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Wednesday 25 June 2014, PM 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. - link icon  RadioToday - Ofcom to offer new licences for 12 years
Ofcom is to extend the duration of advertised or re-advertised local commercial analogue radio licences from seven to 12 years. The decision comes after a consultation earlier this year which received 12 replies. After considering responses, Ofcom has decided that its policy will now be to grant licences for a period of 12 years, the regulator says today. -

Monday 16 June 2014, PM link icon  YouView vows to appeal after latest Trademark defeat -
Total uses the similar Your View brand for a number of database products and argued that the YouView brand could cause confusion or dilute its own brand. Whilst Total may not compare to YouView in terms of size, we both operate in the same industry space. We protect our rights to brand ownership and wholeheartedly defend those rights as any business should otherwise we would never have registered our marks in the first place. -

Sunday 15 June 2014, PM link icon  Fox will get £6.8bn windfall from BSkyB's pan-European pay-TV deal - Media - theguardian.…
BSkyB, as Media Guardian reported last month, is seeking to buy out its sister companies in Germany and Italy. All three businesses are, of course, controlled by Fox. Together, they would form one of Europe's biggest and most profitable TV operators, serving nearly 20m households. - link icon  Nearly half a million BBC iPlayer users avoid paying licence fee - Mail Online
Viewers who use the service to watch catch-up programmes online for free can escape the 145.50 annual charge by declaring they do not own a television set or see live shows. Last year, 463,846 opted out in this way, a rise of more than 35,000 in 12 months. Last year, 463,846 opted out of paying the licence fee by saying they only use iPlayer to watch television. -

Friday 13 June 2014, PM link icon  Freeview announces connected television plans - informitv
Freeview and Digital UK have announced plans to develop a Freeview branded connected television service. The shareholders of the two companies, including the leading broadcasters in the United Kingdom, are backing a five-year plan to support the development and marketing of the service, which will bring together the best of broadcast television and video-on-demand delivered over broadband. Guy North, who was previously responsible for marketing Freeview, has taken over as managing director for the existing platform. - link icon  Stephen Fry MADNESS: 'New domain names GENERATE NEW IP NUMBERS' • The Register Forums
To be strictly accurate perhaps pedantic, perhaps not it was an ignorant assertion. He made the rather silly mistake of pontificating about something he apparently does not understand. It's edifying to reflect that this sort of behaviour is perfectly normal in the worlds of business, politics, literature, and culture in general. - link icon  Ariel - The worst office jargons
13 June 2014 Last updated at 0950 It's natural that any language will change with time, absorb new phrases and export words abroad. They lend disproportionate significance to simple actions, or massage egos by validating their efforts. To stem this plague of linguistic crimes, we suggest you set up a charity swear box where perpetrators donate in penance. - link icon  DTG :: News :: The Relationship between the D-Book and Digital UK's Freeview connected ser…
As an interoperability specification, the D-Book defines both the delivery and reception of services. DTG Staff 13.06.2014 Links open in a new window. The DTG is not responsible for the content of other web sites. -

