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Friday 19 December 2014, PM link icon  ISSUU - Broadcasting by Lyonsdown
Business Reporter Broadcasting TV wars Let battle commence BT vs Sky -

Friday 19 December 2014, AM link icon  Sky should continue to be forced to make sport available to other platforms
Media regulator Ofcom has said Sky should continue to be forced to make its sports channels available to other platforms but said it was quotLess clearquot that the same obligation should be extended to its rival BT. Ofcom said Sky039s dominance of live Premier League football, where it has more than 75 of the rights and 80 of the market revenues, meant other pay-TV retailers would be harmed if it limited distribution of Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2. quotGiven Sky039s continued strong market position, Ofcom is seeking views on its assessment that if there was limited distribution by Sky of its key sports content, competition between pay-TV retailers may be harmed. - link icon  The great DAB digital radio station reshuffle: what\'s changing?
A516digital provides an overview of the developments and a guide of what039s changing for listenersBauer Media, owners of stations including Absolute Radio, Kiss and Magic are shuffling their DAB stations around London039s Magic is going nationwide on DAB, while Absolute Radio 90s moves to local DAB in parts of the UK. There039s also changes to the distribution of Absolute Classic Rock, Kerrang, The Hits Radio, plus the roll-out of the Kiss Fresh and Kisstory stations in selected areas on local DAB. Rival Global Radio is currently in the process of developing its DAB profile its Smooth Radio network has recently moved to local DAB only, making way for Smooth Extra, launching late December. -

Thursday 18 December 2014, PM link icon  Radio 4 announces partnership with TED Talks
Gwyneth Williams, the controller of Radio 4 BBC. Radio 4 has maintained its average listening age at 55 despite an ageing population. quotShe039s a brilliant modern writer, of course Radio 4 is going to run her new short story collection. It039s fiction and I think we are in a pre-election period. We at Radio 4 will carry on doing the very best that has been thought and said in the world and bring it to air. - link icon  DTG :: News :: DTG Testing reveals challenges facing DTT receivers in White Space networks…
Richard Carlton, associate director of DTG Testing, said quotThe DTG is proud to support Ofcom and the industry through the unique facilities and expert knowledge of DTG Testing, and the work of the Dynamic Spectrum Access Forum. DTG Testing039s research is part of an ongoing pilot scheme to test different aspects of dynamic spectrum access, with a further Ofcom report due in early 2015. - link icon  Government should have no role in running of BBC World Service, says John Birt
John Birt, the former director general of the BBC, has said the government should no longer have any say in the running of the World Service after its funding was taken over by the BBC. Birt said it was a quotNonsensequot that the Foreign Office still had a role in the running of the global broadcaster and said it should be quotTaken out of the equationquot. quotOne of the biggest changes in the BBC039s history took place without any public debate, a piece of skulduggery in the middle of the night,quot he told a conference on the future of BBC current affairs at London039s City University on Thursday. - link icon  BBC iPlayer Radio for Tablet - Android Apps on Google Play
App will run on v2.3.3 and above. The app will scale for any screen size but is optimum at small to medium screens. - link icon  BBC current affairs not doing enough to explain difficult issues, says John Birt
Birt, who brought his quotMission to explainquot approach to current affairs from LWT when he joined the BBC as deputy director general and director of news in 1987, said the BBC039s on-air current affairs presence had been progressively dismantled. In order to restore its effectiveness, he called on James Harding, director of BBC news and current affairs, to be willing to quotTake on battles with other people in the BBCquot. However, Birt said the major part of Harding039s BBC News division, the day-to-day news operation, was quotIn really good shape as good as it039s ever beenquot. - link icon  BBC News boss denies Panorama will be hived off into separate production unit
Longer investigations were not particularly suited for outsourcing, he said, adding the weekly show was an essential part quotOf BBC news and current affairs and not part of an independent separate ,quot he said in a wide-ranging speech at a conference on the future of the BBC at London039s City University on Thursday. Harding said the scale of the job cuts had made quotMany people in the BBC news department unhappyquot but that efficiencies were necessary ahead of a year which will bring a general election and licence fee negotiations. - link icon  \'Electromagnetic smog\' unlikely to harm humans
The researchers found no magnetic field effects in the various reactions studied. Further potential mechanisms of action will need to be studied before drawing firm conclusions on the risk presented by mobile phones, power lines and other sources of weak magnetic fields. -

