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Tuesday 16 September 2014, PM link icon  Ariel - DG is made honorary Doctor of Arts
He was appointed a CBE in 2005 and became a life peer five years later with the title Lord Hall of Birkenhead. - link icon  Romance languages - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
They form a branch of the Italic languages within the Indo-European language family. The Romance languages evolved from Latin from the sixth to the ninth centuries. Its proponents claim written Interlingua is intelligible to anyone who speaks a Romance language indeed, this was the goal of the creators. -

Monday 15 September 2014, PM link icon  Ofcom: very unlikely all local TV channels will succeed
15 September, 2014 By Jake Kanter Ofcom has admitted that it is very unlikely that all local television stations will survive after the Birmingham operator went bust last month. In a progress update marking two years since it first started awarding the broadcasting licences, the media regulator said failure will be part of the ecology of local television. “The nature of awarding licences for a new type of service in a competitive media market means that it is very unlikely that all channels will succeed,” Ofcom said. “This is an inherent feature of the nature of awarding a large number of licences for a new service across very different parts of the UK.” - link icon  BBC2 mockumentary W1A to return in 2015 | Media |
The new four-part series of W1A will begin with a 60-minute episode, followed by three 30-minute ones. W1A claims to operate in a parallel universe to the actual BBC but the first series like Twenty Twelve was notable for coming up with situations in which life imitated art. We cant wait to see what dysfunctional madness lies ahead for Ian Fletcher and colleagues in this sly fiction. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. -

Monday 15 September 2014, AM link icon  Ariel - Is Birmingham back on the BBC map?
15 September 2014 Last updated at 1003 It's been a difficult few years for the BBC in Birmingham. The workforce at the Midlands base was depleted after key factual productions, such as Countryfile, moved to Bristol in 2012 because of Delivering Quality First plans. BBC Birmingham staff also held a strike against the move but it didn't stop programme teams being relocated mainly to Bristol, with a few to Salford, leaving an array of empty desks and low morale among those remaining at the Mailbox. - link icon  Kia joins the "DAB as standard" family
Kia has committed to moving to digital radio as standard across most of its Kia models in the UK. The Kia Soul has been launched with digital radio as standard and the company says other Kia models will be upgraded as soon as possible within the product life-cycle. The Kia Sportage, the brands best-selling car in the UK, will get digital radio when the all-new version is launched this year. -

Sunday 14 September 2014, PM link icon…
His masterpiece The Civil War, a nine-part epic of more than 11 hours watched by 40 million people in 1990, has left a lasting impression on the national psyche. Series such as Baseball 18.5 hours long and made in 1994 and Jazz 10 episodes, each of two hours, made in 2000 help Americans to understand the role of sport and music in their national culture. Burns is both a symbol of the essential value of non-commercial television and an example of what can be achieved in terms of quality and ambition. - link icon  New financial radio station to launch on DAB -
All this might change, with a promised new radio station called Share Radio. - link icon  If ITV is sold to a foreign mogul, a vital bit of our culture is threatened | Will Hutton …
Photograph Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images It takes guts for politicians to stand up to powerful business moguls in general, and powerful media moguls in particular. Moguls trade commercial favours for political support, and media moguls have the media power to make their support or lack of it - much more telling. Now the drama is playing itself out in the media industry itself. - link icon  TV spectrum is under threat | Comment | Broadcast
Broadcast RF’s Nick Fuller calls on Ofcom to safeguard the radio frequencies used by broadcasters As a specialist wireless camera provider to the TV industry, we at Broadcast RF are heavily reliant on the availability of suitable frequencies for our wireless systems. Unfortunately, the section of the frequency spectrum most suited to wireless cameras and mobile links is ideal for a variety of other uses – the most popular being mobile phones. Rising demand inevitably leads to increasing prices as the licencing authority (the UK government) realises there is money to be made from the frequency spectrum. Broadcasters have gradually been squeezed out of the band as the demand for mobile phone spectrum has increased, and the deeper pockets of the phone companies have enabled the acquisition of swathes of spectrum previously reserved for programme-making and special events (PMSE).. -

Sunday 14 September 2014, AM link icon  Could the licence fee double in Scotland? We have no idea, say BBC - Telegraph
The position is directly contradicted by claims the BBC has quietly drawn up reports into the implications of independence. The Guardian has reported Scotland faces a doubling of its licence fee if viewers wish to continue watching and listening to the same programmes. According to sources close to the corporation, preliminary calculations showed the annual licence may need to rise from 145.50 to nearly 300 per household to reflect the cost of running services in Scotland. -