Friday 13 June 2014, AM link icon  Independence for Scots may close off BBC, says Gordon Brown - UK news - The Guardian
The former prime minister said Scottish households were able to share in the BBC television shows, radio and news services that cost nearly 4bn to produce each year, while paying little more than 300m in licence fees. The Voice talent show cost 22m a year to produce, EastEnders 30m and Strictly Come Dancing 10m figures derived from official reports and the media. Brown's aides estimated the cost of the top six shows was equivalent to only 7 a year for all 25m British households. - link icon  ITV Player problems hit World Cup opening match coverage - Media -
ITVs online viewing service has been hit by problems during the opening match of the World Cup. Responding to a barrage of criticism on Twitter, the service said on its feed Were seeing unprecedented numbers of users during the game. It wasnt planned and we know it came at a crucial time during the match. - link icon  Sky News: rolling news, the backbone for a digital future - Media -
The world is undergoing a period of rapid technological change which has prompted some Jeremiahs to suggest that in the digital age specialist news channels have had their day. Sky News is not only a rolling news channel, just as the Guardian is not only a newspaper. As more and more devices get connected to faster broadband, there are limitless opportunities for people to consume the latest content when, where and on the platform they want it. - link icon  Sky News chief hits out at Alain de Botton’s criticism of news media - Media - theguardi…
The head of Sky News has dismissed author Alain de Bottons criticism of news media as part of a staunch defence of rolling news channels, arguing that they play a critical role in the digital era. Ryley also hit back at critics who have recently argued that TV news channels have had their day and will be superseded by online video news, saying Sky News is live and on demand 24/7. He suggests that this quasi-religious aspect of news in the 21st century has a very specific consequence. - link icon  Objectivity and impartiality in digital news coverage - Media -
Are the traditional journalistic disciplines of objectivity and impartiality relevant or wanted in a digital news environment Broadcasters in many countries have been regulated to deliver impartial news. Print journalism has never been regulated in the same way, but the professional codes, standards, and norms of journalism, which developed in the early 20th century, delivered similar standards in the news pages for many decades. - link icon  Sky's 'supplement for not having Sky TV' is the limit - Money - The Observer
Sky says it can't see a problem with charging customer for not taking up its TV service. If this is legal, when I next go to the supermarket, for example, I could be charged for not buying strawberries. It is beyond belief that I have to pay Sky for something I have not requested, nor purchased, and don't have. -

Thursday 12 June 2014, PM link icon  'Freeview Connected will see consumers reappraise the Freeview brand' - News - Marketing W…
Freeview hopes Freeview Connected smart TV offering will make consumers reassess the brand as more modern. A timeframe has yet to be set on when the service will launch, but it is unlikely, given TV product development cycles, that it will roll out until at least 2014. Guy North, Freeview managing director, told Marketing Week We have an ambition to take the nation from the digital world we are in now into a connected world, in the same way Freeview took people from analogue to digital. - link icon  Sky News boss criticises press influence on television newsrooms - Media -…
The head of Sky News has criticised TV broadcasters reliance on newspapers such as the Daily Mail for setting the news agenda. I have always been shocked from the very first time I started in TV news at the reliance on newspapers, he said. I am really keen we do not pursue newspaper stories that perhaps happened in the past. -

Wednesday 11 June 2014, PM link icon  Ariel - Radio to shed 65 more posts in second phase of DQF
10 June 2014 Last updated at 1255 Radio is to shed 65 more staff by next April, as it looks to find 6m of savings. Jobs will bear the brunt as radio stations are spared the axe in the second phase of Delivering Quality First. More than 30 production roles will go, while a divisional restructure will make savings by bringing the management and running of certain stations together. - link icon  Ariel - Trust seeks views on BBCs businesses
British programmes, and the corporation's commercial aspects, such as Worldwide's export of shows, after publishing a draft remit on Wednesday. The Trust will review the BBC's compliance with the finalised framework every five years. Business plans are the responsibility of the BBC executive board, who will report quarterly to the Trust. -

Tuesday 10 June 2014, AM link icon  Sky Sports launches new channel dedicated to European football
Sky today announces good news for millions of its customers ahead of the new football season with confirmation that Sky Sports is to launch the first ever television channel dedicated to European football. To take up the offer customers should go online to or call Sky from 12 June onwards. The channel is included as part of the Sky Sports subscription. -

Monday 09 June 2014, PM link icon  Big Brother a target for ITV - Media -
ITV executives have weighed the merits of snatching Big Brother from Channel 5 the broadcasters latest two-year deal expires at the end of the year to boost programming across its expanding portfolio of channels. Big Brother, and its celebrity stablemate, could be used to give newcomer ITVBe a major boost against rival channels. It is thought that discussions at ITV are unlikely to progress to a bid for Big Brother, because the rights remain at a level of about 20m per year. - link icon  Ariel - BBC Two gets Russell Howards Good News
The comedian's mix of topical comments and sketches is one of BBC Three's best-known shows and is regularly among the most popular programmes on iPlayer. If approved, the channel will be solely broadcast on iPlayer from autumn 2015. - link icon  BBC News - Smart TVs subverted by radio attack
9 June 2014 Last updated at 1155 Millions of smart TVs can be hijacked by burying attack code in signals broadcast to the net-connected devices, security experts warn. The attack exploits loopholes in widely used technology that helps smart TVs receive tailored adverts. Once hijacked, the TVs could be made to send messages on behalf of attackers, find other vulnerable devices in a home or launch other attacks across the net. -

