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Monday 30 September 2013, PM link icon  Vodafone 4G review (Red, 4G-ready) - Expert Reviews
For the past year UK customers wanting super-fast smartphone data have had only one choice EE's 4G network. That all changed in August, when Vodafone launched its 4G service in London. You'll have to upgrade to the newly-announced iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c if you want to use an iOS device on Vodafone's super-fast service. - link icon  iPlayer tablet traffic hits 25% - News - Broadcast
Tablets accounted for 25% of all BBC iPlayer video views in August as the proportion of traffic to the service from computers fell to an all-time low. The surge in tablet traffic, up to 39m video views from 35m the previous month, was in part due to the BBC previously incorrectly counting some Android tablet devices as mobiles. Including radio streams, tablets accounted for 43m, or 18%, of total iPlayer traffic. As a result of the correction mobile dipped to 33m, or 14%, of total requests. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - Podcasts in the BBC iPlayer Radio App
Im proud to say that weve now implemented the single most requested new feature podcast downloads. - link icon  BBC News - Toshiba to halve staff numbers in TV unit
The changes will also see the firm close two of its three overseas TV manufacturing facilities. Toshiba, like other Japanese TV makers, has been hit by slowing demand, falling prices and increased competition. The company's digital products division, which includes TV manufacturing, saw its losses widen to 16.3bn yen 166m 103m, in the financial year to 31 March, compared with a loss of 3.3bn yen a year earlier. -

Monday 30 September 2013, AM link icon  Under the hood with the UK Radioplayer tablet app
The UK Radioplayer tabley app came out last week. On my wifi-connected tablet, am I still getting a low-bitrate stream destined for mobiles For our mobile apps, we require stations to have a sub-48k stream. - link icon  BSkyB and BT pay-TV battle and 4G push 'will lift UK ad market to £12.5bn' - Media - th…
The total UK ad market is expected to grow by 2.9 this year to 12.58bn, fuelled by a boost in TV ad spend and the growth of mobile advertising, according to the latest report by media buying agency ZenithOptimedia. Zenith has upgraded its UK TV ad spend forecast to 2.9 year-on-year growth for 2013, after predicting a flat market as recently as June. The other winner is the mobile ad market, which has seen stratospheric growth fuelled by the smartphone and tablet revolution. -

Sunday 29 September 2013, PM link icon  BBC must realise that children choose TV programmes, not branding - Media - The Guardian
However, there was overall strong praise for the BBC's Children's department and the strategy of fewer, better shows. The BBC knows that the UK's kids are extremely technology-literate and getting more so. The stories and characters that appealed to a 10-year-old a decade ago will now barely satisfy an eight-year-old. - link icon
- link icon  Does the UK undervalue quality TV programming? - Comment is free - The Observer
For the first time since The Cops finished in 2000, BBC2 had a returning drama and a classy, intelligent one at that. Series two went on to arguably greater dramatic heights and earned writer Abi Morgan an Emmy last weekend not that many will have noticed given much of the shamefully US-centric coverage. Viewers had tailed off but those remaining were a vocal bunch within a week, one fan's petition to save it had 13,000 signatures. -

Saturday 28 September 2013, PM link icon  How BlackBerry blew it - The Globe and Mail
Mr. Lazaridis opposed the launch plan for the BlackBerry 10 phones and argued strongly in favour of emphasizing keyboard devices. Ltd. the dominant names in the global smartphone market. There is a cultural problem at RIM, he told the group, and the Z10 was a glaring manifestation of it. -

Saturday 28 September 2013, AM link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What's on BBC Red Button 28 September - 4 October
The Red Button has plenty to offer this week with a packed schedule full of comedy, music and sport. You can also listen to different edited highlights on Radio 4, from 6.30pm on Wednesday 2 October and you can watch material from all 12 comics who performed at from Wednesday night. For a full list and times of sport coverage on Red Button see the BBC Sport website. -

