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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. - link icon  BBC licence fee top-slicing not on agenda of Ofcom review - Media -
Ofcom has said it will not ask or answer questions about the BBC that will be covered by the royal charter review. The review will cover the period from 2008 to 2013 inclusive, as well as looking at how the market might develop over the next five years and beyond. Ofcom said its initial analysis of the sector will run until the autumn, a public consultation will follow, ending in the spring. - link icon  RadioToday - Over half of new cars now have DAB radio
Fifty five per-cent of new cars now come with digital radio as standard, up from 37 a year ago. The news comes from The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, who say demand for the new 14-plate saw March 2014 reach 464,824 new car registrations, a rise of 17.7, the highest in a decade. Record new car sales and the move to fitting digital radio mean that in 2014 to date over 440,000 vehicles have been sold with digital radio as standard an increase of 62 on last year. -

Monday 26 May 2014, PM link icon  Media Monkey's Diary: Times loses its religion, BBC Radio 4 plugs - Media - The Guardian
Ruth Gledhill the Times religious correspondent was reportedly offered an unholy crime role on the Sun. She declined to swap saints for sinners but is bound to resurface at a more godfearing paper, or perhaps one friendlier to middle-aged women. A fortnight after Monkey drew attention to the regime change at Horse Hound, the rightwing press has stirred from its slumbers, as if awakened by the sound of unrest in the shires. - link icon  Distrust Your Data - Learning - Source: An OpenNews project
In other words, its journalism that starts from interrogating the dataand applies the same skepticism and rigor that we apply to the testimony of an expert contacted by traditional phone-assistedreporting. All of which is to say that data journalism inherits a long tradition of journalists working with data, and that comes with the heavy responsibility to get it right. Specifically, to paraphase something I heard at a NICAR conference once fear and paranoia are the best friends a data journalist can have. - link icon  Absolute Radio: how their new playlist choice at breakfast works
In many of my speaking engagements, I talk about the opportunities that digital offers radio stations - particularly in terms of brand extensions. Absolute have always wished to offer the kind of engagement and entertainment that radio listeners expect at breakfast time, and this simulcast also offers a larger opportunity in terms of breakfast sponsorshop and promotions, one of the largest money-spinners for the station. But, since 2008, the listeners to - say - Absolute 80s haven't been given 80s music during the breakfast show. -

Saturday 24 May 2014, AM link icon  Women dominate shortlist to succeed Lord Patten at BBC - Media - The Guardian
Chris Patten unexpectedly stepped down as chair earlier this month due to ill health. Senior broadcasting figures have been asked for their opinions on a group of potential candidates, with Dame Marjorie Scardino, the former chief executive of the company behind the Financial Times, also on the list. The 110,000-a-year, four-days-a-week job has not yet been advertised and those listed have not been approached, but the Department for Culture DCMS wants to establish who it should take seriously or perhaps invite to apply. -

Friday 23 May 2014, PM link icon  BBC legal chief warns that Bribery Act can make foreign newsgathering very difficult - Pre…
Many journalists may have failed to understand the extent to which the Bribery Act 2010 could affect their activities, the head of the BBC's editorial legal group told a conference. Section 1 of the Act made it an offence to offer, promise or give a financial or other advantage to another person with the intention of inducing or rewarding improper performance of a relevant function or activity. The result was that the small unofficial payments often made to secure necessary actions by very low-level government officials could be caught by the Act, as there was no lower limit on a payment. - link icon  ESPN fined for failing to provide enough audio description - Media -
Ofcom found that ESPN provided less than half of the required amount of audio description for visually impaired viewers. ESPN has been fined 120,000 for failing to provide enough audio description around programmes for blind and visually impaired viewers. Media regulator Ofcom has fined the broadcaster after an investigation, conducted last year. -

Friday 23 May 2014, AM link icon  Dame Marjorie Scardino: The tycoon tipped to head the BBC Trust and a city that will never…
The arc of the newspapers rise and fall at first seems unexceptional. Their paper for a while snatched the county legal notices from the Press titles. The Scardinos were to survive their disappointment, and more. -

