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Thursday 10 July 2014, PM link icon  Everything you know about 4K is wrong thanks to HDCP 2.2 | News | TechRadar
I really don't think Freeview is about being cutting edge what we tend to do is look at innovation and then follow it. Without a device-to-device handshake, HDCP 2.2 delivered content isn't going to make it onto any screen. Unfortunately HDCP 2.2 chip availability is trailing behind 4K product roll-outs. - link icon  BBC producers may make TV shows for rival broadcasters | Media | The Guardian
However, it remains to be seen how the idea will be greeted by politicians and the TV industry. The decision would require sweeping regulatory changes to be incorporated into the BBC charter from 2017. We should have regulation in the TV supply market only where it's needed so that we can let creativity flourish ... - link icon  BBC could start making shows for foreign and UK broadcast rivals as part of Director-Gener…
If independent producers can take their ideas to any broadcaster around the world, I would want the same for BBC Production. Were up for a discussion as to whether they should offer ideas to other UK broadcasters, he will say. The plan is said to represent the single biggest breaking open of the BBC since it was first conceived in 1922, said one source. - link icon  RadioToday | Radio Indies respond to Tony Hall speech
Indie radio producers based across the UK have a proven track record creatively, and are more than ready to contribute world class ideas, with the competitively priced resources needed to deliver them. - link icon  A seismic change for British TV | News | Broadcast
For the indie sector, it means that 400m worth of programming could be up for grabs, but also that a powerful new competitor is likely to emerge. The indie sector has been knocking on the WoCC door for some time, but dont expect it to walk all over an archaic in-house division. Which broadcaster wouldnt want Miranda or Strictly - link icon  Lord Burns sounds note of caution over BBC plans | News | Broadcast
Channel 4 chairman Lord Burns has voiced concerns about the future of the indie sector and the licence fee following Tony Hall’s plans to scrap BBC quotas. Speaking after the director general earlier today at City University, London, Burns sounded a note of caution about the potential knock-on effects for production companies. Burns said that he had a “very deep interest in maintaining a vibrant indie sector”, and would be “nervous” if the corporation’s plans to scrap quotas and liberate its production arm “would squeeze that”. - link icon  Hall: BBC must compete or compare to survive
Tony Hall has unveiled plans to introduce a “compete or compare” culture at the BBC to ensure the corporation is on the strongest footing possible going into charter renewal negotiations next year. Delivering a potentially legacy-defining speech at City University on Thursday, the director general argued that the BBC must open itself up to competition and benchmark its performance wherever possible. Sccording to Hall, only this will enable the corporation to make a coherent case on the level at which the licence fee should be set when it sits down with the government to thrash out its future after the 2015 general election. - link icon  The industry reacts: TV execs on BBC quota plans | News | Broadcast
10 July, 2014 Tony Halls plans to tear up quotas at the BBC and liberate in-house production has been largely welcomed by the indie sector and rival broadcasters. If you subscribe today you can take advantage of our 20 discount on Broadcast. Subscribing takes just 2 minutes and offers full, instant access to the website along with a copy of the weekly magazine. - link icon  Tony Hall: speech in full | News | Broadcast
The director general outlined his plans for major changes to BBC Productions at City University in London earlier today. In his inspiring book, An Empire Of Their Own, the cultural historian Neal Gabler tells the story of the creation of Hollywood. He records the extraordinary lives of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe who came to America, to work as retailers, as small time entrepreneurs, as grafters in the garment industry. And Gabler tells the tale of their rise to greatness as legendary movie moguls. The great impresarios of one of the most spectacular cultural industries of the last century began in the most modest way and made a success as pioneers because they had liberty and a fierce desire to succeed. - link icon  BBC TV production plans welcomed by indie trade body as ‘historic’ | Media | theguardi…
The chief executive of Pact, the independent producers trade body, described the opening up of the BBCs TV production operation as a historic moment. He said every programme commissioner in the BBC should pop a cork because they would now be able to choose whatever programmes they want, regardless of whether they were made in-house at the BBC or elsewhere. McVay said Halls plan reflected calls that Pact had been making for many years to open up the BBC to more competition from independent producers. - link icon  Channel 4 chair fears for indies over BBC production plans | Media |
The chair of Channel 4 says the broadcaster would buy programmes from the BBC, but expressed concerns about the impact director general Tony Halls plans may have on the independent sector. Lord Burns said Halls proposals to open up the BBC to more competition could go further and criticised the corporation for not looking ahead to a post-licence fee world. Can you really imagine in 30 years time there will be a licence fee said Burns. - link icon  BBC’s TV production shakeup could extend to news, radio and online | Media | theguardian…
Hall, the BBC director general, said on Thursday morning that the plan, which will see in-house TV production spun off as a standalone subsidiary and allowed to make shows for rivals for the first time, marked a stripping-away of regulation that would enable an era of unprecedented competition. I want a less regulated system that ensures that both our own BBC producers and those of the independent sector have creative freedom. I want a level playing-field between BBC producers and independent ones. Hall said that the new Compete or Compare strategy could be extended to radio, news and current affairs programming and its digital and technology operations. - link icon  Tony Hall’s BBC ‘compete or compare’ speech - full text | Media |
The great impresarios of one of the most spectacular cultural industries of the last century began in the most modest way and made a success as pioneers because they had liberty and a fierce desire to succeed. I believe strongly in the freedom and entrepreneurial spirit that made this possible. I have been fortunate to work for some of the greatest cultural bodies of this country. - link icon  BBC News - Why Coe is set to win BBC race
10 July 2014 Last updated at 1138 Here are a couple of mildly interesting tidbits about my own shop, the BBC. Of course his appointment is not 100, because there is a formal and slightly cumbersome appointments process. Well they know him well George Osborne and Coe once shared an office, I think, and they regard him as an impressive leader, with a remarkable record of success off the track leading London's Olympics bid, chairing the organising committee for the games, and so on. - link icon  Ofcom | Speaking TV programme guides - Would they help people with visual impairments, an…
- link icon  BBC News - What emergency data law means for you
A European Court of Justice ECJ ruling earlier this year meant the powers to retain this data were under threat. However, privacy campaigners said it was another encroachment on the rights of people not to have their communications monitored. Here is an explanation of the new law, and what it means to people who live in the UK. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Ofcom requests views on speaking EPGs
Following a round-table discussion on the use of EPGs by visually-impaired viewers that was held earlier this year, regulatory body Ofcom have published a call for input from users. This is an invitation for views from all those interested, in particular -People with visual impairments would be able to make more use of EPGs if they could read out information on request. The input given will then be used when Ofcom decide whether or not they are to change their guidance to EPG providers on the features they should make available for people with visual impairments who use their programme guides. - link icon  BBC News - Giant rollable TVs on the horizon, says LG
10 July 2014 Last updated at 1321 LG has announced the release of two new paper-thin TV panels, with one that is so flexible it can be rolled into a 3cm diameter tube. The company stated it is confident it will produce a 60in 152cm Ultra HD rollable TV by 2017. LG unveiled one of its first flexible TVs at CES - a global consumer electronics and technology trade show - earlier this year. -

