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Sunday 12 September 2010, AM link icon  Water-cooler TV! -TV Radio, Media - The Independent
All over Britain, cushions are being patted and sofas plumped. Despite the internet and video games, television viewing figures are at an 18-year high according to a report from the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising published earlier this year and from now on, up to 12 million of us will spend our evenings staring at the flickering screen. The autumn schedules are being packed with some of the best, most popular and most lavish television productions of the year. - link icon  Rupert Murdoch and the future of British media | Comment is free | The Observer
Berlusconi is at least an Italian operating in his own land. As an American citizen, Murdoch appears to have scant interest in the plurality of information in Britain and therefore the health of British society. His overriding concern is that the government remains covertly in step with his plans for expansion and that the flow of profits to News Corp remains uninterrupted. - link icon  ITV prepares for big job cuts as new broom sweeps -Business News, Business - The Independe…
The new team, hired this year to rescue the ailing broadcaster, is understood to be looking at a significant cut to the number of workers at its South Bank offices. Sources close to the company say up to half of the 1,400 staff could go over the next few years while further cutbacks are expected among the 2,600 workers around the UK and Europe. ITV has already suffered recent job losses, with more than 1,200 staff leaving last year under the previous chairman, Michael Grade. -

Saturday 11 September 2010, PM link icon  FOIA - Internal Review - IR2010026 - szlwzls posterous
If you have received it in error, please delete it from your system. Please note that the BBC monitors e-mails sent or received. - link icon  Ofcom looks to simplify broadband switching policies
Ofcom is engaged in a consultation on the issue and welcomes public comment. However, Ofcom is aware that an effort to make switching easier opens concerns of switching without a consumer's informed consent. Sebastien Lahtinen of broadband information site ThinkBroadband says the proposal is not without its potential pitfalls, one of which could be a rise in high-pressure sales tactics from providers. -

Saturday 11 September 2010, AM link icon  A blank Project Canvas for arts Telegraph Blogs
Thompson was on a panel this morning at the Media Festival Arts at the Roundhouse in Camden, and spoke lyrically about the huge new audiences that, say, arthouse films could reach on this new platform. In a nutshell, the idea of Canvas is that it is an open platform, on which just about anybody apart from pornographers and terrorists can offer their video on-demand, and using whatever commercial model they wish free, pay-per-view or ad-funded. It's a heady idea indeed for documentary-makers who struggle to get their films financed and made, with no chance of a cinema release or broadcast on a major TV channel. -

Friday 10 September 2010, PM link icon  BT preps nationwide TV network The Register
The firm's wholesale division today announced it has signed a deal to implement Cisco's Content Delivery System by early next year. It will combine Freeview with on-demand and pay TV. BT Retail and other broadband providers using BT's lines into homes will then be able to deliver it without incurring upstream bandwidth costs and with guaranteed quality of service. - link icon  BBC launches campaign for upgraded iPlayer | Media |
http// The new-look iPlayer, which officially went live on Monday following beta testing since June, has had various social media features and a recommendation engine built into it. An online marketing campaign will also launch to back up the TV and radio ads. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. - link icon  BBC appoint iPlayer General Manager
The BBC is uniquely positioned to drive the next wave of change through its roles in content creation and distribution. We will focus on the innovations that become possible when content production and consumer experience evolve together. I am delighted to join the BBC at this very exciting time. - link icon  Whats On BBC Red Button 11th - 24th September
Test your knowledge of all things Merlin in the Red Button Merlin Quiz. From episode 2 onwards fans will be able to watch clips from the show and answer questions put to you by Merlin played by Colin Morgan on his magical medieval world. There will be 3 differently themed versions of the quiz to try Heroes, Villains and Magical creatures. - link icon  Canvas Specs: Audience Measurement, Web Apps, Linux On-Board| paidContent:UK
The specs concentrate on mandatory system standards and delivery of TV and video, and are intended for system architects, but lack detail on just how Canvas will implement an app store they refer to. There is also no mention of how Canvas will support conditional-access payment systems. Devices shall be built using the Linux operating system with either glibc or uClibc libraries of the C language. -