Thursday 22 May 2014, PM link icon  The Godzillas of cable TV have come to wreak havoc on your wallet - Money -…
Another month another Godzilla-sized deal in the communications industry that almost certainly will end up having a direct impact on what kinds of services cable, Internet, satellite, phone you receive and how much you pay for them. Rather, the 48.5bn pact by ATT to acquire DirecTV will, if it comes to fruition, bring together representatives of the two biggest challengers to cables attempts to be a one-stop-shop for all our entertainment needs the traditional phone companies and the satellite television business. ATT will use its savings from the merger to bolster its broadband services, especially in areas where broadband isnt available today. - link icon  Ariel - BBC launches online service in Welsh
22 May 2014 Last updated at 0947 The BBC has launched a new online service for Welsh speakers. Available on computer, tablet and mobile, the service will feature a stream of short news updates - refreshed between 8am and 6pm on weekdays - as well as a magazine section with articles, opinions, blogs and photo galleries. It will provide easy access to other Welsh language content like weather forecasts and the Radio Cymru website, as well as links to suggested external sites. - link icon  BBC given approval to continue as YouView partner with technical change - Media - theguard…
The BBC has been given approval to remain a YouView partner. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. -

Wednesday 21 May 2014, PM link icon  Ariel - BBCs world output should be mobile-first
The suggestions were published in his assessment on how news could help double the BBC's international audience to 500 million by 2022, when the corporation marks its centenary. -

Wednesday 21 May 2014, AM link icon  Freeview still has government support, says Ed Vaizey - Media -
Vaizey was responding to concerns raised by Caroline Thomson, the chair of industry body Digital UK, who has repeatedly warned that Freeview faces a threat from mobile companies looking for more access to the airwaves to provide enhanced services to customers. Vaizey pointed out that there was also serious industry concern about the potential for the launch of 4G services to cause TV interference. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. -

Friday 16 May 2014, PM link icon  New TV channel set to broadcast in Sheffield - The Star
A new television channel dedicated to Sheffield should be on screens by autumn, the stations boss has said. TV, said it is hoped the station will be up and running by September. The channel, which will be available on Freeview, will broadcast round the clock although most new programmes will be shown between the peak times of 6pm and 11pm, with repeats being shown throughout the day. - link icon  BT YouView+ Humax DTR-T2100 review - Pocket-lint
YouView isn't standing still and the YouView hardware supplied by BT isn't either. The first generation of box - the Humax DTR-T1000- coped well enough, but had problems from the start it was slow to respond, which detracted from the overall experience, and the fan was pretty noisy too. However, the YouView platform is still the same, so whether you have the new box or old one it won't make a difference to what you can watch. - link icon  BBC Panorama editor Tom Giles leaves role after four years - Media -
Tom Giles leaving Panorama for a new role designing the future of current affairs at the BBC. It is understood that Giles is to be charged with a new role designing the future of current affairs at the BBC. Despite pressure from some senior executives, Panorama turned its spotlight on the corporation itself during the Savile scandal. -

Friday 16 May 2014, AM link icon  US should not adopt “information warfare” approach - Reporters Without Borders
In 1976, President Gerald Ford enshrined the principle of accurate, objective, and comprehensive broadcasting in VOAs charter. The International Communications Reform Act reverses the priorities of the 1994 law currently in effect. Programming focused on the United States and its foreign policy would be more important that providing independent news and information to the population of countries where it is otherwise inaccessible. -

Thursday 15 May 2014, PM link icon  Glasgow TV gets ready to gallop onto your screens - Feed - Glasgow
If you've spotted a cone-clad man upon a horse today, don't worry, you haven't lost the plot. Twitter exploded with countless pictures of the Duke of Wellington coming alive and trotting around the city centre. We'll be bringing you a handy roundup of the best of these in just a few short minutes. - link icon  The big beasts who shaped the BBC - Media - The Guardian
It was 30 June 1938, John Reith's last night as the founding director general of the BBC. He had forbidden staff contributions towards a present and vetoed speeches. He fulfilled the nightly task of shutting down one of its oil engines with his own hands with his engineer's training, no one had to show him how to do it. - link icon  Sacked BBC technology boss claims he was the fall guy for £100m DMI debacle - Media - the…
To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. To get the latest media news to your desktop or mobile, follow MediaGuardian on Twitter and Facebook. - link icon  RadioToday - The Guardian cancels Media Talk podcast
The Guardian is pulling the plug on the popular Media Talk podcast, first launched in 2006. Posted on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at 217 pm by Radio Today UK. - link icon  RadioToday - RAJAR: RadioToday s local radio round-up
Across the UK, 90 of the population is tuning in to radio each week up 800,000 on the quarter. In Herefordshire and Worcestershire, reach is up 31 from 73,000 to 98,000 and share has also increased from 7.2 to 9.3. Free Radio Shropshire remains static, as does 96.4FM in Birmingham. - link icon  Channel 4 News editor Ben de Pear: We are like an ant versus Goliath when it comes to the …
Channel 4 News editor Ben de Pear has mixed feelings about the BBC. He sees Newsnight as his main rival and variously describes the corporation as stifling, crippling and a monster. Weve got one person here, he says, pointing to Channel 4 News PR Hayley Barlow, who is sitting beside him. - link icon  RadioToday - talkSPORT to offer regional variations
The station has been unable to confirm to RadioToday what the intended use for the extra capacity is for, but owners UTV will be free to provide anything from a completely separate service to occasional opt-outs to cover local sport. Posted on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at 151 pm by Radio Today UK. -

