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Monday 04 October 2010, AM link icon  Export of British television shows overseas rises by 9% | Media | The Guardian
Paul Daniels and Ann Widdecombe in this year's Strictly Come Dancing. Overall sales of formats, when a foreign TV company buys rights to a series such as Come Dine With Me and then makes the show itself, rose 25 to 119m. Meanwhile, the trend towards producing UK formats abroad a foreign TV company buys the rights for a show but asks a UK-owned company to make a localised version gathered pace last year with a 124 rise in revenue to 41m. - link icon  Ofcom needs sharper teeth | Media | The Guardian
Many insiders claim it is retreating from its horizon-scanning role, and consumers will inevitably suffer as a result. Ofcom was given a broad set of duties by the 2003 legislation that set it up. In its hyperactive first six years it carried out strategic reviews of every major communications sector, and two multivolume reviews of public service broadcasting. - link icon  Daybreak still watched by fewer viewers than its predecessor GMTV | Media | The Guardian
Two presenters on multi-million pound salaries, an expensive new set, a host of fresh faces and a ratings slump that shows no sign of ending. Daybreak, ITV's expensive breakfast programme, is not proving a bright new dawn for the broadcaster's new management. An average of 3.2 million viewers watched the show in its third week, a 19.7 audience share. - link icon  Jeremy Hunt: what lies beneath? | Steve Hewlett | Media | The Guardian
Jeremy Hunt, who will be speaking at the Conservative conference. He's friendly, approachable and - on first impressions at least - quite a lot more open than you may expect a cabinet minister to be. He declared himself and his party absolutely opposed to the previous government's policy of using the licence fee for non-BBC purposes any surplus, he said, should be given back to licence fee payers. - link icon  Europe to decide on non-Sky TV satellite football in UK pubs
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Friday 01 October 2010, PM link icon  Isps admit to taking money for handing over subscribers data - The Inquirer
Sky was the first up to face the media after the personal information about more than 5,000 of its customers was leaked onto the Internet by ACSLaw. Since then, an interesting image has tipped up in our inbox, an image of what appears to be a price list for Sky to look up its subscribers' names and addresses based upon whatever IP addresses might be provided by copyright holders. We have heard on the grapevine that the costs are close to 1 per IP address for the volume of data that Sky was asked to fork over. - link icon  Ofcom | Reviews of the financial terms for the Channel 3 and Channel 5 licences
- link icon  Sky 3D channel launches - Which? takes a look - October - 2010 - Which? News
Unfortunately for Sky, the event was hampered by poor weather, and play had to be suspended due to waterlogging. The poor weather illustrated two key issues that might have otherwise been missed, however. Firstly, while a rain drop on a regular video camera lens can be irritating, it's worse when on one of the two lenses required for filming 3D, and it causes a smudging effect when watching the 3D channel that is difficult to ignore. - link icon  Local TV Groups Looking YouView s Gift Horse In The Mouth| paidContent:UK
Ive always thought that local services would benefit most. Your system will understand where it is, will be able to look up where it is by IP. It will make it easier for viewers to discover and interact with localised content and open up the television set to all kinds of new content producers. -

Friday 01 October 2010, AM link icon  Sky Atlantic
Sky Atlantic will provide an exclusive home to some of the most hotly anticipated shows in television to customers throughout the UK and Ireland. The content will also be offered to Sky customers via Sky's on-demand platforms, including the soon-to-launch Sky Anytime service. Mad Men burst onto the scene when it debuted on AMC in July 2007 and quickly became one of the most talked about series on television. - link icon  Is 3D TV more than an expensive leap of faith?
3D films have hit cinema screens and boosted box office takings during the last 12 months. Peter Price looks at the challenges involved in getting content made and delivered, and wonders who will be watching it. - link icon  Logitech unveiling Google TV product on Oct. 6 | Crave - CNET
Falcone It looks as if Logitech will beat Sony across the Google TV finish line. In other words, we should finally be getting all of the juicy details on the Logitech Revue--price, release date, specs--which was first unveiled at last May's Google I/O event. Either way, this is certainly shaping up to be the biggest season for Internet TV products to date. -