Friday 27 September 2013, PM link icon  Ofcom - Television Access Services: Report for the first six months of 2013
An explanation of the obligations applying to broadcasters is given in the Code of Television Access Services and is available on the Ofcom website. http// This first report for 2013 shows that most broadcasters are exceeding their obligations for subtitling, audio description and for signing and the majority are doing so comfortably. In this connection, we note that that Nickelodeon has assured Ofcom that it will make up shortfalls in subtitling 65.5 in the first half of 2013 against an annual target of 70 and audio description 3.6 against a target of 10 A number of broadcasters have committed on a voluntary basis to increase audio description on all or most of their channels to 20. - link icon  Intel Pushes Internet TV Launch to 2014 as It Seeks Partners: Source - Variety
Intels launch of an over-the-top TV service that would compete with cable and satellite giants will be delayed until 2014, as the chipmaker scrambles to find partners to help it come to market, according to an industry source familiar with Intels strategy. Netflix is among the potential partners Intel has approached, with the chip company hoping to gain traction quickly by teaming with companies that have sizable Internet-video distribution platforms, according to a source. However, Intel and Netflix never held serious discussions about a partnership, according to another source close to the situation. - link icon  London Live buys YouTube comedy All About the McKenzies - Media -
Eight episodes of the show, each about five minutes long, were shown on YouTube in 2012, with some attracting more than half a million views. The show has also won acclaim, including an award at the LA Web festival. All About the McKenzies is an indicator of the type of content that London Live wants to attract, in the process supporting emerging talent. -

Friday 27 September 2013, AM link icon  AlphaValue Reiterates Sell Rating for ITV (ITV) - Zolmax
They currently have a GBX 154 2.47 target price on the stock. AlphaValues target price indicates a potential downside of 12.05 from the companys current price. A number of other firms have also recently commented on ITV. - link icon  FCC Proposes Elimination Of UHF Discount -
The FCC will grandfather portfolios of groups that currently exceed the nominal 39 cap and companies that have pending station acquisitions that would push them above the cap, ending today. Story continues after the ad As expected, the FCC also announced plans to grandfather the portfolios of groups that currently exceed the nominal cap of 39 of TV homes, thanks to the discount. The discount essentially allows a broadcaster to swap every VHF station it owns for two UHF stations ch. -

Thursday 26 September 2013, PM link icon  Nearly twice as many tune in to TV for news than read newspapers, with BBC rated most impo…
More people still turn to television as their primary news source than any other platform, according to a new report from media watchdog Ofcom. The survey of nearly 3,000 adults also found that the BBC was by some way still the most popular single source of news in the UK, as well as rated the most important. Of those surveyed, 78 per cent said they used TV as a source of news, compared to 40 per cent using newspapers, 35 per cent radio and 32 per cent the internet. - link icon  Mark Thompson on the BBC's independence - Advertising Week New York video - Media - thegua…
- link icon  Mark Thompson: more financial scrutiny could undermine BBC - Media -
To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. To get the latest media news to your desktop or mobile, follow MediaGuardian on Twitter and Facebook - link icon
- link icon  Ariel - BBC One most popular source for news, finds Ofcom survey
26 September 2013 Last updated at 1308 More people get their news from television than from any other source, with BBC One outstripping any other broadcaster in terms of popularity. The findings come from Ofcom's survey of news consumption in the UK, which looks at the four main platforms used for current affairs television, radio, print and online. Television was by far the most popular platform for news, used by 78 of adults. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - BBC iPlayer Downloads: simpler, more reliable downloads for …
I'm passionate about listening to and responding to feedback from users and read the BBC's online feedback log over my breakfast every morning. The iPlayer feature that has most frequently appeared in this log has been our desktop downloads solution, BBC iPlayer Desktop. Many of you have not been happy with the service, so one of my first jobs was to try and implement a solution. - link icon  DTG :: News :: YouView updates accessibility features
YouView has released the first of series of updates, aimed at improved accessibility for blind and partially sighted viewers as well as viewers with impaired motor and cognitive skills. The initial update includes the option of changing the blue and black guide into high-contrast black and white, making it easier for visually impaired users to read the text in the YouView guide. The mini screen TV in the top right hand corner of the programme guide can now also be switched of, allowing for easier navigation for consumers with cognitive impairments. - link icon  BBC iPlayer - Help - Frequent Questions about BBC iPlayer Downloads
If you're looking for information on Downloads for Mobiles read our dedicated FAQ. BBC iPlayer Downloads is the new iPlayer download service for your computer. Just like BBC iPlayer Desktop, you'll need to download the software to your computer. - link icon  Ofcom - Ofcom publishes Digital Radio Report 2013
Ofcom has today published its Digital Radio Report for 2013. Local DAB multiplexes are estimated to cover 71.7 of households. This is an 11.2 percentage point increase on the same period in 2010 and a 4.4 percentage point increase year on year. -