Friday 10 September 2010, AM link icon  40 manufacturers respond to Canvas call | Broadband TV News
Hybrid venture Project Canvas has issued a robust defence of its plans, declaring that it had received support from more than 40 organisations. The first devices are expected to be available during 2011. The next stage of the evaluation process will be completed by the end of the month. -

Thursday 09 September 2010, PM link icon  Europe says No again to ACTA secrecy | Tech Policy Law News - Betanews
- link icon  BBC Proms in Extra High Quality on the Internet- The Tech
For background information about the experimental extra high quality feed, you may wish to read the entry on the BBC Internet Blog and to listen to the audio, visit the web page hosting the experiment here. Each microphone has appropriate equalisation and time alignment applied and the sound is mixed down to stereo for broadcast on Radio 3. Here it is unfortunately necessary to sample rate convert the audio to 44.1ks/s. - link icon  Hyperlocal TV Groups Team To Rat On Canvas To Ofcom| paidContent:UK
their channels would be hard to find on the EPG. the JV members may exploit viewer data for commercial advantage Canvas could prevent viewers from obtaining any streamed services on the open internet from TV channels who are unwilling or unable to meet the access terms Some of these worries are baseless. And, since Canvas channels will mirror the numbering on the Freeview EPG, these local channels should be no harder to find than now. -

Thursday 09 September 2010, AM link icon  Fibre optic capacity 'auto-tuned' by novel device
The team says the growth in bandwidth-hungry applications such as YouTube and iPlayer will eventually stretch the limits of long-distance fibre links. Developers say the device can plug directly into existing networks. Data is sent as a sequence of bits coded into the properties of a light beam piped down an optical fibre, but the bits can over great lengths of fibre become distorted. -

Wednesday 08 September 2010, PM link icon  BBC R
We've listed the key stands where you'll find us below, and if you want to find the stands at the show- the handy venue guide should help. The MyMedia EC-funded collaborative research project is exploring the use of intelligent recommender systems for audio/visual content. The project has developed a shared-source software framework which provides all the components required to build a state-of-the-art recommender system. - link icon  Humax turns your HD-Fox T2 into a Freeview HD recorder - Pocket-lint
The software upgrade is free for existing users, so if you've got an external HDD lying about, then it's a no-brainer really. You'll also be able to series-record, record shows whilst watching back a recorded programme, and record a programme while watching another if they are broadcast on the same multiplex If you buy a HD-Fox T2 from October onwards, the box will already have the new software on board. The device costs around 150 and its a product that Pocket-lint gave a favourable review to back in February when it was launched. - link icon  Freeview HD take-up grows | Broadband TV News
What is more, Freeview has had 1.5 million unique visitors to its website checking the coverage of its HD services. Launched earlier this year, they can already be received in 55 of the UK, with the figure rising to 98.5 at the completion of digital switchover in 2012. Howling also said that in that in the eight years since its launch, 60 million pieces of Freeview equipment have been sold, with 13 million in the last year alone. -

Wednesday 08 September 2010, AM link icon  Porn boss to oversee childrens TV at Five -TV Radio, Media - The Independent
Sorry but we haven't been able to serve the page you requested - please try again If you typed in a URL, please make sure you have typed it correctly. In particular, make sure that the URL you typed is all in lower case. If you think this article may be missing, please contact stating the URL of this page. - link icon  Google aims for Apple with Web TV, launching worldwide by 2011 | Tech Gear News - Betanews…
Apple may have the head start on its competitors when it comes to streaming content, but Google is not going to let it get too far ahead. Sony will be the first manufacturer to incorporate Google's technologies into television sets sold within the US this fall. From there, the service will be expanded worldwide in 2011. - link icon  Freeview MD questions need for lots of HD channels | News | TechRadar UK
Freeview's managing director Ilse Howling has questioned the need for lots of HD channels, insisting that the planned five HD channels already contained the programmes most people watched. At the Westminster eForum to discuss the future of digital terrestrial television, the problem of Freeview's limited bandwidth as data-hungry HD channels proliferated was an issue that arose several times. - link icon  Freeview hd will aid takeup of mobile telly - The Inquirer
There was a standard for mobile telly, it was called DVB-H, but it was dogged by problems like bad reception, never a good thing for telly addicts. Another advance for the digital telly domain that will aid tablet or smartphone viewing is the DTG's next version of its digital TV technical standards. Companies like Sony, Philips, Sharp and Loewe all have their own Internet connected televisions but they all use their own standards and content providers have to abide by each of them. -

