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Thursday 05 September 2013, PM link icon  BBC Trust: Mark Thompson s claims are bizarre - ITV News
33 minutes ago 130 vehicles in 'biggest fog accident' in the UK The New Sheppey Crossing bridge has re-opened after the largest ever fog-related crash in Britain. - link icon  Chris Patten 'misled parliament over BBC payoffs' - Media - The Guardian
Thompson said that Patten knew in 2011 that both had received settlements of more than they were contractually entitled to, and their formal notice of departure was delayed. The public spending watchdog revealed this year that the BBC paid 25m to 150 departing bosses between 2009 and 2012. This week after further scrutiny of the BBC accounts, the NAO said the broadcaster paid out a total of 2.9m in payments that went beyond contractual entitlement between 2006 and 2012. - link icon  Simple.TV partners with SiliconDust: new hardware, 2.0 software update on the way - IFA - …
The new box ditches the curvy, white look of the original Simple.TV, opting for a somewhat smaller footprint and more conventional, black set-top box design. The big hardware upgrade is dual-tuner support, which opens up a lot of convenient functionality, such as the ability to record two shows at once or watch one live show while another is recording. A significant software update is also on the way, dubbed Version 2.0, which will be available on the new box and the existing Simple.TV hardware. - link icon  BBC was in 'total chaos' over payoffs, says leading MP - Media -
Margaret Hodge the public accounts committee chair will question current and former BBC executives about payoffs on Monday. The former deputy director general received just over 1m when he left in 2011, although Thompson at the time feared it could be as much as 2.5m. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - BBC iPlayer Video Downloads for Android
One of these was to deliver mobile video downloads to these devices. This is because these devices are able to provide the appropriate level of protection for our programmes. Our figures show this will mean 70 of Android app users with compatible devices will be able to use this functionality from today and over the coming months we will be extending this to include new Android devices as well as some older ones. -

Thursday 05 September 2013, AM link icon  Sony betting big on 4K, launches Video Unlimited 4K download service Tech News and Analy…
Technology is a fickle mistress and no-company knows it better than Sony. There was a time when its television sets were a fixture in every upwardly mobile household. Sony game consoles were on every teenage boys Christmas wish-list and many of us grew up plugging into the Sony Walkman. -

Wednesday 04 September 2013, PM link icon  BBC agreed to fund £687k payoff after executive's move to commercial arm - Media - theg…
Jana Bennett 687,333 redundancy payment was funded by the BBC, but later repaid by its Worldwide arm. BBC Worldwide later repaid the 687,333 redundancy money to the corporation's licence fee-funded public service arm. Jana Bennett, the executive in question, was unaware her redundancy payoff was initially funded by the licence fee. -

Wednesday 04 September 2013, AM link icon  Local TV steps up activity ahead of launch - Media -
This was far in excess of the tiny budgets most of the smaller operators were planning, and other local TV pioneers in the room looked shocked. Local TV might be a way to try out new acts. Estuary TV has grown out of a community TV station that has been operated since 2001 by the Grimsby Institute, which uses it to train its media students. - link icon  DTG :: News :: HDMI Forum releases Version 2.0 of HDMI Specification
The HDMI Forum currently has a membership of 88 companies. DTG Staff 04.09.2013 Links open in a new window. -

