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Friday 13 December 2013, PM link icon  BT complaints shoot up following sports TV launch - Money -
BT paid 738m to broadcast 38 Premier League football games a season, but customer service levels have since suffered. Half the complaints were about its BT Sport channels which launched amid much fanfare on 1 August 2013, in time for the start football season. The company paid 738m for the rights to broadcast 38 Premier League football games a season, and has since splashed out 897m on the right to show Champions League games from 2015 onwards. - link icon  BBC News - BT apologises for poor service at sports channel launch
It followed figures that showed complaints about BT's television service more than doubled in the July-to-September period. Telecoms regulator Ofcom said complaints peaked in August, when the new channel went on air. As a result, BT had a far higher ratio of complaints than its rivals. - link icon  Ariel - BBC best for laughs and entertainment
It was named best comedy panel show, with team captain Lee Mack voted best male tv comic. Funny women 'Brilliant to see female comedy talent scoop the big sitcom prize,' said Shane Allen, controller, comedy commissioning, 'and also delighted for Harry Paul with their richly deserved sketch show award. 'BBC comedy/entertainment really is at the top of its game and these awards prove that.' -

Friday 13 December 2013, AM link icon  The BBC must declare the interests of its contributors, or lose our trust - George Monbiot…
I didn't expect this flat refusal to uphold its own editorial guidelines. Two weeks ago, I wrote an article explaining how the BBC routinely flouts its professed commitment to impartiality and transparency, by allowing people who appear to be little more than corporate lobbyists to pose as independent pundits. What we were not told is that the institute, which calls itself a thinktank, has for many years been funded by the tobacco industry. - link icon  BBC News - Graham Norton warned over World Aids Day ribbon
The presenter and his guests all sported the charity emblem on his BBC One chat show broadcast on 29 November. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Elemental demonstrates full frame rate live 4K HEVC video processing
At a special event in London, the company showed an end-to-end workflow in which live 4Kp60 HEVC content was encoded for display in real-time. Elemental first announced support for the H.265 codec in January of 2013. Video processing solutions from Elemental offer support for the new codec via a seamless software upgrade. - link icon  Radio Today - Will Arqiva be bidding for Digital Two ?
Weve heard speculation that radio groups and non-radio organisations will be bidding for the chance to control the overdue digital platform, although one company already has the network to expand upon. Arqiva is hugely supportive of the industry-wide transition to digital, which is making great progress this year. We have already led the way in improving coverage over the past year and with a positive decision on the Digital Radio Switchover at the end of this year, we would welcome an additional national commercial multiplex. - link icon  Freeview – Loss of BBC HD channels - BBC - FAQs - Home
The BBC has been made are aware that a small number of set top boxes have problems accessing both HD multiplexes at the same time. However, until the manufacturer has resolved the issue you will not be able to access both at the same time. - link icon  Local television: Small-town views - The Economist
With a new nameEstuary TVand a prominent spot on Freeview, a free digital television platform, their news and discussion shows now reach 350,000 homes around the Humber. Estuary TV is the first of 19 television stations launching in Britains towns and cities over the next yearthe fruits of a plan laid out in 2010 by Jeremy Hunt, then the culture secretary, to revitalise local media. Ministers hope they will help promote small businesses, train new creative talent and generally make people more civic-minded. -

Thursday 12 December 2013, PM link icon  Radio Today - Surrey DAB radio multiplex switched on
Three new digital radio transmitters have been switched on in Surrey, giving local coverage to almost 800,000 people. Four radio stations will be on the new multiplex, including a third Eagle-branded service. Sir Paul Beresford Surrey is way ahead on digital radio, with over half of us having a digital radio at home. - link icon  BBC - BBC Trust - BBC publishes conclusions of governance review
The review was launched in September 2013 following a year of difficult events at the BBC which highlighted a need to clarify roles and responsibilities and improve the working culture between the two parts of the Corporation. The key conclusion of the review is that, while much of the current governance system works well, there is confusion about who is responsible for what in certain key operational areas and this has undermined confidence in the governance and operation of the BBC. Sir Howard was previously President of the CBS network and will bring his extensive broadcasting and commercial experience to this role. -

Thursday 12 December 2013, AM link icon  Britons paying more for premium pay-TV packages than other countries - Media - The Guardia…
An Ofcom study found that Britons pay 66 a month for the 'best offer' premium pay-TV subscription. -

Tuesday 10 December 2013, PM link icon  Ariel - BBC launches five new HD channels
We will have managed to launch five channels in five months. -