Thursday 15 May 2014, AM link icon  DTG :: News :: TruTV to launch as free-to-air channel in the UK
As well as existing programming, the channel is expected to buy distribution from the likes of Endemol and Zodiak rights. - link icon  Ariel - Removing racist words neuters the past, argues Colin Grant
David Lowe may have inadvertently played an offensive record during his set, but that song should not be removed from the BBC's playlist. The portraits were mostly as you might imagine alluring, black and white images of Cecil Beaton, Oscar Wilde, Noel Coward and company. Another portrait by the same photographer was mounted beside it, showing a white man in fancy dress wearing a theatrical turban. -

Wednesday 14 May 2014, AM link icon  BBC News - The flying wi-fi camera: Testing Parrots new HD drone
The 400 gram 'Bebop' drone will be equipped with GPS, a 14-megapixel camera and a 180 degree fish-eye lens when it is released later this year. Thanks to on-board image processing and stabilisation, it can stream distortion-free HD images and video over w-ifi to mobile devices running Android or iOS. - link icon  ITV director defends breakfast show after ratings dip to below 400,000 - Media - theguardi…
Peter Fincham, ITV director, says television viewing habits at breakfast time 'move very slowly'. On Tuesday it had an average of about 600,000 viewers, a 15.5 share of the audience, less than half the 1.4 million 35.1 who watched BBC1's Breakfast. We are all very habit formed at breakfast time. - link icon  From David Kelly to Jimmy Savile, how does the BBC deal with a crisis? - Media - The Guard…
They made me sign a piece of paper saying that I'm resigning for personal reasons, because they told me if I didn't sign it, it would affect my BBC pension. Why didn't he tell his colleagues' No one said a word. They all talked about where they were going on holiday. - link icon  Newspaper-backed Notts TV prepares to launch - Journalism News from HoldtheFrontPage
A local TV station backed by a regional daily newspaper is preparing to go on air a fortnight today. Notts TV will begin broadcasting on Tuesday 27 May and will be available on Freeview Channel 8. Backed by the Nottingham Post, the channel is part of what the government hopes will become a nationwide network of local TV channels. -

Monday 12 May 2014, PM link icon  Sky plans European consolidation - informitv
The plans are said to be an early stage and could face regulatory challenges. A single European Sky operation could be better placed to bid for sports and movie rights. BSkyB has a market value of around 14 billion. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Ericsson announces completion of it's acquisition of Red Bee Media
Ericsson have today confirmed that after announcing interest in acquiring the company in July 2013, Red Bee Media is to become a part of the networking communications giant. The deal has previously come under scrutinisation by the Competition Commission, but was cleared in March after deeming that competition in the playout sector would not be reduced. DTG Staff 12.05.2014 Links open in a new window. - link icon  Ofcom poised to block Murdoch pay-TV move - Telegraph
The intervention would come in spite of Mr Murdochs move last year to divide his television and newspaper assets into separately listed holding companies, 21st Century Fox and News Corp, the sources said, since he remains in control of both. Fox currently owns only a 39pc stake in BSkyB but the proposed deal could mean Mr Murdoch taking full control of the combined company. Mr Murdoch abandoned his last attempt to take control of BSkyB in 2011, after Ofcom effectively recommended the Government should block it. -