Tuesday 03 September 2013, PM link icon  Ofcom - Radio Broadcast Update August 2013
Yorkshire Addition of Reading 107 a locally-oriented, broad music and information station for 25-54 year olds in the Reading area. a service devoted to playing rock music with attitude designed to appeal to 15-34 year olds. Birmingham Addition of Heart - a melodic adult contemporary music-led service for 25-44 year old West Midlanders, supplemented with news, information and entertainment. - link icon  Ofcom - Television Broadcast Licensing Update August 2013
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. Licence transfers The following licences have been transferred to a new company who is now the legal licensee. - link icon  Television woes for thousands of people - News - North Devon Gazette
Bideford television repairman Andrew Harding, who owns FixIt in Bideford, said he had received more than 400 calls about the problem from disgruntled Freeview viewers in the last month. Television repairman Andrew Harding, who owns FixIt in Bideford, said he has been losing sleep over the amount of calls he has received. He said I must have had in excess of around 400 calls about the problem from disgruntled television viewers in the last month. - link icon  Ariel - BBC brings in redundancy cap for all
3 September 2013 Last updated at 1404 Redundancy payments for all staff will be capped at 150,000 from next month. Employees will be entitled to redundancy of one month's pay for each year of service up to a maximum of 24 months' salary or 12 for those who joined after January 1 2013 or 150,000 - whichever is lower. The BBC had previously proposed to limit accrual to 12 years' service and to freeze it for those who had been at the BBC longer than 12 years. - link icon  Geoff Hill appointed editor of ITV News - Media -
Hill returns to the network news bulletin he left in 2007 and takes to the editor's chair in place of Deborah Turness, the former boss who took over NBC News last month. He went on to launch and run the 24-hour sports news channel Setanta Sports News as editor-in-chief. He is an inspiring, creative leader who news teams love working for. - link icon  The Deal That Makes No Sense - stratÄ“chery by Ben Thompson
Early this morning Microsoft acquired Nokia for 3.79 billion plus 1.65 billion for patents. It is far better to form an alliance or partnership most of the benefits, none of the costs. A partnership similar, in fact, to the one formed just two years ago between Microsoft and Nokia. -

Tuesday 03 September 2013, AM link icon  Microsoft to buy Nokias devices, services unit for $7.2B - ZDNet
The deal is set to go ahead for about 5 billion 3.79bn, with an additional 2.17 billion 1.65bn to be spent on licensing Nokia's patents. The boards of both companies agreed to the transaction, which will see the Redmond, Washington-based software giant purchase the Espoo, Finland-based company's phone making unit and patents, and license and use its mapping services. The news comes a few weeks after a Wall Street Journal report claimed that Microsoft was looking to buy Nokia, but discussions broke down. - link icon  CBS and Time Warner Cable reach deal, finally end month-long blackout - The Verge
- link icon  BBC Newsnight should brace for change as Ian Katz takes over - Media -
Ian Katz, the new editor of Newsnight, takes over a show still recovering from the Jimmy Savile scandal. Which probably tells you more about the Guardian and the BBC than it does about Katz. He edited the Guardian's G2 features supplement with its uniquely angled approach to big issues and stories during what many colleagues regard as a golden period. -

Monday 02 September 2013, PM link icon  DTG :: News :: Sky conducts ultra-HD test broadcast
The broadcast also demonstrated the capability of our satellite platform, which is ideally placed to continue supporting high-bandwidth video. That said, we've still much more to learn, particularly about how to make full use of UHD from a live production perspective. -

Saturday 31 August 2013, PM link icon  Radio Today - Feature: Radio news comparison 1998-2013
In 1998, as part of his A-level English coursework, then-budding broadcast journalist Stuart Clarkson recorded and analysed news bulletins from 8 different radio stations. As the 15th anniversary of his recordings approached, he dug them out for Radio Today and has recorded the same stations again, 15 years to the minute later. Its approaching 5pm on Friday 28th August 1998 and in every room of the house where I grew up theres a radio-cassette machine on record-pause, ready to spring into life. - link icon  Ariel - Britton to be Somerset breakfast host
The current mid-morning presenter, who joined the station in 2003, will move to the earlier slot from September 9. Her appointment comes a week after Tony Hall's announcement that he wants 50 of local stations to have female breakfast show presenters - either solo or as part of a team - by the end of next year. Seven other women are part of double-headed teams. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What’s on BBC Red Button 31 August – 7 Septemb…
Get your dancing shoes on for a busy week on Red Button Theres something for everyone as we take you behind the scenes at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2013 as Lisa Riley interviews this years participating celebrities. Well have the latest news on an exciting football transfer deadline day and relive a summer of live music with BBC Asian Network. -

