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Saturday 22 February 2014, AM link icon  Discovery in talks with BSkyB over possible Channel 5 bid - FT - Reuters
Channel 5, which broadcasts Big Brother, was bought by British media baron Richard Desmond in 2010 for 103.5 million pounds. Media reports last month said Desmond had hired Barclays to look for buyers for the television network and was expecting to raise about 700 million pounds through the sale. The Financial Times report said it was unclear if bidders would meet the valuation for the broadcaster. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - What's on BBC Red Button, 22 February to 1 March
If you can't bear to say farewell after Sunday's closing ceremony, we've got continued highlights of the games playing on Monday and Tuesday. -

Friday 21 February 2014, PM link icon  BBC is too political when it comes to reporting politics - Media - Business - London Eveni…
These perceptions are the result of any number of assumptions, most obviously about the media organisation, its ownership, declared political stance and, less obviously, the way it is reported by rival media. It is in the nature of competitive media outlets that they seek to create negative images of their rivals while presenting themselves in the best possible light. No organisation knows that better than the BBC. - link icon  Amazon Gets Its TV Box Ready, Again - Re/code
Amazon is gearing up to take on Apple and Roku, again. People Ive talked to who are partnering with Amazon believe the company is aiming for a March rollout. That wont be a huge shock, since Amazon has been working on a box for much of last year. -

Friday 21 February 2014, AM link icon  BBC News - Mac and the Micro - memories of Ian McNaught-Davis
21 February 2014 Last updated at 0425 ET How do you make the subject of computing accessible to a wide audience I'm talking about Ian McNaught-Davis, the computing expert, broadcaster, and mountaineer whose death was announced this week. For many who first got to grips with computers in the 1980s it was the BBC's The Computer Programme which was the inspiration. - link icon  Motors TV destined for Freeview via Arqiva s Connect TV Digital TV Europe
Motors TV is already available in the UK on Sky and Virgin platforms and has been broadcasting since 2002. The channel will launch on the Arqivia Connect TV platform on February 27. Were delighted to be joining the Freeview family through Arqivas Connect TV. - link icon  Who ll Come Out On Top: BT Group plc or British Sky Broadcasting Group plc? - The Motley F…
It turns out that theres still some life left to be wrung from your flat-screen TV yet. some 98.5 of people watched television on the television in 2013. The UK television industry generated 12.3bn in 2012 and the largest chunk of this was from subscription revenue. - link icon  Radio on the TV: Radio 1 comes to iPlayer for the first time in 47 years of being audio-on…
Ben Cooper, the Radio 1 Controller, described the moment as historic and said the transition was essential if the station was to remain relevant to coming generations. He admitted that, two years into his tenure as Controller, the average age of the Radio 1 listener remains static at 32 outside its 15-29 year old remit despite drastic changes to the stations presenting line up and music policy. Cooper, 44, said that average listening hours per week of a Radio 1 listener had fallen from 10 hours 30 minutes to six hours 20 minutes in the past decade as the Internet has placed new demands on the attention of young people. -

Thursday 20 February 2014, PM link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - Handling complaints effectively
Audiences and being accountable to them are at the heart of what the BBC does. BBC producers and managers regularly read audience comments and complaints submitted to the BBC's audience feedback service and find the information provided invaluable. In 2005 the BBC launched its three-stage complaints process. -

Thursday 20 February 2014, AM link icon  The joys of jostling for position - Comment - Broadcast
Netflixs model is marvellous, but conventional slots are still crucial The Broadcast team had busy Valentines Day weekends by all accounts but there wasnt a trip to Paris or a bunch of garage-bought flowers in sight. Either way, its easy to think that binge viewing has become the default for my colleagues, and that Netflixs strategy of delivering an entire series in one go has delivered a terminal Frank Underwood FU to linear broadcasting as we know it. Thinkboxs figures this week on consumption of VoD content versus linear viewing can be cut in different ways, but overall the picture is of traditional viewing proving remarkably robust. - link icon  Ofcom - Ofcom renews ITV, STV, UTV and Channel 5 licences
Earlier this month, Ofcom confirmed that it would renew the licences and set out the terms for renewal, which all the licensees have now accepted. The Channel 5 licence covers all of the UK. Ofcom consulted on the programming obligations for the Channel 3 and Channel 5 licences, proposals to change the areas covered by two licences held by ITV, and the methodology for determining the financial terms for the licences in February 2013. - link icon  Richard Desmond sets deadline for Channel 5 bids - Media -
CSI Crime Scene Investigation questions remain over Channel 5's deals for key franchises. BT and one other potential bidder are understood to have held private discussions with Desmond last year, with a public sale process pursued after talks petered out. The document, which runs to well over 100 pages, has left some recipients with more questions than answers. - link icon  Utah Federal Court Halts Aereo in Salt Lake City - Variety
A federal judge in Utah has imposed a preliminary injunction on Aereos operations, a win for broadcasters as they seek to halt the startup streaming service in Salt Lake City and Denver. Despite its attempt to design a device or process outside the scope of the 1976 Copyright Act,Aereos device or process transmits Plaintiffs copyrighted programs to the public. The scope of the injunction is the 10th Circuit, which covers six western states. We are very pleased that the U.S. District Court in Utah has granted our request for a preliminary injunction. -