Wednesday 09 July 2014, PM link icon  BBC signals end of quotas | News | Broadcast
The BBC plans to tear up production quotas and liberate in-house teams to pitch to other broadcasters in the biggest breaking open of the corporation in its 92-year history. The proposals, outlined in a speech by director general Tony Hall on 10 July, mean that all existing BBC quotas would be scrapped, opening up 400m worth of commissioning opportunities to the independent production sector.

Tuesday 08 July 2014, PM link icon  Ariel - Derbyshire gets News Channel show
The move follows the announcement last week that she had decided to leave Radio 5 live after 16 years. Her news and current affairs tv programme will include interviews, discussion and debate, with social media employed in new ways to involve the audience. 'It will include the kind of broadcasting I love doing - original journalism, stories that affect the lives of our audience, exclusive interviews, viewer debates and big breaking news. - link icon  Why British TV rules the world - Features - TV Radio - The Independent
Making quality TV is becoming recognised internationally as a great British trait, matching our long-held reputation in popular music. In the past three years, the UK has exported more than 600 TV shows, around six times as many as Germany. Although its story has been overshadowed by the novelty of the internet, British television has been through a revolution in the past two decades. - link icon  BBCs Nicky Campbell launches scathing attack on Lord Patten over female broadcasters debat…
Campbell launched a blistering attack on the BBC Trust Chairman, who has stepped down following major heart surgery. Hes just so ignorant, Campbell told Radio Times. However Derbyshire and Fogarty both defended the new 5 Live line-up, which they said included many prominent female voices. - link icon  BBC News - Smart LED light bulbs leak wi-fi passwords
Context Security released details about how it was able to hack into the wi-fi network of one brand of network-enabled bulb, and control the lights remotely. The LIFX light bulb, which is available to buy in the UK, has network connectivity to let people turn it on and off with their smartphones. The firm behind the bulbs has since fixed the vulnerability. -

Tuesday 08 July 2014, AM link icon  Guardian appoints Jane Martinson as head of media - Media -
Jane Martinson has been appointed the Guardians new head of media, overseeing all of Guardian News and Medias coverage of the media industry in print and online. Martinson, who is currently the womens editor of the Guardian, will take up the new role on 8 September. She was previously the Guardians media editor responsible for the papers print section until 2010, when she moved to take up the womens editor post, setting up the Guardians womens blog. -