Monday 09 December 2013, PM link icon  Fox News Paid Fired Executive $8 Million to Keep Quiet
A Fox News executive with knowledge of the negotiations told Gawker that Lewis was paid approximately 8 million in hush money. The big talk at work, especially today, is the settlement number, the executive said on Friday, explaining that the exact figure had been filtering through the channels rank-and-file since early November. The settlement came after an extraordinary, months-long confrontation during which Fox News accused Ailes former right-hand man of vague financial irregularities, and Lewis attorney angrily responded that Ailes had a lot to lose if Lewis ever spilled the beans on their 17-year-long partnership at the right-wing network. - link icon  Audio description on Freeview HD programmes - BBC - FAQs - Home
Returning to the channel you wish to watch with the audio described programme. - link icon  Freeview - Unable to access all BBC HD Multiplexes - BBC - FAQs - Home
However, please check that you are in coverage of the new commercial HD multiplex COM 7. Please check the Digital UK coverage predictor and select the detailed view indicating COM7 availability. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites. - link icon  informitv - Local television launches
The first of a number of new local television stations has gone on air in the United Kingdom. Estuary TV in Grimsby will be available in the channel 8 slot on Freeview digital terrestrial television. It represents a modest start to a range of channels that could provide another tier of broadcasting in Britain, but may already be missing the opportunities of the next generation of digital networks. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - Connected Studio: Unlocking the BBC's News Archive
We are holding a Connected Studio event in January to explore the best ways to unlock, and allow our audiences to explore, what is often seen as the BBCs greatest untapped resource, its vast archives. The event will focus specifically on the News archive. The News archive is a unique video, audio and scripted account of howthe BBC has reportedthe world since 1924. - link icon  BBC - Media Centre - BBC to launch five new subscription-free HD channels on Tuesday 10 De…
Viewers will also be able to catch-up on HD programmes from these channels on BBC iPlayer. The channels will be launching in time for Christmas, so viewers will be able to access more of their favourite festive treats in the highest quality from the comfort of their sofas or on-the-go via BBC iPlayer. This year, people will be able to watch even more of our programmes in brilliant quality. All five new HD channels will broadcast the same programmes as their standard definition equivalents in HD. -

Monday 09 December 2013, AM link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - CBBC HD, CBeebies HD, BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD BBC News HD …
We have announced todaythat our five new HD channels will launch on Tuesday 10 December 2013 on all main TV platforms. This brings the total number of subscription-free HD channels from the BBC to seven. This is predicted to grow to 80 by 2016 and 90 by 2019. -

Sunday 08 December 2013, PM link icon  The BBC needs a global news strategy - and Harding's approach seems dated - Media - The Gu…
Full house in lingo bingo James Harding told staff the BBC is 'the best news organisation in the world'. James Harding, the recently anointed director of BBC News, and former editor of the Times, achieved a full house in the lingo bingo card for his first sermon last week. The cluttered domain of global news leadership is one of huge risk and turbulence, and far from dominating it, the BBC would appear to be withdrawing from it. - link icon  How Intel TV failed -- pay attention, Google and Apple - Internet Media - CNET News
In fact, Erik Huggers, the head of Intel Media, said in February that this would be the year Intel shakes things up. After all, he had a small army of 300 at work and more than 2,000 Intel employees testing OnCue, a new box and service that would allow users to watch live TV, on-demand video, and other Internet-based offerings like video apps in one package. Now, with 2013 in its final weeks, Intel's goal for OnCue has morphed into securing the best payday it can from somebody who will take the venture off its hands. -

Sunday 08 December 2013, AM link icon  Indian Television Dot Com News Headline Zee Lamhe launches on Freeview in UK
Estimates put the reach of the channel at 1.2 million and increasing the reach of Zee Lamhe to 13 million homes in UK. Lamhe was launched earlier this year to showcase good quality south Asian entertainment such as drama, classics and Bollywood, lifestyle, cookery and travel. The FTA channel is also available on Sky Digital. -

