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Thursday 10 October 2013, AM link icon  BBC News - Spotify and YouTube in BBC tie-up
A beta version of the BBC's new Playlister service has gone live. The new digital service allows listeners to tag any piece of music they hear on the BBC and listen to it later. At a launch event, senior executives from YouTube, Spotify and Deezer explained why the music streaming companies have decided to collaborate on the service. - link icon  BBC Playlister
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Wednesday 09 October 2013, PM link icon  BBC would like to teach the world to code, in perfect harmony - Technology - theguardian.c…
In keeping with the current vogue for all things 80s, Hall recalled the popular success of the BBC Micro computer, which made coding accessible to a new generation. Other digital initiatives announced by the BBC on Tuesday include a music playlist tool, a digital Shakespeare initiative to mark the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016, and plans toexpand its international audience online. Raspberry Pi, the cheap, versatile home inspired in part by the BBC Micro, has sold one million units. - link icon  BBC1 to add +1 service - News - Broadcast
9 October, 2013 By Jake Kanter BBC1 is to launch a +1 service as the corporation underlines the ongoing importance of linear viewing alongside its digital future. The BBC has not committed to a launch date for BBC1+1, but the move has been agreed by the Trust and brings the station in line with most of its rivals.

Tuesday 08 October 2013, AM link icon  Do we spend more time online or watching TV? - Politics -
Is it only white collar workers who spend a significant portion of their time online The number shows how wording can affect the shock factor of a statistic - saying we spend almost 2 whole days a month online sounds like a significant amount, but saying it's 1 in 12 waking minutes might not sound quite so surprising. In their 2013 report, Ofcom claimed that people in the UK spent on average 35 hours online each month. - link icon  Radio Today - ILR at 40: Original LBC presenters return
A number of original presenters are making an appearance on LBC 97.3 today to mark the 40th anniversary of the London talk station. Later at 9pm, LBC 97.3 will broadcast a special hour-long programme called LBC 40. - link icon  John McCririck tribunal panel retires to consider 'ageism' verdict - Media - The Guardian
John McCririck, the the horse racing pundit, with his wife Jenny outside the Employment Tribunal in London. O'Reilly used Twitter this weekend to deny having received such an apology from Hunt, who had to clarify her evidence on Monday. In a supplemental statement put before the tribunal Hunt said her apology came in a Guardian interview in 2011, when she expressed regret for the distress caused. - link icon  BBC report uncovers new claims of bullying and sexual harassment - Media - The Guardian
The BBC director general, Tony Hall, who is due to set out his vision for the corporation. They will raise fresh questions about the BBC's past before Hall's first major address since taking over as director general six months ago. He will on Tuesday set out his vision for the BBC's future, placing digital innovation at the heart of his strategy. -

Monday 07 October 2013, PM link icon  Ariel - Hall to reveal arts boost for BBC
7 October 2013 Last updated at 1128 Funding for television arts programming is to be boosted by 20, the director general will announce tomorrow. 'But I want us to be much more ambitious. We need to showcase more of the incredible talent that this country has to offer to the widest possible audiences. - link icon  Radio Today - Capital XTRA launches, replaces Choice FM
Listen to how the launch started on Soundcloud, including a 10 launch mix followed by breakfast presenters Kojo and Jade welcoming listeners to the new station. -

Monday 07 October 2013, AM link icon  Ian Burrell: The BBC needs to produce some good news for licence-fee payers
For someone who returned to the BBC amid such universal acclaim, garlanded by the staff and lauded by his many admirers in the arts establishment, Halls not had much of a start. What should have been his honeymoon period has been characterised by relentless rows over misspending and bullying. Broadcasting House has been anything but a scene of domestic bliss. -

Sunday 06 October 2013, PM link icon  BBC places next-generation iPlayer at heart of digital strategy - Media - The Guardian
The BBC will address the challenges it faces over the consumption of digital content on devices other than TVs and radios. Tony Hall is expected to say that developing the next generation of the iPlayer, focusing on personalising the choice of BBC programmes offered to users, will be a key ambition for the corporation in his first significant speech since taking over in April. Speaking on Tuesday at Broadcasting House, Hall will set out his vision for the corporation over the next decade, running up to its centenary in 2022. - link icon  Tony Hall's digital vision could cloud BBC licence fee's future - Media - The Guardian
BBC iPlayer an enhanced version could offer a more personalised service. The past 12 months must count as some of the worst the BBC has ever experienced. Yet the grim headlines and committee grillings have done director general Tony Hall no harm at all. - link icon  An Outsider Looks at Life in America -
Al Jazeera America, since going on air on Aug. 20, has worked hard to fight off suggestions of foreignness. It has hired big-name stars, including Soledad OBrien and Ali Velshi, from American networks. The channels subjects and reporting are unassailably American. -