Friday 12 September 2014, AM link icon  Freesat and SeaChange to Debut Connected TV Platform at IBC2014 - MarketWatch
To ensure rapid rollout and optimal performance, the platform offers the concept-through-commercialization capabilities of SeaChange Professional Services for customer integration, deployment and post-launch service monitoring and management. Freesat's Freetime UI and applications are proven solutions for a superior experience for television viewers. Freetime is also a key driver of the growth of Freesat in the UK with consumers choosing to purchase Freetime enabled-boxes and smart TVs to access the superior experience this delivers. - link icon  Independent Scotland 'faces doubling of BBC licence fee' | Politics | The Guardian
According to sources with close knowledge of the matter, a BBC paper drawn up three years ago compared the total amount Scottish viewers paid towards the licence fee with the value of the services they received from the corporation. It is understood that the figures which suggested raising the annual licence fee paid in Scotland to almost 300 for each household from the current 145.50 were seen by some of the most senior BBC executives under the tenure of the then director general, Mark Thompson. Sources say that one of the most expensive elements is the transmission of radio and television programmes in Scotland due to its more widely dispersed population and topography. - link icon
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Thursday 11 September 2014, PM link icon  Ariel - NUJ calls off journalist strike threat
The NUJ had been concerned that the plan to cut 415 full-time posts in the next two years would create 'overwhelming workloads' for remaining staff. Following Thursday's meeting, the union said that a recruitment freeze across News had been agreed until the end of March at least, with exceptional appointments to have NUJ approval. There would also be a moratorium on compulsory redundancies across the division, with volunteers for redundancy not permitted to leave before the end of December. - link icon  C5 poised for profile boost | Comment | Broadcast
Thanks to Viacom’s scale, the broadcaster will be parking its tanks on Channel 4’s lawn, says Stephen Arnell There was a distinct feeling of complacency in Jay Hunt’s Meet the Controller session at the Edinburgh TV festival, when she declared: ‘If anything I’m actually less worried about Channel 5 than I have been at any point in my career.’ A career, lest we forget, that has included an eight-month sojourn actually running C5. A calculated position worked out for industry consumption? Maybe, but if she’s at all serious in this view, it signifies a worrying lack of attention to the potential threat a supercharged Viacom-funded C5 could well pose - not only to C4, but especially to E4, which often picks up the slack in C4’s general ratings decline - link icon  TV ad buying will soon be fully automated | Media Network | Guardian Professional
At 74bn, television is still the largest and most powerful advertising market out there. Now, programmatic advertising companies are close to cracking this huge marketplace, meaning ads will be bought automatically with minimal human interaction. According to the IAB, 28 c500m of the UK digital display market was traded programmatically last year, and by 2017 this could rise to between 60 and 75. - link icon  RadioToday | Finance radio station to launch on DAB
A new radio station all about finance is launching on DAB in London this autumn. Share Radio will be dedicated to providing information on handling money and investments, and will primarily talk-based. It says it will have programmes to inform and empower listeners with the information they need to help them make better financial decisions. - link icon  TVPlayer: Watch Live TV Online For Free - Channels
- link icon  Viacom closes ?450m deal for Channel 5 | News | Broadcast
We have recently launched our new Broadcast subscription packages, which means theres an option to suit everyone. Learn more about the new packages here and choose the one that best suits you. Subscribing takes just 2 minutes and offers instant access to the website. - link icon  Radioplayer reveals hybrid digital adaptor for cars -
The point is that radio listeners really don't care too much about how the radio station gets to them - whatever the platformists might say - as long as they can keep listening. I look forward to seeing one in the flesh - and to the technology behind it also being placed into kitchen-top radio sets too. Press release Radioplayer, the online listening platform run by the BBC and commercial radio, today Sept 8th unveiled a prototype hybrid car adaptor which enables listeners to get maximum choice of radio stations, with minimum tuning fuss. -