Thursday 29 August 2013, PM link icon  Ariel - Trust suggests rethink on Twitter
Later, it became apparent that the statement - which Davies said was based on information from Gaza health officials - was not true, prompting a complaint first to the BBC and then to the trust. Better to attribute source The trustees judged that while the health officials were an 'appropriate' source for journalists, the tweet had gone beyond their assessment that 'more than half' of the Palestinians who had been killed were civilians. They also believed it would have been 'good practice' to attribute the claim, although they accepted that this could be difficult within Twitter's 140 character constraint. - link icon  DTG :: News :: VuTV pay streaming service coming to Freeview HD
VuTV, a new subscription service, will launch this autumn giving internet-connected Freeview HD viewers access to a range of premium channels. Unlike traditional pay-TV providers, VuTV aims to offer premium channels for a low, monthly subscription, with no long-term contract. - link icon  Radio Today - Double-blow for Kerrang! Radio listeners
Listeners in parts of the West Midlands are expressing their anger at Kerrang Radio being removed from their radios for a second time. However, with the removal of the regional MXR, Kerrang moved to the local Birmingham multiplex, which doesnt cover the entire region. - link icon  Sky+ HD Boxes With WiFi and 2TB of Storage Now Available
Existing customers that havent previously used the On Demand service can get a free connector sent out allowing them to set it up for the first time. Sky says that customers with an HD subscription package or an Entertainment Extra package can get a new box for free. A Sky spokeswoman told The Next Web that all new Sky customers will receive the new boxes and that existing customers could get the new boxes from 49. - link icon…

Thursday 29 August 2013, AM link icon  Hall promises end of BBC finger pointing - News - Broadcast
Tony Hall is bidding to end the BBC’s internal blame game and boost the confidence of programme- makers to give it back its “creative bounce”. The director general used his surprise appearance at the Edinburgh International Television Festival to preface his plans for improving the BBC’s culture following a series of scandals. - link icon  I was, uh, wrong: Chromecast does what Google claims
Now that I have my own Chromecast and have been playing with it for a few days I have to admit I was wrong. Chromecast appears to be every bit as good as Google claims. Thats not to say its perfect more below but pretty darned good. -

Wednesday 28 August 2013, PM link icon  David Blunkett accuses broadcasters of failing deaf and blind people - Politics - The Guar…
Labour's former home secretary David Blunkett, who has criticised broadcasters. Photograph Ian West/PA David Blunkett believes broadcasters are failing deaf and blind people by using garbled subtitles and by being reluctant to dub foreign programmes. He also complained that blind people were left frustrated when foreign dramas and documentaries were not dubbed. - link icon  BBC expenses fall, but key members of top brass still get plenty of free rides - Media - t…
No free lunches external hospitality at the BBC was down 47 quarter on quarter. There was bad news for those looking for a free lunch from the Beeb, with external hospitality down 47 quarter on quarter to 13,396. However, staff looking for a free beer from their boss did a little better, with internal hospitality spend up 10 to 7,764. - link icon  BBC News - BBC director general Tony Hall to cut bureaucracy
Lord Hall also said he wanted to see more women on screen and in senior roles. He also pledged to recruit more people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds. - link icon  Radio Today - Regional DAB turned off in West Midlands
The MXR regional digital radio multiplex for the West Midlands is being turned off today, after 12 years on-air. The Bromsgrove transmitter frequency block will transfer over to MuxCo Herefordshire and Worcestershire from September 2013. Listener choice will be significantly reduced once again, following recent switch-offs in South Wales and the North East. -

Monday 26 August 2013, PM link icon  How the Time Warner Cable, CBS Standoff Could Set the TV Standard - The Hollywood Reporter…
As the fall season approaches, CBS leverage grows. When cable and satellite distributors start losing customers, they have a history of caving in. In its view, CBS already has a financial buffer because it can use the free government-provided spectrum to reach audiences who dont subscribe to cable. - link icon  Broadcasters Up Their Attack on Aereo-Like FilmOnX - TheWrap TV
In the D.C. suit, set for a hearing Sept. 20, both FilmOnX and the broadcasters have cited favorable court rulings. FilmOnX engages in copyright infringement, said the filing. Neither system pays the retransmission fees that cable systems pay to offer broadcast channels on their systems. - link icon  Kevin Spacey Delivers the Definitive Wake Up Call to Anti-Tech TV Execs
The House of Cards star had plenty of ammunition to demonstrate definitively that the anti-tech approach will eventually result in the old guard's demise, unless viewers are allowed to determine the means of consumption. - link icon  Kevin Spacey's MacTaggart lecture prompts defence of traditional TV - Media - theguardian.…
Those millions of soap fans could be forgiven for thinking the technological revolution espoused by the Hollywood star had passed them by when in fact, it is just beginning. There was no shortage of warmth in Edinburgh for Spacey's sentiments. Figures released the following day revealed that mobile viewing on iPads, smartphones and laptops still has only niche appeal, accounting for an average of three minutes and 30 seconds a day, compared with the four hours we still spend in front of a TV set. -