Thursday 30 September 2010, PM link icon  IPTV news - eGov project Looking Local confirms support for YouView
- link icon  Ofcom | Letters to the BBC and Arqiva on the joint release of DTT capacity and the broadca…
Digital switchover is happening region by region until 2012. In these unique circumstances, pairing the BBC's diminishing spare capacity with Arqiva's growing spare capacity would enable two additional national TV channels to be broadcast in the near term rather than only after the completion of digital switchover. In January 2010, the BBC and Arqiva requested Ofcom's consent to start a joint sales process in respect of the paired capacity. - link icon  DMGT chief casts doubt on local TV and online news plans | Media |
However, Morgan said that more generally DMGT was extremely positive about the commercial viability of providing content for local markets. The most recent figures on the performance of division, which has seen revenues fall 6 for the 11 months to the end of August, dragged down DMGT's share price earlier this week. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. - link icon  BSkyB promises separate channel boss for Living | News | Broadcast
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Thursday 30 September 2010, AM link icon  Welsh stars defend S4C | Media |
Singer Katherine Jenkins was among signatories to a letter stressing how important Welsh language channel S4C was to starting their careers. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. -

Wednesday 29 September 2010, PM link icon  New Credit Rating: British Sky Broadcasting
Subscribe now for complete access to Morningstar analyst research aboutthisstockand many more. Subscribe now for complete access to Morningstar analyst research aboutthisstockand many more. Read more Maintain your investment edge with Morningstar Premium. - link icon  Ben Bradshaw: Tories worse than I feared on broadcasting -UK Politics, UK - The Independen…
They have condemned ITV news in the regions of England and in Wales and Scotland to a slow death. We know to whose tune they are dancing when it comes to media policy. - link icon  Deadline set for Lincolns analogue signals
Analogue TV signals will be switched off in Lincoln on August 3 2011, it has been announced on Wednesday, September 29. Five analogue TV channels will be switched off permanently, and the Freeview digital service boosted to reach all households in the region. Boosting of the Freeview signals will also mean that thousands of homes previously in digital blackspots will be able to receive over 50 digital channels. - link icon  Sky TV falls far short of 340-million-euro capital goal - DW-WORLD.DE
- link icon  BBC - Research and Development: Super Hi Vision (and 3D, and Stereoscopic, and DSLRS) in T…
CC Ella Chambers Oliver Grau calibrates the perimeter cameras. - link icon  'Historic' broadcast of super HD from UK to Japan
The standard could be used on giant public viewing screens, some of which may be in place for the 2012 Olympics. NHK hope to broadcast in Super Hi-Vision by 2020, although no television currently exists that can fully show off the 7680-by-4320 pixel signal. A trial run of the technology was shown off at a conference in 2008, beaming a live image from City Hall in London to a conference centre in Amsterdam. - link icon  BT in privacy row after sending customer data to ACS:Law | Technology |
The details of more than 500 of BT's customers were sent by email in an unencrypted spreadsheet, following a court order obtained by ACSLaw, which alleged that they had been illictly file-sharing copyrighted information. At a later date, due to a cyber-attack on the systems of the law firm, data that it held was leaked. Plusnet will contact customers directly regarding this over the coming days. - link icon  No, minister - your plan to boost local media is a non-starter | Markets Analysis
Clearly, he has a vision of Britain following the United States and various European countries with local TV stations. He believes that democracy will be enhanced by local political access to the small screen. More pertinently, it is fair to ask what kind of output on local TV is expected in the lengthy periods between elections. - link icon  Yorkshire to switch in August 2011
- link icon  Town set for big digital TV switch - Business - Scarborough Evening News
THE countdown is under way for Scarboroughs long-awaited switch to digital television. Scarborough viewers will join the digital revolution on August 3 next year, as the country gears up to welcome Freeview programming and bring down the curtain on television screened through analogue transmission. Staff from Scarboroughs Harbour Bar, in Sandside, were on hand to mark the occasion and were joined by mascot Digit Al to give viewers a taste of the forthcoming changes. -

Wednesday 29 September 2010, AM link icon  Witney TV making its mark with local scoops -Business News, Business - The Independent
One local news broadcaster that has made a splash just four months after its launch is Witney TV as it beat the national press to an exclusive on The Stig. The launch of the website, which shows a weekly news bulletin on local news, can also be traced back to the Prime Minister. One of the founders, Barry Clack, a freelance stills photographer, was recording the election count in Witney for the local district council. - link icon  Hunts plan to put the local back into TV -Business Analysis Features, Business - The Indep…
The US has six local channels even in small cities, There are 100 such broadcasters in France and 80 in Sweden. He hopes this will create independent broadcasters prepared to focus on local content. Mr Hunt said he plans to redefine public service broadcasting for the digital age, asking Ofcom how to ensure enough emphasis is given to the delivery of local content. - link icon  Mark Thompson: BBC acted promptly on executive pay concerns -TV Radio, Media - The Indepen…
Director General Mark Thompson has defended the BBC from accusations that it failed to act quickly enough on the issue of executive and talent pay. The corporation has come under fire in recent years for the pay packets of its top stars and executives. -