Saturday 07 December 2013, AM link icon  Behind the FCC s Intervention in a $985 Million Local TV Deal - Corporate Intelligence - W…
The TV business has been on a furious consolidation drive this year, with billions of dollars worth of mergers and acquisitions snapping up the companies that bring broadcast TV to local markets across the country. Sinclairs general counsel Barry Faber said the company was confident that we will be able to work out the issues raised in the FCCs letter and complete the transaction without any material impact. So what are the issues Opponents of these kind of arrangements say that not only can they be used to get around the spirit of rules designed to encourage diversity in the local TV market, but they can also harm the quality and variety of news available on local television. - link icon  Google could launch 'Nexus TV' Android set-top next year, says report - The Verge
Google isn't giving up its living room ambitions. The rumor comes fromThe Information's Amir Efrati, who cites an anonymous Google employee. The device is said to be ready for launch as soon as the first half of next year, according to the report. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What’s on BBC Red Button – 7 – 13 Decem…
Highlights include this years best Radio 1 Live Lounge sessions as well as outstanding musical moments from the Asian Network. Also dont miss pop legend Gary Barlow as he performs live in concert for Radio 2. Watch the show live on Wednesday 11th December, but dont worry if you miss it, you can also catch it again from Thursday 12th. -

Friday 06 December 2013, AM link icon  Radio Today - Herefordshire and Worcestershire gets DAB
Local TV and press also attended to cover the switch-on live. Its an important step for this area and an exciting day for local radio. The three new transmitters cover 530,000 people in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. -

Thursday 05 December 2013, PM link icon  NBC shuts Style Network in UK - News - Broadcast
NBC Universal is to close The Style Network in the UK following a US channel rebrand. The entertainment channel, which airs on Sky and Virgin Media, will close on 9 December. The Style Network was rebranded as Esquire Network in September in the US, as NBC began to consider the future of the channel internationally - link icon  Radio Today - Jazz FM leaves national DAB digital radio
The station will move from D1 to Switch Digital in Greater London in addition to online platforms from January 1st 2014. RadioToday can also reveal the station entered into profit last month for the first time since its relaunch. There is absolutely no reason why if you listen to Jazz FM now, you wont be able to still. - link icon  Ariel - The team behind Twenty Twelve takes on BBC for new show
'To clarify, define or redefine the core purpose of the BBC across all its functions and to position it confidently for the future'. The post is, apparently, one in which he is meant to be thinking 'Big Thoughts' in the run-up to the licence fee renegotiation in 2016. He adds 'If it is satirical then it's satirical about an environment, an ethos, and the absurdities of modern corporate life itself. - link icon  Ratings slide puts C4 in spotlight - Comment - Broadcast
However you cut the numbers, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that Channel 4 has had a very tough year when it comes to ratings. The all-hours decline of 11.4% for the main channel is worrying for management, advertisers, programme-makers and even Ofcom, which flagged concerns about audience share back in June. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - BBC News - Our Stories: Video montage from James Harding's s…
The video showcases facilities available to news staff at New Broadcasting House, and spotlights some aspects of its output across multiple TV channels and radio networks both locally, nationally and internationally. James' biography is available on the Inside the BBC website. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Report: Global study confirms public service broadcasting has positive effe…
Public service broadcasting promotes a 'race to the top' with the commercial sector, according to a new report published by the BBC. The key findings of the research show A strong relationship between public funding and commercial revenues. Territories with higher levels of public funding per head correspond with high levels of commercial revenue advertising and subscription-based per head. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - BBC Online Briefing: December 2013
These sessions are an opportunity for a number of our digital partners and suppliers to get together and share some ideas about the BBCs digital strategy. Todays event is already at capacity but all of the presentations will be available online on this blog from next week. You can also follow us during the sessions via the Internet blog's twitter account and the hashtag bbconline. The aim of this afternoons event is to share some of the plans weve put together in answer to the question Where next for the BBCs digital services. -