Monday 26 August 2013, AM link icon  Media Monkey's Edinburgh diary: Tony Hall, Peter Fincham and Club X - Media - The Guardian…
Hall had not officially been due to attend the festival at all, but waited backstage before making his Surprise Surprise entrance about 20 minutes before the session's end. He added that Club X producer Charlie Parsons revelled in the bedlam and later tweaked the concept for another live late-night show The Word. Do I protect my life or my modesty - link icon  Tony Hall should look back 40 years if he wants to restore the BBC's ethos - Media - The G…
As scandal after scandal about pay and rations rocks the BBC, and the grandest of its mandarins are humbled before the public accounts committee, it is hard to recognise the institution as it was 40 years ago. Then though far from perfect, especially if you were female its faults were not those of luxury and excess in pay and perks. Staff knew we'd earn more if we took the commercial broadcasting shilling, but there were other rewards. - link icon  UK TV beware: As Spacey's House of Cards shows, too much power corrupts - Media - The Guar…
That show was Hill Street Blues a global hit that Spacey identified as the forbear of many great TV dramas of more recent times. There will not be a producer in the land without stories to tell of all the above. Had television here remained the producer-driven medium it once was and not embraced the kind of professionalised, audience-focused commissioning now so prevalent, there is every chance that irrelevance and the slow death that inevitably follows might already have taken hold. -

Sunday 25 August 2013, AM link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What's on BBC Red Button 24 - 31 August
For a full list and times of sport coverage on Red Button see the BBC Sport website. -

Saturday 24 August 2013, PM link icon  NewsHour at a crossroads : Columbia Journalism Review
On September 7, the program will expand to seven days a week, debuting a weekend edition of the NewsHour and ending years of frequent questions from viewers, along with the services own ombudsman, about the lack of scheduled weekend news programming. This set of changes might be the shake-up the NewsHour desperately needs, especially since 2013 hasnt been the best year for news at PBS. The staff and funding used to produce the weekend NewsHour were mostly transferred from the cancelled Friday night newsmagazine Need to Know, a program which, despite winning several awards, failed to build a significant audience in its three-year run. - link icon  Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival 2013 - Media - The Guardian
- link icon  Sky Living director: 'I am de-pinking the channel' - Media -
Sky Living director, Antonia Hurford-Jones, says she is rebranding the channel so that it will appeal to men as well as women. Antonia Hurford-Jones, the director of Sky Living, said the channel is undergoing a makeover that will involve swapping the pink branding for a blue and silver logo. They don't want to sit alone in their pink fluffy bedroom, wearing their pink fluffy negligee, watching shows on their own. - link icon  Yentob: BBC to drop in-house quotas - News - Broadcast
BBC creative director Alan Yentob has suggested that the corporation may scrap its in-house commissioning quota in the next five years. The Imagine host said it was right that the BBC’s programming supply was a “mixed ecology”, but said the current system of quotas will change as the corporation evolves. - link icon  Alan Yentob: BBC must tackle 'toxic' issue of pay - Media -
BBC creative director Alan Yentob has said he is a programme maker and not one of the officer class at the corporation. Yentob said he could understand staff anger about the controversial issue of payoffs, with 60m paid to outgoing BBC executives over an eight-year period. The question of how creatives are looked after is not total abandon. - link icon  Ariel - DG out to close appalling divide at BBC
23 August 2013 Last updated at 1100 Tony Hall wants to close the rift between management and staff created by severance pay revelations. The director general, speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival on Thursday, said staff fury over the 60m spent over eight years by the corporation on senior manager pay-offs - some of which went beyond any contractual entitlement - was justified. 'I really do want to heal this appalling divide between the people who are running the BBC and the people who are doing really hard work day in, day out, doing amazing things,' he told delegates. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - Edinburgh TV Festival 2013: Looking forward to even more fro…
In comedy, new sitcoms like Bluestone 42 pictured proved a big hit with our audiences Weve had a great year on BBC Three. Weve also commissioned Siblings, a brand new scripted comedy series from the producers of The Inbetweeners. Next year we will continue to tackle emotive issues with our Justice Season, reflecting on crime and punishment in the UK and the US and asking whether young adults are treated fairly. - link icon  File:TV Licence 1946-2012 at NPV.png - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Saturday 24 August 2013, AM link icon  ITV named Channel of the Year as hit drama series Broadchurch wins award
These formats all date to a narrow period at the beginning of the last decade and nobody could have predicted they would have the life they have had but I think they have still got a lot of life in them. The corollary of that is that it has become a difficult period to launch big new entertainment programmes. - link icon  ITV boss Peter Fincham calls for "new Big Brother" to safeguard British television
These formats all date to a narrow period at the beginning of the last decade and nobody could have predicted they would have the life they have had but I think they have still got a lot of life in them. The corollary of that is that it has become a difficult period to launch big new entertainment programmes. -