Thursday 18 December 2014, AM link icon  Premier Christian Radio to be \'evicted\' from digital radio
quotMr Miliband told Premier todayquotI know the importance of Premier Radio. Peter Kerridge, CEO of Premier Christian Radio, said quotDespite months of negotiations with Arqiva, we have been unable to secure the renewal of our Digital One licence. But we still hope and pray for a last minute reprieve from eviction from the national network. - link icon  ITV suffers 2014 ratings woes
ITV is on course to suffer the most marked ratings declines of all the major broadcasters in 2014 as the World Cup failed to prevent its audience dropping 8%. -

Wednesday 17 December 2014, PM link icon  North Yorkshire DAB multiplex officially launched
Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy said quotI welcome today039s big switch-on in York and wish BBC Radio York, Stray FM and Minster FM great success on DAB. The future of radio is digital and this is part of a major expansion of DAB digital radio coverage across the UK.quot. Ford Ennals, CEO Digital Radio UK said quotThis is a big day for radio and for North Yorkshire. From today over 600,000 listeners will be able to receive their favourite local stations on DAB for the first time. -

Tuesday 16 December 2014, PM link icon  Senior Treasury official Sharon White to step into top Ofcom job
quotSharon brings with her an outstanding combination of intellect, political acumen and experience leading complex public organisations,quot said Ofcom039s Chairman, Dame Patricia Hodgson. quotThe Ofcom Board is confident that Sharon will provide the leadership and vision to ensure Ofcom continues to promote a thriving communications sector in the UK that operates in the public interest. - link icon  Sharon White appointed as chief executive of Ofcom
Ofcom has appointed Sharon White, a senior Treasury official overseeing the UK039s spending cuts, as its new chief executive. Waiting in White039s inbox will be the inquiry into the auction process for Premier League broadcasting rights and a market-impact assessment into the proposed closure of BBC3. Well-regarded for her economic nous, White039s impressive CV covers 25 years in the public sector and government, including spells in the British embassy in Washington DC, at the World Bank and as director general in the Department for International Development. -

Monday 15 December 2014, PM link icon  Coba: ITV receives 87m PSB benefit | News | Broadcast
ITV’s public service broadcaster status is worth at least £87m, according to a Commercial Broadcasters Association (Coba) report published to coincide with the launch of Ofcom’s PSB review. The Costs and Benefits of the C3 Licences report analysed the benefits received by the broadcaster compared to the costs of maintaining its public service broadcaster remit. It found that ITV’s prevalence in the EPG on slot three, coupled with its privileged access to spectrum was worth £161m.-

Sunday 14 December 2014, PM link icon  Media Monkey looks ahead to what\'s in store for the industry in 2015
May Far more gripping than the poll itself on 7 May is the on-screen stand-off in Channel 4039s election-night broadcast between Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow, 67, and upstart new signing Jeremy Paxman, 64 - a tussle Autumnwatch fans compare to stags rutting. One such story prompts extraordinary scenes as Humphrys descends, mike in hand, to the BBC newsroom in pursuit of the man making the decision, news supremo James Harding. - link icon  From Mary Berry to Xbox Studios, the big winners and losers of 2014
The two programmes won a Radio Academy special award, with LBC039s Tom Swarbrick also claiming a Radio Academy gold as national journalist of the year. Yes, that039s national radio - in February, after years of being London039s Biggest Conversation, the station went UK-wide on DAB under new branding as Leading Britain039s Conversation. - link icon  Muxco\'s North Wales multiplex officially launched
Four radio stations - BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Wales, Capital and Smooth will be available on DAB in addition to analogue, whilst two additional stations, Nation Radio and Nation Hits, will be available for the first time in the area only on DAB digital radio. Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy said quotI welcome today039s big switch-on in North West Wales and wish BBC Radio Cymru, BBC Radio Wales, Capital, Smooth, Nation Radio and Nation Hits great success on DAB. The future of radio is digital and this is part of a major expansion of DAB digital radio coverage across the UK.quot. -

Thursday 11 December 2014, AM link icon  RTE\'s ending of long wave transmission
Reception of RTEacute One on long wave such as BBC Radio 4 provides simple-to-tune long-range coverage free from co-channel interference experienced on medium wave using simple portable equipment like a transistor radio or car radio. RTEacute should reflect on the benefits of continuing the transmission on long wave by running it in parallel with DAB and FM transmissions. - link icon  Sky considers withdrawal of Now TV from YouView
A Sky spokesman said quotWe are committed to giving YouView customers the full Now TV experience and have been working with YouView management to achieve this. A spokesman for YouView insisted its partnership with Sky was quotOngoing and both parties are committed to the relationshipquot. -