Wednesday 04 December 2013, PM link icon  BBC’s role in free-to-air platforms becoming “destructive” and hamperin…
The BBCs lack of interest in the evolution of the advertising market is blinding them to the danger of those platforms not having clear data strategies, he said. Broadcasters cant win an arms race against the platforms and the media agency groups. If I was a broadcaster, I would be picking the TV platforms because they are inherently interested in TV. - link icon  BBC News - BBC must tackle diversity problem says news director
New editors for education and health will also be appointed, with one to be based out of Birmingham or Salford. This speech was a rallying cry by the new boss for BBC News to move on from the past, to be brave, to investigate, to break more stories. So, there will be more money for chasing exclusives but also hints of a change in culture. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - The return of five radio stations in the evenings on Freevie…
Restoration Were making a set of technical changes in Scotland which gives us some limited additional capacity to restore radio services. Weve had to take a call on the best way of using this capacity, including which stations and in what quality. Consequently weve strived to restore all five stations noted above. - link icon  BBC - Media Centre - James Harding: BBC News and Current Affairs - Our stories
On my first day here, I told you that any journalist would be proud to join a news organisation such as this. The BBC is the best news organisation in the world. No, I make the claim based on our journalism. - link icon  Dame Patricia Hodgson favourite to chair Ofcom - Media -
Dame Patricia Hodgson, a former BBC executive, has been selected as the preferred candidate to chair Ofcom. Hodgson joined Ofcom in 2011 after leaving the BBC Trust months after missing out on the chairman and vice-chairman roles at the corporation's regulatory and governance body. She currently holds the role of deputy chairman at Ofcom, and will succeed incumbent Colette Bowe. - link icon  News Republic
Description An application error occurred on the server. The current custom error settings for this application prevent the details of the application error from being viewed remotely for security reasons. - link icon  Why are British people turning off the TV news? - Television radio -
Although Britons are the second biggest consumers of television as a whole only Bulgaria, apparently, has more couch potatoes audiences here are also by far the lightest consumers of news programmes, with 13 of the sample against a European average of 8, confessing to watching no bulletins or current affairs at all. One of the most intriguing findings of the survey is that the only two countries with more news-avoiders than the UK are Israel and Slovenia, which, given the history of those nations, raises the suspicion that viewers may be evading relentless bad news or views with which they disagree. It would be interesting to know if, in Northern Ireland, there has been similar evidence of headline-skipping and whether it will spread to Scotland as the media referendum deluge takes hold. - link icon  Should Twitter play a part in deciding TV shows' future? - Media -
However, on the flipside, some industry executives have expressed concerns that Twitter's realtime feedback loop could be killing new shows at birth, with negative social media reaction preventing them finding their feet and building an audience over several series. I would never take social media as the only reason to decide whether you are going to commission a show or not. If you work in the media, you think it's the biggest part, it's just not true. - link icon  Ariel - BBC Arabic BJ loses case against BBC
Egyptian-born Shehata, who joined the BBC in 2007, believed he was not given the promotion at the end of a six month attachment because he was a Coptic Christian. He also alleged that religious discrimination was behind his move to radio - a medium in which he had no experience - for the attachment, putting him at a disadvantage in the competition for jobs. - link icon  DTG :: News :: YouView announces new accessibility updates
Youview has released the second in a series of updates to deliver better accessibility for blind and partially sighted customers as well as those with motor skill and cognitive impairment, to improve the journey for this audience to find their favourite TV. YouView has improved the zoom functionality which now allows visually impaired users to zoom into and navigate the programme guide and select or record programmes. This improved zoom functionality is market leading in the UK and works with all aspects of the programme guide. -

Wednesday 04 December 2013, AM link icon  xkcd: I Don't Own a TV
Warning this comic occasionally contains strong language which may be unsuitable for children, unusual humor which may be unsuitable for adults, and advanced mathematics which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License. -

Tuesday 03 December 2013, PM link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - Public and Private Broadcasters across the World - The Race …
Its key finding is that where public service broadcasting is strong, commercial broadcasting is also strong. This is particularly evident in the Nordic countries, so feted for their drama success, Australia and the UK. -

Monday 02 December 2013, AM link icon  TVARK - BBC One - 1950s 1960s - Idents
If any factual errors have appeared here inadvertently, then I would be delighted to hear from anyone wishing to offer corrections. Should they be a cause of concern or distress to any readers, please inform me immediately so that I can remove or amend them accordingly. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - The First BBC TV Ident - Abram Games' Bat's Wings
If theres one area that scores highly in the obscurity stakes, its the love of on air TV symbols. A group of dedicated fans follow the ins and outs, the comings and goings and the subtle changes of what is broadly known as television presentation, or to you and me the bits in between TV programmes, and they're passionate about it too. Theirs is a love of everything on air that embodies the values of a TV channel on air clocks, promotional trails, announcements, and station graphics. -

Sunday 01 December 2013, PM link icon  Radio Today - Sunrise Radio expands brand with 2 and 3
The main station has also changed, now being identified as Sunrise Radio 1 on 1458 AM. - link icon  Radio Today - Ofcom to advertise Digital 2 next year?
Ed Vaizeys digital switchover announcement this month is expected to include news of a second national digital radio multiplex being advertised by Ofcom. A report in the Telegraph says the Government will admit digital radio has not taken off fast enough and maybe even provide funding to help improve DAB coverage. Its too early to say whether Arqiva would be one of them, but we are interested in the outcomes of these discussions. A second national multiplex was due to be launched by 4 Digital Group in 2008 but the lead investor Channel 4handed the licence back to Ofcom. -