Sunday 08 June 2014, PM link icon  Why all broadcasters should buy into Freeview Connected - Media - The Guardian
At last the free digital TV platform currently in 11m homes 20m if you count second sets in Sky and Virgin households is set to get the internet on-demand functionality it needs to stand any chance of competing with rival commercial platforms. But, well-intentioned and necessary though it undoubtedly is, this refocusing on Freeview raises awkward questions about why it has taken so long to happen. Broadcast TV would decline relatively rapidly to be replaced by on-demand services enhanced by new social media and other applications. -

Saturday 07 June 2014, AM link icon  Exeter residents hit by Freeview signal problems - Exeter Express and Echo
Television viewers and radio listening in Exeter are understood to be experiencing signal problems. Comments1 Television viewers and radio listeners in Exeter are understood to be experiencing signal problems. City residents have reported that their Freeview sets and digital radios suddenly went blank at the same time every evening so far this week. - link icon  British TV should reflect the country it s made in, says Happy Valley writer - Television …
Responding to critics of the violence in Happy Valley, Wainwright said it had been responsibly done because it showed the reality of violence. -

Friday 06 June 2014, PM link icon  BBC and Channel 4 battle to keep younger viewers - TV Radio - Media - The Independent
The reduction is greater than that suffered by any of the other major British broadcasters and well above the market average decline of around seven per cent. ITVs portfolio saw a fall of three per cent among 25-34 television viewers. In the younger 16-24-year-old demographic, Channel 4 was hardest hit, losing 19 per cent of television viewers, while Sky lost 18 per cent. - link icon  Robert Peston’s speech warns of threat to journalism from native ads – full text - Med…
It is a thrill and a privilege for me to be with you tonight, for two reasons. Not for Charles Wheeler the siren call of the public relations world, or spurious but well-paid consultancy of various sorts which too few of my own peers have been able to resist. He didnt quite do a Tommy Cooper, by passing away on stage. -

Friday 06 June 2014, AM link icon  RadioToday - Mercedes C-Class gets DAB as standard
Mercedes now has 60 of models with DAB digital radio as standard and is working towards including it across its range. 21.4 of all radio listening takes place in car. -

Thursday 05 June 2014, PM link icon  You can t break copyright by looking at something online, Europe s top court rules Tech …
Meltwater is a Norway-founded media monitoring service that sent out daily digests including the headlines and ledes the first bit of the article of the newspaper stories, together with links to the full online articles. In the U.S., the suit was filed by the Associated Press, which effectively saw Meltwater as a freeloading rival to its own newswire services. In 2013, a federal court decided in APs favor, kicking out Meltwaters claim that what it was doing counted as fair use. - link icon  BBC under fire for lack of staff diversity - TV Radio - Media - The Independent
The former RTS head complained that Today presenter James Naughtie had dismissed the lack of diversity on the flagship show by saying the programme was not a sociological laboratory. The actor and comedian Lenny Henry is leading a campaign to force action on the issue and has warned that viewers might withhold payment of the licence fee if change is not forthcoming. It does seem odd to me is that while people get very exercised about what someone like Jeremy Clarkson said off-air two years ago, no one at the BBC seems much bothered when one of Radio 4s ubiquitous presenters says something like this - on the record - now. - link icon  RadioToday - Nine presenters depart Radio 1 1Xtra
Phil Taggart will be on air Thursday nights from 9 10pm with a new music show. On Saturday afternoon, female rapper A.Dot joins 1Xtra with a new show from 4 7pm. In other changes, Skream joins Radio 1s Residency, which moves to a new three-hour slot at 10pm Thursday. - link icon  Ariel - Harding points to significant job cuts
5 June 2014 Last updated at 1205 James Harding has admitted that 'a significant number of redundancies' are likely to be made in News. In an email to his staff, the director of news and current affairs reiterated that the division had to make savings of 'tens of millions of pounds' as part of DQF. 'I am afraid that there is no escaping the fact that there are likely to be a significant number of redundancies - most of our costs are tied up in people so there is limited scope for other big savings elsewhere,' he said. - link icon  Ariel - Freeview to launch connected TV service
5 June 2014 Last updated at 1241 The BBC is backing a Freeview-branded connected television service that will be developed over the next five years. The aim is for manufacturers to eventually launch a new range of connected Freeview HD televisions and boxes that consumers will be able to buy in-store. People will be able to watch the service via their TV aerial and current broadband provider without being tied to a contract. - link icon  BBC News - BBC to stream World Cup matches in 4K ultra HD
The format, also known as 4K, offers four times the resolution of 1080p high definition video. The matches - including the quarter final and the final - mark one of the first times a live event has been streamed over the air in UHD in the UK. They will only be made available to a limited number of TVs at BBC sites. - link icon  BBC, Channel 4 and ITV agree £100m-plus Freeview Connect deal - Media -
They are launching Freeview Connect after scaling back their investment in YouView, although they remain shareholders in the rival internet-connected TV service. The 100m-plus five year investment in Freeview Connect is a clear fightback against YouView, which recently announced an identical level of backing in a new shareholder agreement. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. -