Thursday 11 September 2014, AM link icon  Another consultation, anyone? | Comment | Broadcast
Im calling for a consultation on the number of consultations facing the TV industry over the next few months, into 2015, and beyond that into the next Parliament. Certainly, James Purnells Whitehall background shone through. There was plenty of squabbling about retransmission fees, which has quickly become one of the most important/ soporific debates in the sector Ill leave you to delete as appropriate. - link icon  UKTV boosts content budget | News | Broadcast
Dave to be key beneficiary as the broadcaster reveals record revenues of almost £280m UKTV is to increase its programming budget to around £150m next year, with Dave set to benefit from a 70% rise in spending by the end of 2015. The multichannel broadcaster revealed this week that it spent £125m on original commissions in the 12 months to the end of December 2013, up from its initial target of £100m. This helped it generate record revenues of almost £280m. Chief executive Darren Childs told Broadcast he believes there is a “huge amount of growth left” in UKTV’s content spend and said the broadcaster will continue its commissioning drive across Dave, Watch and Gold. “We’re already in the process of increasing those budgets quite significantly,” he said, detailing the 70% spending increase on male-skewing service Dave. - link icon  Local TV chief resigns | News | Broadcast
The boss of Comux has resigned less than two years after creating the company which is responsible for getting local TV on air. Ed Hall has stepped down as chief executive of Comux, which builds and manages the infrastructure for local television in the UK, and will hand back his stake in the not-for-profit company. He will continue to consult for Comux in a handover period over the next three months. In a resignation letter to culture minister Ed Vaizey, Hall said it was “job done” having established the transmission network for local TV and a playout centre in Birmingham. He said local TV will be a story of “ups and downs”, providing “spectacular success stories” and an “inevitable turnover of businesses”. The BBC Trust has been investigating Comux’s financial affairs for some months now, although Hall’s departure is said to be unconnected to the probe. - link icon  BBC News - Rona Fairhead: 'Critical time for BBC' as charter debate looms
- link icon  Ariel - Purnell: Top shows won't be retendered
The strategy and digital director said that in-house favourites like EastEnders would not be open to indie bids if a more commercial model for BBC Production was adopted. He told the audience that a more commercial BBC Production would have to operate outside of public service boundaries, but argued that it was what the Corporation's programme makers wanted. 'Lots of people in-house were saying... set us free,' said Purnell, who would not entertain the possibility that in-house production might fail in the open market. - link icon  BBC goes local - and mobile - with experimental 'popup' bureaus - Digiday
For its latest coverageexpansion, international news organization BBC is going local. The operations first stop is Boulder, Colorado, where the BBC has already started crowdsourcing story ideas from the local community via town hall meetings. Were used to telling global stories for a global audience, but we have never based ourselves in these communitiesfor any amount of time. said Matt Danzico, head of BBCs video innovation lab. - link icon  BBC: ISPs Should Assume Heavy VPN Users are Pirates | TorrentFreak
Service providers should become suspicious that customers could be pirating if they use VPN-style services and consume a lot of bandwidth, the BBC says. After cutting its teeth as a domestic broadcaster, the BBC is spreading its products all around the globe. As a result the BBC is now getting involved in the copyright debates of other countries, notably Australia, where it operates four subscription channels. - link icon  Channel 4 to replace 4oD with new online hub All 4 | Media |
Channel 4 is to make live streaming of its TV networks and on-demand service 4oD available in a new online hub, branded All 4, in a bid to better exploit the growing trend in viewing on devices such as tablets and smartphones. As part of the digital transition, 4oD the brand launched by Channel 4 in 2006 as the first home of its on-demand, catch-up TV service will be scrapped. The All 4 initiative forms the next stage of Channel 4 chief executive David Abrahams plan to keep connected with the broadcasters youth audience, for which advertisers pay a premium, which is drifting from traditional TV to digital. -

Tuesday 09 September 2014, PM link icon  James Purnell: ‘Sword of Damocles’ is hanging over BBC funding | Media | theguardian.c…
Purnell said he was very happy that the government had decided to bring forward a review of the licence fee which may pave the way for decriminalising non-payment. Purnell has previously said the step could cost up to 200m a year. Its got nothing to do with this government, which has acted very properly in terms of saying charter renewal would start after the election, Purnell told the Royal Television Society London conference on Tuesday. - link icon  New BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead will keep working for HSBC and Pepsi - TV Radio - Media …
She said One has to be realistic and say sometimes bad things do happen and sometimes the controls you think are effective turn out not be so. There has to be a conflict of interest, he said. If you ask anyone who has worked for me they will say I have a relatively large capacity for work, my working week can go very happily to seven days, she said. - link icon  Prospective BBC Trust Head Takes Grilling from U.K. Politicians
The U.K. governments preferred choice to head up the governing body of the BBC was questioned by members of parliament Tuesday as part of her selection process. Rona Fairhead, who is set to become the BBC Trusts first female director if appointed, was quizzed on various aspects on her suitability for the role, her opinions regarding the public broadcaster and her previous and current positions. But if I decide that is it not tenable, my primary role is at the BBC, she said. - link icon  BBC Trust chair would be surprised if organisation survived in current form | Media | theg…
The governments preferred choice to be the next chair of the BBC Trust has said she would be very surprised if the body survived in its current form beyond the renewal of the corporations charter in 2016. Rona Fairhead admitted on Tuesday that her role might be abolished in a shake-up of the way the BBC is governed, but gave her backing to the licence fee as the best way of funding the corporation. Giving evidence to MPs on John Whittingdales culture, media and sport select committee, Fairhead denied she was offered the role because of the governments determination to appoint a woman and said she had never been politically active. - link icon  BSkyB bid may still be on cards, says 21st Century Fox president | Media |…
Chase Carey, the president of 21st Century Fox, has hinted that a renewed bid to take full control of BSkyB remains on the cards, but said there are no plans to make a major acquisition in the near future. Carey, who has worked with Rupert Murdoch for 25 years, said that as the largest shareholder in BSkyB, long-term consolidation plans need to be considered. Well have to see how the world evolves, that is just reality. Three years ago, Murdoch was forced to abandon his bid to take full control of BSkyB after the phone-hacking scandal engulfed his media empire. - link icon  London Live reduction in local content would set ‘unwelcome precedent’ | Media | thegu…
Channel 4 and Channel 5 have called on Ofcom to reject Evgeny Lebedevs proposal to slash London Lives programming, arguing it would set an unwelcome precedent that would devalue public service broadcasting. In July, London Live applied to Ofcom to amend its licence, including cutting peak-time local content from three hours to one hour a day. Channel 4 said allowing such drastic changes so easily would be an unwelcome precedent. - link icon  BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead faces Commons select committee – live | Media | theguardia…
For many people here and around the world, it represents the best of British. She adds that she wants to help build a future for the BBC in which people are proud to work for it and it has the full confidence of licence fee payers. I would see my role as chair of the trust to be above all things the representative of the audience, of licence fee payers. 2. I will defend vigorously, against all comers, the impartiality of the BBC. - link icon  Ariel - Licence fee enforcement to be reviewed
9 September 2014 Last updated at 1057 Ministers are to look at whether non-payment of the licence fee should remain a criminal offence. 'In 2012/13, almost 200,000 people ended up in court accused of not buying a tv licence,' he will say. 'When over 10 of magistrates' court cases concern this one offence, you have to ask whether the current system is really working. -