Monday 07 July 2014, PM link icon  QVC Extra launches on local TV multiplex Digital TV Europe
Comuxs sale of capacity for two national channels not ringfenced for local TV part of its original licence agreement with regulator Ofcom is designed to create an additional revenue stream for its local TV services. This shows the Comux business model delivering exactly what it said it would, with public seed funding and private management enabling a long-term future for this new local TV initiative. - link icon  Samsung bows out of plasma TV production
It will end allplasma display operations by the 30th of November. Samsung didn't release any new plasma models in 2014, making last year'sF8500 the last chance customers will have to get their hands on a Samsung plasma TV. Panasonic was widely seen as the market leader in plasma TV technology before the announcement, a title it won from Pioneer and its legendary Kuro range when the latter company decided to ditch the TV market altogether. - link icon  DVB sets new standards - informitv
The Digital Video Broadcasting Project has ratified specifications for the delivery of ultra-high-definition television services. Its Phase 1 specification sets a base level for UHDTV but does not address more demanding requirements that are already on the horizon. It allows for the possibility that Phase 2, which has yet to be considered, will use higher frames rates. - link icon  RadioToday - De-regulate with caution, says UKRD boss
There is no question that there is an increasing detachment taking place between local stations and their local communities and we are not in favour of a further substantial erosion of this relationship. It is not. Local commercial radio licences are granted to businesses by Ofcom so that they can serve specific local communities and if there is a further move which allows too much erosion of this relationship, there will be little point in having local commercial radio licences of this nature at all. We represent a particular strand of local commercial radio which seems to be unfashionable in certain quarters. - link icon  UBS: Sky could sell ITV stake - News - Broadcast
ky could sell its 7.5% stake in ITV ahead of the creation of Sky Europe, according to analysts. The move may help to pave the way for the creation of a pan-regional pay-TV business, first floated in May, which would bring together Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland with the UK service. Sky could be keen to resolve its plans for its interest in the free-to-air broadcaster ahead of tackling the ambitious consolidation strategy. “?We argue that there is potential for BSkyB to sell this stake as part of the plan to create Sky Europe,” Tamsin Garrity, an analyst at investment bank UBS, noted in a report. Sky bought a 17.9% stake in the commercial broadcaster in 2006 to block cable operator NTL, now Virgin Media, from taking over the broadcaster. It subsequently sold a 10.4% stake in February 2010, leaving it with the 7.5% holding. - link icon  BBC News - Teletext festival breathes life into old tech
Teletext, a British invention from the 1970s phased out in the UK in 2012, is a television information retrieval service. Despite teletext's limitations, artists from across the world have pushed the ageing tech to its limit to create an impressive collection of retro illustrations. The festival, in its third year, will be run by Finnish art collective FixC, from 14 August to 14 September 2014. -

Monday 07 July 2014, AM link icon  Susanna Reid's list of instructions to boost Good Morning Britain's ailing ratings of ITV …
It leaves the programme with just 13 per cent of the audience, falling short of the 15 per cent executives said it needed to survive. Scroll down for video Change Susanna Reid has been told to soften her look as executives worry it deters female viewers. On Friday, the 43-year-old took the show outdoors once more, sporting a flowery dress, sling-back heels, hoop earrings and sunglasses. -

Sunday 06 July 2014, PM link icon  Scotlands TV industry post-independence: A Yes vote will interfere with viewing north of t…
So, the BBC would give its shows to a foreign country at no further cost to Scottish viewers. Some companies in Scotlands thriving independent production sector, which produces numerous shows for network British television, are alarmed at the prospects for their businesses post-independence. The idea that the BBC would just sit down and put pen to paper on such a deal is ridiculous. - link icon  Nick Pollard: ‘Sky News is always more inventive and energetic than BBC News’ - Media …
Nick Pollard, the former head of Sky News, was asked to investigate the fallout from the botched Newsnight investigation, while Tony Hall, his exact contemporary at school, was invited back as director general. Pollard was not shot, as a messenger bringing grim news, but neither was he invited to fix the problems hed accurately identified as many thought he should have been. Ever the enthusiast, he has directed his energies into modernising BFBS, which celebrated 70 years of broadcasting in 2013. -

Saturday 05 July 2014, PM link icon  BBC staff told to stop inviting cranks on to science programmes - Telegraph
Science coverage does not simply lie in reflecting a wide range of views but depends on the varying degree of prominence such views should be given. The Trust said that man-made climate change was one area where too much weight had been given to unqualified critics. In April the BBC was accused of misleading viewers about climate change and creating false balance by allowing unqualified sceptics to have too much air-time. In a damning parliamentary report, the corporation was criticised for distorting the debate, with Radio 4s Today and World at One programmes coming in for particular criticism. - link icon  QVC builds TV presence with new Freeview channel -
The new channel will strengthen the companys TV business model, and will provide a 24-hour platform for QVCs product ranges in one-hour themed slots and branded programmes. This announcement strengthens the commercial model for local TV broadcasters up and down the UK. The proceeds from the sale go directly to help fund a wider range of services for local television. - link icon  Social media drives TV choices for one in seven in UK - Social TV - News - Rapid TV News
Celebrating its second birthday, the subscription-free on-demand platform provider discovered that 14 of Facebook users questioned also said they always or often use the site to talk about the TV programme they are watching. For Twitter the number was slightly higher at 16. Nationally, 4 of people admitted they talk about TV at least once a day on Facebook and 2 on Twitter. -