Wednesday 25 September 2013, PM link icon  BBCW unveils new country chiefs - News - Broadcast
BBC Worldwide has unveiled a raft of new country chiefs across Europe as part of the ongoing restructure of the business. The appointments affect France, Germany, Italy, Iberia, Benelux and the Nordics and were made by David Weiland, executive vice president, Western Europe. Isabelle Helle becomes head of German speaking territories and is also responsible for Tower Productions, the company’s joint-venture with All3Media Germany. She previously oversaw programme sales in the country. - link icon  Roku launches new TV streaming boxes and brings Roku 3 to the UK and Ireland - The Next We…
All UK-bound models Roku 1, 2 and 3 see mostly small, incremental hardware upgrades from other models but with the addition of genuinely useful features. The US-bound entry-level Roku LT 49.99 still has the same 720p max resolution restriction. In fact, all three models support 1080p content now, so thats one less distinguishing factor between each and its interesting that rather than pitch the Roku 1, 2 and 3 as low, medium and high-end models, they are all within 20/20 of the next step up in the range but retain the same core feature set. -

Wednesday 25 September 2013, AM link icon…
The BBC, it was revealed today, is urgently looking at ways of developing new Apps, more complex computer games and easier access to YouTube in order to retain audiences on its children's services. Some children appear to regard the children's channels as too babyish. The report found that 2.1m children aged 4-12 watch BBC1 and BBC2 every week but do not watch the children's channels. - link icon  AT T will build an LTE-Broadcast network tailor-made for video Tech News and Analysis
ATT hopes to breath new life into some old airwaves by building a broadcast network, ideal for pushing out live video to many multiple devices with out jamming up its pipes with traffic. The technology is called LTE-Broadcast, and as it name implies it turns what is normally a two-way mobile broadband network into a one-way multicast network similar to those used by TV broadcasters. Stephenson didnt say exactly when they new network would go live, though he hinted at a three-year horizon. - link icon  Radio Today - VIDEO: Radioplayer launches tablet version
The tablet apps feature a dynamic dashboard of live and catch-up radio, with real-time music information. It includes a radio-recommendation engine, matching users with radio based on their musical tastes, their previous listening, their location, and whats trending. Once a user has found a station, the More button opens an EPG-style panel, which can be scrolled forwards or backwards in time, to reveal schedule information and catch-up programmes. -

Tuesday 24 September 2013, PM link icon…
The report said that both CBeebies and CBBCwere much-loved by parents and children but that older children are less inclined to watch. It said thatBBCchildren's feels it is at risk of falling behind children's media consumption habits because of changes in technology. Changing media habits mean that around one in sevenchildren, aged five to 15, used a tablet device such as an iPad at home and 28 had a smartphone in 2012. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Ofcom invites applications for 11 further local TV licences
Ofcom is inviting applications for licences to run local TV channels in 11 further locations across the UK. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 7 January 2014. Ofcom has received 10 applications for these areas and will award the licences in the coming months. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Sony launches TV dongle
The Bravia Smart Stick can be controlled via a remote which can be operated either by voice commands or its keyboard. Once installed, viewers can search for apps via Google Chrome by voice or typing, and download them straight onto their device. The Smart Stick's Picture-and-Picture feature allows viewers to surf the web and watch TV at the same time in two independent windows on the television screen, without interfering with one another. - link icon  Can HbbTV save-free to-air TV? - WhaTech
That may well be true, but Freeview is keeping very quiet about it. There is not one mention of HbbTV on its website. Channels Nine and Ten are also reported to be working on hybrid television plans. - link icon  Al Jazeera English set to be available to majority of UK households - Rapid TV News
Since its launch in 2006, the international news and current affairs channel broadcasts to over 260 million households across 130 countries, and its arrival on the Freeview digital terrestrial TV DTT platform is a coup for both the channel and the network provider. Our partnership with Arqiva lets us provide the highest quality journalism with the highest quality picture and technical standards, said managing director of Al Jazeera English, Al Anstey. Over a third of Freeview homes are currently able to watch HDTV channels and it is likely that this will increase to over 80 penetration by 2018. - link icon  Ariel - Trust says BBC children’s services perform ‘very well’
However the Trust added the services, which are the most watched children's channels in the UK, face a challenge in maintaining audience reach and impact. Compared to viewing figures for 2011/12, which were at a five-year high, CBeebies and CBBC saw a slight drop in ratings for 2012/13, respectively reaching 48 and 36 among their target audiences of under-sixes and 6-12 year olds. This will result in CBeebies and CBBC commissioning fewer original shows in the next two years. - link icon  After botched debut, new Apple TV update is back with fixes - 9to5Mac
The new version is labeled Apple TV Software 6.0, and it comes in at build number 11A502. This is a substantial increase from pulled11A470e version. - link icon  BBC - BBC Trust - Review of the BBC's children's services
The Trust has published its second review of the BBC's services for children. - link icon  Radio Today - North West MXR DAB multiplex falls silent
The North Wests regional digital radio multiplex has ended service today after 12 years on-air. MXR Yorkshire, the final of five, will continue to operate for now. Of the 11 stations carried, just three will move to a number of local multiplexes to achieve the same coverage. -