Tuesday 07 September 2010, PM link icon  Ofcom | Radio Multiplex Licence Renewals
Statement published 070910 The Broadcasting Act 1996 sets out the statutory framework for the renewal of radio multiplex licences, including the timetable within which the holder of a radio multiplex licence is able to apply for renewal, and the circumstances in which a renewal can be granted. This statement follows on from the public consultation we published on 2 July 2010 entitled Radio Multiplex Licence Renewals. The consultation set out our proposals on the decisions we are required to make when renewing radio multiplex licences, and asked stakeholders for their views. -

Tuesday 07 September 2010, AM link icon  The BBC executive board must cut their pay now | Media |
Marcus Agius, chair of the BBC executive board remuneration committee and Barclays Bank. When plans to cut the salaries of some top talent by between 25 and 40 were confirmed in the summer of 2009, why didn't these clever executives see the writing on the wall, and turn the knife on their own pay packages sooner The end result is that now, as they finally bow to the inevitable, they are so behind the curve that their sacrifice of a month's pay for this year and next is reaping them scant benefit. - link icon  Stephen Fry: BBC 'culture of fear' creating blandness
The BBC was not immediately available to respond to Fry's comments. -

Monday 06 September 2010, PM link icon  New BBC iPlayer live from today | Media |
The BBC's iPlayer is used by 5 million people every week, so any redesign needs to be pretty confident. The new version instated today has had extensive work done behind the scenes and has some social media and recommendation features added. This version is not new, exactly, as it has been running as a beta since June. -

Monday 06 September 2010, AM link icon  PCTV nanoStick T2 290e Freeview HD Tuner - Full Specs and Data Sheet | We Got Served
The nanoStick T2 will ship in the UK in October for 99. Since February 2007, the site has provided detailed coverage and analysis of the emerging home server category, and has subsequently grown into a trusted outlet for digital home news and reviews. - link icon  James Robinson interviews Danny Cohen, controller of BBC3 | Media | The Guardian
BBC3's controller, Danny Cohen, wants to talk about the success of the channel, and who can blame him The problem is there is only one subject everyone else wants to discuss and that is whether he is about to leave. Cohen, 35, is regarded as a leading candidate for the new programming post of chief creative officer at Channel 4, where he previously worked for seven years. - link icon a constant over 10 years of change | Media | The Guardian
When started a decade ago it was underpinned by a simple concept to tell desk-bound people in the media industry what was going on, on a minute-by-minute basis. A web-based wire-type service for the media industry would, they confidently predicted, have no traction in a market already drowning in trade press. But, like so many of the first wave of content websites, it surpassed some expectations and undershot others. -

Saturday 04 September 2010, AM link icon  BBC iPlayer gets even better
The BBC iPlayer team are very excited about the latest developments going live next week - this is a big step for the product, and its users, bringing A new design which is more fun to use, and distinctively styled. A range of personalisation features that let you shape your very own BBC iPlayer experience. Integration with your social network account that lets you add a social dimension to your viewing and listening. - link icon  BBC iPlayer Beta: What we did with your feedback
We've been running the latest version of BBC iPlayer in beta since May this year. About 8 of our existing user base has opted to use the beta version which is a good result. From the feedback, we're happy that 75 of our beta users preferred the new site to the existing version. -