Wednesday 19 February 2014, PM link icon  BBC World Service to reduce shortwave transmissions as part of savings drive - Media - the…
BBC director of global news, Peter Horrocks, has said it would be a real stretch to find 15m in savings across the World Service. The money will be used to invest in new TV and digital services, part of a programme called Invest to Innovate. An extra 6.5m is being pumped into the World Service's budget this year, alongside an extra 1.5m of savings, helping to create 130 jobs. -

Wednesday 19 February 2014, AM link icon  BBC - Media Centre - BBC iPlayer Performance Pack - January 2014
January saw an average of 10.2m daily requests, the highest ever seen. The Voice has also had a strong start, along with the new series of Outnumbered. With so many tablets and mobiles being gifted at Christmas, the number of requests via mobiles and tablets accounted for 40 per cent of all requests, a total of 127 million overall another record high. -

Tuesday 18 February 2014, PM link icon  BBC - Media Centre - Peter Horrocks announces £8m investment plan for BBC World Service…
World Service TV programmes and responsive mobile sites will play an increasingly important part in the World Service, but radio will remain its bedrock. He said the World Service had weathered the deep cuts it was subjected to and used them as a spur to innovation. He said commercial top-up funding will enable more investment in content and services without increasing costs to licence fee payers. - link icon  BBC and ITV satellite moves cut off expat viewers - Recombu
For instance, the official footprint of the two satellites doesnt include the hotspot which seems to have emerged again over the Costa Brava, although even large dishes seem out of luck further south and west. Ross Lockley, aka Analoguesat on the forum, has mapped members reports onto Google Maps, creating a guide of dish sizes which might work. In January, the satellite operators ended their dispute, which had run since both launched satellites to the 28 degrees East orbital position in the late 1990s. -

Tuesday 18 February 2014, AM link icon  BBC News - Viewers prefer TV sets to mobile devices
The traditional television set is still at the heart of UK viewing, with only 1.5 of total viewing in 2013 watched via mobile platforms, figures suggest. The average viewer watched three hours and 55 minutes of TV a day last year, according to commercial TV marketing body, Thinkbox. - link icon  BT needs to have confidence in itself and stop chasing Sky’s channels -…
The pay-TV landscape has changed a lot since the satellite broadcasters rivals first grumbled that they couldnt secure what they saw as fair access to the channels which Sky risked billions of their shareholders pounds into establishing and growing. Much that change has been driven by BT which has finally provided Sky with a rival which can take away key rights and, even where its unsuccessful, force up costs. I single out BT because its the last of the complainants and the force behind todays appeal which hasnt agreed to carry Sky Sports on terms theyre happy with. - link icon  BBC's great meetings of mindlessness - Media Monkey - Media -
Where the idea for that next great programme comes from Eddie Mair has revealed the BBCs policy on meetings. Well, according to Eddie Mair, it's have meetings. - link icon  CBS Admits Aereo Supreme Court Win Wouldn t Hurt CBS, Might Make Things Better For Everybo…
It's part of a long, long history of broadcasters pretending that if things don't go just they way they want them to, they'll surely go out of business. The threat to pull broadcasts was aimed at scaring Congress into passing protectionist legislation, and as we noted at the time it's something CBS should just shut up and do -- given the public could probably come up for better uses for their spectrum. However, if that should happen, if the worst should happen, there are so many other alternatives that will not so this will not affect our bottom line. - link icon  Sky to be accused of ripping off X Factor rival show idea - TV Radio - Media - The Indepen…
After what they describe as eight months of negotiations with Skys commissioning team, the couple claim they were told the satellite broadcaster did not wish to proceed with their proposal. Wade and Perry allege that the shows use of a judging panel of celebrity singer-songwriters rather than music executives was another of their ideas. The show was made by Princess Productions, which is a subsidiary of Shine, the super-indie production company which Ms Murdoch founded in 2001. - link icon  Court Favors BT in Sports-Channel Dispute With BSkyB - MarketWatch
Former telecom monopoly BT challenged the tribunal's decision, leading to Monday's ruling from the Court of Appeal. The court also dismissed a challenge brought by BSkyB to Ofcom's jurisdiction, and said the tribunal must reconsider the case. The outcome of the dispute could lead to cheaper packages of premium sports coverage for U.K. viewers, analysts said. -