Monday 23 September 2013, AM link icon…
The BBC could be set to axe a raft of senior managers, its chairman Lord Patten has suggested. The former Governor of Hong Kong praised the corporation for becoming more efficient but said viewers do not expect BBC bosses to be paid massive salaries and he wants a smaller group in charge. Speaking at the Prix Italia in Turin on Sunday night, he said There are still too many senior managers, around 2.5 per cent of the workforce at the last count. -

Sunday 22 September 2013, PM link icon  We must halve numbers of senior BBC managers, says Lord Patten - Media - The Guardian
Lord Patten said that the BBC has too many senior managers. His comments back the director general's plans to cut the number of managers at the corporation following a bruising battle with parliament over executive pay. I'd like to see this cut to more like 1 by 2015 at the latest to create a smaller group of people more clearly accountable for spending the licence fee. - link icon  It's the BBC Trust that's created this crisis, not the charter - Media - The Guardian
Second, it was that the BBC Trust was not to put too fine a point on it bust. Dealing with controversial payoffs to departing executives was always going to be tricky especially since the BBC appeared to have been insufficiently rigorous in the way it went about it, as was so clearly exposed by the National Audit Office inquiry into the matter. At the same time, by adopting an especially legalistic interpretation of the BBC's royal charter under which they operate, in effect saying that the trust was specifically prohibited from addressing the issue of executive remuneration in any detail, they made the trust itself appear anything but fit for purpose. -

Saturday 21 September 2013, AM link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What's on BBC Red Button 21-27 September
Also from CBBC, there's a blog from presenter Chris, horoscopes and jokes to make you laugh. Our valuation game is simple, fun and free to play. For a full list and times of sport coverage on Red Button see the BBC Sport website. - link icon  BBC News - Apple fingerprint tech raises privacy questions
Apple has yet to comment on the letter. Mr Franken has asked Apple to answers his questions within a month of receiving his letter. Meanwhile, hackers are gearing up to try to crack Apple's Touch ID technology. -

Friday 20 September 2013, PM link icon  Federal judge in Boston 'inclined' to rule for Aereo - The Verge
Spokespeople for Aereo and Hearst declined to comment. Hearst's suit accuses Aereo of unlawfully distributing its programming, and is similar to the one brought last year against Aereo by two separate groups of broadcasters in New York district court. Aereo, which streams live TV over the internet, won there and later at the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. - link icon  BBC News - RSA warns over NSA link to encryption algorithm
Privacy In the 1990s, the NSA tried to claim the right to unlock all encryption systems, but lost the battle after privacy rights and freedom of speech advocates objected. The NSA maintains that it needs to be able to decipher encrypted communications to protect the US against terrorism and organised crime. As the documents leaked by the former government security contractor Edward Snowden have demonstrated, the NSA has been intercepting communications data from all over the world through its Prism surveillance programme. - link icon  Pact: GroupM Entertainment threatens PSB system - News - Broadcast
Pact chief executive John McVay has warned that the growing control of GroupM Entertainment over programming could threaten the ability of broadcasters to meet their PSB obligations. Speaking on Radio 4’s The Media Show earlier this week, McVay said as GroupM Entertainment funds more PSB programming there could be a negative impact on output.. - link icon  Independent TV producers 'forced to sign unfair deals' with WPP - Media -
McVay said the problem first started to emerge about three years ago and that Channel 5, with the smallest programming budget of the main terrestrial broadcasters, was particularly prone. He added that programming deals done directly with broadcasters saw indies keep all rights beyond a limited window, allowing for the channel that commissioned the show to repeat it. At times, this can mean difficult negotiations with media owners around volumes and pricing but GroupM is no different from any other media agency in that respect. - link icon  SES And Arqiva Sign Capacity Agreement For The UK Market -
Ses And Arqiva Sign Capacity Agreement For The Uk Market -