Friday 03 September 2010, PM link icon  Mark Thompson should heed his own warning on the BBC and politicians | Media | The Guardia…
BBC director general Mark Thompson unlikely to forget how precarious his job is. First, the BBC director general is snapped in Downing Street for meeting with the prime minister's head of strategy. After six years in the job, Thompson made the rookie error of displaying a briefing note in which Helen Boaden, his director of news, revealed details of a lunch with Andy Coulson, the government spinmeister-in-chief. - link icon  3D cameras and internet TVs at Berlins IFA tech show
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets CSS enabled. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets CSS if you are able to do so. - link icon  Choosing a DAB radio | Ask Jack | Technology |
I'm about to reluctantly upgrade from my existing extremely old but dearly loved radio. I'm intending to spend as much as I can afford on a top range, high specification standalone DAB radio. Radio now comes from a variety of sources, including thousands of internet radio stations. - link icon  North East Scotland switchover underway
The first stage of digital switchover in Aberdeen City and Shire has now been completed, according to Digital UK. Shortly after midnight on 1 September, analogue BBC Two was turned off permanently at the Durris transmitter and digital signals were switched on at 13 relay transmitters serving the region. Viewers in Tomintoul, Brechin and Gourdon will also start switchover from today. -

Thursday 02 September 2010, AM link icon  BBC staff vote for strike over pensions | Media |
BBC staff on strike in 2005, over job cuts. Today's overwhelming vote in favour of industrial action could threaten BBC coverage of the closing stages of the Proms and the pope's visit to the UK later this month. However, with BBC management understood to be planning concessions on its controversial proposals to overhaul the final salary pension scheme, the unions held back from naming strike dates in order that talks can be held over the next two weeks to resolve the dispute. - link icon  BBC iPlayer Beta: Less is More
The following four design strategies informed our solution framework Navigation We recognised that watching TV and listening to the radio are two different activities that respond to different user needs. The previous version of iPlayer mixed radio and TV content on each page. Table 1 most likely overstates the overlap as the number reflect hardware not users. -

Wednesday 01 September 2010, PM link icon  DTG Testing achieves UKAS accreditation for DTT testing
DTG Staff 01.09.2010 Links open in a new window. The DTG is not responsible for the content of other web sites. -

Wednesday 01 September 2010, AM link icon  File sharing solicitor to face disciplinary body
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Tuesday 31 August 2010, PM link icon  GMTV on the scrapheap | 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  Thompsons MacTaggart cut at the last moment | Media |
'So I chopped and chopped and finally got it down to a mere 8,000 words' Mark Thompson. The BBC director general cut 1,000 words from what was still one of the longest ever Edinburgh addresses at the last minute, he told MediaGuardian the day after he'd delivered it. He and his son scaled a cliff face in Switzerland by clambering up the tiniest of ladders fixed to the side of the mountain, the bearded one revealed, adding that delivering the MacTaggart was not half as scary. - link icon  Local TV group to complain to Ofcom over BBC-Canvas joint venture | Media | The Guardian
Ofcom, which has already received a complaint from Virgin about the Canvas joint venture, will now be hearing from Six TV. Ofcom has already received a complaint from Virgin Media, which sees Canvas as an anti-competitive cartel that will crush the nascent online TV market. Orange and Channel 5 are also looking to get involved. -

Tuesday 31 August 2010, AM link icon  DAB offers Pop Up Radio series

Monday 30 August 2010, PM link icon - Edinburgh Television Festival
Printed from http// Print a single copy of this article for personal use. - link icon  Mark Thompson: Once gone, it will be gone for ever | Media | The Guardian
Mark Thompson's MacTaggart lecture, one of the longest ever delivered, contained many messages, but the most important was hidden in the subtext of the speech. One of the biggest laughs of the night came when Thompson mocked the head of News Corp's European operations for attacking the British Library's plan to digitise its newspaper archive. Although discussions are understood to have been held between Thompson and senior executives at Channel 4 and ITV, neither appeared to embrace the idea over the weekend. - link icon  The Full-On Assault On Cable Is Underway
All of these companies are currently sitting in the same boat about to storm the beaches. Those belonging to the the cable television providers in the U.S. It has only just begun, but the assault is underway. Let me start by saying that of course the cable companies arent about to go away. - link icon  Media: Making a stand against Sky | Comment is free | The Guardian
The issue is partly, but only partly, the future of public service broadcasting. It is also about media plurality and market dominance. It is a profound issue about the ownership and regulation of our media. -