Thursday 05 June 2014, AM link icon  STV Glasgow launches - FeaturesExec Media Bulletin
The launch of the channel, which began broadcasting Monday night, has coincided with a universal refresh of STV's logo and redesign of news programming studio sets. - link icon  London Live and Russia Today hobble Freeview recorders with dodgy EPG data - Recombu
- link icon  BBC Trust resumes Comux payments - News - Broadcast
The BBC Trust has restarted payments to Comux, the organisation responsible for building the infrastructure for local TV, following concerns over its handling of £25m of licence fee money. The Trust confirmed that the funding – which is used to roll out local television services across the UK – has resumed despite having not yet concluded its investigation into Comux’s financial affairs. The precise details of the allegations are unclear, but they are understood to stem from a dispute between Comux chief executive Ed Hall and Alan Judd, the owner of Canis Media Group, which manages Comux’s transmission network. Hall stepped down as the boss of Canis earlier this year. Hall has defended Comux’s handling of licence fee money, arguing that he personally signed off on all use of BBC funding. "We’re delighted the BBC Trust has resumed payments,” he said. “We will work to reassure the Trust that the financial systems at Comux are robust and fit for purpose." A BBC Trust spokeswoman said:"We have made a payment to Comux, subject to appropriate controls, pending completion of our audit.". - link icon  Film streaming and downloads to overtake box office in 2017 - Film -
Netflix's HQ the streaming service is eating into DVD sales. The study says that revenue from electronic home video ie streaming and downloading films will outstrip physical media in 2016, and that the market for physical media will drop from 12.2bn now to 8.7bn in 2018. They also predict that in 2017 electronic home video will overtake the traditional cinema as the biggest contributor to total film revenue in the US, reaching a total of 17bn the following year double the 8.5bn the sector currently generates. -

Wednesday 04 June 2014, PM link icon  TV Apps Are Soaring in Popularity, Report Says
When it comes to online video, people may not want to cut the cord. Instead, they want to take the cord with them. People are streaming broadcast television on their smartphones in record numbers, according to Adobe’s state-of-the-industry report on digital video viewing link icon  BBC News - Harman calls for licence fee review
She told Total Politics magazine that the licence fee was a means to an end, not an end in itself. Her comments came a day after comedy producer Armando Iannucci advocated a subscription-based BBC. It was frozen at that figure in the last deal it made with the government in 2010, but the agreement runs out in 2016. -

Tuesday 03 June 2014, PM link icon  BBC News Division To Cut 500 Jobs - Forbes
I can exclusively report today that the BBC News is preparing to announce 500 more job losses, as part of its ongoing cost-cutting programme, and that industrial action could well follow. Including new cuts to BBC Radio, the corporation is facing a total of between 550 and 600 redundancies. Next month, the corporation is set to announce that it will cut between 475 and 500 jobs from its News division, with a further 75 to 85 going from its radio operation in the UK as opposed to the World Service, which broadcasts globally. - link icon  Ariel - Digital radio coverage will reach extra 2m
The corporation said an additional 162 transmitters will boost DAB's potential reach from 93 to 97 of the UK population. It added that this would bring 16,000 homes into the BBC's national coverage area, and improve reception for a further 42,000 households. They can be heard via DAB sets, digital televisions and online. -