Monday 17 February 2014, PM link icon  BT wins court battle forcing review of Sky wholesale pricing decision - Media - theguardia…
BT challenged this decision and on Monday the court of appeal handed down a judgment forcing the CAT to reopen the issue. A spokesman for Ofcom, which had its reputation battered by the CAT's original decision, said that it welcomed the decision. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. - link icon  Parks Associates mobile research: TV apps gaining popularity, with 61% of tablet owners, 5…
The number of global TV app users on smartphones will reach 1.29 billion by 2018. For more information, contact, call 972-490-1113, visit -

Monday 17 February 2014, AM link icon  TV viewing figures show Brits prefer traditional sets over smartphones - Media - The Guard…
Predictions of the death of living room TVs continue to be wide of the mark with 98.5 of average daily viewing done via traditional sets. The average UK viewer watched a total of three hours and 55 minutes of TV a day last year. This was a nine minute year-on-year drop, due in part to a comparison with the hugely popular London 2012 Olympics the previous year. - link icon  UKTV creates “built for innovation” new HQ - Rapid TV News
Editor 17-02-2014 Weeks after revealing record annual ratings for 2013, UKTV has announced its intention to create a new headquarters for its 250 staff. Technology will be at the heart of our progressive new workspace, and it will give everyone at UKTV the freedom to work creatively and collaboratively. - link icon  Ad of the Day: Freeview - Cat and Budgie - The Drum
Freeview has been teasing us all week with its catandbudgie What happens next trailer, and we certainly didnt see this coming. The trail ominously cut off with the cat managing to open the poor budgies cage and to be honest we thought the little bird would either be lunch, or about to star in its own version of Sylvester and Tweety Piehow wrong we were. - link icon  Clover s Week: A change of view
When Canvas was making its regulatory progress it was suggested that outside partners be brought in. The Adshel posters dont dispel the image either. The men in suits were sniffy about Skys involvement in YouView, but as it turned out the platform has given a home to its Now TV service. - link icon  Despite rise of the tablet, TV set viewings are still strong - TV Radio - Media - The Inde…
Just 1.5 of television viewing was on other screens such as tablets, laptops and mobiles, according to the figures released by television marketing body, Thinkbox. The average viewer watched just over three hours, 55 minutes of TV a day during 2013. Of that figure, just three minutes, 30 seconds a day of live stream viewing was conducted via PCs and mobile devices. -

Sunday 16 February 2014, PM link icon  BT needs to up its game in the pay-TV market - Business - The Observer
BT needs to find its own Game of Thrones if it is not to be dwarfed by Sky. Industry observers suggest that BT may well look to follow Sky into film and entertainment next, adding another pillar of must-watch programming to its offering. Netflix has shown the power of a well-marketed TV property. - link icon  Alan Yentob: 'The BBC can't compete with its hands tied behind its back' - Media - The Gua…
They ask us to move as flashes from the camera can be seen on-screen on the BBC News Channel illustrating the perils of having a newsroom as a backdrop for live bulletins. Yentob apologises and we retire to his office a former radio drama kitchen that sits between Old and New Broadcasting House. His office is narrow but cosy desk stacked with books and an Alan Yentob mask someone sent him. - link icon  As the waters rise, the sands run out for BBC funding - Media - The Observer
Tony Hall, keeper of the flame, was doing his valiant best last week. Come April, the Foreign Office grant that sustains the service all 245m of it per year stops short. The BBC and Lord Hall will have to find that money from licence-fee payers with 700m in wider cuts looming. -

Friday 14 February 2014, PM link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - What's on BBC Red Button, 15-21 February
- link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - BBC iPlayer Radio: your feedback
Im the senior product manager for BBC iPlayer Radio. A lot of these pages were being duplicated in BBC iPlayer. We appreciate that this is inconvenient and we looked really carefully at whether there was a way of transferring those favourites across, but unfortunately we couldnt find a simple way to do it. - link icon  Can we save AM radio? - The Verge
In its first 50 years, AM was a large enough player in the media landscape that it required lots of technical regulations to keep stations from interfering with one anothers signals while simultaneously serving their communities with adequate signals. Now that its audience is relatively microscopic and competition is low, those regulations need to be relaxed to make AM a viable medium, especially for minority and rural read small-budget broadcasters to be able to effectively serve their communities. If the FCC doesnt adopt these rules, or something like them, the AM band may simply be too big of a hassle for Americans to both produce for and listen to. - link icon  Virgin Media falls behind as rivals BT and BSkyb sign up more customers - Media - theguard…
Virgin Media chief Tom Mockridge has said the companys cable business is improving in the face of more competition. The cable TV and telecoms operator added 18,600 pay-TV customers and 39,100 broadband customers in the three months to the end of December. BT's multi-billion pound drive into top-flight sports rights, including Premier League football, helped it add 70,000 TV customers and 150,000 broadband customers. -

