guide than commercial channels aimed at children, most of which show US programming. - www.theguardian.com

Monday 20 March 2017, AM

www.telegraph.co.uk link icon  BBC demands new laws to give its shows top billing over rivals in television guides

The Government argues that the move would be anti-competitive. - www.telegraph.co.uk

Friday 17 March 2017, PM

www.gov.uk link icon  https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/597421/07.03.17_…

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tbivision.com link icon  PBS hits back Trump fund cut plans - TBI Vision TBI Vision

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Friday 17 March 2017, AM

www.ofcom.org.uk link icon  Invitation to comment for public interest test on the proposed acquisition of Sky plc by T…

The public interest assessment that Ofcom has been asked to make by the Secretary of State and our ongoing duty under the Communications Act to assess whether a licensee is fit and proper are separate legal processes. We propose consider these matters within the same timeframe within which Ofcom will report to the Secretary of State on the public interest assessment. - www.ofcom.org.uk

Tuesday 14 March 2017, AM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  The 'invisible epidemic' afflicting millions globally

The app has also won the approval of partners such as the World Health Organization and USAID. But how much should we trust such diagnostic apps, however well-intended There are 259,000 health apps available to consumers globally, according to a recent study by the health research group Research2Guidance, measuring everything from heart health to female fertility, asthma to diabetes. - www.bbc.co.uk

Monday 13 March 2017, PM

www.broadcastnow.co.uk link icon  Global TV Production Map: UK-owned consolidators

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Sunday 12 March 2017, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Channel 4 News editor Ben De Pear: 'I see no end to Jon Snow. He's immortal'

He may have been up until 2am the night before celebrating an Oscar nomination for the film Wattani My Homeland by former colleague Marcel Mettelsiefen, but Channel 4 News' editor, Ben de Pear, is clear as a bell about his programme's mission. Channel 4 News discovered her a year ago following a film she made about a child in Aleppo who had built a model city It gave her a contract and a week of training in Turkey. - www.theguardian.com

Friday 10 March 2017, PM

tbivision.com link icon  TVPlayer calls for new OTT pubcaster rules - TBI Vision TBI Vision

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Friday 10 March 2017, AM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  BT strikes deal to legally separate Openreach division

The regulator had threatened to force BT to legally separate Openreach. BT chief executive Gavin Patterson said the deal, reached after two years of negotiations with Ofcom, meant Openreach would have its own board and make its own investment decisions. - www.bbc.co.uk
www.thenorthernecho.co.uk link icon  Made in Teesside

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Thursday 09 March 2017, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC focus too middle aged and middle class, says Ofcom chief

The BBC has set ambitious diversity targets for on- and off-screen staff, which it says it is on track to meet. Ofcom is in the final stages of preparing a framework to assess the BBC's performance, including its distinctiveness, which White said would involve extensive consultation with the public. - www.theguardian.com

Wednesday 08 March 2017, PM

www.digitaluk.co.uk link icon  Consultations

Digital UK has published a consultation on options for the allocation of Logical Channel Number 7 in the Freeview programme guide, following confirmation of the BBC's plans to transition BBC Three to an online service. Digital UK has published a consultation on the reservation of channel numbers in the General Entertainment and News genres for HD-only services. - www.digitaluk.co.uk
radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Should presenters live near their station? โ€“ RadioToday

Sadly, too many local radio presenters still haven't grasped this. It's not the same role it had for the first 20-30 years of ILR. Remember when the floods in 2012 meant none of Radio Exe's presenters could get to the studio on a Sunday Heart Devon's presentation that day was coming from London but the team at Leicester Square did as much coverage as a locally-based jock would have done - thanks to technology. - radiotoday.co.uk

Sunday 05 March 2017, PM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Podcast: All about loudness compression โ€“ RadioToday

This is just one of the weekly podcasts produced and published by RadioToday, hosted by Trevor Dann and sponsored by Broadcast Bionics. See our archive on the RadioToday Programme channel here. - radiotoday.co.uk

Friday 03 March 2017, AM

www.broadbandtvnews.com link icon  TVCatchup cannot distribute commercial content

Britain's commercial broadcasters have won their long-running dispute with TVCatchup over the distribution of their content over the internet. ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 argued TVCatchup was in breach of copyright and couldn't rely on UK legislation that provided for retransmission over cable networks. - www.broadbandtvnews.com

Thursday 02 March 2017, AM

www.tvbeurope.com link icon  Freeview Play TV sales surpass one million

Freeview has announced sales of Freeview Play TVs and set-top boxes have surpassed one million. Launched in late 2015, Freeview Play offers UK viewers a combination of live, catch-up and on demand content all in the same place and for no monthly cost. - www.tvbeurope.com
www.tvbeurope.com link icon  ITV sees fall in profits as advertising revenues also drop

ITV has reported a 14 per cent fall in its annual pre-tax profits to 533 million as it saw advertising revenues drop by three per cent. On the positive side, ITV reported a 13 per cent increase in revenue from the ITV Studios division and underlying pre-tax profit was up slightly on the year, from 843 million to 847 million. - www.tvbeurope.com

Wednesday 01 March 2017, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox to formally notify EU of Sky bid

Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox is expected to formally notify the European competition regulator of its 11.7bn takeover offer for Sky later this week, after which the UK culture secretary will have to decide whether to launch an investigation into the extent of Murdoch's control of UK media. In 2011, Murdoch's bid for Sky resulted in a deal to spin off Sky News to quell media plurality issues before the takeover was abandoned. - www.theguardian.com