Monday 02 June 2014, PM link icon  Ariel - Boost BBC Russian radio, say critics
- link icon  BT launches multi-room service for YouView-based BT TV -
BT has today launched a multi-room option for its YouView-powered TV service, allowing subscribers to add a second box to their account. The BT TV service offers a bouquet of pay-TV channels delivered over broadband alongside traditional aerial channels and on-demand and pay-per-view video apps. By paying an upfront fee of 99 for the box, and a 5pm subscription, customers can now watch and record all of their additional pay channels in a second room. - link icon  BBC News - STV Glasgow TV station ready to go on air
STV won the licence for a station focussed on the Glasgow area in January 2013. The new station will be broadcast across Freeview, Sky and cable. STV says local TV represents a 1 million investment for the company and expects the stations to be breaking even within a year. - link icon  Google planning Android TV launch - informitv
Google is reported to be planning to launch its new Android TV platform at its annual technology conference in San Francisco. Android TV will apparently be a platform that manufacturers can use to offer streaming media and games, rather than a device. So will Android TV finally succeed where Google TV dramatically failed - link icon  Ultra High Definition broadcasts begin - informitv
The French Open tennis tournament has seen the first 4K television transmissions over a digital terrestrial television network using H.265 compression. Channel 4K in Japan has begun the first regular broadcasts of 4K Ultra HD programming. The football World Cup in Brazil will be a major test bed for Ultra High Definition television coverage, but only a few people will be able to see it in their homes. - link icon  Good Morning Britain 'heading for the chop after ratings slump' (and not even host Susanna…
Since it launched to a grand fanfare at the end of April, ratings have plummeted as viewers continue to tune in to Reid's former show BBC Breakfast. For the past fortnight the programme has failed to reach the 15 per cent of the audience share bosses reportedly said it needed to survive, and the show is being watched by fewer people than flop Daybreak - which it was brought in to replace. 'But we do want it to get above 15 percent - or it is toast.' Good Morning Britain's high profile launch came after its predecessor Daybreak was dropped for low audience figures. -

Sunday 01 June 2014, PM link icon  Netflix chief product officer: 'a separate, distinct channel for each customer' - Business…
At least, that's according to Neil Hunt, the chief product officer at Netflix. Hunt, who delivered a keynote speech at the 2014 Internet Week in New York, predicts that personalization and on-demand viewing and streaming are really the way of the future when it comes to entertainment. They are also part of his plan to have Netflix defeat its rivals in entertainment. -

Sunday 01 June 2014, AM link icon  Could Britain get more bang for its public service broadcasting billions? - Media - The Gu…
S4C, which makes Hinterland, needs to be regarded as a national treasure, not a poor relative, says chief executive Ian Jones. Photograph - Last week Ian Jones, the chief executive of S4C, made an impassioned plea for the survival of the Welsh language broadcaster. The future of the broadcaster is intertwined with the BBC, and yet no guarantee has been given on funding beyond early 2017, with the key questions on level and length of support hammered out as part of the charter renewal process. - link icon  Lord Coe for the BBC? Remind me of his qualifications again - Catherine Bennett - Comment …
Equally, it could have been written to demoralise fellow candidates, several rumoured to be women. Even allowing for their comparative inexperience in delivering Games on time and on an admittedly insane budget, it could be difficult for the non-athletes among them to rival sporting techniques that Coe, having once refined them on the track, still insists are transferable into any sphere. As for courage, Coe himself has remarked on women's woeful lack of confidence in fitness matters. - link icon  Diane Coyle interview: ‘The BBC must kick off its comfy old slippers’ - TV Radio - Med…
Ms Coyles comments on diversity place added pressure on the BBC in the wake of a high-profile campaign led by Lenny Henry to improve representation of black and other ethnic minorities among the corporations staff. The BBC needs to do more to reflect Britain as a whole, she believes, including rural communities, different socio-economic groups and those with strong regional identities. I think the one thing that I would like to make progress on most quickly is the diversity of the BBC on screen, she said. - link icon  Ushering Seb Coe into the BBC chair is not independence, but interference - Media - The Ob…
The BBC is looking for a new trust chairman, a supreme regulator/leader. Does Lord Coe know anything much about broadcasting He was a great runner and masterminded a great Olympics. -