Tuesday 28 September 2010, PM link icon  BSkyB to challenge requests for customer information from ACS:Law | Technology | guardian.…
The company appears to compile lists of alleged infringers tracked by IP addresses, then appeals for a court order to the relevant internet service provider to hand over more information about the customer before taking the accused to court. Sky now says it will challenge these court orders until ACSLaw can prove it stores customer informtion in a secure way. This suspension will remain in place until ACSLaw demonstrates adequate measures to protect the security of personal information. - link icon  BSkyB could ride to Beebs rescue at Tory conference | Monkey | Media |
To find out more information about driving traffic to your content or to place this widget on your site, visit We welcome your feedback at or - link icon  BBC involvement in local TV proposal would be limited, says Mark Thompson | Media | guardi…
The BBC subsequently offered to enter into resource-sharing partnerships with local newspapers and commercial radio stations. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. - link icon  Fresh ACS:Law file-sharing lists expose thousands more
It comes after a database of more than 5,000 people suspected of downloading adult films emerged on Monday. In addition, they contain details of how much compensation infringers paid ACSLaw, along with internal case notes. The BBC has also seen e-mails which contain credit card details of people who have paid the firm compensation. - link icon  Jeremy Hunt: publishing BBC stars pay still on the agenda | Media |
Graham Norton one of the BBC's best-paid stars. Hunt and the Conservatives have been pressuring the BBC over financial transparency, particularly talent pay, since last year, when the party was in opposition. The BBC has resisted these calls, insisting that the pay contracts of individual stars are confidential and that publishing them could damage the corporation's ability to attract the best talent. - link icon  Jeremy Hunt gets a warning shot over local TV | Media |
Jeremy Hunt has apparently modified his stance over local TV provision. Photograph Linda Nylind for the Guardian A government minister in thrall to a big idea is a dangerous beast. That's why investment banker Nick Shott and his team of business worthies deserve congratulations for their interim report on creating a new generation of local TV services. - link icon  Traditional channels safe from being pushed down EPGs, says Jeremy Hunt | Media | guardian…
Jeremy Hunt appeared to backtrack on the issue of the traditional broadcasters falling down electronic programme guides. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. -

Tuesday 28 September 2010, AM link icon  Jeremy Hunt to make local content a condition of public service licences | Media | The Gua…
Jeremy Hunt, who will be speaking at the Royal Television Society conference. In a speech to a Royal Television Society conference in London, Hunt will focus on how local content delivery could be guaranteed in the future. However, Hunt is pressing ahead with his local TV plan against a backdrop of industry scepticism about the commercial viability of the proposals. -

Monday 27 September 2010, PM link icon  iPlayer bandwidth diagnostic information - WhatDoTheyKnow
Specifically we are able to collect information about time spent buffering where the video is frozen while sufficient data is loaded to enable playback to continue stream bit-rate where adaptive bitrate is in use and connection rates where the iPlayer diagnostics have been used This information allows us to see where traffic management technology may be in use by ISPs. I believe that it is now in the public-interest that the BBC should disclose the diagnostic data mentioned above to enable licence-fee payers to better understand the nature of their broadband service. - link icon  Adult video-sharing list leaked from law firm
Data breach The documents appeared online after users of the message-board 4chan attacked ACSLaw's site in retaliation for its anti-piracy efforts. The firm has made a business out of sending thousands of letters to alleged net pirates, asking them to pay compensation of about 500 per infringement or face court. Armed with IP internet protocol addresses - which can identify the internet connection used in any copyright infringement - its lawyers can then apply for a court order to get the physical address of the PC from the service provider whose network has allegedly been used for the file-sharing. -