Wednesday 10 December 2014, PM link icon  Twitter reaction to BBC3\'s online plans: Brooker and Herring weigh in
Twitter seized on two strands of today039s proposals - the twin pillars of quotMake me laughquot and quotMake me thinkquot around which the new BBC3039s content will be based. The imminent devise of Snog Marry Avoid wasn039t about to change anyone039s minds, either the best thing about BBC3 or the worst. - link icon  Snog, marry, axe: BBC3\'s factual entertainment shows to go in move to online
A BBC Trust report earlier this year warned that younger viewers and the black, Asian and minority ethnic audience were tuning out of BBC TV faster than other sections of the population. quotBy proposing to move BBC3 online we can avoid reducing drama spend to what I think are unacceptable levels on BBC1.quotBut Hall said the digital opportunities afforded by the new-look BBC3 could be a quotPathfinder for the whole BBC, searching out new ways to engage the audience and learn through this process to set a new strategic direction for the BBCquot.The BBC refused to give any indication how much money would be spent on marketing the new online-only service. -

Wednesday 10 December 2014, AM link icon  Global to launch Heart Extra and more digital stations
The first new service, Smooth Extra, launches on December 27th and is a replacement for Smooth Radio which is available on most local multiplexes in the UK. Ashley Tabor, founder executive president of Global, said quotNow is a really exciting time as DAB digital radio gathers pace. Global is committing significant investment in the D1 digital platform the only national commercial DAB multiplex with near true national coverage. We039re launching new digital only stations, all of which are brand extensions, and thus extending some of our most loved brands nationally on digital radio. He continued quotWe039re also continuing to invest heavily in local DAB coverage, adding coverage for our core brands, Heart, Capital and Smooth. We want all our listeners to be able to enjoy their local stations on DAB as well as our national ones. - link icon  Yentob leads the BBC fightback: we\'re being smeared for exposing Fake Sheikh
In an interview with The Independent, the BBC039s creative director also denied accusations of ingrained left-wing bias at the BBC, most recently made in the wake of coverage of George Osborne039s Autumn Statement, citing this week039s decision by veteran BBC producer Paul Lambert to join Ukip. At a vital moment for the BBC, when its future funding model is under threat, Mr Yentob said he was convinced that quotThe licence fee is the best way to fund the BBCquot and that the organisation would prove its worth. - link icon  Bad science reporting blamed on exaggerations in university press releases
quotAlthough it is common to blame media outlets and their journalists for news perceived as exaggerated, sensationalised, or alarmist, our principle findings were that most of the inflation detected in our study did not occur de novo in the media but was already present in the text of the press release produced by academics and their establishments,quot the researchers write in the BMJ. To their surprise, the researchers also found that an exaggerated press release did not have a greater chance of media coverage and they failed to find that caveats in a press release - which were rare and included in only about one in 10 releases - decreased the chances of a study being covered by a news outlet. quotSome exaggeration will creep in and we039re not going to blame the press offices for doing their job. A lot of academics don039t engage with a press release,quot he said. - link icon  We must resist political pressure
8 December 2014 Last updated at 1507 James Harding has hit back at Conservative party criticism of BBC News coverage of the Autumn Statement, insisting that reporting had been balanced and that the BBC had to hold the Chancellor to account. Like any news organisation, the BBC makes mistakes, he admitted 039No doubt, in the hurly burly of the election campaign in the coming months, we will make some. - link icon  Longer BBC regional evening TV news for election
9 December 2014 Last updated at 0116 The BBC039s late evening TV news bulletins in the English regions are to be extended in the run-up to the general election in May next year. BBC director of news James Harding said the change will allow the campaign to be followed quotEver more closelyquot. - link icon  Hunt for new views must be \'perpetual\'
The publication, which included an update from the BBC, welcomed the decision by BBC News to give responsibility to a news editor and deputy for featuring a wide range of voices across coverage of major and long-running stories. Regular 039big story039 meetings, chaired by the director of news, and talks by BBC experts are also helping news producers to challenge assumptions on various stories, pointed out the BBC. On Europe, the trust noted the corporation039s 039unmediated coverage039 of EU proceedings on BBC Parliament and Democracy Live and the 039invaluable resource039 offered by the Europe section of the BBC News website. - link icon  The TV is dead, long live television
You don039t have to be ancient to remember when possession of the remote control was the source of great family resentment when you were forced to watch University Challenge as a child because the only alternative was your homework, and your sister was monopolising the landline when Christmas involved a great deal of planning and negotiation to ensure you didn039t miss the Top of the Pops Christmas Special or get stuck watching the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures while your dad shushed you constantly. Freed by a tablet or smartphone I039d have been able to watch loads of tutorials on early 90s make-up, and my dad could have discussed physics with people who were actually interested. -