Friday 04 July 2014, PM link icon  Doctor Who writer predicts extermination of the soap opera - Media Monkey - Media - thegua…
The man who penned Queer as Folk reckons Coronation Street, Hollyoaks et al have at best 10 years left in them, the Sun reports. You can see a television landscape in 10 years time where they wont exist or will be reduced. Well, Monkey is determined to look on the bright side with all that air-time going spare, think of all the new reality TV shows that can fill up the schedules. - link icon  Exclusive: Today Programme criticised for giving platform to climate sceptic Lord Lawson -…
It gave the impression that theres still debate about climate change. Across our programmes the number of scientists and academics who support the mainstream view far outweighs those who disagree with it. - link icon  Ariel - TV News celebrates its 60th birthday
At 7.30pm on July 5, 1954, Richard Baker uttered the opening words. Kenneth Kendall was the first, in 1955, later joined by others such as Robert Dougal, who would all become semi-permanent fixtures of the living room furniture. 'For many of us working in television news or multimedia news, some of these people are the people we grew up with,' says Mary Hockaday, head of the newsroom and responsible for about 1000 staff. -

Wednesday 02 July 2014, PM link icon  Radio's Brave New World
It sounds as if radio is heavily under threat. The facts are that radio is as resilient today as it always has been. The amount of people who tune into radio is as high as it has ever been. -

Tuesday 01 July 2014, PM link icon  RadioToday - Second national DAB multiplex welcomed
- link icon  Why the Aereo Shutdown Will Be a Disaster for Broadcast TV - Re/code
Too bad they werent in Anaheim with me, because despite Aereos now-illegal Rube Goldberg-esque transmission technology, it offered a distinctive and revolutionary way for broadcast TV to remain relevant to younger viewers. Unfortunately, most TV execs probably never had a chance to actually use Aereo. I had a chance to use Aereo extensively when I spent a month in the Boston area this spring, and it delivered broadcast TV to the devices that most people under 30 use to view video mobile phones and tablets. - link icon  Ariel - Matthew Postgate to be technology chief
1 July 2014 Last updated at 1334 Matthew Postgate is to succeed John Linwood as chief technology officer. Currently controller of research and development, he will be responsible for delivering the BBC's broadcast technology and IT systems. Linwood was sacked from the role last July for his part in the 100m failure of the Digital Media Initiative. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - Schedule changes at 5 live
Today I have just shared with the team here at 5 live a major set of schedule changes. It is a sad time as, within this, we say goodbye to three of the great stars of 5 live, but it's also an exciting time as we look ahead to the next stage in our life here in Salford. We say farewell to Victoria Derbyshire who has an exciting new opportunity with BBC News, details of which will be announced in the next few months. - link icon  RadioToday - Second national DAB multiplex advertised
Ofcom will today advertise for a second national DAB radio multiplex, as promised by the Government in 2013. This will be the second time Ofcom has advertised an additional national multiplex, having awarded a licence to Channel 4 in 2007 to operate a second multiplex to compliment Digital One. Digital One is now full with 11 mono stations broadcasting at low bit-rates and just three stations broadcasting in stereo. -

Monday 30 June 2014, PM link icon  Public TV Ad Ban Will Remain After Supreme Court Declines Review - Variety
The station also said that the court should reconsider a 1969 Supreme Court decision that allowed the government to place some restrictions on broadcast content, arguing that the media landscape had changed so much in the last 45 years. Late last year, an en banc panel of the 9th Circuit sided with the government, concluding that it had a vested interest in maintaining public television without the influence of for-product sponsors. The station is independent and not affiliated with PBS, and some other larger public television stations had warned that allowing ads for for-profit goods and services could undermine their ability to raise money from corporate underwriters and federal and state funding sources. - link icon  Secrecy concerns raised around appointment of new BBC Trust chairman - Press Gazette
They have also questioned the suitability of current acting chairmanDiane Coyle for the role. The organisations have also asked Javid to explain why the next chairman will be required to work two days a week down from three to four while still being paid 110,000 a year. The letter asked why no information has been released on who the three people on the interview panel for the Trust role are and how they were picked. -

Monday 30 June 2014, AM link icon  Coming This Summer
Wouldnt it be great to watch live and recorded TV anywhere in the home, and also when you are on the go -