Sunday 06 October 2013, AM link icon  Terry Wogan on his hatred of Jimmy Savile and how his crimes were open secret at BBC - Mir…
The 75-year-old broadcaster has told of how he despised Savile and how his horrific legacy of child abuse has poisoned the BBC. This whole Savile thing has poisoned everything. Paedophile Savile preyed on at least 450 children and young people - many on BBC premises as well as dozens who were sick in hospital wards. You kind of admired him for doing as well as hed done, without any talent whatsoever. But Sir Terry is more defensive of Stuart Hall who was jailed in the summer for a series of indecent assaults on children describing him as a good-humoured fella, very ebullient. -

Saturday 05 October 2013, AM link icon  Freeview and Freesat ad campaigns aim to face down pay-TV challenge - Media - theguardian.…
Freeview, the digital terrestrial TV service, is investing an estimated 5m in a campaign that will break during Saturday's screening of The X Factor. Freeview is in 10.6m households, while digital satellite rival Freesat is in another 1.8m. Guy North, the marketing director at Freeview, acknowledged the rising pressure in the market, but said that Freeview customer numbers have not been affected as yet. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What's on BBC Red Button 5-11 October
1Xtra goes on tour this week and you can get the best seat in the house thanks to Red Button. Fri 11 October 12 midnight Sat 12 5.20am Fresh from the Fringe Theres still plenty of time to see our pick of the people who made us laugh this August. Our valuation game is simple, fun and free to play. - link icon  Tuning out: Analogue radio to disappear by 2018
Linda Smith, chief executive of RadioCentre, which represents commercial stations across the country, predicted that the analogue radio signal would survive six years beyond last years switch off in the television sector. The switchover would be three years later than recommended in a major government report in 2009. If I were a betting person I would say the range of dates for switchover would be from the end of 2017 and 2020, she told The Independent. -

Friday 04 October 2013, PM link icon  Freeview launches new advertising campaign for new Entertainment. It’s even better …
Freeview will roll out a new advertising campaign on Saturday evening to launch a new slogan 'Entertainment. Its even better when its free'. Guy North, marketing communications director at Freeview, said With this campaign we want people to engage with the brand, by showing just how amazing entertainment that is free can be. - link icon  BT Sport 1 free on Freeview for two weeks, Sky, Virgin and BT punters get a free weekend -…
BT Sport 1 will be available on Freeview for free for two weeks in October. On the weeks beginning October 7 and October 14, the channel will be available to watch for free on Freeview channel 57. Both of these TV platforms come with the same digital terrestrial channels youd get on Freeview, plus a range of extra channels, including BT Sport delivered over your broadband connection. - link icon  PCTV Systems launches AndroiDTV 78E for live Freeview viewing for Android smartphones, tab…
Two DVB-T aerials are supplied for optimised reception. The system supports Android devices with a minimum 1 Ghz Dual Core processor, Neon support e.g. AndroiDTV currently retails for 49.99 and it is available at Maplin and Amazon. - link icon  Internet revolution that could make your TV obsolete: Millions may be forced to buy new eq…
Freeview TV and radio channels delivered to 20million homes are to be switched to another part of the broadcasting spectrum and many users are likely to need new equipment to receive them. Steve Unger, chief technology officer of regulator Ofcom, said In the future it wont be just mobiles and tablets connected to the internet billions of things including cars, crops, coffee machines and cardiac monitors will also be connected, using tiny slivers of spectrum to get online. Separately, the regulator is supporting a shift to a more sophisticated system for broadcasting digital terrestrial television DTT, which would not be compatible with millions of TVs and set-top boxes that people use to watch Freeview. - link icon  Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report
Our 2013 Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes report provides detailed evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 5-15. For the first time it also provides detailed information about access to, and use of, media among children aged 3-4. link icon  Ofcom - Spectrum management strategy - Ofcom’s approach to and priorities for spect…

Friday 04 October 2013, AM link icon  Ariel - Kids prefer sport and talent contests
3 October 2013 Last updated at 1800 The Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, and talent shows such as The Voice, were the most-watched shows among children under 15 last year, according to an Ofcom survey. Sport, including England football internationals, and entertainment shows, topped viewing lists, followed by Christmas specials of Doctor Who and Miranda. Around 530,000 children aged between four and nine were also reported to have watched EastEnders on Christmas Day, which started just before the watershed at 8.45pm. - link icon  British Sky Broadcasting Group Downgraded by AlphaValue to Add (BSY) - NorthForkVue
They currently have a GBX 1,029 16.60 price objective on the stock. AlphaValues price target would indicate a potential upside of 17.80 from the companys current price. The stocks 50-day moving average is GBX 844.7 and its 200-day moving average is GBX 834.9. - link icon  Amazon Readies Set-Top Box for Holidays - Inc. is taking steps toward releasing a video-streaming device in time for the holiday selling season, according to people briefed on the company's plans. The set-top box, which would pit the online retailer against a host of established rivals, is a small device that resembles a Roku Inc. player and is similarly styled as a platform to run apps and content from a variety of sources, these people said. It would also serve as a delivery vehicle for Amazon's existing streaming video serviceavailable as part of its Prime membershipwhich competes with Netflix Inc. and has been expanding lately. -