Friday 23 August 2013, AM link icon  Tony Hall admits to BBC 'officer class' - News - Broadcast
Director general Tony Hall has acknowledged an “appalling divide” between the people running the BBC and programme-makers on the ground and a perceived “cosiness” with the likes of consultants KPMG. Hall was the surprise guest on the panel Tony Hall’s Big Decisions’ after flying straight into the Edinburgh International Television Festival from San Francisco.. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - Edinburgh TV Festival 2013: Looking ahead to BBC One in the …
Ive inherited the channel in a great place, 2012 was a record-breaking year for BBC One and it remains Britains most-watched channel so far this year, with by far the biggest reach of any other. My focus is to build on that success and ensure BBC One remains the nations favourite. My vision for BBC One is all about storytelling. - link icon  BBC payoffs caused divide between managers and staff, admits Tony Hall - Media - The Guard…
Hall made the comments during a surprise appearance towards the end of a panel session on the issues facing the director general. Liz MacKean, one of the two Newsnight reporters responsible for its aborted Jimmy Savile investigation who has since left the corporation was one of the panel's members and had earlier criticised the payoffs. Hall announced a new BBC initiative to put more female voices on air, with a quota that will require at least 50 of presenters on BBC local radio breakfast shows to be women by the end of 2014. - link icon  Ariel - Hall wants more female breakfast hosts
The director-general told the Edinburgh Television Festival on Thursday that he wanted 50 of local stations to have a woman presenting their most important show - either alone or as part of a team. 'We have got to be more reflective of the audiences who are listening to our programmes,' insisted Hall during a panel session at the festival.' The move could have wider implications for the industry, for which BBC local radio has traditionally been an important training ground. David Holdsworth, English Regions controller, said that finding new and diverse voices was key to local radio's role. - link icon  Kevin Spacey Mactaggart lecture – full text - Media -

Thursday 22 August 2013, PM link icon  Spacey dismisses line between TV, film News C21Media
The labels are useless except perhaps to agents, managers and lawyers who use these labels to conduct business deals. The obligation of a pilot from the writing perspective is that you have to spend about 45 minutes establishing all the characters, create arbitrary cliffhangers and generally prove that what you are setting out to do will work, Spacey said. When the story is good enough, people will watch something three times the length of an opera. Spacey told the audience that the king of television is the creatives, but said he was disappointed the industry did not do more to support new talent. - link icon  Twitter / Search - #geitf
- link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - Edinburgh TV Festival 2013: Introduction
There will be posts from them on this blog, showreels and a selection of announcements posted on the BBC Media Centre site. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - Designing new icons for the BBC's Global Experience Language…
This included an insight into the development of a distinctive new suite of icons for GEL. All the new icon sets were designed over the last three months, in collaboration with the agency Planning Unit. As done previously, these icons were designed to enable a consistent visual language across all BBC digital platforms - web, mobile and television. - link icon…
Details have been revealed of Londons first dedicated 24-hour television channel, London Live, which will go on air in the Spring of next year. He told the audience that London Live was not interested in celebrity driven formats. Boseley said the channel would share cross platform reach opportunities with the London Evening Standard, also owned by Mr Lebedev. -