Saturday 30 November 2013, PM link icon  By eck chuck, Coronation Street s moving out of Manchester - Television radio - The Guardi…
The Coronation Street cast cut the ribbon outside the new Rovers Return Inn, which keen viewers will notice has an additional upstairs window. Friday marked the grand unveiling of Weatherfield in its new home on the windswept Salford Quays, across the water from the BBC. In January the soap will leave its long established Quay Street site in Manchester city centre, sold for 26.5m earlier this year. - link icon  Harding hires former Times deputy as managing editor of BBC news - Media -…
James Harding has hired his former deputy as managing editor of BBC News. Blackmore, who left the Times in August after a career spanning 25 years, briefly took over as the newspaper as interim editor between Harding's departure in December appointment of John Witherow in early 2013. In the newly created BBC News managing editor role he will be responsible for negotiating contracts for senior journalists and presenters, editorial projects and career development. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What's on BBC Red Button November 30 - December 6
Also make sure you keep up-to-date with the latest football scores with Final Score from 2.30pm on Saturday. The top 16 players have lost their protection in ranking events, having previously gone through automatically to the last-32 stage. For a full list and times of sport coverage on Red Button see theBBC Sport website. -

Friday 29 November 2013, PM link icon  The best tablets for under £200 - Money -
If the hype is to be believed, 2013 is going to be a tablet Christmas and, over the next few weeks, these handheld devices are set to outsell personal computers for the first time. Once dismissed as a product that would never catch on, tablet computers have transformed the way households access the internet and entertain themselves. Then there's email that you can talk to rather than type, a web-surfing experience done by touch rather than mouse, and more games and apps than you can shake a stick at. - link icon  Xbox One compatibility problems on Freeview, Sky and Virgin - Product Reviews Net
We know there have been problems with the Xbox One disc drive, as well as consoles being bricked following the day one update. However, if that was not enough, there now seems to be Xbox One compatibility problems with the TV functions in the UK. It seems as though some British users are having issues when their Xbox One consoles are connected to certain set-top-boxes. - link icon  Sugar urges BBC to remove 'layers of jobsworths' - News - Broadcast
The Apprentice star and former YouView chairman Lord Sugar has criticised the BBC for being “heavily overstaffed” and argued that the BBC Trust should be scrapped. Sugar is the latest BBC face to take a swipe at the corporation, telling a House of Lords debate on the future of broadcasting that the corporation is “hamstrung” by its preoccupation with defending its use of licence fee payers’ money. link icon  YouView bolsters accessibility options for visually impaired users —
The update adds support for the Grid 2 computer programme. Connected TV service YouView is due to deliver a major upgrade aimed at making the service more accessible to TV viewers with visual and cognitive impairments. A software update will be rolled-out to shop bought YouView boxes next week and the new features will be added to BT and TalkTalk boxes early next year. - link icon  Estuary TV: 'launching on Freeview is an amazing opportunity' - Media -
The government's plans have been much-derided by many in the media industry who do not believe that a business model exists to allow a network of mostly very small TV stations to be commercially viable. The channel will air from 6am until midnight daily. It could broadcast for longer but Nici is not yet convinced there is a demand, and promises 18 hours of fresh programming every week. - link icon  News transmission changes given a warm reception - The Southern Reporter
- link icon  Keyboard control for YouView boxes is rolling out - News - TechRadar
People with YouView will soon be able to use a USB keyboard to control their set-top boxes, with a raft of accessibility updates also bringing extra functionality for all. The important arrival of accessibility features include high-contrast screens, text to speech on the YouView App and a big overhaul of the Zoom features as well as allowing the boxes to work with Grid 2 software. The update rolls out to the consumer boxes next week and to BT and TalkTalk boxes in 2014. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - A new approach to live events online from the BBC
Today, an early Beta version ofthis new approach to live event coverage across the BBCs web and mobile offering has been launched. The success of the first truly digital Olympics in 2012, and this years Wimbledon and Glastonbury, has demonstrated both the audience appetite and potential for digital live event coverage. Its our intention to raise the bar even higher for a wider range of Britains biggest social and cultural events. - link icon  'BBC should open more shows up to indies if it doesn't subsidise Channel 4' - Media - theg…
Morrison said the independent sector needed to be bolstered because of the long-term decline in advertising revenues faced by Channel 4, the only public service broadcaster not to have an in-house production division. Morrison said the BBC had a fight on its hands to preserve the licence fee. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - BBC iPlayer comes to the Sony PlayStation 4
Today BBC iPlayer is being launched on Sony Playstation 4. We have been working with Sony to bring the best possible experience to the device and I hope that PlayStation 4 users will love it. Clear process We specify very clearly what requirements wehave of a new TV or device, referencing industry standards. - link icon  DTG :: News :: BBC News announces two new senior appointments
Jonathan Munro is to be Head of Newsgathering, in charge of the day-to-day activity and deployments of all journalists working to network news based at home and abroad. Previously Deputy Editor at ITV News, he brings a wealth of experience to the role. DTG Staff 29.11.2013 Links open in a new window. - link icon  DTG :: News :: BBC signs Memorandum of Understanding with open internet organisations
These agreements will enable closer collaboration between the BBC and each of the four organisations on a range of mutual interests, including the release of structured open data and the use of open standards in web development. One aim of this agreement is to give clear technical standards and models to organisations who want to work with the BBC and give those using the internet a deeper understanding of the technologies involved. Through this and other initiatives, the BBC aims to be a catalyst for open innovation by publishing clear technical standards, models, expertise and, where feasible, data. - link icon  BBC - Media Centre - Tony Hall - Voice of the Listener Viewer Conference
As you can see, next year is going to be very special. One of my most vivid memories of the BBC from my childhood was that extraordinary series The Great War, 26 episodes of riveting testimony from men and women who had lived through years of conflict. Fifty years on from that landmark series, we want 2014 to be a chance for us all to learn something new about a war we think we know so well and a chance to engage a new generation with those extraordinary times. - link icon  Radio Today - Vaizey confirms no imminent DAB switchover
The DAB switchover debate hit the Commons again this week, with an adjournment debate ahead of an official announcement by the Government due on December 16th. Cheryl Gillan said DAB is fundamentally the wrong platform for local radio stations at this time due to the coverage difference from FM. Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries Ed Vaizey responded. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Ofcom proposes to approve first improved 'text relay' service
Ofcom today took a step towards improving telephone calls for disabled consumers by proposing to approve BT's enhanced text relay service. Text relay is a vital service as it enables people with hearing and/or speech impairments to communicate with others via the telephone. A relay assistant acts as an intermediary to convert speech to text and vice versa for the two people in conversation. -