Monday 30 August 2010, AM link icon  Edinburgh wasnt about TV, it was all about Murdoch | Media | The Guardian
Not the knockabout or the mickey-taking but the serious business of News Corp's likely purchase of the 61 of BSkyB it doesn't already own. As Thompson pointed out, this would not be allowed in the USA or Australia. The past five years have seen Sky's business transformed as the benefits of major investments in digital, HD, broadband and telephony have started to pay off. - link icon  Stephen Glover: Thompsons attack is more than it seems -Opinion, Media - The Independent
That about sums up this slightly childish exchange between the two men. Apart from controlling BSkyB, which they would like to own outright, the Murdochs have four national newspapers accounting for approximately 35 per cent of all sales. Mr Thompson's aggressive counter-attack on the Murdoch empire should be interpreted in this light. - link icon  BBC1 chief declares truce in Saturday night ratings war -TV Radio, Media - The Independent…
I'm sort of agnostic about ratings, I don't think it matters. -

Sunday 29 August 2010, PM link icon  MGEITFs Channel of the Year Awards | Media |
- link icon  Next series of Doctor Who to be split transmission
The split transmission is the result of a request from Steven Moffat to write a new Doctor Who story arc which involves a big plot twist in the middle of the series. By splitting the series Moffat plans to give viewers one of the most exciting Doctor Who cliffhangers and plot twists ever, leaving them waiting, on the edge of their seats, until the autumn to find out what happens. For the kids it will never be more than a few months to the next Doctor Who -

Sunday 29 August 2010, AM link icon  Go global or face huge cuts, says BBC boss -TV Radio, Media - The Independent
This could be the future of programmes in a new, leaner BBC described yesterday by its director general, who is this weekend wrestling with critical press, worried staff and the threat of a reduced licence fee. The public broadcaster faces a pension deficit of up to 2bn and future partnerships with American producers in order to make programmes like Wallander to sell around the world, according to Mark Thompson. I don't think in five or 10 years anyone is going to remember any of this. -

Saturday 28 August 2010, PM link icon  New ITV1 Factual Strand unveiled at Edinburgh - ITV Press Centre
Perspectives will be the umbrella title encompassing single, factual films from a variety of film-makers and, on occasions, presenters, offering their take on subject matter ranging from life in Britain today to the arts. The unlikely group now have a million pound record contract, a book about their life and a film deal. The film follows them over six months as men who have spent a lifetime working around a small, sleepy harbour face the glitz and glamour of the showbiz world. They were ordinary working men who had spent years down the pits before organising an art appreciation class for themselves in the 1930s. Despite their lack of professional training, their works, which drew on their own lives, were bought by collectors and praised by connoisseurs, which begs the questions what makes an artist, and can anyone paint - link icon  Yamgo Live Mobile TV and Video Streaming
Yamgo is a leading global provider of end-to-end linear TV and video streaming services delivering transcoding, encoding, distribution, publishing and advertising solutions for digital media owners. - link icon  Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt tells BBC to prepare for deeper cuts | Media |…
Link to this video The culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has warned the BBC that it faces making deeper cuts and refused to rule out a reduction the licence fee. He was then asked if he considered the BBC to be a government department. He added that on this basis he could not categorically rule out the licence fee being cut. - link icon  MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival - MGEITF 2010 - Highlights

Saturday 28 August 2010, AM link icon  For BBC chief Mark Thompson, revenge is a dish best served cold -TV Radio, Media - The Ind…
The director-general has himself faced criticism, particularly over the size of his annual remuneration of 838,000, which he recently agreed to reduce by 20 per cent. Mr Thompson also drew attention to News Corporation's press interests and complained of what he depicted as an unprecedented level of hostility in coverage of the BBC. Other organisations might rise and fall but the BBCs income is guaranteed and growing. -