Tuesday 09 September 2014, AM link icon  ITV goes into battle with BSkyB and Virgin over ?100m fees for main channel - Telegraph
In todays highly competitive media marketplace that is simply wrong. It is in the interests of all broadcasters that we encourage the regulator and government to look again at this issue for the benefit of the industry and viewers. ITVs campaign is supported by Channel 4, which also stands to add tens of millions to its bottom line if a US-style system of retransmission fees is introduced. The attack is focused on BSkyB and Virgin Media. -

Monday 08 September 2014, PM link icon  TV AND MEDIA 2014 Changing consumer needs are creating a new media landscape
The TV landscape is changing from one where traditional TV providers and physical media dominate and the consumer experience is inflexible. Nowadays, new aggregators enable consumers to decide what they want to watch and pick-and-mix their own services, something that 5 out of 10 consumers prefer over the traditional TV bundles. link icon  BBC4 goes weird and wonderful with abstract idents and new shows | John Plunkett | Media |…
New writers, quite bold and exciting, is all he will say. On Monday night he will do the unthinkable, dismantling his channels branding and handing the precious between-programme idents to a bunch of artists including Turner prize winner Laure Prouvost. The results, to coincide with a new season of programmes about abstract art, will be weird and wonderful, and even laugh-out-loud funny. - link icon  UKTV seeks to exploit scale as field narrows
UKTV has predicted a decline in the number of channels on British television, as the broadcaster heralded an increase in its own market share. The company - which owns Dave, the channel famous for its repeats of popular programmes - increased revenues 6 per cent last year to £278m link icon  ITV chief: Force BSkyB and Virgin Media to pay retransmission fees | Media | theguardian.c…
The impact of this wholly outdated regime is that UK public service broadcasters are forced to subsidise major pay-TV platforms. ITV points out that last year US free-to-air broadcasters received about 3.3bn 2bn in retransmission payments from cable operators. Last year culture minister Ed Vaizey called on BSkyB to scrap its charges, or possibly face regulation. -

Monday 08 September 2014, AM link icon  UKTV profits fall 7% in 2013 | Media |
Revenues were up 6 to a record 278m, with reported Ebitda down 6 to 67.4m, according to the broadcasters annual results published on Monday. UKTV chief executive Darren Childs said Investment is key to our future growth. This is a really significant phase in UKTVs story, when we move from challenger to contender. The company said its total share of the audience grew 5 in 2013 to 4.7 across all its channels. -

Sunday 07 September 2014, PM link icon  Cliff Richard raid: The BBC’s breaking news dilemma | Media | The Guardian
The BBCs case against the accusations was very strong but the corporation was also uncharacteristically lucky. For once the knives were out for its accuser well before the letters BBC were ever even uttered he was after all the man responsible for a police force standing accused of ignoring as many as 1,400 child victims of organised grooming and sexual abuse over more than a decade in Rotherham. The BBC robustly defended its deal with the police and the coverage it subsequently gave to what became its exclusive story. - link icon  Broadcasters slam London Live bid to slash local content | News | Broadcast
Channel 4, Channel 5, UKTV and rival bidders have lined up to slam London Live’s proposals to radically reduce its commitment to local programming. The Evening Standard-operated television station wrote to Ofcom in July to request a number of changes to its licence, including slashing its primetime local content by two thirds - from three hours, to one hour a day. Cutting local repeats and diluting its service commitments were also priorities. - link icon  Freeview: "95% of the most watched programmes are on Freeview" | IP
What kind of affect do you expect the growth of more targeted advertising models to have on free broadcasting, and what innovations are Freeview involved in here Are there any new free TV models from around the world you think are innovative and inspiring If you had to pick a winner, is the future of TV free or the opposite - link icon  Rona Fairhead: grill the nominators, not the nominee or the BBC | Media | The Observer
She's a smart operator, and she can reasonably ask to be cut a little slack over her BBC vision thing after a sudden arrival from left or perhaps right field. The essential BBC governance argument, raging until charter renewal in 2017, is whether the trust/executive board split is good, bad or indifferent. - link icon  YouGov and the Digital Television Group September 2014 [pdf]
How are consumers changing the way they are accessing content? - link icon  RadioToday | DAB radio outage in some parts of the UK
There are no reports of problems with commercial stations. Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 921 am by Radio Today UK. -