Monday 08 December 2014, PM link icon  Number of UK homes with TV falls for first time
quotThe way consumers interact with their TV, phone and broadband is changing as fast as technology is evolving,quot said Ed Richards, the chief executive of Ofcom. quotOfcom has a major programme of work to assess how to support the needs of SMEs,quot the regulator said. -

Monday 08 December 2014, AM link icon  BBC News boss hits back at government criticism
James Harding has argued that BBC News will be “undeterred” in holding politicians to account following government anger over its autumn statement coverage. The corporation’s director of news and current affairs used a blog to address right-wing press headlines and criticism from chancellor George Osborne, who labelled coverage of spending cuts “hyperbolic” last week.. - link icon  Gideon Spanier: Why Britain\'s telecom companies are expanding into media operations
Offering a bundle of services - triple play or quad play - is not new for the telecoms industry and it has had mixed results in the past. The challenge for BT and Vodafone, with their much larger subscriber bases, is can quad play become a mass phenomenon Enders cites industry figures that show Britons do not have a history of taking all four services from one provider - unlike in, say, Germany and Spain. -

Sunday 07 December 2014, PM link icon…
- link icon  Service review: BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 4 Extra, BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio 5 live Spor…
The purpose of this consultation is to get the views of listeners to the BBC039s network radio services that provide mainly speech Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra, Radio 5 live and Radio 5 live Sports Extra. You will be asked a series of questions about the BBC039s speech radio services, namely Radio 4. - link icon  RadioAnalyzer moves into the UK and Ireland
RadioAnalyzer describes itself as a business intelligence tool for radio, that analyses how listeners react when they are tuned-in to radio, using quotBig dataquot techniques. Info quotEndre is a seasoned radio pro who has been living in the UK for a few years and has a good network in the industry. His vision for radio is similar to ours, so it is a cooperation we are really looking forward to. - link icon  BBC strikes back in battle over \'bias\'
With even some senior Tories surprised by the reporting of the story by the right-wing press - there has been no official complaint against Smith039s report - all the battle does is underline the fact that if the Tories really have gone to war with the BBC, some of the party039s most effective generals would have been featured in the newspapers themselves. One BBC insider pointed out the irony of a double page spread in the Mail on Friday whose huge headline quotFury at BBC039s doom-mongersquot included a story about the experts warning of the quotColossalquot size of the cuts needed, just the thing Smith was talking about when he talked about the quotBook of doomquot. - link icon  George Osborne\'s BBC attack branded \'seriously unacceptable\'
Ben Bradshaw, the former culture secretary, said Osborne was trying to scare the BBC and warned it was part of a wider drive by Conservatives to intimidate the public broadcaster before voters go to the polls next May. The MP, who is a member of the House of Commons culture, media and sport committee said the BBC needed to stand firm against such accusations of bias because the level of political aggression directed against the public service broadcaster ahead of the election was quotGoing to get worsequot. In an interview shortly afterwards on BBC Radio 4039s Today programme, Osborne accused the BBC of allowing quotTotally hyperbolicquot reporting about his spending plans and conjuring up bogus images of the 1930s slump. - link icon  iPlayer gets 30-day download window in time for Christmas
TV is undoubtedly king at Christmas and the arrival of BBC iPlayer on Xbox One gives viewers even more choice on how they watch,039 said head of BBC iPlayer Dan Taylor-Watt. The latest figures for October show that while just over half of requests for TV programmes were from people wanting to watch on smartphones and tablets, a quarter now come from BBC iPlayer on connected TVs, including games consoles - edging ahead of computer requests for the first time. - link icon  BBC3: plans submitted for channel\'s closure in 2015
The BBC Trust has now received the detail of proposals from the BBC executive to close BBC3 as a broadcast channel and re-invent it as an online-only proposition,quot said the BBC Trust in a statement on Friday. The plans, which will be discussed at the BBC Trust039s final meeting of the year on 17 December, also include proposals to use the bandwidth freed up by axing the BBC3 TV channel to launch a BBC1 service and extend the hours for children039s channel CBBC. They also include proposals for enhancing BBC iPlayer. - link icon  Gigaom
Israel-based video startup Vidmind is getting ready to unveil the second generation of its Android-based set-top box at IBC this week, and the device comes with a twist Vidmind is selling its box to generation of internet-centric TV operators, offering them a combination of broadcast over-the-air TV and online streaming. That039s why Vidmind plans to also build a version of its set-top box capable of receiving U.S. broadcast TV, which could be used by used by operators looking to launch a new generation of TV services. -