Wednesday 27 November 2013, PM link icon  London Live strikes first deals with major indies - 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  Lord Hall paves way for shake-up of Match of the Day after praising Gary Nevilles impact s…
In a speech in London, Lord Hall expressed admiration for the on-camera skills of the former Manchester United player, who has been credited for bringing fresh insight into expert football analysis since joining Sky two years ago. Lord Halls lauding of broadcasting rivals, came in an address to the Voice of the Listener Viewer Conference. We need to be less British about saying what you get for 40p a day, he said. - link icon  Ariel - Make more aggressive case for BBC, says DG at VLV conference
27 November 2013 Last updated at 1700 Tony Hall said the BBC should be 'more aggressive' in making its argument for the licence fee and should use its own airwaves to do it. He believed it needed to be 'less British' about trumpeting just how much people actually get from the broadcaster for just 40p per day. The director general was speaking at a conference organised for the 30th anniversary of the Voice of the Listener and Viewer. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Comux to provide s studio-to-transmitter monitoring for local DTT explosion…
Comux UK, the community-owned business operating the new local TV broadcasting platform, has implemented Techex's Spotlight software to deliver integrated monitoring services. Polling over 1,000 different monitoring parameters, Spotlight helps Comux's MCR operators see the status of the core broadcast network from one screen, allowing faults to be quickly identified without referencing multiple systems. - link icon  BBC chief wants corporation to be 'less British' defending the licence fee - Media - thegu…
Hall indicated that the BBC would be more assertive than in the past in fighting its corner and should not be afraid to use its TV, radio and online services to promote its cause. His comments come ahead of what is certain to be a long and bitterly fought lobbying battle to secure renewal of the royal charter agreement, setting out the BBC's scope and remit, and 3.6bn-a-year licence fee funding deal with the government. Both agreements run until the end of 2016, but critics of the BBC, including Tory party chairman Grant Shapps, have already argued that the corporation must reform its ways if it is to retain its current levels of funding. - link icon  4oD launches on the NOW TV Box
Its available alongside flexible pay-as-you-go access to must-see sport, the latest movies you missed at the cinema and the TV shows everyones talking about. - link icon  BBC4 executive defends channel after David Dimbleby questions future - Media - theguardian…
BBC4 has had its budget cut as part of the corporations 700m Delivering Quality First cost-saving initiative. Among BBC4's programmes will be two shows dissecting the human hand and the human foot. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. - link icon  BT YouViewers can now record internet channels - PC Advisor
A software update for BT's Humax YouView box now allows it to record internet channels in the same way as regular aerial ones. This will be a phased roll-out managed by BT so some customers will get it today/tonight and the rest will get it in due course. Users can still record two channels at the same time, regardless of whether they are internet channels or broadcast channels. - link icon  Al Jazeera English available in HD Freeview - Press Office - Al Jazeera English
It is the first time anywhere in the world that the channel is available in HD. Providing this on Freeview HD showcases these news and programmes at their very best. The launch will be phased withtransmitter sites being switched in major population areas between 26th November 2013 and June 2014. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Al Jazeera English available in HD Freeview
Al Jazeera English HD has launched on Freeview. It is the first time anywhere in the world that the channel is available in HD. DTG Staff 27.11.2013 Links open in a new window. -