Sunday 07 September 2014, AM link icon  Ofcom | Request to change frequency of Somerset local DAB multiplex: Statement
As MuxCo's proposal to change the frequency of the local radio multiplex service would have no impact on the range of local digital sound programme services proposed to be available in the Somerset area, Ofcom was satisfied that this statutory criterion had been met. The sole respondent to the consultation suggested that if the Somerset multiplex were permitted to change frequency from 10D to 10B, this might cause interference with the Oxfordshire local radio multiplex service which is also broadcast on the 10B frequency. -

Wednesday 03 September 2014, PM link icon  Tessa Jowell: Fairhead must be a 'firewall' | News | Broadcast
We have recently launched our new Broadcast subscription packages, which means theres an option to suit everyone. Learn more about the new packages here and choose the one that best suits you. Subscribing takes just 2 minutes and offers instant access to the website. - link icon  BBC News - Apple iCloud security exploit is a concern, experts say
It has emerged that a security measure called two-step verification, which is recommended by Apple, can be bypassed using easily available software that allows access to iCloud back-ups. Usually, people who have forgotten their login details can regain access to their accounts by entering the answers to some personal questions - and this process cannot be exploited when two-step verification is enabled. 'Chinks in armour' Other security experts said Apple's advice about two-step verification was possibly misleading. -

Wednesday 03 September 2014, AM link icon  Liberty Global plc - Class A Ordinary Shares (NASDAQ:LBTYA); ITV PLC (OTCMKTS:ITVPF) News …
The 10 billion acquisition rumor is turning out to be a blessing for ITV as its stock price boosted incredibly, reaching an all-time high since January 2011. Liberty Global is a US-based multinational corporation with operations spanning two prime segments, namely telecommunications and television. The company is said to be one of the largest providers of broadband internet service outside the US, and is managed by an American billionaire John Malone. -

Tuesday 02 September 2014, PM link icon  Report on the results of the work of the High Level Group on the future use of the UHF ban…
Pascal Lamy, Chairman of the High Level Group on the future of the UHF spectrum, proposes to repurpose the 700 MHz band for wireless broadband and asks for regulatory stability for broadcasting to continue in the 470-694 MHz band until 2030. -

Tuesday 02 September 2014, AM link icon  DTG :: News :: Takeover hopes boost ITV share prices
As more speculation of a takeover of ITV comes around, the broadcasters shares rose to a record high this week. We're certainly going to keep an eye on the progression of any ITV takeover. DTG Staff 02.09.2014 Links open in a new window. - link icon  We can’t let tech giants, like Facebook and Twitter, control our news values | Media | T…
He showed us mini-robots and talked about building the internet in space. We smiled indulgently, inwardly questioning the robustness of his faculties, and talk turned inevitably to the future of newspapers. Well, said Cerf, rotating his robot, the problem is theres news and theres paper, and those are two separate things. It seemed so preposterously obvious as to be not worth further scrutiny. - link icon  BBC News staff vote to strike | Media |
BBC News programmes could be hit by industrial action later this month over plans to cut more than 400 posts, after union members voted to strike over the proposed cuts. The unions argue that given the high level of interest in applying for voluntary redundancy 470 volunteers, according to Bectu which they put down to low morale within BBC News, the corporation should be able to avoid compulsory departures. A further 415 posts will be cut, but 195 new positions created, meaning a net reduction of 220 full-time posts. - link icon  DAB+ starts in the UK: what you need to know -
FunKids will be broadcast as a test until 31st December 2014. Ofcom have given specific permission for DAB signals to be broadcast. DAB differs from the original DAB by having improved error correction and a more efficient audio codec. -

Monday 01 September 2014, PM link icon  Will This WebTuner Do Away With Your Set Top Box? - CMO Today - WSJ
WebTuner, a secretive startup, has been quietly approaching big media industry players with a plan to bring TV-viewing into the broadband age. The centerpiece of its plan is a device meant to replace pay-TV providers outmoded set-top boxes. WebTuners gadget, which looks like a slightly longer version of an iPhone charger, plugs into a wall or power strip and streams TV channels and on-demand programming over the web to TV sets. - link icon  Five challenges facing Rona Fairhead | News | Broadcast
We have recently launched our new Broadcast subscription packages, which means theres an option to suit everyone. Subscribing takes just 2 minutes and offers instant access to the website. - link icon  Ariel - Cleaners, porters and engineers walk out
1 September 2014 Last updated at 1219 Mail deliveries, cleaning and porter services in BBC buildings may be affected on Monday by strike action. More than 44 of those who are Bectu members took part in a ballot, which closed last week, in which more than 80 voted in favour of strikes. They are joined by engineers - who look after things like heating, lighting, plumbing and power systems in BBC buildings - in the walkout, which will last from 9am on Monday until 9am on Tuesday. - link icon  Edinburgh Festival confronts future of television | informitv
It is less than a decade since the first YouTube video of elephants at San Diego Zoo, which has now been watched by nearly 16 million people worldwide. The view from the festival is that the future of television is neither doomed, nor is it safe, as Brent MacGregor reports. YouTube also featured heavily in the later session How do you do digital Perhaps this attraction arises because of the apparent similarity to broadcast television. -