Friday 20 September 2013, AM link icon  Home : Salford Media Festival - 2013
Salford Media Festival brings together the biggest names in the industry. Celebrating 20 years as the Nations and Regions Media conference, Salford Media Festival promises to showcase new work and provide a wider international perspective. The festival will also allow the next generation of media professionals to discover how to succeed in a fast moving business, as well as to showcase their talent to key players in the sector. -

Wednesday 18 September 2013, PM link icon  BBC News - Dr Who and other BBC shows to appear on Hulu service
Most will be available through Hulu's subscription service, called Hulu plus. Shows on Hulu at the moment include The Simpsons, Modern Family and Glee. It has more than 30 million monthly visitors and generates sales of more than 700m 440m through subscriptions and a free, advert-supported service. - link icon  BBC faces major review by MPs following recent scandals - Media -
The review by the Commons committee is expected to begin later this year ahead of crucial charter renewal talks on the future of BBC governance in 2014. The corporation has also initiated its own review of the relationship between the trust and BBC management. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. - link icon  TVCatchup expands service - with actual catchup TV - Technology -
In March, TVCatchup was defiant over a European Union ruling that required online rebroadcasting of content to be licensed from the original rights holder. -

Wednesday 18 September 2013, AM link icon  Daily Mail backs the BBC Trust - Index on Censorship - Index on Censorship
The Trust has faced criticism as excessive remuneration and severance packages have led to accusations of waste and cronyism. So why on Earth would the Daily Mail defend this The Leveson report of 2012 suggested that, should a self-regulatory body established by the press fail to meet the criteria set out by the Lord Justice, OfCom could step in as a backstop regulator. - link icon  BBC local radio embraces female presenter challenge - Women in Leadership - Guardian Profe…
Photograph Christopher Thomond for the Guardian Local radio is rather like a broadcasting Tardis it is a lot bigger on the inside than it appears on the outside. They're not to know that we're a network of 39 stations, generating over 5,000 hours of programming each week to an audience of more than seven million people. In fact, the scale of local radio often takes people inside the BBC by surprise. -

Tuesday 17 September 2013, PM link icon  Ofcom - Summary
1.2We concluded in the SRSP 2010 that where we authorise rights to use spectrum through licensing, we can employ three mechanisms for setting fees cost based pricing, administered incentive pricing and auctions. We also determined that cost based fees which reflect our spectrum management costs should apply to spectrum licence classes where AIP which is calculated based on the opportunity cost of the spectrum used is not appropriate. 1.3We signalled our intention to review cost based fees in our 2013/14 Annual Plan, and this document serves as the first in a series of cost based fee reviews. - link icon…
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The format, which falls somewhere between chat show entertainment television and advertising, has been described in the television industry as a chatmercial. ITV sources said the channel was categorised as advertising and that responsibility for content rested with JML. The show has been trialled over two hours from 12.40am on Monday mornings on ITVs main channel and will continue to be shown on the channel. - link icon  Ariel - What price a safe pair of hands?
The scale of his salary and the terms of his 1m settlement have become a kind of shorthand for cushy jobs and lax management. It is hard to feel sympathy for people leaving the BBC with six, let alone seven-figure compensation but, taking the case of Mark Byford in particular, I have felt there is a side to his story that hasn't been heard. He spent 32 years at the BBC and held a sequence of high-level jobs before becoming deputy director general in 2004. -

Monday 16 September 2013, PM link icon  Video isn t breaking the internet: The industry giants are Tech News and Analysis
The web cant handle video, goes the common refrain. For example, Comcast estimates that if people wanted to watch the television content they watch on its pay TV service using the web, each home would consume 648 gigabytes per month. Were at the point where the web giants, ISPs, backbone providers and content companies are all trying to make their own set of rational decisions about delivering video to avoid having their servers or network assets sit idle while also trying to avoid over-investment. - link icon  Ariel - Trust seeks audience views on BBC news
16 September 2013 Last updated at 1211 Audiences are to be asked what they think of the BBC's news and current affairs output. The BBC Trust has opened a public consultation to gather views on everything from Newsnight to Newsbeat, with the focus on their quality and distinctiveness. 'Now the Trust is going to ask in detail what those audiences expect of the BBC, what they appreciate most, and where they think we could give them an even more distinctive service. -