Friday 27 August 2010, PM link icon  Mark Thompsons MacTaggart lecture the full text | Media |
We all know the ingredients of a classic MacTaggart. If you can manage it, rage though no one's ever going to match Dennis Potter, not just for eloquence and passion, but for sheer undiluted bile. If you study the best MacTaggarts, there's always a proper, black-hearted villain. - link icon  On TV: perspectives on television in words and numbers | Media | Telecommunications, Media…
Background On TV perspectives on television in words and numbers is Deloittes fourth annual report on the current issues impacting the television sector. The in-depth research was based on interviews with senior industry executives and a detailed survey of the UK public designed by Deloitte and conducted by YouGov between 9th and 12th July 2010. Online television has proved more supportive than disruptive to broadcast television while social media has so far proven to be a powerful ally in raising awareness of televisions most compelling content. -

Friday 27 August 2010, AM link icon  YouTube UK to launch free movie service | Technology |
YouTube, which already delivers TV through deals with Channel 4 and Channel 5, will initially make more than 400 titles available for free and on-demand. For Blinkbox, which will receive revenue from advertising around the films, the move to make content available for free is about building the brand and reaching new audiences. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. - link icon  MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival - MGEITF
Dr Schmidt will be discussing the impact of the internet revolution and how the television industry can engage with new technologies. - link icon  The new Sky Sports News in HD gives me a headache - Sportingo
- link icon  The Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival

Thursday 26 August 2010, PM link icon  PURE offers sub-40 DAB radio
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Wednesday 25 August 2010, PM link icon  Prototype: BBC TV Made Richer By Hypertext| paidContent:UK
What if your TV automatically showed you links to related material Right now, its just a prototype, and works only with the web stream of the BBC News Channel. Some of the suggested material also looks a bit off-topic. - link icon  Perth councillor's fury at limited TV channels - Perthshire Advertiser
- link icon  BBC4 to air Anna Nicole Smith opera | Media |
The digital channel's programming lineup for autumn 2010 and early 2011 also includes Patrick Stewart in a film version of Macbeth. Smith died of a prescription drugs overdose in 2007, aged 39. Anna Nicole The Opera is due to be broadcast on BBC4 in early 2011. - link icon  BBC to increase competition in radio commissioning following Trust review
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. -

Tuesday 24 August 2010, PM link icon  Five comes back to Project Canvas
Channel Five is to re-join Project Canvas, following Fives recent acquisition by Northern Shell. Northern Shell Chairman, Richard Desmond, said Project Canvas is set to shape the future of broadcasting and open up new and exciting possibilities for viewers. This is important to the future of Channel Five and having an open internet-connected TV platform fits closely with our plans to bring brilliant new content and interactive services to viewers. - link icon  Channel 5 returns to Canvas | News | Broadcast
It takes just 2 minutes and offers full, instant access to the Broadcast website along with a copy of the magazine delivered every week. -

Tuesday 24 August 2010, AM link icon  TV advertising skipped by 86% of viewers | Media |
Respondents said that shorter adverts and shorter ad breaks would encourage them not to skip them. More than half 52 of respondents said television was more memorable than any other form of advertising medium, followed by 10 who said newspapers and just 2 for online video adverts and 1 for online banner ads and on iPhones and iPads. Respondents said shorter ad breaks highlighted by 48 of people, more memorable campaigns 32 and shorter ads 17 would encourage people to watch more advertising. -

Monday 23 August 2010, PM link icon  Will viewers switch off X Factor after vocal row? - Channel 4 News
If you thought our winter was cold, spare a thought for the Chinese who have had to put up with the coldest winter in 28 years with snow and ice closing roads, cancelling flights and knocking out power in several provinces. China Meteorological Administration said the national average was -3.8 degrees Celsius since late November. - link icon  Open Source Release of MHEG+ Toolkit
MHEG pronounced em-heg plus is both a programming language and a suite of tools developed by the BBC for building interactive television services. Today MHEG is not just a programming language but also a comprehensive suite of tools for developing interactive television applications. Further, we hope to encourage the community to get involved in MHEG and make it better. -