Monday 12 May 2014, AM link icon  Sky Go and Now TV users complain after Premier League outage - Media -
Users of the Sky Go online player also faced difficulties as the football season reached its climax with games including Manchester City against West Ham. Fans who had paid 9.99 for a day pass to watch the action on Now TV faced screens saying that the service was unavailable. - link icon  Log In - The New York Times
Create an account Subscribed through iTunes and need an account - link icon  Statement on potential acquisition
At the same time, the Company continuously explores ways to create further value for shareholders. BSkyB believes at the right value, this combination would have the potential to create a world-class multinational pay TV group. These discussions have not progressed beyond a preliminary stage, no agreement has been reached on terms, value or transaction structure and there is no certainty that a transaction will occur. -

Sunday 11 May 2014, AM link icon  Feeble, bland and rooted in a bygone era: the BBC must find its digital voice - Technology…
BBC3's Schoolgirl Superstar the management did not realise this was a service for 16- to 34-year-olds, a generation that lives online. There was no YouTube, no Facebook, no Twitter and Yahoo had just tried, unsuccessfully, to buy Google for 3bn. The discussion between the heads of BBC New Media over this proposal was not a long one. -

Saturday 10 May 2014, PM link icon  TV's big takeover: why Freesat is offering up its best tech feature to all - News - TechRa…
Freesat celebrated its sixth birthday this week, and since its inception it has done an admirable job of becoming a viable alternative to Freeview, positioning itself as a free-to-air offering that rejuvenates once-abandoned satellite dishes. It seems, however, that Freesat's ambitions are bigger than resuscitating your old dish. The TV service has so far used 2014 to prove to the world that it can be more than Freeview for satellite users. - link icon  YouView to take on more than 50 new development staff in major expansion -
Smart-TV platform YouView has announced a major recruitment drive which will see its technology team expand by more than 50. The service is looking to hire 50 new developers, test engineers and project managers over the next 12 months. More than 1 million homes now use the service which is available subscription-free from retailers as well as part of a broadband and pay-TV bundle from BT and TalkTalk. - link icon  STV Glasgow is almost here and we have all the details - Feed - Glasgow
We can finally confirm the glamourous line-up for our new programme The Riverside Show and details of the launch schedule for the channel. STV Glasgow will be aired on Monday, June 2 from 12pm - 12pm every day with a mix of news and features, live and interactive formats and shows. - link icon  Murdoch Said to Seek $14 Billion Deal to Merge Pay-TV Units - Bloomberg
Fox has 55 percent of Sky Deutschland and 100 percent of Sky Italia. By shedding the pay-TV units, Fox would be left with cable and broadcast networks plus movie and TV studios, making it more attractive to investors who want to bet solely on video production -- not distribution. Offer Premium Murdochs Fox had previously sought to take full control of BSkyB in 2010. -

Saturday 10 May 2014, AM link icon  Dave: how the home of witty banter became TV s big success story - Television radio - The …
The only problem is you have to share the winnings with his 27 million other mates. So far today the pair have bought some chocolates and visited a museum where they watched a 40-minute video about bobsled fatalities. With no free hands for ski-poles, he's simply balanced on slats, hurtling at a frictionless 50mph. - link icon  More Sky agents blow whistle over doorstep selling claims - Money - The Guardian
Sky says it has rigorous training in place to prevent mis-selling. Last week a group of Sky salesmen, who came to the Guardian's offices to be filmed making their claims, said door-to-door agents frequently lie about broadband speeds and download limits, or promise services that are not part of their packages. They said agents then circumvent Sky's sales verification process by faking customer agreements. -

Friday 09 May 2014, PM link icon  TV Networks, Advertisers at Odds Over How to Count Viewers -
ET Television networks and marketers spar every spring over the price of advertising for the coming season, but this year a potentially bigger fight looms over a different issue how many of the networks' viewers should be counted. Facing what is expected to be a lackluster ad market, TV networks hope to boost their revenue by changing the formula for how ad deals are structured so that it includes more viewers who use digital video recorders to watch shows after they air initially. Since 2007, television ad time has been sold based on the audience size for shows and accompanying commercials up to three days from the airdate. -

Thursday 08 May 2014, PM link icon  Susanna Reid and Charlotte Hawkins on Good Morning Britain are losing viewers just as fast…
Good Morning Britain, the latest saviour of breakfast television on ITV is flopping just as fast as its predecessor, Daybreak, according to overnight viewing figures. - link icon  Scripps Networks 1Q profit rises 19 pct - Wire Business News - The Sacramento Bee
For the quarter ended March 31, Scripps earned 128.3 million, or 87 cents per share, compared with 107.8 million, or 72 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2013. Operating revenue rose 8 percent to 643.7 million from 594.4 million. Analysts, on average, expected earnings of 82 cents per share on 645.5 million in revenue, according to FactSet. - link icon  Sky News Launches Catch Up TV Service
It will allow customers to get up to speed with the very best of Sky News content by choosing the stories they want to watch when it suits them. Content will include key bulletins, specially commissioned programmes in the form of documentaries and the pick of Sky News archive. John Ryley, Head of Sky News, commented Sky News is committed to developing the ways in which customers can watch its content. - link icon  BBC News - BT confident about broadband and broadcast growth
BT has reported its first rise in consumer revenues for a decade after strong demand for fibre optic broadband and on demand TV. -