Sunday 29 June 2014, PM link icon  BBC Trust role is no part-time affair - TV Radio - Media - The Independent
Its extraordinary that the Government thinks a role that engulfed a seasoned figure like Chris Patten can be carried out with such minimal commitment. It was hardly a good career move for Lord Patten or his predecessor Michael Lyons, who never appeared content in the role. In times of BBC crisis, which are not infrequent, its a seven-day job. - link icon  RadioToday - BBC turns on 250th DAB radio transmitter
BBC national digital radio has been extended with the switch-on of over 250 DAB transmitters so far. Seven transmitters were recently turned on, bringing the total number across the UK to 253. Its part of the current phase of their digital radio network expansion plan bringing a further two million people into the coverage area and increasing coverage from 93 to 97 by the end of 2015. -

Sunday 29 June 2014, AM link icon  Ofcom - Ofcom consultation on the UK preparations for the World Radiocommunication Confere…
- link icon  BBC News - BT apologises for broadband outage
Users complained they were unable to connect to some websites - including social media, banking and shopping sites - as a result of the problems. BT said it was unable to say how many customers had been hit, but issues were reported in various parts of the UK. -

Saturday 28 June 2014, AM link icon  Moderate TV viewing linked to premature death - Health News - NHS Choices
Watching TV for three hours a day can be deadly doubling your risk of dying early, the Mail Online reports. The participants were asked to self-report time spent on three types of sedentary behaviour TV viewing, computer use and time spent driving. They were then followed for between 2 and 10 years to see if any of the participants died prematurely, and if so, if there was a significant association between premature death and types of sedentary behaviour. -

Friday 27 June 2014, PM link icon  Public TV Station Seeks Supreme Court Review of Ban on Ad Spots - Variety
The day after the Supreme Court issued its decision in Aereo, the justices are weighing whether to take another case that could have a significant impact on broadcasting. The station challenged the penalty, but also sought to invalidate the 1981 law that restricts public stations from airing ads for commercial products or political candidates, and even challenged the FCC on First Amendment grounds. Late last year, an en banc panel of the 9th Circuit agreed that the government was on solid legal ground and that it had a vested interest in ensuring that public TV retained its non-commercial nature. -

Thursday 26 June 2014, PM link icon  Channel 4 to launch two new HD channels Digital TV Europe
June 26, 2014 UK terrestrial broadcaster Channel 4 is due to launch two new high definition channels on the Freeview platform. Were excited that these Channel 4 channels are joining the HD community, said Arqivas director of digital terrestrial television, Mike Finchen. - link icon  RadioToday - Global makes London DAB multiplex changes
Global Radio is making a number of changes to the platforms used by its London radio stations broadcasting on DAB. XFM is also on the move from London 2, where it was broadcasting at 112kbps, to London 1 where it returns to 128kbps stereo. A Global Radio spokesperson told RadioToday We are moving these services in order to use our digital capacity more effectively. - link icon  DTG :: News :: BBC to continue 4k trials at Commonwealth Games
This time the research development trial will be broadcast to a public screening, giving people the opportunity to see the very first live UHD broadcast of a Commonwealth Games. This new broadcasting system is BBC RD's vision in order to increase speed and ubiquity of internet networks. New forms of content could take advantage of this information to provide richer, more interactive and more personal ways of telling stories to audiences. - link icon…
- link icon  Ariel - BBC Three triumphs at Broadcast Digital Awards
In what was a triple sweep, it also took best factual channel and best entertainment channel. The recognition comes as the youth channel faces moving solely to iPlayer next year, subject to approval by the BBC Trust. Its challenge is to maintain that level of excellence as an online channel next year.' Overall, the BBC won half of the awards up for grabs, a total of nine out of 18 categories. -

Thursday 26 June 2014, AM link icon  BBC receives £500m offer for UKTV - Media -
It is understood that Scripps has made multiple attempts to convince BBC Worldwide to sell up, with the best offer thought to be in the region of 500m. This option was never exercised, as BBC Worldwide lacks the financial muscle or flexibility within its 350m borrowing facility. UKTV made a healthy operating profit of 71m last year, albeit flat year-on-year, with Scripps boosting programme investment to a record high of 110m. -