Wednesday 21 August 2013, PM link icon  Police investigate News Corporation for ‘sabotaging rival to Sky’ - ExaroNews…
Renamed ITV Digital three years later, it was plagued by widespread piracy and folded in 2002. The development is bound to rock News Corporation, which is listed on stock exchanges in New York, London and Australia. News Corporation, which owns 39 per cent of Sky, is due to be split into one entity for newspaper and book publishing, and another for television and movie companies. - link icon  European broadcasters shut down emergency Greek TV service - Media -
ERT some staff are still occupying the main Athens building. EDT, the new broadcaster has been airing mainly documentaries and old Greek movies over the last two months but on Wednesday morning launched its first news service with a two-hour programme. The broadcast that began at 8am, focused mainly on the analysis of domestic news by a panel of journalists, but also included international news items based on BBC website stories and footage from al-Jazeera and Sky News. - link icon  BBC News - Groklaw news website abandoned over US surveillance
Groklaw had promised its sources anonymity, but said it could not now ensure contributors would stay secret. Experts said they were worried that a site like Groklaw was closing. One of those services, Lavabit, alluded to harassment by the US government in a statement to its customers when it shut down. - link icon  London Live eyes short film commissions - News - Broadcast
Local TV broadcaster London Live is looking to commission a raft of short films from young directors after teaming up with The Smalls Film Festival. This is the company’s first major commissioning initiative since it acquired the license and comes after the broadcaster hired former Disney executive Jonathan Boseley as head of programming.. - link icon  Google Helpouts let you get -- or offer -- video guidance on any topic
Google is testing a new Hangout-based feature which will allow experts to offer video tips and advice. According to Google, Helpouts is a new way to connect people who need help with people who can give help, over live video, anytime, anywhere. Helpouts is at the sign-up phase at the moment. - link icon  MHL 3.0 specification -- 4K Ultra HD video on your smartphone
However, this new format is not the only benefit of MHL 3.0. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Comux announces technical infrastructure partners for local TV
Comux UK has announced details of its technical infrastructure and the companies selected as infrastructure partners and suppliers. Alongside broadcasting on digital terrestrial TV, some of the local channels are planning carriage on satellite and cable TV, and online. DTG Staff 20.08.2013 Links open in a new window. - link icon  Local TV - Get closer
- link icon  DTG :: News :: DTG publishes Government-backed Innovation Taskforce (FITT) update
The Taskforce brings together senior content executives, consumer specialists, technology leaders, mobile and network providers and leading academics in the field in order to capture both technical and consumer perspectives. A full list of FITT Taskforce members is available here. The DTG is not responsible for the content of other web sites. - link icon  Comcast asserts copyright over its court filing, is attempting to shut down news site that…
In an article published last week, TorrentFreak reproduced Comcast's response to a subpoena regarding the copyright troll Prenda Law. TorrentFreak's hosting provider has given them 24 hours to resolve the issue or face shutdown. The thing that we would like you to remove from you post is the copy of the subpoena form that contains Comcast subscribers information, The rest of the post can stay, we were told. - link icon  Exclusive: TV licence offences responsible for a tenth of all UK court cases -…
More than 180,000 people almost 3,500 a week appeared in front of magistrates during 2012 after being accused of watching TVwithout paying the 145.50 fee. Magistrates handled a total of 1.48m cases last year, meaning a record 12 per cent of court cases now involve TV licensing. Last night the TVLicensing authority said the gender imbalance was because women are more likely to be at home when their inspectors call. -

Tuesday 20 August 2013, PM link icon  ukdigitalradio: News
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The research looks at availability, take-up and consumption of communication services and investigates attitudes towards these services. We publish this report to support Ofcom's regulatory goal to research markets constantly and to remain at the forefront of technological understanding. In order to achieve large enough samples to make statistically meaningful comparisons we have combined data collected from the TGI survey between July 2009 and December 2012. -