Monday 16 September 2013, AM link icon  With 30 tuners and 30 TB of storage, SnapStream makes TiVos look like toys - Ars Technica
When you've got 30 or more channels that you need to be recording simultaneously, your cable company's DVR isn't really up to snuff anymore and it's time to call in the big guns. Enlarge / The SnapStream offices near downtown Houston are filled with neat TV memorabilia. For example, a SnapStream cluster is just as good at repackaging, transcoding, and distributing content for re-use as it is for recording it in the first placefunctionality you won't find on a consumer-grade DVR. -

Saturday 14 September 2013, PM link icon  UTV goes HD on Sky and FreeSat - UTV Live News
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Saturday 14 September 2013, AM link icon  BBC measures success of programmes by asking if they are 'fresh and new' - Media - theguar…
Fresh and new director of television Danny Cohen says the BBC needs to find out what the audience thinks is distinctive. Cohen said it was a mistake to obsess with how many people watched or didn't watch Netflix' acclaimed BBC drama remake, House of Cards. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. - link icon  Ofcom could easily regulate BBC, says chief executive - Media -
Richards said there needed to be a debate in the next year or two about electronic programme guides and the prominence given to public service broadcasters. He said his toughest time in the job was when David Cameron, then still in opposition, announced his intention to abolish Ofcom. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. - link icon  BBC Trust uncertainty could affect hunt for new chairman - Media -
Chris Patten due to step down in April 2015. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has admitted that both charter renewal negotiations and the task of finding a successor to Lord Patten could be begin sooner than expected and may run alongside each other. Ministers had been planning to start the process of looking for Patten's replacement next year as he is due to step down in April 2015. - link icon  DTG :: News :: New Freesat HD with freetime box from Humax launches
The new box is made by Humax and expected to retail for only 99. DTG Staff 13.09.2013 Links open in a new window. - link icon  BBC hires Whitehall veteran PR to repair its tarnished image - Media -
Image change John Shield has been hired to repair the BBC's damaged reputation. The director general will be publishing his vision for the BBC over the next decade next month, as the corporation gears up for charter renewal negotiations with the government. Julian Payne, who has been acting head of communications since Mylrea's departure, is moving to a new role leading the BBC's recently announced review of trust and executive working practices, reporting in to Hall. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - A broadcast tour of Sussex
To mark the 30th anniversary of BBC Sussex, the station has embarked on a 30 day tour broadcasting live from across the county. I first mentioned the idea of marking the 30th anniversary of BBC Sussex in January. Easy enough, you might think, but lots to do, from arranging parking and permits through to getting a good mix of guests to talk about each of our featured destinations. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What's On BBC Red Button 14-20 September
Also from CBBC, there's a blog from presenter Chris, horoscopes and jokes to make you laugh. The play along is not available on Virgin TiVo but remember you can also download the BBCs free mobile play along app. For a full list and times of sport coverage on Red Button see the BBC Sport website. -

Friday 13 September 2013, AM link icon  Apple’s iOS 64-bit iUpgrade: Don't expect a 2x performance leap • The Registe…
Apple has said the chip is compatible with all the iOS out there that is still 32-bit. Apple hasnt said how much RAM the 5S contains, but its not going to be of the order that the new 64-bit chip makes possible. Software could use some extra headroom with 64-bit pointers, although that may boil down to effectively 48 bits of useful virtual address space per app the upper bits being reserved for the operating system and unmapped space. - link icon  Twitter / premrugby: Don’t forget you can try ...
Enter Open Tweet details g f Go to user... - link icon  BBC News - Audio pioneer Ray Dolby dies aged 80
Mr Dolby had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for several years and was diagnosed with leukaemia this summer. Mr Dolby was born in Portland, Oregon, and grew up in the San Francisco area. He began his career in the Ampex Corporation, helping to develop early videotape recording systems while he was still a student. -