Wednesday 25 June 2014, PM link icon  DTG :: News :: More than 1bn homes will have Digital TV by the end of 2014.
The research says that by year-end, two thirds of all households using TV's will be using a digital platform to watch programming. There will still be large disparities in the digital penetration by region as North America for example will be 97.1 Digital while Latin America will be just 51.5. China will have the highest number of Digital Homes at 289 million, followed by the US at 114 million and India with 96.4 million. - link icon  Ariel - Weather is big news for most adults, finds Ofcom survey
25 June 2014 Last updated at 1328 The weather rates ahead of crime and worldwide current affairs as a topic that people consider to be news. Six in 10 UK adults nominated the weather as a news topic, ahead of crime 53, worldwide current affairs 53, UK-wide current affairs 51 and UK-wide politics 49. The statistics come from Ofcom's research into news consumption, which included a survey of nearly 2,800 people across the UK. - link icon  BBC's James Harding to newspaper publishers: let's work together - Media -…
BBC head of news James Harding has said the differences between the corporation and publishers have been overdone. It means a society in which the decisions of powerful people go unreported and unchallenged, undermining any belief in local democracy and institutions, public services and private businesses. And, to my mind, the squabbles in recent years between the local press and the BBC are getting us all nowhwere. - link icon  Supreme Court Ruling a Likely Death Knell for Aereo - WSJ
Interviews with Mr. Hurwitz and others were conducted before the ruling was announced on Wednesday. Aereo could also lobby to try to change the law, though most experts familiar with the ways of Washington put the odds of success between slim and none. Aereo is a two-year-old company that picks up television signals and sends them to the Internet-connected devices of Aereo subscribers, all without permission from or payment to the broadcasters who provide the programming. These fees have become increasingly important to broadcasters, making up 3.3 billion for the industry last year and expected to hit 7.6 billion by 2019, according to SNL Kagan. - link icon  The Verge
With a success under its belt with the Chromecast, Google is officially renewing its assault on the living room with Android TV. Google TV, launched in 2010 with its apparent ambition to turn your television into a smartphone, is now firmly in the past. Android TV is Google's rekindled vision for your home's largest screen, and it's considerably sleeker and more in line with the competition's offerings. - link icon  Statement from Aereo CEO and Founder Chet Kanojia on United States Supreme Court Decision …
Weve said all along that we worked diligently to create a technology that complies with the law, but todays decision clearly states that how the technology works does not matter. Consumer access to free-to-air broadcast television is an essential part of our countrys fabric. Using an antenna to access free-to-air broadcast television is still meaningful for more than 60 million Americans across the United States. And when new technology enables consumers to use a smarter, easier to use antenna, consumers and the marketplace win. - link icon  BBC News - US high court rules Aereo violates copyright law
Aereo uses thousands of tiny antennas to pick-up TV signals and transmit them to subscribers who pay as little as 8 5 a month for the service. Aereo offered its service for subscribers to watch on smartphones and other portable devices. It is available in New York, Boston, Atlanta and some other major US cities. - link icon  Lets work together: BBC in olive branch to local press - Journalism News from HoldtheFront…
A senior BBC executive has held out the prospect of content-sharing with local newspapers in an apparent olive-branch towards the industry. James Harding, director of news and current affairs at the corporation, says the BBC is considering making its audio and video archive to local media as part of a new partnership approach. Said James We share a belief in local journalism because we have a responsibility to the country we live in to ensure that local journalism gets back on its feet. - link icon  Ofcom - News consumption in the UK - 2014 report
Published 250614 This summary report provides key findings from Ofcoms 2014 research into news consumption across the four main platforms television, radio, print and online, and highlights where these have changed since 2013. It is published as part of our market research range of publications that examine the consumption of content and attitudes towards that content on different platforms. The aim of this report is to inform an understanding of news consumption across the UK, and within each UK nation. -

Tuesday 24 June 2014, PM link icon  Lenny Henry tells MPs ethnic diversity plan of BBC does not go far enough - Media - The Gu…
Henry told MPs on the culture, media and sport select committee that Britain had been losing talent because of the mistaken belief that ethnic minority actors did not have star power. Ejiofor recently won acclaim for his role in the film 12 Years A Slave. Henry added Development funding is great but there are people absolutely trained and ready to rock. - link icon  Ariel - Diane Coyle expresses fears on BBC independence
Coyle was critical of the hurried negotiations between the BBC and the government as part of the latter's spending review in October 2010. The resulting settlement froze the licence fee at 145.50 until 2017. They include improving the quality, range and originality of BBC One drama, especially in peak time control of overall headcount, particularly cuts in the number of senior managers. - link icon  Selling door-to-door carries too much risk of damaging the BSkyB brand - Business - The Gu…
550 door-to-door salesmen could lose their BSkyB jobs, and have already been taken off the streets. Photograph Chris Radburn/PA Believe in better, say the Sky ads, a philosophy hard to marry with the very old-tech idea of paying salesmen to go door-to-door flogging television and broadband contracts. Door-to-door selling is what gas and electricity suppliers do, or used to do, often landing themselves in hot water with their regulator when the sales techniques proved too aggressive or plain misleading. -