Friday 14 February 2014, AM link icon  DTG :: News :: Report: 6 Billion new internet-enabled devices to be produced in 2014
The global market for connected devices that allow users to access the Internet is set to surpass 6 billion units this year, as new products including mobile phones, tablets and computers enter the electronics ecosystem, according to a new report from IHS Technology. Worldwide production of connected equipment will amount to 6.18 billion units in 2014, up a solid 6 percent from 5.82 billion in 2013, so the report. This will be the largest increase for the market in four years, surpassed only by the 10 percent hike in production during 2010, a year after the global economic recession ended. - link icon  Ready to break the internet? Netflix s House of Cards premiere is a big test of how video …
The buffering in Wheelers bedroom is familiar to any American who has tried to stream video over the internet at night, when their neighbors are doing the same thing. Look at the dip in average download speed between 8pm in the chart below where each datapoint spans the following two hours During that primetime, about a thirdpdf of all internet traffic heading into North American homes is carrying data-heavy movies and TV showsfrom Netflix. Transmitting all those bitswill become an increasingly severe challenge as more people opt for streaming video over traditional television. -

Thursday 13 February 2014, PM link icon  DEBATE: ITV - to Be or not to Be - Comment - Broadcast
Is ITVs decision to launch a new female-focussed channel on the money Meanwhile, ITV2 will feature scripted and entertainment content for 16-34 year-olds, such as Plebs and Celebrity Juice. - link icon  BBC World Service's sponsored content plan will 'threaten impartiality' - Media - theguard…
Peter Horrocks, BBC director of global news, said sponsored content on the World Service would enable them to make new investments. 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. - link icon  Linking to a website doesn't infringe copyright, Europe's Court of Justice says - PCWorld
Retriever provided its customers with hyperlinks to articles written by the journalists that were published and freely accessible on the website of the Gteborgs-Posten. Retriever did not however ask the journalists for permission to link to the articles. Retriever presented the linked articles in such a way that gave the impression that they appeared on Retrievers site. - link icon  Apple in Talks to Revamp Set-Top Box -
Apple might consider seeking some rights directly in the future, one of the people said. One of the people said Apple was aiming to release the new set-top box as early as June, though another cautioned the device might not be ready for several months after that. Apple TV, a digital media player introduced in 2007, offers users access to iTunes movies on the larger screen of a television as well as streaming video from Netflix, Hulu and other online services. - link icon  Accenture tries to find material gains from the BBC's DMI debacle - Media Monkey - Media -…
Accenture's report on the BBC's DMI debacle contains a fascinating glossary of terms. DMI, of course, turned out not to be FitNesse for purpose. Now the BBC, having to spend 3m a year on a database system that previously cost less than 1m, has had to cut its cloth rather differently. -

Thursday 13 February 2014, AM link icon  ITV's 'channel for women' isn't necessarily a disaster for feminism - Daisy Buchanan - Com…
Gemma from The Only Way Is Essex, series 4. Photograph ITV ITV reckons it knows what women want. Let's spoil ourselves with a scrape of low-fat cheese spread on a dark rye cracker -

Wednesday 12 February 2014, PM link icon  ITV to launch 'The Only Way is Essex' channel - Telegraph
When it launches later this year, ITV Encore will target households with premium Sky subscriptions and an appetite for quality and original drama. The Only Way is Essex, known as Towie to its fans, was first broadcast in 2010 and is due to return for an 11th series this year. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Virgin Media announces two millionth TiVo customer
Virgin Media has announced that it has sold its two millionth TiVo receiver to the Lynch family from Manchester. The family had the device installed at their home alongside a surprise visit from Dancing on Ice and Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe. TiVo brings your favourite TV right to you, so we thought we'd go even further for Chris and Leigh by surprising them with a visit from their favourite television celebrity. - link icon  At last: an in-car DAB radio that looks quite good
Regularly, I'll moan and grump about the user experience for radios. Mostly designed by engineers, the user experience for most radio receivers that I've ever played with is woeful. Nowhere is this more the case than in-car. -