Tuesday 26 November 2013, PM link icon  Grimsby's Estuary TV makes television history - Media - The Guardian
Without the big budgets of the national stations, who also snap up their best talent, without large audiences, without even very much to talk about, local broadcasters have always tended to look, well, a bit quaint. The coalition government, however, is keen on quaintness or decentralisation, as it is also known and so this afternoon sees the birth of a litter of new local television stations, beginning where else Channel 879 on Virgin cable, in fact, in case you've missed it. They know what they are doing, therefore. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Comux switches on the local TV Digital Transmission Network
Estuary TV's schedule kicks off with a local news show at 5.40 pm on Channel 8. A further 18 stations across the UK are preparing to go to air before the end of 2014, and an additional 28 are set to launch in the second phase in 2014/15. Comux's business model for sustainable local TV infrastructure is based on local ownership and profit sharing. -

Tuesday 26 November 2013, AM link icon  Local TV goes live - News - Broadcast
Local TV will today launch on Freeview channel eight in Grimsby as Estuary TV is pushed live. Estuary TV was one of the first local television operators to be awarded a 12-year licence by Ofcom last year under former culture secretary Jeremy Hunt’s broadcasting vision. - link icon  Cord Cutters And The Death Of TV - Business Insider

Monday 25 November 2013, PM link icon  UK ad spend set to hit record £14bn - Media -
UK ad spend is set to reach nearly 14bn in 2013, fuelled by the huge growth in digital revenues. Group M has more than doubled its UK ad spend growth projection for 2013, from 3.3 six months ago to 7 and also upped it growth forecast for next year, from 3.5 to 6, when the total is expected to hit 14.8bn. Digital will make up almost 50 of total UK ad spend in 2014, Group M is forecasting, reaching 7bn. - link icon  This is Grimsby calling! Another cultural breakthrough beside the Humber as Estuary TV goe…
After years of being lampooned by Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci's portrayal of the hapless Alan Partridge, local broadcasting is set for a transformation. The added reach means the network has a potential audience of 270,000 homes. The team behind the channel have experience in local broadcasting going back to 1998, which is why Grimsby was chosen by Ofcom to be the first station in the network to launch. - link icon  informitv - World Television Day
On the United Nations official World Television Day, some fifteen years after the start of digital television transmissions, many countries have already switched to digital. ITU research shows that 55 of the estimated 1.4 billion households worldwide with a television receive a digital signal, compared to just 30 in 2008. Over half of television homes worldwide now have a pay-television subscription. - link icon  Estuary TV channel set for launch - Journalism News from HoldtheFrontPage
The long-awaited rollout of local TV services in towns and cities in the UK will get under way tomorrow. Estuary TV is set to launch in Grimsby and is the first of 19 local TV stations due to go on air over the next year. Itwas given a pre-launch boost when government minister Ed Vaizey, government minister for culture, communications and creative industries,visited theGrimsbystation last week to see the new policy on local TV in action. -

Monday 25 November 2013, AM link icon  CBeebies named best channel at kids Baftas - 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  Doctor Who one of biggest shows in the world, says BBC following simulcast - Television ra…
Over the weekend 8,000 fans of the programme Whovians, many in costume attended a convention to mark the anniversary at the Excel centre in east London. -