Tuesday 24 June 2014, AM link icon  Diana Coyle warns government influence over BBC is growing - News - Broadcast
Clearer terms of engagement between the BBC and the government must be put in place to protect the corporation’s independence, according to Diane Coyle. The acting chairman of the BBC Trust used a speech, titled A 21st Century BBC, to warn of the growing creep of government influence. Speaking at the London School of Economics (LSE) on Monday evening, Coyle argued that the BBC has become “more and more entangled with parts of the machinery of government, parliament and the state” over the past decade. She highlighted the fact the BBC attended 14 select committee hearings last year, compared with six in 2003. She also said the licence fee is often classified as a “tax” and the BBC is described as an “arm’s length body” of the Department for Culture, Media and Sports.- link icon  Predictable BBC1 needs to improve drama, says BBC Trust chair Diane Coyle - TV Radio - Med…
Ms Coyle, who took over from Lord Patten after he resigned for health reasons, criticised the BBCs flagship channel in a speech indicating her candidacy to fill the vacant role. Lord Coe, the Conservative peer and leader of the London 2012 Olympic Games organising committee is favourite for the role, although the high-profile job may prove incompatible with his outside interests. Diane Coyle took over the role from Lord Patten following his resignation The Independent revealed that the job criteria has been tweaked to allow for a candidate unable to commit three to four days a week to the role. - link icon  Licence fee should be charged to iPlayer users, says acting chair of BBC Trust - Media - t…
Diane Coyle said her speech on Monday evening was likely to be seen as her application for the job as BBC Trust chair. She said it was right that there should be a debate about decriminalisation of licence fee evasion, including the potential impact on BBC income. Coyle reminded her LSE audience that this had resulted in the negotiation being lumped together with the government's spending review, which led to the BBC being forced to take on extra funding obligations while the licence fee was frozen until 2017. -

Monday 23 June 2014, PM link icon  UKTV Play online - informitv
UKTV has announced a new digital service that will be delivered online direct to viewers. Programming will be compiled in collections, such as by topic and events, as well as editorial selections, box sets and advance previews of new programmes. -

Monday 23 June 2014, AM link icon  xkcd: Throwing Rocks
Warning this comic occasionally contains strong language which may be unsuitable for children, unusual humor which may be unsuitable for adults, and advanced mathematics which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License. -

Sunday 22 June 2014, PM link icon  TV drama tax credit helps put UK in the global game - Media - The Guardian
The conversation is always you can do it in Georgia, you can do it in Vancouver, or you can do it in the UK. The government will refund up to 20 of the UK spend of qualifying TV productions those that have a budget of 1m an hour or more. The TV tax credit sprang from the UKs longer-established tax credit for feature films and from losing TV productions to countries with lower wages and costs. -

Saturday 21 June 2014, PM link icon  Help at hand for TV viewers over signal (From Swindon Advertiser)
The 4G roll-out in May included an upgrade of the mast on Tewkesbury Way, and residents were left at a loss when terrestrial aerials were badly affected by the network surge in the area. Engineers have now visited some properties, including in Park Springs, to install new aerials and filters to solve the problems, and anyone else experiencing disruption is asked to contact At800, a company set up to solve the issues. Bart Hathaway, 90, of Park Springs, lost reception for at least two weeks. - link icon  BBC News - National roaming plan to tackle mobile phone blackspots
21 June 2014 Last updated at 1311 Mobile phone operators could be made to share their networks in rural areas of the UK where signals are weak under plans being considered by ministers. Some parts of rural Britain have just one or two of the main mobile phone networks available, or none at all, leaving some people without any signal. It is hoped so-called national roaming could be used to plug blackspots. -

Saturday 21 June 2014, AM link icon  Freeview Connect could use Freesat's Freetime catch-up service - Recombu
Will Freesat's catch up service beam down on Freeview Connect or will it go its own way Broadcasters have argued that using Freesats Freetime technology in the new terrestrial tech would be a better way of spending the cash. - link icon  What the convergence of technology means for trademark registration - Media Network - Guar…
YouView's defeat in the High Court highlights the risks involved if a new brand name is too similar to an existing trademark. Photograph Tammy Hanratty/Corbis Coming up with a distinctive brand name that differentiates a company's service offering from its competitors, and protecting that name through trademark registration is increasingly important for any business. A high court judgment earlier this week highlights the risks involved if a new brand name is too similar to an existing trademark, and the need to undertake sufficient clearance procedures before a brand is launched and significant money has been invested in it. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - Making the most of summer 2014 on Red Button
These streams will be available from the first day of Wimbledon, 23rd June. These streams will be EPG listed on all platforms so that you can record your favourite events. 90 of UK households, because we are using capacity on a commercial multiplex to deliver these services. -

Friday 20 June 2014, PM link icon  Ariel - BBC launches new diversity targets
I am not content for the BBC to be merely good or above average. I believe in this and want our record to be beyond reproach. The money will be prioritised from other budgets to support BAME staff, writers and other talent. - link icon  BBC diversity push to include work with director general - Media -
We will have six people from BAME backgrounds, one of whom will work with me for a year or more, adding that he would also learn from whoever gets to work with him. Itll be open to people inside and outside the BBC. You need to network, you need to see how other people do it. Hall added Ive been talking to ITV, Channel 4 everybody is on this agenda. - link icon  Ariel - The office jargon that staff hate
20 June 2014 Last updated at 0911 Unsurprisingly, Ariel's recent appeal against office jargon struck a chord with many BBC workers frustrated by corporate waffle. -