Monday 27 September 2010, AM link icon  Sale of BBC magazine titles such as Radio Times poses plenty of questions | Media | The Gu…
On the shelf Radio Times was once Europes top seller. It is also one of the most profitable magazines in the country, with a circulation of nearly 1m. BBC Magazines made pre-tax profits of 18.4m for the 12 months to the end of March 2010, up by 13.6 on the previous year accounting for more than 12 of Worldwide's total profits. - link icon  Audit of BBC risks political interference by stealth | Jane Martinson | Media | The Guardi…
Doesn't bode well for the BBC, does it There's been little dissent over plans to give the NAO's value-for-money merchants greater power to investigate how the BBC spends licence fee payers' cash. BBC management simply shrugged that they are typically subjected to two significant spending reviews by the NAO a year. - link icon  Why childrens television has to rely on merchandising deals | Media | The Guardian
Once upon a time, 60 years ago, the BBC children's department was born. Today there are 31 digital children's TV channels and related merchandise is a multi-million pound business. With other broadcasters increasingly avoiding the genre for more ad-friendly fare, one of the leading children's programmes, Milkshake, has just been taken over by the same company that makes adult TV shows such as Wobbling Whoppers 2. - link icon  Study Finds That Apple Dominates Tech News -
A new study confirms what some in the technology industry have long sensed Apple commands an inordinate amount of the medias attention. Mitchell, the deputy director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, citing the anticipation for new devices and Apples very public way of releasing products. Apple software powers only a tiny slice of the worlds computers, an area dominated by Microsoft. The release of a new version of the iPhone was the No. 2 most-talked-about tech story during that time, representing 6.4 percent of all coverage, and the release of the iPad was No. 4, representing 4.6 percent. - link icon  Stephen Glover: Should Murdoch be granted all of BSkyB? -Stephen Glover, Opinion - The Ind…
Rupert Murdoch has become a hate figure for the Left again. Now that his papers have switched their support to the Tories, Mr Murdoch has once more become persona non grata on the soft Left and in most progressive circles. The issue galvanising his opponents is Murdoch's proposed takeover of BSkyB. -

Sunday 26 September 2010, AM link icon  Whats On Red Button 25th September - 8th October
This might be because You have typed the web address incorrectly, or the page you were looking for may have been moved, updated or deleted. Please try the following options instead Use BBC search above to see if it's available elsewhere Use our site index - link icon  ITV U-turn on regional news knocks culture secretarys aim off | Media | The Observer
Maybe, in fact, expel it in a long, plangent sigh, as ITV, with a fresh team and fresh thinking in place, actually waxes enthusiastic about keeping local news formats rethought in its accustomed place. Mulberry bushes begin to have very little to add to this saga. To find out more information about driving traffic to your content or to place this widget on your site, visit - link icon  Why the BBC is mad to sell my beloved, profitable 'Radio Times'
Flattering, indeed, to be asked a second time. Whatever my reservations, this was one of the true greats of the magazine world. If editing a magazine was a relationship, then Radio Times was The Big One the one I married, set up home with and had kids by. -

Saturday 25 September 2010, AM link icon  BBC - BBC Internet Blog: Some insights into how people use BBC iPlayer
The BBC iPlayer launched at Christmas 2007, and in 2008 we conducted our first survey of users. Unsurprisingly the people who picked up on BBC iPlayer the quickest were most likely to be male, 40-ish, affluent, with a partner but no kids - a classic early adopter profile. Nearly as many women use the BBC iPlayer website as men, and the age profile is similar to that of all internet users. -

Thursday 23 September 2010, PM link icon  US communities pin hopes on 'super wi-fi'
White spaces are unused, unlicensed frequencies that fall between TV channels, freed up as older analogue transmissions are converted into digital signals. Put to use carrying broadband instead of television signals, the frequencies could spell a revolution. It works like this a fibre-optic cable carries a broadband signal to a central location in a city or town. -

Thursday 23 September 2010, AM link icon  Channel 4s push for public funds was a tactical error, says Lord Puttnam | Media | guardia…
Lord Puttnam also said the BBC's Mark Thompson had 'lost the plot' on the issue of executive pay. Puttnam publicly revealed for the first time his misgivings about the strategy pursued by Channel 4's former chief executive, Andy Duncan, and ex-chairman, Luke Johnson, over several years up until their departure from the broadcaster at end of 2009. Duncan began lobbying for some form of subsidy shortly after his arrival at Channel 4 in late 2004, basing his strategy on an appeal to the government for extra cash to plug a predicted shortfall in programme funding as advertising revenues declined. -