Monday 01 September 2014, AM link icon  Ariel - Peter Horrocks to leave the BBC
1 September 2014 Last updated at 1054 Peter Horrocks is to leave the BBC in the new year after a 33 year career. World Service director since 2009, he has led it through some significant changes - not least, this year's move from Foreign Office to licence fee funding. He has also guided the international services through savage budget cuts, service closures and a modernisation programme, but leaves with the global audience at record levels. - link icon  Who is Rona Fairhead? | News | Broadcast
A largely unknown quantity to the broadcasting industry, Broadcast runs the rule over the governments preferred candidate. We have recently launched our new Broadcast subscription packages, which means theres an option to suit everyone. Learn more about the new packages here and choose the one that best suits you. - link icon  RadioToday | Folder Media puts Fun Kids radio on DAB+
The multiplex operator believes that only 3m of the 20m digital radio sets sold are capable of receiving DAB transmissions. This test, at 64kbit/s on the Wrexham, Chester and Liverpool multiplex is seen as a real world test of the format till the end of the year. One of the questions weve been getting from potential new service providers is the viability of launching stations in DAB. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Viacom positioned to finalise C5 deal
The acquisition was started in May of this year and will be complete by 20 September according to reports. Channel 5 will be bought by Viacom for an estimated 450m after the company has agreed to honour the channel's commitment to 600 hour of original British children's programming each year which was a condition of the broadcaster's licence renewal last year. A source within the Department for Culture Media and Sport suggested that Viacom had raised 'one or to issues' surrounding the production of this content, all of which have been ironed out. - link icon  The BBC Trust may have found its saviour - TV Radio - Media - The Independent
The former Sun editor and Brunswick PR David Yelland has described her as an excellent choice. Ms Fairhead would be the first woman in the job and her candidacy has been a well-kept secret after many potential applicants ruled themselves out of a part-time role that proved difficult for the previous incumbents, Lord Patten and Sir Michael Lyons. Its said Ms Fairhead left the Financial Times Group, where she was chairman and chief executive, because she didnt get the top job in 2012. -

Sunday 31 August 2014, PM link icon  Rona Fairhead offers relief but no respite for BBC | Media | The Guardian
These are testing times for the BBC, as they will no doubt be for the new trust chair. Relief mainly that she was not one of the other mooted candidates for example, the former BBC chairman Michael Grade. There are several things about Fairhead that are ideally suited to the circumstances. - link icon  Daily Mail on the wrong trail over BBC’s Sherlock success | Media Monkey | Media | thegu…
But thats ancient history, and this week the Emmy awards in Los Angeles delivered fresh humiliation. This level of success at the Primetime Emmys is pretty much unprecedented for UK shows in the events 65-year history. American television shows swept the board. Er ... theyve always swept the board year in, year out until Downton and Sherlock. - link icon  New Statesman | Gee up, Newsnight: is it time to stop flogging the dying horse?
Its possibly because of the grimness of the news agenda that I find myself ending the day with BBC2s Newsnight less often than I used to. Twenty-four-hour news channels and all the commentary online make it ever harder to offer a definitive take on the day, and over on Radio 4 the Today programme mops up the key interviews. I would move the programme to a new slot start it at 11pm and give it up to an hour, with a brief to be more discursive. - link icon  DTG :: News :: DTG Testing releases D-Book 7 v4 MHEG test suites
The test suites are available as an free update to existing licensees. For new customers, pricing information is available from DTG Staff 28.08.2014 - link icon  Ariel - Imagine never needing the remote
27 August 2014 Last updated at 1544 From Ceefax to gesture-controlled devices, London's Barbican is currently hosting an exhibition celebrating digital creativity. In a single room, the Digital Revolution exhibition charts the rapid progression of mass consumer technology over the last 40 years. For those seeking a dose of digital nostalgia, there was the chance to play classic arcade games like Pong 1972 and Pac Man 1980 or boot up early home computers such as the ZX Spectrum 1982. - link icon  BBC News - White space between TV signals could save lives at sea
The leftover white space between TV signals is raising the hope of saving lives at sea and proving broadband for remote communities. He is using VHF radio, a technology virtually unchanged for a century. It was from the cliffs above Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight that Guglielmo Marconi first proved that radio could be used for two-way wireless communication with ships at sea. -

Saturday 30 August 2014, PM link icon  BBC News - Rona Fairhead to be BBC Trust chairwoman
She was chairwoman and chief executive of the Financial Times Group between 2006 and 2013 as part of a 12-year career with its owner, Pearson. -