Friday 20 June 2014, AM link icon  Ofcom - Consent to renewed agreement between Sky and Arqiva for provision of three channel…
Notice of Ofcom's decision is set out in the letter to Arqiva below. - link icon  TV news is about to change - Comment - Broadcast
So the Sambrook v Ryley slagging match about the future of TV news – particularly rolling news channels like Sky News, which John Ryley heads up – has become a cause célèbre. As the former head of BBC News and a 30-year veteran of TV news, Richard Sambrook (now vice-chair and head of content at PR giant Edelman) has form. He says instant access to news, supplied by a growing number of online providers, propelled by social media sites and accessed via smartphones and tablets, under- lines the cost inefficiencies of 24-hour rolling news channels. Why, he wonders, do we need endless and sometimes pointless crosses to “our man in the field” – who often knows less than the Twittersphere? - link icon  Bskyb: Copyright reform for digital services would 'do more harm than good'- The Inquirer
However, Sky has said that now is not the right time for such a move. Sky's comments followed those from Maria Martin-Prat, head of the copyright unit at the European Commission, who said that a copyright reform is essential due to the shift from owning content to accessing it digitally, in contrast to Pilcher's remarks. - link icon  RadioToday - Sky looks at closing Sky Sports News Radio
Bosses at Sky are proposing to close down its sports news radio service with the potential loss of 18 radio jobs. The company says the closure is due to evolving customer habits and that the service is no longer viable. Head of Sky Sports Andy Cairns told staff about the plans yesterday, just a few months after the station secured a spot on Radioplayer. - link icon
This additional capacity will be used to broadcast multiple high definition and standard definition video streams and will be available to satellite and cable viewers in the UK. These households will enjoy the flexibility that satellite has to offer through simultaneous live feeds of events. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide. -

Thursday 19 June 2014, PM link icon  BBC and ITV battle Arqiva on future of Freeview - Telegraph
For ITV and Channel 4 the growth of pay-TV via the internet is a threat to advertising revenues. For the BBC anything that erodes audience share raises questions over the licence fee. The broadcasters have radically reduced their funding of YouView and diverted it to Freeview Connect. - link icon  BBC News - UK rural broadband fund winners revealed
19 June 2014 Last updated at 1441 The UK government has revealed the winners of a 10m fund aimed at finding new ways to get superfast broadband to very remote areas of Britain. Eight schemes have been shortlisted, using a variety of technologies including fixed wireless and satellite. The government said it would use the trials to work out the best way to get superfast broadband to the final 5. -

Thursday 19 June 2014, AM link icon  After 25 years at the helm Jeremy Paxman presents his final Newsnight - Telegraph
Paxman described the iconic bikes as rubbish, lumbering and uncomfortable although the mayor hit back saying they were beautiful machines. He also asked the mayor why it was such a bloody nightmare cycling in London. He also said recent polls suggested Ed Miliband had about as much appeal as a flatulent dog in a lift. - link icon  Broadcast radio accounts for two-thirds of all audio listening in US
Some interesting figures today from Edison Research, who have looked at radio's total share of all audio consumption above, or here if you're reading this via RSS or email. When in New York last year, I noted cable carrying a set of services including radio simulcasts and non-stop radio-like music channels. Of note, this research reports podcast share at 1.7. -

Wednesday 18 June 2014, AM link icon  Jeremy Hunt reaffirms his faith in local TV despite low viewing ratings - Media - theguard…
Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary who championed the launch of local TV stations in his previous job as culture secretary, has been defending his initiative. - link icon  RadioToday - Absolute 80s 5 live get Freesat Awards
Absolute 80s last won the award in 2010 whilst Absolute Radio won it in 2011 and 2013. Controller Jonathan Wall tweeted Delighted that 5 live has won best news channel at the freesat awards for 3rd year running. - link icon  Media Focus - Fortnightly podcast giving the inside view on what's happening in the media
Paul Blanchard is joined by senior media professionals to discuss what's happening behind the scenes. Gain an insight into front-of-mind issues for journalists, editors, producers and key media influencers. -

Tuesday 17 June 2014, PM link icon  Set voters free - or pay the consequences - Comment - Broadcast
Paid voting should be killed off in favour of free interaction, says Monterosa chief executive Tom McDonnell. Live interaction regularly plays a part in the re-invention of TV formats. We’re seeing another generation of interactive ideas emerge this year — some will be good, some will fall flat, but at least one will be a hit. A greater shift to mobile and cloud computing is helping to power more convenient, scalable interactive technology. - link icon  RadioToday - Ofcom gets positive responses for DAB+
DAB is included in the minimum specification for any new radio sets which are sold in the UK, as revealed last December. Arqiva, owner of the first and only national commercial DAB multiplex wants to be assured the second national multiplex owner had the same rules on DAB as the first. The transmission company also wants confirmation on the 30 limit for DAB services whether thats in addition to the current 30 permitted use for data services or instead of. -