Monday 23 August 2010, AM link icon  Broadcasters cautiously optimistic as television advertising increases
With advertising spend up a healthy double digits over last year, a cautious optimism has begun to infect the boardrooms of the big broadcasters. Indeed the downturn has shown no respect for heritage, with ITV, for example, completely rethinking how it delivers dramas, to the cost of classic series such as Heartbeat and The Bill pictured. Even if the boost can be tempered by sexy looking annual comparatives thanks to the precipitous advertising falls last year, broadcasters have been making the right noises about freeing up spending. - link icon  Make or break for Mark Thompson as BBC boss prepares MacTaggart lecture | Media | The Guar…
Mark Thompson's rise to the upper echelons of the BBC began in 1997 when he delivered an impromptu speech to an audience of media executives about the virtues of public service broadcasting. More than a decade on, if he is to convince his critics inside and outside the BBC that he is the right man to continue leading the corporation through a turbulent period, the director general will need to repeat that feat on a far bigger stage on Friday evening. The BBC is under siege from its commercial rivals and preparing for what will be a bruising licence fee renegotiation with David Cameron's coalition government while internally Thompson is facing the most serious staff revolt in years over plans to reform the corporation's generous final salary pension scheme. -

Saturday 21 August 2010, PM link icon  APP OF THE DAY - Freeview HD - Pocket-lint
Some things in life are pretty much dead certs, unquestionable truths if you will the sun rises and sets, throw a ball into the air and gravity will do its best to drag it back down to earth, the moon is made of cheese, and App Of The Day will bring joy and wonderment into your life. So not only will this give info on HD channels you might want to watch, but it makes for a very handy allround tool for keeping abreast of telly in general - and best of all it's free. -

Saturday 21 August 2010, AM link icon  Google TV demo shows off Dish Network integration, universal search (video) -- Engadget
For those still wavering over the possibility of dropping a few Ben Franklins on something rocking the Google TV logo this fall, maybe the best idea is to get to know this new flavor of Android a bit better. StuffWeLike grabbed video of a Comic-Con 2010 demo that showed off its universal search in a level of detail we hadn't previously seen. -

Friday 20 August 2010, PM link icon  Dundee becomes Scotlands first digital city
- link icon  A new home for the BBC Archive
- link icon  ITV Player to go on PlayStation 3 | Media |
It is the first commercial catch-up TV service to go on the games console, which already gives users access to the BBC's iPlayer. Total long and short-form video views on more than doubled last year to 200m. ITV Player content on PlayStation 3 will be free and advertiser funded. - link icon  France blamed for TV signal glitches down to
Viewers across the Island have reported losing the signal for ITV, Channel 4 and related channels. Experts believe the problem is linked to the switch to digital transmission in France, which like the UK, is replacing its terrestrial network. Wight Aerials boss Mike Downes said they had been contacted by people from Freshwater to Sandown, experiencing problems. -

Thursday 19 August 2010, PM link icon  BBC Genome: The Complete Broadcast History of the BBC

Thursday 19 August 2010, AM link icon  IP Vision submits Canvas complaint to Ofcom
However, this group of industry Goliaths, supported in part by BBC licence fee funds, will have the power to dominate the sectoreven though what Canvas will offer will not be superior to solutions already on the market. Surely this cant be good for the UK television industry or for the consumer Abrams continued As well as requesting a level playing field for IP Vision and other young, innovative companies in this space, we believe that by questioning the validity of the Canvas joint venture, we are also championing the consumer. - link icon  Television viewing increases despite rise of internet and social media | UK news | The Gua…
Television viewing figures have continued to rise to their highest point in five years despite competition from the internet and social media networks. Photograph Getty Predictions that the internet would kill the television star appear to be premature. Just as the cinema survived the advent of home video, TV is booming despite the growth of digital media and popularity of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. - link icon  Too high a price: Why huge executive salaries are the bane of the BBC -TV Radio, Media - T…
So much so that corporation staff, furious at plans to change their pension scheme, are threatening strike action next month that could target landmark broadcasts such as coverage of the Last Night of the Proms and the autumn party conferences. The BBC employs 85 senior managers on salaries of more than the 142,500 paid to the Prime Minister. The corporation's top 15 executives were paid 4.76m last year, up from 4.6m in 2008-09, according to figures released last month. -