Wednesday 22 September 2010, PM link icon  North Norfolk News - Digital TV switchover date set
- link icon  Will Vince Cable check Rupert Murdochs power? | Media |
Vince Cable will decide in the next month or so whether to block Rupert Murdoch's bid to take full control of BSkyB. Was Rupert Murdoch, who has administered the last rites to many of his competitors, listening At some point in the next month or so, Cable will decide whether to block Murdoch's bid to take full control of BSkyB on public interest grounds. - link icon  U.K. regulators should let Rupert Murdoch buy the rest of satellite broadcaster BSkyB. - B…
Rupert Murdoch The U.K. media establishment, which likes nothing better than to gang up on Rupert Murdoch, has ganged up on him again. They oppose his proposed takeover of satellite broadcaster BSkyB, of which he already owns 39.1 percent, and are hectoring regulators to block the transaction. Murdoch's hold on 37 percent of U.K. newspaper circulation comes at a high price. -

Wednesday 22 September 2010, AM link icon  BBC finances to be scrutinised -TV Radio, Media - The Independent
The BBC is to submit its finances to scrutiny by the public spending watchdog. The National Audit Office NAO will be able to look at executive pay and examine details of financial contracts between the public sector broadcaster and other companies. The move could lead to many stars' pay being exposed, as many of them charge for their services through independent production companies. -

Tuesday 21 September 2010, PM link icon  Welsh minister queries Jeremy Hunts claim that S4C agreed budget cut | Media |…
In a letter on 21 May Jones said that on the basis of legal advice S4C could not agree to the 2m cut in its 101m annual grant from the government. However, it is unclear whether this contributed to Jones's abrupt departure from S4C in July, which brought out into the open the tensions over the Welsh-language broadcaster's future direction and the cuts it faces as part of the government's spending review. Hunt is understood to have asked the pair to make the case for why S4C continues to be the right organisation to supply a Welsh-language service. - link icon  DTG DTV Consultation
The DTG's mission is to enable the development of fully compliant and reliable digital TV and media products and services, primarily for the horizontal market, through world-class specification development, conformance testing and consensus building. In accordance with that mission, in 2010 the DTG launched a consultation on how an interoperable, efficient, stable and innovating horizontal digital TV market might best continue to be delivered. The consultation was open to any organisation or individual with an interest in digital terrestrial television DTT in the UK. - link icon  The Bromsgrove Standard - Digital switchover just six months away
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Tuesday 21 September 2010, AM link icon  Seeing the big picture on content
The 'high bandwidth copy protection' scheme has been in use since 2004 even though the possibility that someone would be able to reconstruct the master key by examining HDCP-capable devices was known even before any systems were commercially available. Now it seems that this has been done, and as a result anyone who wants to - and has access to the appropriate technology - will be able to build hardware that can read HDCP-protected material and make perfect digital copies if they want. It works by creating a secure digital channel between different components in a system, such as a set-top box and a flatscreen TV, that cannot easily be eavesdropped by software or hardware, thereby reducing the chances of programmes or films being copied without permission. -

Monday 20 September 2010, PM link icon  FT urges Vince Cable to investigate News Corps BSkyB takeover | Media |
Murdoch could drive other publishers out of business in a price war not seen since the 1990s with access to such massive financial resource, the paper added. The deal would give Mr Murdoch substantial firepower to cross-subsidise his loss-making UK newspapers, enabling them to compete with rivals on price. This is a reference to the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, who owns Italy's biggest commercial broadcaster, Mediaset. - link icon  How should the BBC be governed? | Media |
There are very powerful commercial and political influences that want to revisit the BBC charter of five years ago. The BBC must not become the state broadcaster. Second, the BBC has to think carefully about its market impact, for good or ill. - link icon  Motive Buying Bestv Majority For Freeview Pay-TV Roll-Up| paidContent:UK
AIM-listed Motive is paying 1.6 million and has raised 4.75 million, to grow Adecq Digital, make certain debt repayments and to provide additional working capital for the enlarged group. Adecqs Bestv offers services to broadcasters for managing the delivery of their repertoire as VOD to set-top boxes. This could be a take-off area as hybrid Freeview PVRs gain popularity, particularly approaching YouViews launch. - link icon  Science reporting on the BBC. Your chance to have a say.
Jump to follow-up It is not uncommon for bloggers to be critical of science reporting in the mainstream media. Many programmes are superb David Attenbrough is an obvious example. His programmes cant be bettered. The photography is breathtakingly beautiful and the science is always accurate. For me, they alone are worth the licence fee, and I dont want the licence fee to be reduced. It helps that Attenborough knows the science so well. It also helps that most of the time the science isnt very difficult and isnt very controversial either. - link icon  Switchover Help Scheme publishes progress review
With switchover at the halfway stage, the Help Scheme has directly contacted nearly 2.5 million eligible people and installed equipment for more than 350,000. An estimated 150,000 more have taken detailed advice from its helpline, which helped them with their digital TV choices. By the completion of switchover in 2012, the Help Scheme will have contacted more than 7 million eligible individuals and couples and expects to have installed equipment for around one million people. -