Thursday 03 October 2013, PM link icon  DTG :: News :: Ofcom runs white space trials
UK regulator Ofcom has confirmed that BT and Microsoft are among the firms that will be taking part in its white space trial, Europe's first pilot of the wireless technology. Over the next 6 months, so the regulator, around 20 public and private organisations will be involved in the trial, which will test a range of applications. The trial is part of Ofcom's plan on how to manage spectrum over the next decade with the possibility of a move of DTT spectrum bands in order to release more mobile broadband spectrum. - link icon  Freesat product manuals - find and download replacement user manuals for your Freesat box
- link icon  Freesat help - get help and advice on Freesat s subscription free satellite TV service
From Wednesday 2nd October to Thursday 10 October, a series of technical changes are happening to the satellite transponders that broadcast some of the channels on Freesat. If you encounter channels missing from your TV guide, put your Freesat box or Freesat TV into standby for 30 seconds and then switch it back on again. This should see everything restored If this does not work youll need to do a quick 'Freesat channel scan'. -

Thursday 03 October 2013, AM link icon…
Plans to use wireless technology to ease traffic congestion, regulate motorway speeds and monitor peoples personal health were set out on Wednesday by the broadcast regulator Ofcom. In a briefing, the Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards set out plans for the future use of radio spectrum, which he said was of vital importance to the UK economy, contributing an estimated 52 billion a year. Explaining that spectrum supply was under pressure from rising demand from smartphone and tablet use he outlined futuristic projects for maximising the resource. - link icon  Ariel - Cassian Harrison to be BBC Four editor
Harrison has been working across the two channels recently as a channel executive, looking to increase collaboration. Before that, he was a commissioning editor for history, science and natural history in Factual Commissioning. Harrison said it was an 'extraordinary privilege' to run BBC Four. -

Tuesday 01 October 2013, PM link icon  Breaking Bad finale set to be most pirated show of the year - Television radio - theguardi…
Breaking Bads last ever episode was the third most watched US TV cable series finale, with 10.3 million tuning in. Australians made up just under 20 of those illegally downloading the season final of Breaking Bad. During a peak downloading moment, more than 85,000 people were sharing one copy of the episode. - link icon  DTG :: News :: New Ofcom spectrum head appointed
Ofcom has appointed Philip Marnick as its new Group Director in charge of spectrum. Spectrum is the airwaves over which all wireless communications operate and Ofcom is responsible for its management. Mobile phone networks, TV and radio broadcasting, wireless internet, sat-nav, air traffic control, and the emergency services are just some of the services that use spectrum. - link icon  BBC iPlayer - Help - Introducing BBC iPlayer Downloads
The way you download TV programmes has changed. We've simplified the service, offering the ability to download and play a programme from BBC iPlayer. Programmes can be kept up to 30 days and you have 7 days to watch after you first start to play a download. -

Tuesday 01 October 2013, AM link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - Testing BBC iPlayer Release For Android Downloads
My team and myself are based in the great new buildings in MediaCity here in Salford. I'd like to describe how we went about testing the latest release of BBCiPlayer on Android. We also have the ability to add additional test capacity through an external supplier, which enables us to run iterative regression testing rounds and schedule larger regression testing rounds in a shorter time period. -

Monday 30 September 2013, PM link icon  5 things I love about Google TV
Google TV started slowly, with a less than stellar launch thanks to the overpriced and barely functional Logitech Revue. The platform is already solid enough to power a living room's entertainment with no problem, as I have been doing since earlier this year when my HTPC simply became too old and slow to handle the task any longer. It turns out that Google had the answers, though admittedly, not all of them came specifically from the search giant, but instead have been provided by third-parties, thanks to the open nature of the platform. - link icon  BBC News - Rail mobile internet speeds set to get faster in UK
By 2019, 70 of train passengers should have access to the faster technology, the Department for Transport added. Passengers may be able to watch streamed videos on their mobiles, for example, if the plan to raise data capacity per train 25-fold succeeds. A new fibre optic network should be capable of handling up to 192,000 gigabit per second Gbit/s of data once the upgrade is complete in June 2014. - 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. -