Saturday 23 November 2013, AM link icon  BBC - Blogs - Internet blog - What's on BBC Red Button - 23-29 November
As Doctor Who celebrates 50 years, go behind the lens on the years most anticipated television drama. Plus this week you can catch up with the BBC Introducing festival, celebrating the top music acts of tomorrow. Sports fans can tune in to rugby action and watch highlights from the Brazil Grand Prix. - link icon  Almost quarter of shareholders at BSkyB oppose chief's £7m pay - Media - The Guardian
Almost 23 voted against BSkyB's remuneration report with a further 0.6 abstaining, which is often viewed as a protest vote after several shareholder advisory services flagged concerns over the way top executives are paid. Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox voted its 39 stake in favour of the pay deal meaning that of the independent shareholders who voted, some 42 opposed the pay plans. Darroch took more than 7m in overall remuneration and share award payouts in the year to the end of June, including a maximum bonus of 1.9m, totalling about eight times his base salary. -

Friday 22 November 2013, PM link icon  Robbie Williams: BBC Radio 4 listeners won't swing his way - Media -
Robbie Williams BBC Radio 4 listeners don't get the point. Some of its listeners think not after Williams was featured in the new series of Radio 4 music programme, Mastertapes, talking about his first solo album. Except, Radio 1 has plenty of speech, so why shouldn't Radio 4 occasionally have music - link icon  Talking TV: Doctor Who, Derren Brown and diversity - News - Broadcast
Talking TV is available on SoundCloud below and can also be downloaded on iTuneshere. - link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - Listening to the listeners: Radio Cymru announces new schedu…
To be honest they went beyond views about the voices and names of Radio Cymru. People were saying that something fundamental had been lost in the relationship between the station and its audience and this needed to be addressed. Radio Cymrus presenters and voices, like all other radio stations, will come and go. - link icon  Doctor Who takes on new dimension with 3D 50th anniversary episode - Media Monkey - Media …
It will also be the BBC's last 3D broadcast, for three years at least, after it called time on the third dimension, blaming a lack of appetite among viewers. If any audience can be assumed to be early adopters, then it's surely that for Doctor Who, which is among the most requested programmes in the history of the BBC iPlayer more than 100m, since you ask. Most popular episode of all was The Eleventh Hour series five, episode one, the first full episode with Matt Smith with nearly 3m requests. - link icon  Ariel - Is the BBC’s out-of-London focus delivering?
Production outside of London - not just in northern England - was a key theme at the festival, which was previously called the Nations and Regions conference. -

Friday 22 November 2013, AM link icon  BBC - Blogs - About the BBC - Taking the Doctor to the next dimension
Were excited enough about the special 50thanniversary programme itself. So with the time ticking away to the Time Lords return, its time for me to give you the latest advice on how best to watch it in 3D. Many people across the BBC, our suppliers and the TV operators we partner with worked hard to bring this experiment to fruition. - link icon  Ariel - BBC gives Birmingham a £23m boost
21 November 2013 Last updated at 1215 Nearly 70 jobs will move from London to Birmingham as the director general threw the Mailbox a 23m lifeline. Tony Hall told teams on Thursday that the Midlands headquarters - left bruised and half-empty after 2012's exodus of programmes to Bristol and Salford - would become a centre for new skills and digital innovation. The first phase of his plans, which will also see seven jobs move from Salford, include the relocation to Birmingham of the Upfront induction course and digital arts forum The Space. - link icon  DTG :: News :: at800 appoints Ben Roome as CEO
Roome has been a member of at800's management team since the company's launch in March this year, and is being promoted from his current role of director of marketing and communications. Prior to joining at800, he was global head of press relations at the Finnish-German joint venture Nokia Siemens Networks. Roome will lead at800 as it continues with its objective to ensure UK viewers can still watch Freeview, or are offered a suitable alternative, as 4G at 800 MHz signals go live across the country. -

Wednesday 20 November 2013, PM link icon  David Dimbleby gets it wrong too - the BBC isn't a threat to local papers - Media - thegua…
Now David Dimbleby appears to have taken leave of his senses. He has joined the home secretary, Theresa May, in claiming that the BBC's online news is encroaching unfairly on local newspapers. On the local front, as I reported here and here, the evidence of BBC encroachment is non-existent. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Report: 24% of youths binge watch TV series
Consumer research company Voxburner has revealed its latest report, looking at the digital content habits of young people. The report showed that that a quarter 24 of 16-24s download a TV series and binge watch entire seasons in one sitting, whilst 52 say they watch at least two episodes at a time. Almost half of young people 44 use paid for streaming services to watch or download films and tv programmes. -