Monday 20 September 2010, AM link icon  Sky TV Branded A Rip-Off
- link icon  Why News Corps buyout of BSkyB is much more than a business deal | Media | The Guardian
Photograph Eamonn McCabe Claire Enders knows what the future looks like. Enders wants ministers to at least understand the gravity of what they are being asked to sign up to. So what's wrong with the Murdochs' media organisations - link icon  Michael Lyons may be a greater loss to the BBC than Jay Hunt | Media | The Guardian
Sir Michael Lyons, the departing chairman of the BBC Trust. Photograph David Levene The BBC lost two of its most senior figures last week. One loss Jay Hunt, the controller of BBC1 was widely written up as a matter of great regret. - link icon  BBC licence fee freeze could prove costly | Media | The Guardian
With negotiations about the next six-year licence fee settlement due to begin next spring, the trust is betting that if it compromises now, a softer line will be taken when those discussions get under way. Reserve judgment Tellingly, Hunt welcomed the trust's proposal to forego next year's rise, but said that he would reserve judgment on whether to accept its offer to give up the right to try to negotiate a further increase of up to 2 in 2012. That will now be considered as part of negotiations over the next licence fee settlement, which will run until the end of 2016, when the BBC's current 10-year royal charter ends. -

Sunday 19 September 2010, PM link icon  BBC Trust has never made sense, says former BBC chairman | Media | The Guardian
Sir Christopher Bland, the former BBC chairman, says the Trust's challenge is to operate 'a structure no one now has confidence in'. Industry insiders claim he stepped down because he suspected he was unlikely to be reappointed to the role by the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt. Hunt has criticised the trust in the past and suggested it has failed to hold executives to account, but he appears to have decided against replacing it. - link icon  Sunday reading - James Cridland
I was at a conference in Hilversum last week presenting in a special breakout day for the folks at Radio 1, I was unable to see Aleks Krotoskis keynote at the main session. Anyone whos worked in a radio station is aware of the type of people who also work there behind the scenes, there are some dedicated, funny, knowledgeable people who never make it to air. Absolute Radio has a nice man called Stuart Eddie Edwards, whos an intelligent, customer-focused member of the technology services team. - link icon  The BBC must reprogramme itself to win | Media | The Observer
The decision to freeze the licence fee for at least one year, and probably two, also announced last week, illustrates the momentum is with those who want to curb the BBC's power and influence. Lyons's decision to retire as chairman of the BBC Trust after four years was taken in part because he had little prospect of being reappointed. BBC1 controller Jay Hunt left because she had a better and more lucrative offer from Channel 4. - link icon  Our democracy is under threat if Murdoch wins control of Sky | David Puttnam | Comment is …
There were many on the opposition benches who were astonished by the decision, given the OFT's prior clearance. He, like others, suspected that Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation had been lobbying for a referral on the basis that it had little interest in seeing an enlarged and strengthened competitor in cable television threaten its stranglehold on pay-TV. For him, it was an all too familiar pattern elected politicians, members of a sovereign parliament, even those with the best of intentions, being seduced, manipulated or worse, into making decisions that just happened to converge with the objectives of the most powerful media empire in the country. -

Saturday 18 September 2010, AM link icon  Intel Threatens to Sue Anyone Who Uses HDCP Crack | Threat Level |
Intel threatened legal action Friday against anybody who uses its proprietary crypto key leaked on the internet to produce hardware that defeats the so-called HDCP technology that limits home recording of digital television and Blu-ray. There are laws to protect both the intellectual property involved as well as the content that is created and owned by the content providers, said Tom Waldrop, a spokesman for the company, which developed HDCP. Should a circumvention device be created using this information, we and others would avail ourselves, as appropriate, of those remedies. Intels comments came as it confirmed that the internet leak of the master key to the High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection systemwas authentic. -