Wednesday 12 February 2014, AM link icon  Ariel - WS future funding not yet clear
12 February 2014 Last updated at 1030 Peter Horrocks admits there are no guarantees over future funding levels for the World Service. 'It would be preferable to have a longer term commitment,' conceded Horrocks, who pointed out that the Foreign Office had reduced World Service funding over the last three or four years. 'If that's not the case, we'll work within the circumstances.' Sponsorship It is likely, however, that it will be able to top up its licence fee funding with income from 'a limited amount of advertising and sponsored content that is not news and current affairs'. - link icon  ITV to launch ITVBe - presscentre
ITVBe, which will launch towards the end of the year, will be wholly funded by advertising and sponsorship, and will be available free on all the major broadcasting platforms, including Freeview, Sky and Virgin. ITVBe will complement ITV2 which will continue to strengthen its position as the home of unashamed entertainment for 16-34 year olds, focusing on scripted series, irreverent panel shows and formats, and youth skewing commissions and acquisitions with bold humour at their heart. We identified an opportunity to develop what is currently part of the ITV2 schedule - reality and non-scripted shows, which are very popular with young women and housewives with kids - into a distinct channel proposition, aimed more squarely at that audience. - link icon  Michael Grade: My blueprint for the BBC - Media - News - The Independent
How can the BBC argue its case to survive against such odds Intellectual logic, both economic and social how better could we spend 3.5bn is against it. On the other hand, political sentiment will usually follow the public mood and this is where the BBC scores heaviest. - link icon  Have a look at community television Estuary TV on Freeview Channel 8. - HU12 Online
The channel, broadcasting from Grimsby, is bringing a daily diet of local community news stories and has an ethos of aiming to involve local people in creating local television. As a website aimed at bringing local news to a very local audience, HU12 Online is extremely interested and very supportive of the Estuary TV project. We urge our readers to have a look at Estuary TV and let us know what you think you may have to re-tune your digital TV receiver first. -

Tuesday 11 February 2014, PM link icon  Greg Dyke criticises Lord Patten after 'dismal' year for BBC - Media -
One shouldn't confuse what the Daily Mail thinks with what Daily Mail readers think. - link icon  Michael Grade calls for smaller BBC - Media -
Michael Grade told the Commons culture select committee that Channel 4 should be turned into a publicly funded broadcaster. 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 - Financial Times sponsors new UK wide LBC
Global has secured a partnership with the Financial Times for LBCs national launch today. The station is now Leading Britains Conversation and is available nationwide on DAB. The station also has a revamped logo which swaps rugged edges for straight lines. -

Tuesday 11 February 2014, AM link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - The BBC World Service's funding may change – standard…
Everyone in the city knows that at any minute they might be dead. When the World Service started broadcasting in 1932, John Reith warned listeners to keep their expectations low. The World Service is the BBC our reputation is founded on it. From April, the World Service budget of 245m will be paid by the licence fee, not by Foreign Office grant-in-aid as it has been for decades. - link icon  BBC - Media Centre - Janice Hadlow to step down as Controller of BBC Two
In her new role as Controller, Special Projects and Seasons, she will develop and originate high impact cross-platform series, seasons and other major television events. Janice will also advise Danny Cohen and the Channel Controllers on broadcast strategy. Janices new role will involve identifying ideas of scale and ambition which will work across BBC output to maximise quality and distinctiveness. - link icon  BBC News - Pirated Sky TV sold for £10 a month
Criminal gangs are selling hacked pay television services at a fraction of their true cost, a BBC investigation has revealed. Subscribers to satellite or cable TV can pay more than 80 a month to legitimately receive premium packages. Ahmed did not respond to a request for a comment. - link icon  Ofcom - Determination of financial terms for the Channel 3 and Channel 5 licences
Published 110214 Introduction The Channel 3 and Channel 5 licences are due to expire on 31 December 2014. Each of the current licence holders has applied for a renewal of their licences. Ofcom has decided to renew the Channel 3 and Channel 5 licences. - link icon  YouView snubbed as broadcasters back Freeview Connect - informitv
The BBC must be currently considering whether its multimillion-pound commitment to YouView represents value for television licence fee payers. British broadcasters are instead expected to back yet another brand, Freeview Connect. The report was delivered to the BBC in November 2013 and has now been published and presented to the government. - link icon  Janice Hadlow set to leave BBC2 - 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. - link icon  Tony Hall: The BBC World Services funding may change – standards will not - Opinion…
Nomsa Maseko told BBC1 viewers she was 10 years old when Mandela finally left prison. Everyone in the city knows that at any minute they might be dead. When the World Service started broadcasting in 1932, John Reith warned listeners to keep their expectations low. The World Service is the BBC our reputation is founded on it. -