Tuesday 20 August 2013, AM link icon  CBS, Time Warner Cable, and the Disruption of TV : The New Yorker
Then a new technology came along, one that gave viewers many more options to choose from, completely disrupting the way that people watched TV. In 1976, the average home had seven channels by 1991, it had thirty-three. Then Congress came up with a solution that would help the broadcast networks. - link icon  LA Times
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Monday 19 August 2013, PM link icon  BBC Radio 5 live - Richard Bacon, Live from the Edinburgh Festival, Johnnie Walker on Savi…
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  informitv - Higher frame rates improve viewing experience
Higher frame rates may be as important as more pixels for improving the quality of television. The Broadcast Technology Futures group of the European Broadcasting Union is testing the significance of higher frame rates, up to 240 frames per second. The current recommendation for Ultra HD production and programme exchange allows for a maximum rate of 120 frames a second in addition to rates currently used for film and television, but researchers are also considering other frame rates. - link icon  Premier League opener nets 760k for BT Sport - News - Broadcast
Premier League football made its debut on BT Sport this Saturday as Liverpool put Stoke City to the sword in front of a 764k peak audience. Premier League Live (BT Sport 1) 11.30am-3pm 447k (5%) -

Saturday 17 August 2013, AM link icon  Digital media: Counting the change - The Economist
The preposterous plot of Sharknado may strike a chord with media bosses who have watched the internet ravage their business over the past decade. Newspapers have lost readers and advertising to the internet. Book and music shops have closed for good. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What's on BBC Red Button 17 - 24 August
Cast your eyes over the items as they appear on screen, and see if you can guess how much the shows experts think theyre worth. Theres also a new challenge for this year can you pick out the fake from Fiona Bruces four suspect items Tune in at 8pm on Sunday on BBC One, and play along at home by pressing red or using the shows own play-along app. - link icon  They thought it was all over: Why Sky vs BT Sport in the battle for pay-TV dominance is a …
On Thursday, BT Sport launched a counter-action by allying with Virgin Media in a deal that allows 1.8 million of the cable companys customers free access to the newcomers sports channels. For months, in spite of an onslaught of competitive advertising, each company had adopted a public position of not being worried what its rival is doing. BTs aim in investing 1bn in sports television is to protect its broadband customer base against Skys content-driven Triple Play package of television, broadband and home phone. - link icon  No further police action over BBC pay-offs
Scotland Yard will take no further action over allegations linked to severance payments and benefits for senior BBC managers. The BBC knows who these people are but has refused to take any disciplinary action against them. - link icon  BBC iPlayer - Help - Can I download radio programmes to listen to later?
We currently offer a range of programmes and highlights available to download as Podcasts, but due to rights reasons certain content, including full-length music tracks, can only be offered with digital rights management protection DRM. We expect to launch this service sometime in 2014. Until then, you can still listen to almost all radio programmes on BBC iPlayer Radio as audio streams, which can be played up to seven days after the programme's original broadcast. -

Thursday 15 August 2013, AM link icon  Ariel - Unions accept BBC pay offer
15 August 2013 Last updated at 0940 The BBC and unions representing staff have settled their dispute on pay for 2013-14. The pay rise will be implemented in the August payroll. The autumn negotiations will focus on staff remuneration and pay progression. -

Wednesday 14 August 2013, PM link icon  Blacked Out in 3 Cities, CBS Still Wins Ratings Race -
The 11-day old blackout of CBS on Time Warner Cable systems seems to be having a minimal effect on the networks ratings. Last week, the first full week of blocked service for more than three million Time Warner customers, the network topped its competitors in total viewers and in all the ratings categories important to advertisers. CBS has maintained that it is seeking fair value for its content, but at the same time said the loss of Time Warner viewers would have minimal impact on its ratings an assertion that was surely meant to reassure its advertisers. - link icon  Radio stations and the mobile web
Over a third of listening happens while away from home 21 in a vehicle 15 at work or elsewhere and much listening at home isn't done in the same room as a computer. When presenters tell listeners to visit the radio station's website, it's gratifying to see that listeners do so, as anyone watching Google Analytics' real-time view will tell you. Last year, The Guardian pointed out that, at certain times of day, they're getting more traffic from mobile devices than desktop. -