Thursday 12 September 2013, PM link icon  Harman warns against more scrutiny of BBC finances by spending watchdog - Media - theguard…
I don't think we should do a Dangerous Dogs Act on the BBC, rush to do something everyone agrees is good but doesn't really work. - link icon  BBC ex-chair says NAO more interested in headlines than value for money - Media - theguard…
Bland also said the corporation should be regulated by an outside body such as Ofcom, instead of the BBC Trust, which is under fire. The idea that the BBC should be looked at in the same way as departments of state does not fill me with enormous enthusiasm. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. - link icon  Burns and Bland back BBC regulation change - News - Broadcast
Channel 4 chairman Terry Burns and former chair of the BBC board of governors, Christopher Bland, have suggested that a single board, plus Ofcom, is the best method for regulating the BBC. Speaking on a hastily organised panel session at the RTS Cambridge Convention following Mondays PAC hearing, the pair suggested that a unitary board structure, with input from the TV regulator, addressed the issue of the BBC Trust having to act as both regulator and cheerleader. - link icon  Ofcom - Request to change frequency of Herefordshire Worcestershire local DAB multiplex: S…
These statutory provisions require Ofcom to consult on any such requests before it makes a decision, and so a public consultation was held between 13 August and 10 September. 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 Herefordshire Worcestershire area, Ofcom was satisfied that this statutory criterion had been met. Provided the request meets the terms of the statute, the decision whether or not to agree to the request is at Ofcom's discretion. - link icon  News -
The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide. The culturally diverse regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements. - link icon  Ariel - India staff get three month pay ultimatum
12 September 2013 Last updated at 1520 BBC India staff have been given three months to accept a new pay offer before funds are redirected elsewhere. Staff in the Delhi bureau - who are employees of either Global News or Newsgathering - have already rejected the staggered rise which would see a 5 increase for the lowest paid, 3 for those on around 20,000 and no rise for those earning the equivalent of 31,000 or above. They argue that the proposal fails to take into account the rising cost of living in India where there's been 'double digit inflation' since 2010. - link icon  U.K.s Channel 5 Committed to U.S. Dramas, Owner Says - The Hollywood Reporter
U.S. broadcast networks have in recent years started receiving such fees from cable and satellite TV operators, giving them a new revenue stream that mirrors the carriage fees cable networks receive. However, in the U.K., business models have been different. The BBC, for example, is estimated to pay about 8 million 5 million per year to BSkyB. - link icon  David Abraham RTS Speech, Cambridge 2013 - Channel 4 - Info - Press
Opening remarks Id like to welcome you all to the conference and set the scene for this opening session and for the conference as a whole. Its always a challenge to try and encapsulate discussions on behalf of an entire industry into a coherent 48 hour event especially when one considers the big beasts that have performed this role and the ideological battles that have played out here over the years. The first RTS Cambridge I ever went to was the day after 9/11. -

Thursday 12 September 2013, AM link icon  BBC governance review is overdue - but welcome - Media -
In truth, there is no point in creating yet another board to oversee the BBC's management executive. Give that job to Ofcom and be done with it. - link icon  BBC News - BBC has had annus horribilis, says culture secretary
She wants the public spending watchdog to have greater access to the BBC. The BBC has announced a review of its structure to provide better oversight of the way the licence fee is spent. 'Insufficient independence' Ms Miller's speech to an audience of industry insiders in Cambridge comes after a difficult week for the BBC. - link icon  Maria Miller's speech to the RTS Television Convention – full text - Media - thegua…
Having worked in the advertising industry for 20 years, I couldn't agree more He was a towering figure in broadcasting and one who will be sorely missed by many people here today. Of course Sir David was one of the first people to become famous through his appearances on television. - link icon  Channel 5 owner warns of regulation threat to public service broadcasters - Media - thegua…
Desmond will also point to a historical regulation that allows non-PSB channels to air more minutes of advertising per hour. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. To get the latest media news on your desktop or mobile, follow MediaGuardian on Twitter and Facebook. -