Wednesday 18 August 2010, PM link icon  Ofcom s legal team: 2 people : | OfcomWatch |
- link icon  Project Canvas prompts new Ofcom complaint The Register
Some of the issues raised in the new filing are familiar and were discussed by Virgin Media in its own Canvas Ofcom filing. One is that the project isn't needed and would swamp the market. Ofcom hinted last year that Canvas could be halted if it was judged to skew the market, reminding broadcasters that they must give alternative platform access to the content. - link icon  Safeguarding the BBCs archive
There are almost five million items held on a wide variety formats including film, dating back to 1936, videotape, first introduced into the BBC in the late sixties and numerous audio tape and disc including a small collection of wax cylinders which date back to the early 1900s. The collection is made up of 650,000 film components, 2.4 million videotapes and 2 million Radio sound items. 75 of the holdings reside in London with the rest deposited around the BBC's Nations and Regions in smaller local collections. -

Tuesday 17 August 2010, PM link icon  Music licensing: A nightmare in the digital world | MyCE My Consumer Electronics
Now we can all see the complexity of music licensing, rights, and royalties at a glance, thanks to a flowchart created by Pure, the company which just launched cloud-based music service FlowSongs. Yassaie noted during his talk that it took him about three hours to decipher the chart after it was explained, and that there were many instances when he felt like giving up. Basically, what you are looking at in the flowchart is based upon copyright legislation which was enacted in the 18th century and has simply been added on to as technological innovations have eventually brought us the digital world we live in today. - link icon Managing Director Appointed - ITV Press Centre should be about extending exclusive content, video on demand and monetisation both through the business of advertising and directly from the consumer. It is also vital that we identify the right distribution strategy for the ITV player and effectively integrate the product where appropriate. Please note that the above press contact will only respond to enquiries from the Press. - link icon  Digital switchover reaches final stage
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Monday 16 August 2010, PM link icon  Intel succumbs to evolution of 4G
Over recent months, a number of network operators who supported WiMax have indicated they are making the switch to LTE. Intel itself recently closed its WiMax program office in Taiwan, although it insists that this does not mean it is dropping the technology. Weve never said it will be the only solution, weve said it will be a timely solution. Nevertheless, analysts said the company appeared to be backing away from the technology. - link icon  Hundreds of Colchester homes still not ready for digital TV From Gazette)
Many homes in the district still cannot pick up digital television just months before the analogue TV signal is switched off for good. Greenstead residents in and around Scarfe Way and Avon Way have often had poor reception and say they have never been able to use Freeview boxes. Tiptree residents Brian and Linda King, of Oak Road, had to install Sky just to be able to watch television. - link icon  Greg Dyke rejects approach over top job at Five | Media | The Observer
Seven of the channel's nine directors are leaving as part of a cost-cutting drive that will see up to 80 jobs go from the 300-strong workforce. The most high-profile departure is that of Airey, Five's chairman and chief executive. Airey was Channel 5's director of programming when it launched, with David Elstein as chief executive until RTL assumed control in 2000. - link icon  i-CAN EASY HD TO OFFER SKY SPORTS 1 2 AND ESPN TO FREEVIEW VIEWERS WITH TOP UP TV
- link icon  Tories backtrack on broadband promise | Technology |
The government has shelved plans to look at how fibre-optic networks are taxed in the UK. Several network operators are angry that Ed Vaizey, minister for culture, communications and creative industries, has not delivered on his pledge to review the business rates that are applied to fibre networks. Vaizey revealed last week that this review would not take place, following a meeting with the branch of HM Revenue Customs which taxes fibre networks in the UK. -