Tuesday 13 August 2013, PM link icon  New QVCs launch - Advanced Television
Additionally, QVC Beauty will be updated to incorporate unique and dynamically updating show graphics. - link icon  Doctor Who, Downton Abbey and Broadchurch settings make top 10 list of British TV location…
Many families are now choosing to stay in the UK for the summer and looking for inexpensive days out, said Freeview marketing communications director Guy North. - link icon  Long Term Review: Samsung UE32 F6510 SmartHub TV
As ever, this is a long and tediously detailed review but some people like them. This television has a Freesat tuner inside it. I've not used it though - I don't have a satellite dish five years ago it was either a dish or a neighbour's tree, and I preferred the tree. - link icon  Freeview tops poll of TV innovations Today s Top Stories
Of the 2,046 viewers polled, 35 picked Freeview as their most important TV innovation over the last decade, closely followed by PVRs at 22. Mobile TV received no votes from consumers, reinforcing the view held by many TV execs polled 31 that mobile TV has had the most muted impact on the television industry. Howard Davies, Deloitte media partner, commented The television industry has benefited from tremendous technological advances over the past few years. - link icon  Ofcom - DAB multiplex change request: Herefordshire Worcestershire
1.3 MuxCo proposes to launch the Herefordshire Worcestershire local radio multiplex service, on the new frequency, in September 2013. 1.4 Before deciding whether to agree to MuxCo's request, Ofcom is legally required to seek representations on the request from any interested parties. The closing-date for representations to be made is Tuesday 10 September 2013 any submissions received after this date may not be considered. -

Tuesday 13 August 2013, AM link icon  The BBC needs conserving. Yet these Conservatives think not - Polly Toynbee - Comment is f…
It has become revolutionary, uprooting the public realm with tumultuous zeal. David Cameron's great talent is to seem so breezily moderate while dismantling so much from the capacity of the civil service and local councils, to putting the NHS and free schools up for any bidder while undermining public trust in social security. You might think any true Conservative would want to conserve the BBC, a landmark of Britishness, globally admired export-earner, cultural nourisher, its independence proven by clashes with every government. - link icon  Ofcom - Consultation
On 19 June 2013, we consulted on the question of merging coverage areas for a small number of specific locations, and on whether we should consult on merging any further locations the June Consultation. The June Consultation and the Statement following it are available on our website. We also received a response asking us to merge the enlarged Gloucester coverage area with the planned Malvern coverage area. - link icon  Ofcom - Statement
On 19 June 2013, Ofcom accordingly published a short consultation inviting views on merging the coverage areas of the following locations Tonbridge and Maidstone and Hereford and Gloucester. We also invited views on whether we should consult on merging any other areas for which we had determined technical feasibility. These respondents argued that these coverage areas should be merged because The two towns share cultural similarities, as well as local institutions The coverage areas may be contiguous in some places, if not actually overlap and A larger coverage area would make a licence in this area more viable. -

Monday 12 August 2013, AM link icon  James Harding's BBC drama will play out in the public spotlight - Media - The Guardian
James Harding changed times for the former editor. He could redesign pages, re-edit copy and hire and fire more or less at will. At the BBC where he takes over as director of news and current affairs today almost none of that will be true. -

Saturday 10 August 2013, AM link icon  BBC calls in auditors to widen search for improper executive payoffs - Media - theguardian…
The National Audit Office is focusing on 150 severance deals with senior BBC executives in the three-year period between 2010 and 2012. 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  Ofcom wants to make broadband switching quicker and easier in the UK
There may be issues getting hold of the necessary authorization code, or the dreaded period of downtime as one ISP takes over from another. All this could be set to change, for the UK at least, if Ofcom's proposed new measures have the desired effect. To help make the transition as smooth and seamless as possible, Ofcom is eliminating one potential bottleneck. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What's on BBC Red Button 10 - 17 August
The festival season continues here on the Red Button with Edinburgh taking its turn in the limelight. Theres an exclusive film of Scottish Ballet's Dance Odysseys and a selection of the best comedy from the Fringe this year. In this personal and insightful exploration, discover how against all odds, the creative spirit can sing. -

Thursday 08 August 2013, PM link icon  Channel 4 network loses biggest audience reach among PSBs - Media -
Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham was sent a letter from Ofcom voicing concerns about issues including its network share. Channel 4's main network has seen a fall in its average weekly reach across all homes from 59 in 2007 to 51 at the end of 2012, excluding its one hour time-shifted service Channel 41, according to Ofcom's annual public service broadcasting report. On this basis, the average weekly reach for Channel 4's total portfolio has dipped only very slightly since 2007 67 to 66. -