Saturday 31 May 2014, AM link icon  YouView expands to build cloud PVRs and give personal recommendations - Recombu
YouView is hiring TV techies to build a smarter service with cloud-based recording and personal recommendations that can handle peak-time viewing with ease. The free-to-view TV platform is expanding its tech team from 80 to 130 engineers as it aims for the two million UK homes barrier, with a goal of 10 million. Weve got over a million customers and thats increasing rapidly so were eyeing the 2 million mark in the near future and YouView has ambitions to be in 10 million homes in the UK, Lomax said. - link icon  Ariel - Outstanding individual wanted as chair of the trust
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport published the job advert for the 110,000 a year vacancy on Friday, with applications set to close on June 20. They are seeking an 'outstanding individual with significant leadership skills' to head the trust, which has 11 trustees and a deputy chair. The advert highlights the need for the new chair to lead BBC discussions about its new Royal Charter, as one of the most significant responsibilities in their four year term. - link icon  BBC Radio Explorer: a new way to listen to radio
Unusually, this one is visible to the public, if you know where to look. Type something that you're interested in, and the service plays you clips and programmes that it thinks you'll like one after the other. You can skip forward and back to different clips, and a quite clever progress bar shows you images of what's coming up, while the current programme slowly disappears. -

Friday 30 May 2014, PM link icon  BBC fails to air Shipping Forecast for first time in more than 50 years - Media - theguard…
BBC Radio 4s Shipping Forecast ran into choppy waters after failing to air for the first time in more than 50 years. The BBC radio service is something of an institution, metronomically broadcasting four forecasts a day since 1924, a routine which failed for the first time at 5.20am on Friday. A technical glitch meant the BBC's World Service was played in its place, a gaffe that prompted listeners to take to Twitter to voice their bewilderment. - link icon  Public Appointments - Cabinet Office
Time Requirements The time commitment for Trust Chairman is 3- 4 days per week or 12-16 days per month. Closing Date 20/06/2014 Interviews Interviews are scheduled to be held in the week beginning 28 July 2014. The BBC exists to serve the public interest. -

Wednesday 28 May 2014, PM link icon  Ofcom - Consultation on future use of the 700 MHz band - Cost-benefit analysis of changing…

Wednesday 28 May 2014, AM link icon  Freesat links with Curzon to offer pay-per-view movies - Media -
Blue Is the Warmest Colour will be available on Freesat thanks to a deal with Curzon. Freesat has been talking about adding pay-TV options to its premium service, called Freetime, since September 2012. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. - link icon  How Disney learned to stop worrying and love copyright infringement -
The soundtrack to Frozen has sold 2.7 million copies. According to the Wall Street Journal, some 60,000 fan-made versions of Let It Go have been watched more than 60 million times. The authorized film clip featuring the song has been viewed over 147 million times. - link icon  Fancy a tour of Broadcasting House? diamond geezer
The BBC runs them daily, allowing access inside the corporation's 1930s HQ and the much more recent extension. Book in advance, stump up 13.50 for the privilege, and you could be looking round tomorrow. The curving outside with its embedded artwork, for example. -

Tuesday 27 May 2014, PM link icon  Carry On YouView Regardless, BBC Trust tells the BBC • The Register
ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 shared these concerns they needed a modern distribution system, and so they together founded YouView. Here, in 2014, we have a million and one ways to get UK channels from apps in smart TVs and over-the-top services to the broadcasters' own on-demand services such as iPlayer or 4oD. All this means the case for YouView is far less certain than it used to be. - link icon  Return of the Mack on our new channel - Feed - Glasgow
It's the return of the Mack - Mrs Mack that is. -