Monday 10 February 2014, PM link icon  Calls for clampdown on drivers watching TV -
Road safety groups are calling for a clampdown on drivers who watch television at the wheel, in response to a growing trend that has been branded irresponsible and stupid by government ministers. To comply with the rules of the road which state that it is illegal to watch a screen other than one displaying driving information almost all turn themselves off when the car is in motion. Its very stupid for drivers to buy these devices - AA president Edmund King However, a growing number of companies are offering gadgets that bypass this safety mechanism, leaving drivers free to illegally watch their favourite programs while on the road. - link icon  Ariel - BBC Trust to review network radio
The second review, due to begin in the summer, will look at speech stations such as Radio 4 and 5 live, plus their spin-offs Radio 4 Extra and 5 live Sports Extra. They will form part of the Trust's rolling programme of reviews, where the governing body assesses each BBC service at least once every five years. The Trust will also launch public consultations, inviting the views of licence fee payers, and conduct audience research. - link icon  BBC - BBC Trust - Trust to review BBC's UK radio stations in 2014
Notes to editors Further information about the Trust's programme of service reviews can be found here. The Trust's 2013 progress report on service reviews, published alongside the 2012/13 Annual Report, can be found here. -

Monday 10 February 2014, AM link icon  BBC iPlayer - Help - Why are you separating iPlayer and iPlayer Radio?
Since launching BBC iPlayer in 2007, we've gradually made lots of changes to improve it. Over time, it's become clear that what works best for watching TV doesn't necessarily match what is best for radio. Overall we think the experience of radio will be richer in iPlayer Radio, and more tailored to listening than watching. - link icon  BBC News - BBC trials Instagram news service for 15-second bulletins
The BBC is trialling a new Instagram news service, Instafax, to deliver 15-second news bulletins. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Channel 4 to premiere new Freeview TV Ad
Freeview has agreed an exclusive deal with Channel 4 as part of its next TV advertising campaign. Starting from the 10th February a 10 second teaser film will introduce 'cat' and 'budgie' to viewers watching Channel 4 and its digital channels E4, More4 and Film 4. Media buying agency MEC brokered the deal with Channel 4 Sales. - link icon  Public service broadcasters join forces on catch-up service for smart TVs - Media - The Gu…
It was originally envisaged that YouView would be used as the future brand and technology for public service broadcasting, eventually replacing less advanced Freeview which is in more than 13 million homes. With as many as 3m households set to have a smart TV by the end of this year, and given that the user experience is controlled by the TV manufacturers, it has become increasingly important for broadcasters to secure their prominence. -

Sunday 09 February 2014, PM link icon  Advertising sales could transform as programmatic trading takes off - Media - The Guardian…
Photograph David Levene for the Guardian Programmatic trading of advertising has been around for a decade or so, but advocates believe 2014 could be the year it breaks out beyond its online display roots and takes hold in other media sectors. A highly complex, computer auction-based system of buying ads with transactions taking fractions of a second programmatic trading is similar to how stocks and share are traded in the City. The trading, which takes the form of automated real-time bidding based on complicated algorithms, matches ads with audiences. - link icon  Bad week for BBC technology as DMI, Freeview and Trust review woes pile up - Media - The G…
Some iPlayer numbers are eye-wateringly large but ultimately it represents only 2.3 of BBC hours viewed. At the public accounts committee on Monday, even senior managers who had once been ardent supporters of the project coalesced around the view that the technology had failed to deliver effectively. Again, there were clear signs in both cases that the BBC's technology division was on the wrong end of a strategic tussle. -

Sunday 09 February 2014, AM link icon  Danny Cohen: 'TV panel shows without women are unacceptable' - Media - The Observer
Yes, it's high in the new Broadcasting House, and in a corner, so it comes with plenty of light and lovely rooftop views. But, were you to swing a cat in it something that would obviously contravene the BBC's no doubt extensive health and safety rules, things would rapidly become very messy. There are three of us here today me, him and the inevitable minder and it's, well, cosy. -

Saturday 08 February 2014, PM link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - What's on BBC Red Button, 8-15 February
If you arent able to keep up with the days action, dont miss the Red Buttons highlights of the best of the days sport at 8pm each evening. It's going to be a busy week, not least for our BBC Sport team We hope you enjoy week one of the games because we've got lots more coming up next week. -