Friday 17 September 2010, PM link icon  Sony adds iPlayer to Bravia TVs
The service will give users the option to watch television programmes from the last seven days. - link icon  HDCP antipiracy leak opens doors for black boxes | InSecurity Complex - CNET News
An antipiracy code used in set-top boxes, Blu-ray and DVD players has been cracked and published on the Internet, and as a result, we may soon see devices on the market that allow people to make unauthorized copies of movies. These are some of the 376 lines of HDCP master key code posted anonymously to the Internet earlier this week. Intel created HDCP to be used for ensuring that only authorized devices are playing copyright-protected video and audio, and it licenses the technology to hardware manufacturers. - link icon  Which? test lab unveils its latest LCD TV results - September - 2010 - Which? News
Which tested models from LG, Samsung, Sony, Sharp and Technika, and found there are big differences in quality between the best and the worst. In it's latest LCD batch, Which pitted eight small screens against each other in its unique head-to-head, in-depth test. One of the TVs on test has been labelled a Which -

Friday 17 September 2010, AM link icon  YouView: New 200 set-top box that lets you watch 7 days of TV for free | Mail Online
A 200 set-top box will let viewers pause live TV, access the internet and watch a week's worth of programmes with just a few touches of a button. Sky accused the corporation of expanding beyond its remit and said YouView was 'nothing short of mission creep', while Virgin Media lodged a complaint to regulator Ofcom complaining that the project was anti-competitive. A Virgin Media spokesperson said 'Theres a pressing need for a thorough and independent examination of this closed, anti-competitive platform as it will restrict consumer choice and stifle innovation. - link icon  Stairway to Heaven Climbing a 1786 ft Tower
- link icon  Intel: Leaked HDCP copy protection code is legit | InSecurity Complex - CNET News
These are some of the 376 lines of HDCP master key code posted to the Internet. Intel has confirmed that code posted to the Internet earlier this week is the master key that is part of an Intel-created standard used to make sure only authorized devices are playing copyright-protected movies. With the master key code it is possible to build devices that play copyright-protected content without having to pay for licenses. - link icon  Watchdog rules dyke is offensive -Press, Media - The Independent
- link icon  The internet revolution will be televised: broadcasters unveil their plans for future -TV …
If you wanted to name a landmark new internet television service that combined the content of Freeview with the online accessibility of YouTube, what would you call it, if not FreeTube The chief executive of YouView, Richard Halton, predicted that the initiative would transform habits in British living rooms. Connected TV creates all kinds of creative possibilities, for existing networks as well as local services and new developers of interactive applications. - link icon  BBC chief gives warning as licence fee faces freeze | Media | The Guardian
The BBC has already announced a cap on sports rights of 9p in every licence fee pound and said it will spend 20 less on foreign imports, including Hollywood films and US dramas. The unprecedented decision to freeze the licence fee at this year's 145.50 per household may mean it has to go further, however. The licence fee freeze will leave the BBC with 72m less than it had budgeted for in each of the next two years at a time when it is paying for an expensive move to Salford and facing a pension black hole of up to 2bn. -

Thursday 16 September 2010, PM link icon  BBC Trust proposes two year freeze to licence fee to 2013
Please visit the BBC Trust homepage to find the information you want. you may have typed the web address incorrectly - please check the spelling, or that there are no spaces or capital letters. Alternatively, please try the other links and search box on this page. - link icon  BBC licence fee freeze: tactical retreat or total surrender? | Media |
David Cameron, then leader of the opposition, first talked about freezing the BBC licence fee in March last year. Two months later Cameron forced a parliamentary debate over the 2009 licence fee increase, although his motion was easily voted down by Labour and Lib Dem MPs. The BBC Trust has volunteered a two-year freeze until 2013, at what the corporation's management claims is a hypothetical cost of 144m. - link icon  BBC to freeze licence fee until 2013 | Media |
Today's move by the BBC Trust comes after intense political pressure from the government, which has repeatedly made clear that it wants the corporation to recognise the difficult economic environment and sacrifices being made elsewhere in the public sector. The BBC is giving up a planned 2 increase in March next year and the chance of a smaller rise in 2012. The trust said it had asked BBC executives, led by the director general, Mark Thompson, to find short-term savings in June. - link icon  Project Canvas rebrands as YouView | Media |
YouView has said it expects to launch sometime before July 2011, despite companies including Virgin Media submitting complaints to Ofcom to try to block the service. It is thought that beta testing of the service is likely to start in the first quarter of 2011. However, Halton said other content owners including newspaper groups have also expressed an interest in launching services on the platform and that the company intends to launch a section on the new YouView website to fully engage with prospective content partners. -