Thursday 08 May 2014, AM link icon  Freesat claims momentum despite just 18,000 new users -
Free-to-air satellite service Freesat continues to hover below the 2m user mark more than six years after launch. In an update issued on Tuesday, the service announced the addition of 18,000 new homes in the three months to March 2014, taking total claimed users to 1.84m. In addition, Sky attracted 74,000 new homes to its TV services in the most recent quarter, many of which signed up to its low-cost, contract-free Now TV streaming service. -

Wednesday 07 May 2014, PM link icon  New PVR tops Which? tests - May - 2014 - Which? News
You can access a wide variety of shows on the free channels - including some in high-definition - with a free-TV box that uses the Freesat or Freeview TV service. You only need to pay a one-off fee for these PVRs as there are no subscription costs. If you're looking for a bigger selection of channels and can't wait to watch all the latest releases, you may prefer a pay-TV box. - link icon  ITV Agrees to Buy Leftfield Entertainment for $360 Million - Bloomberg
The acquisition, which will add to earnings immediately, has gained regulatory approval, ITV said. ITV shares rose 1.5 percent to 188.6 pence as of 902 a.m. in London trading, giving the company a market value of 7.6 billion pounds 12.9 billion. ITV has an option to buy the remaining 20 percent of Leftfield after three years and the maximum consideration for the entire company is 800 million, including the initial payment. - link icon  Gideon Spanier: ITV is sitting pretty, but problems lurk - Media - Business - London Eveni…
ITV has been on a golden run since the ex-Royal Mail boss joined in 2010 with a five-year transformation plan, after Michael Grades exit in the recession. Annual profits have nearly doubled to 435 million during Croziers tenure. The dividend has been restored and keeps rising. - link icon  BBC News - BBC Cymru Wales chiefs concern over S4Cs peak-time figures
S4C said focusing on one performance measure created an incomplete picture. Mr Davies raised his concerns at a regular meeting of the Audience Council Wales in March, the minutes of which have just been published. However, S4C retains its operational and editorial independence as part of the funding arrangement. - link icon  BBC Trust scandals may scare off new chair candidates, MP warns - London - News - London E…
Im sure there are lots of people who will say they would love to do it, but finding someone with all the necessary skills to do a job that puts him or her right into the firing line with be difficult. Lord Patten stepped down on doctors advice yesterday after heart surgery. Culture Secretary Sajid Javid will recommend the appointment, in consultation with Number 10. He said It need someone with experience of getting to grips with a very large organisation. -

Wednesday 07 May 2014, AM link icon  Chris Patten leaves behind a question for Trust at the BBC - Media - The Guardian
Patten had probably got the BBC through the worst of its recent problems, not least by appointing Tony Hall as Entwistle's successor. He had been due to go in April 2015, shortly before the general election now there will be a scrabble to find a replacement, an uncomfortable fact so shortly before charter renewal which must happen before January 2017. All the while, a debate about the governance of the BBC rumbles on. - link icon  On average, Americans get 189 cable TV channels and only watch 17 - Ars Technica
In a blog post on Tuesday, Nielsen reported that on average, US homes receive 189.1 TVchannels, but viewers only watch 17.5 of those channels. Nielsen's blog post today showed that the number of cable channels in an average US household has grown dramatically over the last five years, but the number of channels that viewers actually watch has hardlychanged at all. In 2008, US households received an average of 129.3 channels but only actually viewed 17.3 channels. -