Friday 07 February 2014, PM link icon  Ofcom - Television Broadcast Licensing Update January 2014
Television services that have ceased to be licensed handed back or revoked in this period The following services are no longer licensed. The relevant licence is either no longer required by the licensee so has been handed back, or the service has been removed from a licence covering multiple services, or revoked as a matter of routine usually for non-payment of the annual licence fee. Other announcements Ofcom has varied the Channel 3 and Channel 5 licences to reflect the decisions set out in Ofcoms statement of 23 July 2013 on amendments to their programming obligations http// - link icon  To Grow, Netflix Must Learn From the Quietly Brilliant UI of Regular TVs - Wired Design - …
Smart TVs have failed because theyve always assumed more is better. The same problem plagues the services that power those smart TVs. Netflix offers thousands of options for what to watch, but instead of giving you a chance to skip through and sample them, it makes you evaluate each one, like a title on a video-store shelf. - link icon  Ariel - Five decades since Wales got its voice
It was on February 9 1964 that a small team of engineers gathered below the new Wenvoe transmitter just outside Cardiff and switched on Wales' first national TV channel. It was arguably the most important milestone in Welsh broadcasting since the very first radio broadcasts back in the 1920s. The launch of BBC Wales at last gave a nation the ability to see itself and to speak to itself on its own terms, about its own affairs and to do so in both its languages. - link icon  Abolition of retransmission fees on hold - 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. - link icon  Lisa Campbell: 10 Years in TV - In-depth - Broadcast
I joined Broadcast at the end of 2003, when all the talk was of the uninspiringly named Codes of Practice in the 2003 Communications Act. I wondered what sort of dry and dusty rag Id joined and when Id get to talk proper telly Brooksides last ep, after 21 years, perhaps The live version of The Bill, marking its 20th anniversary -

Friday 07 February 2014, AM link icon  Cable television: News you can lose - The Economist
Every weekday at 9am he confers with his teams in New York, Atlanta, Washington, DC, and other bureaus to discuss ratings and web traffic, and to decide what news to cover. Previous bosses at the channel rarely attended morning news meetings, but Mr Zucker has been hands-on since January 2013, when he took over the role. However, he also believes that CNN cannot live by news alone. -

Thursday 06 February 2014, PM link icon  Vodafone eyes pay-TV as UK revenues tumble - Business News - Business - The Independent
Today, theres not an urgent need to be there. He would not comment on whether cash-rich Vodafone was considering specific moves, although analysts have speculated about a takeover of TalkTalk or an alliance with Sky. Colao said the convergence of mobile, broadband, home phone and TV meant it was increasingly important for Vodafone to offer all these services. - link icon  Aereo Reopens New York Online-TV Service to New Subscribers - Bloomberg
Aereo Inc., the online-television company thats battling broadcasters in the Supreme Court, reopened its service to New York subscribers after regaining enough capacity to handle demand. People who were on a waiting list are being notified first before the company reopens its website for sign-ups, Virginia Lam, a spokeswoman, said in a statement today. The company had stopped accepting new users in New York about a week ago. - link icon  Arqiva acquires Capablue Digital TV Europe
February 6, 2014 UK media and communications infrastructure supplier Arqiva has acquired connected TV, video-on-demand and content solution specialist Capablue. Capablue will join Arqivas Digital Platforms division. According to Arqiva, Capablue will strengthen its growing investment in IP and connected TV capabilities. -

Thursday 06 February 2014, AM link icon  BBC urged to review investments in YouView, Freeview and Freesat TV - Media - theguardian.…
BBC must provide content in the way viewers want Trust vice chair Diane Coyle. The report noted that the BBC is finding the dual mission of saving money while needing to provide its content on all the platforms consumers use an increasingly difficult task. The report also criticises a scattergun approach to the management of the tens of millions of pounds of investments which the corporation holds in YouView, Freeview and Freesat. - link icon  RadioToday - Communicorp buys 8 Global Radio stations
Communicorp is wholly owned by Denis OBrien, subject to regulatory approval. Most importantly the conclusion of this deal solidifies Globals position as the number one commercial radio company in the UK, and enables our brands to continue to grow, extending their reach into all parts of the UK, making Globals offering truly national. Its clear that the UK advertising market is buoyant, and this move will make us the 4th largest commercial radio group in the UK from a standing start. - link icon  Decade of change at the ‘TV bible’ - Comment - Broadcast
In an ever-changing landscape, Broadcast has been at the forefront I didnt get the warmest of welcomes from one early contact when I joined Broadcast more than a decade ago. The Communications Act 2003 was my baptism of fire and, asked to analyse its impact, I called the great and the good, eventually getting to terms with the Terms of Trade thanks to a certain plain-speaking Scot. Not the drinking and debauchery I could handle that but the lack of TV glamour in the sweaty pit of the Palais, where shows were flogged like fridges. - link icon  RAJAR Q4 2013 - good news, bad news, and winds of change
This quarter's RAJAR radio audience figures are almost totally good news for the radio industry. Somehow, we've added 1.3 million listeners to radio year-on-year, and we're up to 90.9 of the UK adult population listening to radio at least once a week. All sectors of the BBC and commercial radio are up. - link icon  BBC - Media Centre - RAJAR Q4 2013
BBC Radios share of listening remained steady at 55.2, from 55.3 last year and 53.4 last quarter as the overall radio audience grew. We are a nation of audiophiles and so, despite the ever-increasing competition for peoples time and the growing range of online audio providers, radio is thriving in the digital age. Its share of 12.5 was the same as last year and up on last quarters 11.8. - link icon  CNN Shutters CNN Latino - TVNewser
Mediabistro Course Were kicking off a brand NEW boot camp on February 18th - link icon  BT Launches UK Pay-to-own Service for Films, TV Box Sets Coming Soon
Titles are available to download in standard definition or high definition and are prices from 5.99 and 8.99 respectively. Purchases are streamed to the YouView box and are as you would expect available to watch as many times as you like. The company added that TV box sets will be added to the roster of purchasable titles in the coming months. -