Wednesday 11 September 2013, PM link icon  BBC payouts row: HR director faces calls to quit over 'sweetener' allegation - Media - the…
Adams previously issued a correction to her claim that she could not recall a key memo proposing a controversial 1m payout to the BBC's former deputy director general, Mark Byford. He declined, but said he was happy to share it with the comptroller and auditor general of the National Audit Office, Amyas Morse, who also attended the committee meeting. Shortly afterwards Morse told the committee he had seen the email and suggested Adams be allowed to view it and respond after the hearing. - link icon  TiVo eyes the cloud with premiere of network PVR - Tech Culture - CNET News
TiVo has announced a new, cloud-based television offering that could strengthen its relationships with cable and satellite providers. Dubbed the TiVo network PVR personal video recorder, the new cloud-based service is only in prototype phase at this point, the company noted Wednesday. However, the cloud-based service, which will be shown off for the first time at the International Broadcasting Conference in Amsterdam starting Thursday, may find its way into homes at some point in the future. -

Wednesday 11 September 2013, AM link icon  High roller Michael Grade knows the value of money - Media Monkey - Media -…
Michael Grade a man who knows something about being the son of a rich family. - link icon  David Attenborough: big BBC salaries are huge embarrassment - Television radio - The Guard…
Attenborough spoke out in the wake of the latest controversy around executive pay at the BBC, where 60m was paid to outgoing executives over an eight-year period, including more than 1m to the former deputy director general Mark Byford. The BBC is in my view one of the most important strands in the cultural life of this country and it is going through a bad patch. Ideally they would like the BBC to be exterminated but they realise that would never happen, or should not happen. -

Tuesday 10 September 2013, PM link icon  Apple TV a no-show, in any respect, at iPhone event - Internet Media - CNET News
Apple held an event at its Cupertino, Calif., home base Tuesday. Headlining the presentation was its introduction of a new budget smartphone, the iPhone 5C, and its new flagship iPhone 5S, as it seeks to attract more customers and revitalize interest in its devices. Dueling reports last week first stoked anticipation that Apple had a new set-top box on deck for Tuesday's event after long neglecting the device in terms of any significant refresh. - link icon  NextRadio - a good FM radio app
There's little sense using bandwidth and battery to pick up the same station that you can get via FM radio, after all. The problem is, however, that FM apps on mobile phones aren't very good. Typically, they are bundled with the phone, and carry little extra features. -

Tuesday 10 September 2013, AM link icon  BBC's Less Than Magnificent Seven under fire from MPs - Media - The Guardian
Photograph PA Like most people in their late 60s, Chris Patten is a bit past his best-before date. Fleet St was also out in force to witness the fall of the Tory type they most hate liberal, self-confident, pro-European and elitist, as the tabloids call their critics. Needless to say they were all disappointed by their own hopes and predictions. - link icon  BBC gets the thumbs down from national newspapers - Media -
A radio interviewer asked me yesterday whether the BBC's reputation would be harmed by the golden payoffs scandal. The news headlines - the ones that catch readers' eyes, if not their full attention - are uniformly negative. True, the trustees were not necessarily apprised of every extra payment that was made. - link icon  House bill aims to prevent broadcast TV blackouts - The Hill's Hillicon Valley
The discussion draft is a response to the month-long blackout of CBS stations for millions of Time Warner Cable customers. A satellite television law is set to expire at the end of next year, and it's possible that re-authorization legislation could include other changes to video regulations. Eshoo's proposal won praise from cable providers but drew the ire of the broadcasting industry. -

Monday 09 September 2013, PM link icon  BBC's 'squabbling' executives slammed by MPs amid payoffs scandal - Media - The Guardian
- link icon  Letters: Payoff for the BBC is a change in management structure - Media - The Guardian
Former BBC director general Mark Thompson leaves the public accounts committee hearing into payoffs to former colleagues. They were made not from profits but from the television licence fees of individual households. It took 6,500 licence fees a small town to cover just one of these severance payments. - link icon  BBC Trust is “broken” say MPs - News - Broadcast
It takes just 2 minutes and offers full, instant access to the Broadcast website along with a copy of the magazine delivered every week. - link icon  Ariel - Thompson stands by Byford pay-off
The former director general believed it represented 'value for money' for the BBC, which paid the ex-deputy DG 12 months' salary and 12 months' pay in lieu of notice. He said the BBC wanted Byford to remain in post during a period of 'immense operational challenges' and that the extra payment was required, in his judgement, to keep him 'fully focused' on the task and 'not worrying about head hunters'. 'I believe I made sure the BBC Trust was fully informed in advance about these settlements,' he told the committee. - link icon  BBC payoffs saga grossly unedifying, says Margaret Hodge - Media -