Tuesday 06 May 2014, PM link icon  Ariel - Lord Patten steps down after heart surgery
In a statement, he said he had experienced 'serious chest pains' on April 27 and had undergone bypass surgery the following day at a London hospital. 'These procedures have been successful and have ensured no permanent damage to my heart,' said Lord Patten, who was previously treated for a heart condition seven years ago. This is a position that requires and has received from me 100 per cent commitment, and has been my priority at all times,' stated Lord Patten, who has written to Secretary of State Sajid Javid to tender his resignation. - link icon  Lord Patten steps down after undergoing heart surgery - News - Broadcast
BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten is to stand down with immediate effect after undergoing heart surgery. The decision marks the end of a turbulent tenure for the former Hong Kong governor, who presided over the BBC’s Jimmy Savile and payoffs scandals after joining the governing body in May 2011. -

Sunday 04 May 2014, PM link icon  Court case on streaming TV threatens to cloud our online equality - Media - The Guardian
The American broadcasting industry is ferociously interested in its outcome, not least because it might change television forever. The lumbering case of American Broadcasting Services v Aereo is currently with the Supreme Court. For the low fee of 8 a month Aereo will stream broadcast television to your computer or tablet or phone. -

Friday 02 May 2014, PM link icon  Freesat to expand Freetime presence on smart TVs Digital TV Europe
Freetime is being rolled out across Panasonics current range of smart TVs, including its nine models with Freeview tuners only as well as those with tuners for both satellite and digital-terrestrial reception. Huntington said that the work done on the Panasonic integration was fully portable and that Vestel, which manufactures brands including Toshiba for the UK market, would add Freetime to its range in the near future. Previously only Panasonic and Samsung have provided TVs for the UK market with satellite tuners built in. -

Friday 02 May 2014, AM link icon  Here's Exactly How Much Time You've Spent Binge Watching Your Fave Shows
S We are, all of us, unrepentant, instant-gratification-obsessed binge TV-watchers. I think I've honest-to-god dedicated a significant portion of my adult life to 30 Rock. - link icon  Viacom to increase Channel 5 budget - Media -
In the US and elsewhere as we increase overall spending, we are also shifting the mix gradually to make more original programming. Viacom owns Nickelodeon, which airs some programming on Channel 5, while Channel 5 has the successful kids' strand Milkshake Many staff are understood to be concerned about job cuts and relocation to Viacom's offices. -

Thursday 01 May 2014, PM link icon  Jamaica Inn: BBC strategy chief apologises, but blames varying TV types - Media - theguard…
Jamaica Inn BBC strategy chief James Purnell has apologised over sound problems. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. To get the latest media news to your desktop or mobile, follow MediaGuardian on Twitter and Facebook. - link icon  Freeview faces threat from mobile companies, warns Digital UK boss - Media - theguardian.c…
Freeview faces a threat from mobile phone companies, warned Digital UK's Caroline Thomson. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. To get the latest media news to your desktop or mobile, follow MediaGuardian on Twitter and Facebook. - link icon  Roy Greenslade: Richard Desmond’s done well at Channel 5 but it’s not worth £700m - M…
Underlying those questions, however, is a much more important one is it really worth the 700 million he is said to want for it There cannot be any doubt that Desmond turned the broadcaster around after his company, Northern Shell, bought it in July 2010 and relaunched it in February the next year. He injected a spark into Channel5 that had previously been lacking, not least through his gift for promotion and a willingness to ignore orthodoxy. -

Thursday 01 May 2014, AM link icon  5 charts showing the rapidly changing face of UK content consumption
Weve picked out some of the key points relevant from the 2014 edition, which demonstrate how consumers are accessing content in new ways, via new formats and new devices. The report covers attitudes and understanding among UK adults aged 16 and covers TV, radio, mobile, games and the internet, with an emphasis on the latter. Ofcom's methodology involves quanititative surveys with between 1,000 and 2,000 adults in-home, and statistical significance testing to within the 95 percent confidence limits. -

Wednesday 30 April 2014, PM link icon  BBC News - Live TV subtitling is too slow, Ofcom says
The average delay between speech being heard and the corresponding subtitles appearing on screen is 5.6 seconds, according to an Ofcom report. Ofcom also raised concerns that some pre-recorded programmes did not have subtitles added in advance, resulting in the same delays. The three further reports will be published over the course of the next two years. - link icon  Richard Desmond to announce sale of Channel 5 to US broadcaster Viacom - Media - theguardi…
Richard Desmond, owner of the Daily Express and Daily Star, is selling Channel 5. The deal is short of the typically aggressive 700m-plus target originally set by Desmond, the owner of the Daily Express and Daily Star. It is not clear what Viacom will do with Channel 5's 350m-a-year TV ad sales business. - link icon  Subtitles still need the human touch - Comment - Broadcast