Wednesday 05 February 2014, PM link icon  BBC - BBC Trust - Trust publishes report into BBC distribution
The Trust has today welcomed the findings of a report which shows that the BBC's distribution arrangements for its UK programmes and services are fit for purpose and offer good value for money for licence fee payers. Mediatique also looked at the governance structures in place covering the BBC's distribution activities, to review the effectiveness of the BBC's distribution arrangements in light of future potential challenges. The BBC Executive has published itsresponse to the report. - link icon  BBC to be more transparent on distribution - 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. -

Wednesday 05 February 2014, AM link icon  play 90 years of the time pips
- link icon  'Ofcom's decisons too easily derailed by companies it regulates' - Media -…
The latest round of cuts to the cost of calling a mobile was blocked for 14 months by legal challenges from network operators before being approved on appeal earlier this year. Ofcom, which is partly publicly funded, has faced 61 appeals over the last five years, with nearly all of its rulings challenged in the Competition Appeals Tribunal. The regulator says fighting these cases has cost between 2m and 4.5m a year. - link icon  BBC to slash YouView investment - Media - The Guardian
YouView's colourful history has involved repeated delays, more than 100m of costs and stand-up rows between Five owner Richard Desmond and former chairman Lord Sugar. YouView, which features digital video recording and catchup services from all the broadcasting partners, was originally billed as the internet-connected, on-demand version of the hugely successful Freeview service, which receives free-to-air channels via rooftop aerials. Of the more than 1m homes with YouView, just 3 are estimated to have bought one direct from a retailer. - link icon  BSkyB 'pay light' push targets Freeview households - Media -
Since hitting former chief executive James Murdoch's target of 10 million pay-TV subscribers in 2010, customer growth has slowed to a trickle, reaching just 10.5 million at the end of 2014, with a significant number of those new additions cheaper internet TV users. With Sky's cheapest basic channels package costing 21.50 a month and premium packages including sport and movie channels starting at more than 40, the broadcaster appears to have reached the limit of the pay-TV strategy that has served it so well over more than 20 years. However, with the boosters priced at 5, 15 and 30 respectively they have not proved overly popular with consumers who signed up for a cheap pay-TV service. -

Tuesday 04 February 2014, PM link icon  RadioToday - Smooth Radio to be removed from Digital 1
In the latest Ofcom update, Global Radio has also been granted permission to add a new station, with an unconfirmed name, playing music from the 70s, 80s and early 90s with particular appeal to audiences aged 35-54. Smooth Radio broadcasts nationally on DAB, enabling five regional stations to carry national programmes 24 hours a day. Its current format puts the station targeting those aged 50 plus with easy listening music including music influenced by jazz and soul, plus lifestyle oriented speech. - link icon  Sky television at 25: has it changed the TV landscape? - Telegraph
Today Sky offers dozens of its own channels and hosts hundreds more from other providers. In 1990, Murdoch has said, he remortgaged his New York penthouse to save Sky from bankruptcy. It has been in the vanguard of digital TV, high definition, and 3D, and has allowed viewers to timeshift its programmes using Sky and on-demand. - link icon  Have 24-hour TV news channels had their day? - Media -
The 24-hour news channel has come of age. Citizen journalism ensures that pictures of demonstrations and the resulting crackdown are beamed directly to a global audience. Spin on to April 2013 and the Boston marathon bombings. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Google opens up Chromecast platform
Google have announced that it is releasing a software developer kit for its Chromecast TV dongle and thus opening it up to both developers and companies who want to launch content on the platform. For the rest of us, that means even more of our favourite movies, TV shows and music will become available on Chromecast as developers work with the SDK. DTG Staff 04.02.2014 Links open in a new window. -

Tuesday 04 February 2014, AM link icon  RadioToday - Local radio praised in House of Commons
MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven Simon Kirby has urged small businesses in his constituency to recognise the potential of advertising on local radio. The Kemptown MP announced that in the last four years over six hundred businesses have benefitted from advertising on Brightons Juice 107.2 station. Mr Kirby, Member of Parliament for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven, has praised the role of local radio stations in supporting small businesses through advertising and promotional opportunities. -