Tuesday 26 August 2014, PM link icon  RadioToday | RadioDNS launches new information website
RadioDNS the open standards code which connects broadcast radio and internet data together has a new website. It has a cleaner, more modern design, is fully responsive and contains lots of information on hybrid radio along with documents to help broadcasters, developers and manufacturers launch RadioDNS Hybrid Radio services. The project has 26 members from the United States, Europe and Australia, and over 60 supporters, withover 1900 stations currently using the technology. - link icon  BBC News - LG to put 'the first 4K OLED TVs' on sale in September
The firm said a curved 65in 165cm set would go on sale in Europe, South Korea and North America in September. The two companies offer 4K sets based on synthetic LED tech instead. The difference is that OLED makes use of a carbon-based compound that emits light when struck by an electric current. -

Monday 25 August 2014, PM link icon  It seems to be Groundhog Day for public service broadcasters | Media | The Guardian
His speech, which came just after the general election that put a seemingly hostile coalition government in power, fought for public service broadcasting in a world in which no one seemed to balk at the idea that profit is all, the chilling conclusion to James Murdochs MacTaggart lecture of the year before. For Thompson, the main target was the Murdochs and their attack on the licence fee, which was renewed in October 2010. For Abraham, who after all broadcasts some Murdoch-made material including Homeland and The Simpsons, the target was broader. - link icon  Monkey at Edinburgh: Keith Lemon naked, Peter Fincham’s man cave | Media | The Guardian
Monkey has a new contender for most embarrassing session at Edinburgh previously held by Jana Bennetts singing in an execs version of Britains Got Talent in 2009. You feel really vulnerable when someone comes in and wipes their anus on your kitchen counter. A mystified Lemon also found a cupboard in the sitting room containing some old pants and socks. Finchams house included works of arts and a giant man cave in the garden where Lemon kept finding planted wads of 50 notes. -

Friday 22 August 2014, AM link icon  Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy consultation - Consultations - GOV.UK
This consultation is collecting evidence and views to develop a new Digital Communications Infrastructure Strategy. This Strategy will look at what digital communications infrastructure is needed in the UK over the next 10-15 years to maintain our position as a world class digital nation. The Strategy will also consider what needs to be done by Government, industry and others to put this digital communications infrastructure in place. - link icon  David Abraham’s MacTaggart lecture - full text | Media |
Thank you Elaine, Melanie and the festival committee for inviting me to give the MacTaggart lecture this year. Its a tremendous honour to be speaking, both personally and on behalf of Channel 4. Its going to be one of my creative highlights of the year. - link icon…

Tuesday 19 August 2014, PM link icon  4K years from mass market adoption | informitv
4K or Ultra-HD video will remain a niche market for at least five years but will ultimately reach the mainstream. Online streaming and video on demand will play a critical early role but pay television will provide support as the ecosystem matures. The Diffusion Group report considers the prospects for 4K devices, programming and share of viewing. - link icon  Importance of online performance | informitv
Responsiveness and overall performance are critical to the user experience of online services, particularly for media and entertainment experiences. A recent study from Limelight Networks suggested that over half of respondents thought that high performance streaming without buffering or waiting for pages to load was the most important expectation for user experience, ranking it above the availability of new content. The author of the report, and a recent book on improving engagement with digital audiences, spoke to informitv about the importance of performance for user experience. - link icon  ITV online revenue rise is relatively marginal | informitv
ITV, the leading commercial television broadcaster in the United Kingdom, reported an increased pre-tax profit of 250 million for the first half of 2014, on revenues of 1.23 billion. Total online, pay and interactive revenues were up 20 from 56 million to 67 million, which is around 6.8 of all broadcast and online revenue, or 5.5 of its total income. So is that going to be enough to make a material difference to the future of the company as a standalone business - link icon  Review: Humax HDR-1800T Freeview+HD set top box | SEENIT
Theres also an ethernet port for connecting the box to your broadband router necessary if you want to access the internet portal and a USB socket so you can play films and music stored on external drives. Setting Up For the most part setting up the box is pretty simple plug in the aerial cable and the on screen wizard will guide you through the process but when it came to getting the broadband connection working I had a few minor teething troubles. After connecting the cable and completing the set-up, the box reported that the connection had been successfully established. - link icon  BBC looks beyond the walled garden in a changing media world | Media | The Guardian
Very few knew what broadcasting meant none knew what it might become. So John Reith recalled the first 18 months of his life as the general manager of the brand-new British Broadcasting Company. There was something big, even colossal, conveyed in the nature of the contract which had been undertaken. Reith and his bohemian flock as the head of variety, Eric Maschwitz, described the band of early colleagues were out to invent the future. Reith, that monstrous, tyrannical, tortured man, set his furious gaze at the new technological world of wireless telegraphy and saw that it could be, should be, placed in the service of society as a whole. -

Tuesday 19 August 2014, AM link icon
There is a brown fog nobody is building it is drizzling, Virginia Woolf recorded in her diary for 6 May 1926. Rumours are passed round that the gas would be cut off at 1 false of course. One does not know what to do A voice, rather commonplace official, yet the only common voice left, wishes us good morning at 10. -