Thursday 16 September 2010, AM link icon  Richard Halton to be Project Canvas chief executive | Media |
Meek, the former chief policy partner at Ofcom who revealed was joining the venture in July, is expected to announce Halton's appointment today. A number of companies, including Virgin Media, have lodged official complaints with the media regulator Ofcom. According to the BBC, Project Canvas will have a marketing budget of 48.4m in its first four years. - link icon  Big trouble at BBC2? Critics say its lost its identity but the channels controller is calm…
The Stig, the previously anonymous Top Gear character dressed like a Star Wars stormtrooper in a white full-face helmet and white racing suit, has been taking up rather more of Hadlow's time than she would have liked. Since she inherited the channel in November 2008, BBC2's audience share has fallen from 8.3 per cent and an average weekly watch of two hours, 16 minutes to a 6.5 per cent share and average view of one hour, 40 minutes a week. In that time, it has been overtaken in popularity by Channel 4. - link icon  Daybreak loses a fifth of its viewers -TV Radio, Media - The Independent
ITV1's new breakfast show, Daybreak, has lost a fifth of its viewers since its first show last week. -

Wednesday 15 September 2010, PM link icon  Vince Cable adopts hands-off approach to News Corporations BSkyB takeover | Politics | The…
Vince Cable has distanced himself from rumours that he could intervene in News Corporation's proposed takeover of BSkyB. He can opt to exercise an intervention notice, under the 2002 Enterprise Act, calling on Ofcom to advise him whether the takeover would restrict plurality in the industry. It is understood Cable has not yet consulted Ofcom on the issue, even informally. - link icon  BBCs Thompson - Project Canvas will be creative playpen for artists
Beginning in Glasgow at the Kings Theatre on January 14, - link icon  Pestons Picks: Ofcom expected to review News Corps bid for Sky
So News Corp will be concerned that a reference to Ofcom and then potentially to the Competition Commission could delay and even stymie the deal. BSkyB's directors said the offer was 1 per share too low, but agreed to resume negotiations after regulatory hurdles have been cleared. BSkyB is the biggest broadcaster in the UK. - link icon  BSkyB to close Bravo and Channel One | Media |
Bravo's programming includes US import Spartacus Blood and Sand. BSkyB has decided to focus on the Living TV channel portfolio, which will see a 25 boost to its programming budget, and the gameshow and quiz channel Challenge. There will be just 58 roles after integration, but it is understood that there are a significant number of positions potentially available in other parts of the BSkyB operation. -

Wednesday 15 September 2010, AM link icon  OFT clears Skys acquisition of Virgin Media Television - Brand Republic News
Sky OFT clears Virgin Media's acquisition The competition watchdog has published its decision without explanation, saying this will follow in a few days. Sky agreed the deal with Virgin Media in June, pledging to pay 105m on completion and 55m once it had secured regulatory clearance. Virgin 1 was rebranded as Channel One on 3 September. - link icon  Regions analogue TV transmitter turned off | Aberdeen and North | STV News
TV viewers in Aberdeen City and Shire have said goodbye to analogue channels for good. The final stage of the switchover saw all analogue channels, including STV, turned off permanently at midnight on Wednesday. The switch to digital TV will bring Freeview to approximately 44,000 homes in the region for the first time. - link icon  Alleged HDCP master key leaked, HDTV copy protection may be dead | Security News - Betanew…
The entertainment industry may have encountered another setback in its efforts to protect its content Monday as a hacker has reportedly cracked high definition content protection, more commonly referred to as HDCP. With the master key, the system no longer works, as hackers would now be able to create their own source and sink keys, both of which are needed to playback content on HDCP-protected devices. Thus a perfect connection could always be ensured between transmitting and receiving devices. -

Tuesday 14 September 2010, PM link icon  Jay Hunt and Channel 4: a match made in heaven? | Maggie Brown | Media |
Jay Hunt has been appointed chief creative officer by Channel 4. The post of director of vision, Hunt's immediate boss, is held by Jana Bennett, and it is she who is now stepping in to run BBC1 and lead the hunt to find the successor. Nor was the BBC, under heavy attack for lavish executive salaries, in a position to match the estimated 45 rise in salary to around 395,000 she will receive from Channel 4, excluding any bonuses. - link icon  TVonics DTR-HD500 Freeview HD recorder has 500GB storage, slideshows | Crave | CNET UK
Freeview HD PVRs are slowly starting to trickle on to the market at last, but our primary grumble is they're too expensive. The TVonics HD500 isn't the most wallet-frightening we've seen though, at around 280. There's plenty of good news though, such as a two-year warranty -- if you buy it from TVonics' own website -- and a free upgrade that will allow proper Dolby Digital, coming in October. -