Monday 18 August 2014, PM link icon  Edinburgh?International?Television Festival finds an industry?questioning its own credibil…
The annual Edinburgh International Television Festival coinciding with the Fringe and bolstered by numerous late-night parties can descend into an orgy of collective back-slapping based on the rather arrogant presumption that British television is the best in the world. Such indulgence should not disguise the fundamental problems in the TV industry even if we accept it has shown resilience in continuing to define popular culture in defiance of doomsayers who wrote it off as a 20th-century medium. Today British television faces growing doubts over its relevance and credibility which threaten its enormous potential for generating revenue overseas and acting as a flagship for the UKs wider creative industries. -

Monday 18 August 2014, AM link icon  Sheffield's local TV beats target through crowdfunding initiative | Media |…
After a week-long burst of contributions, Sheffield Live TV managed to achieve, and even supersede, its fund-raising target to put it on course for launch. They applied for between 100 and 20,000 worth of community shares. The cash will be used to purchase equipment and complete studio facilities. -

Thursday 14 August 2014, PM link icon  London Live switches its target audience to attract older viewers | Media |…
The repositioning will see the channel forsaking the youth market to appeal to an older audience closer to the 25 to 44 age range, which happens to be the core readership of its print stablemate, the London Evening Standard. Barb's London panel of 855 people is said by ESI Media, to be too small a sample to provide figures of its true audience. - link icon  INFOGRAPHIC: A decade of change for TV | News | Broadcast
14 August, 2014 Click to see how British viewing habits have evolved over the past 10 years. We have recently launched our new Broadcast subscription packages, which means theres an option to suit everyone. Learn more about the new packages here and choose the one that best suits you. - link icon  Ariel - BBC to air referendum debate across UK
BBC One Scotland will show the programme from 8.30pm. The programme will also be shared as a simulcast with other broadcasters and media outlets, including newspapers. Viewers outside Scotland could only see the debate on STV's online player, which was unable to cope with the demand. - link icon
Their biggest problem in going digital is to put DAB in the tunnels. Why is DAB in tunnels taking so much longer than building transmitter sites around the mountainous countryside of Switzerland Safety for the road users and how tunnel control centers get in touch with drivers. -

Wednesday 13 August 2014, PM link icon  RadioToday | Trust to hold BBC review of content supply
Currently, for radio, at least ten per cent of hours must be commissioned from independent suppliers, with a further ten per cent open to competition between the BBC and independent sector. Figures published last month in the BBCs annual report showed indies winning 75 of the competitive hours. Posted on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 at 134 pm by Radio Today UK. - link icon  Ariel - Trust to review radio and online supply
13 August 2014 Last updated at 1257 The BBC Trust will extend its review of content supply to radio and online this autumn. Announced in April, it was initially scheduled to assess TV commissioning but its scope has now broadened to cover other platforms and out-of-London production quotas. According to terms published on Tuesday, it will look at whether current production arrangements need to change. -

Tuesday 12 August 2014, PM link icon  When are BBC iPlayer and Freeview coming to Xbox One?
Previously the Xboxs OneGuide was only compatible with cable and satellite set-top boxes. Now Freeview viewers will be able to use features like the voice-controlled OneGuide, or watch television at the same time as playing video games using Snap Mode. -

Monday 11 August 2014, PM link icon  DTG :: News :: The DTG starts work on the next-generation free-to-air technical specificat…
reviewing the current logical channel number LCN swapping and regional handling behaviour 2. preparations to smooth the potential 700 MHz clearance transition 3. Non-members should contact or visit http// DTG Staff 07.08.2014 - link icon  Generation gap in view of television | informitv
Online television and video receives a lot of media attention but still accounts for a relatively small proportion of all viewing and a small but growing share of total industry revenues. However, there are significant generational differences in the use of online video and attitudes to television. Watching live television was not even ranked in the top ten responses for the media activity that those aged 16-24 would miss most, in recently published research from Ofcom. - link icon  Thirst for control of hit shows puts ITV in prime takeover territory | Business | The Obse…
This has made for an increasingly cut-throat battle to become king of content and win consumers' attention and drive profits. It dropped the bid last week but the corporate logic remains deep-rooted in the mind of media executives and bankers create a content company big enough to shift the balance of power away from cable companies and internet firms. In the last two years, ITV has bought about a dozen production companies and could pay out as much as 808m in bonuses to executives at those firms if management hits stretching targets in the coming years. - link icon  RadioToday | Radio industry split over future regulation
Responses to Ofcoms review of music in radio formats reveal a deep split in the radio industry over the future of its regulation. Ofcom is considering changes to the way it regulates the music part of the format that describes an analogue local stations character of service. RadioCentre agreed with Ofcoms proposal that the review should focus only on the formats of local commercial radio stations, and exclude other categories of radio licence, including national commercial stations, commercial DAB stations and community radio. -