Thursday 04 December 2014, PM link icon  DTG :: News :: ECC consults on 700MHz technical framework
The draft decision provides a common technical framework for those countries which decide to implement mobile networks in the 700 MHz frequency range in the shorter term, providing confidence for manufacturers to meet the market demand across Europe. However, this decision is not being positioned as an allocation measure to designate the frequencies for a single purpose in all 48 CEPT member countries. However, even if such a move were agreed it would inevitably take time to become fully effective across all of Europe, given the differences of the market conditions across the EU28, and the time that would be taken to negotiate and complete the numerous rearrangements of television services which currently occupy these frequencies. - link icon  Repeat after me: Mirror goes hyperbolic over Christmas TV schedules | Media | The Guardian…
Christmas of TV re-runs on page 27, the Mirror splashes on 63 of Xmas TV will be repeats, with a turn to most of page five. Given that the vast majority of the UKs hundreds of digital channels show almost nothing repeats, the amount of airtime they account for on any given day is probably north of 90 full disclosure this is Monkeys back-of-a-fag-packet estimate, rather than the result of exhaustive research. Bravo, Daily Mirror - a stone-cold classic of the genre. -

Thursday 04 December 2014, AM link icon  BBC fights back against Sun editorial -
The BBC has issued a rebuttal to two Sun editorials on their website and on Twitter. The line-by-line graphic shows recent Sun editorials, with a response from the BBC. This type of post is unusual from the BBC, who normally issue a short statement. -

Wednesday 03 December 2014, PM link icon  Bay TV Liverpool makes splash as it takes to the air on Freeview Channel 8 > TV Series and…
Published Wed 03 Dec 2014 1410 The new local TV station for Liverpool launches this week promising a bold new approach to coverage of news, sport, business, entertainment and features. The channel will burst onto the airwaves with the Big Bay Launch show starting at 5.30pm on Thursday 4th December. Bay TV Liverpool will be on air each day from 6am to 11pm, reaching more than 930,000 homes across the Liverpool City Region and beyond. -

Wednesday 03 December 2014, AM link icon  BBC Trust begins another review of Radio 4 5 live | RadioToday
Radio 4 and 4 Extra were last reviewed by the Trust in 2011, and 5 live and 5 live sports extra were reviewed in 2012. The review will look at how well the radio stations are serving audiences, whether they are delivering high quality, distinctive programmes and content, and whether they are delivering value for money. Audience views are being sought on Radio 4s provision of news, current affairs, drama and comedy, and its use of digital technology. - link icon  Sweden to switch off FM -
In Stockholm yesterday it was announced that Sweden will be turning off FM radio within the next ten years. As in other countries contemplating switchoff, there are a set of conditions for the industry to hit, including a coverage requirement and a 50 digital radio reach figure. The UK has already hit a 50 digital radio reach figure - 51.2 now listens to digital radio every week however, the Swedish target is a daily reach figure which will be harder to hit. -

Tuesday 02 December 2014, PM link icon  VisionTV expands Freeview line-up | Advanced Television
TV technology specialist Vision247 has extended to the number of channels that it is streaming via the FreeviewHD service to include new channels focused on news, shopping and religion. These will join more than 20 other news, sport and lifestyle channels freely available in the UK on channel 244 via a connected FreeviewHD service. Best Direct is a shopping channel that offers a variety of home, kitchen, fitness, health and beauty, and DIY products directly to consumers at a reduced cost. -

Tuesday 02 December 2014, AM link icon  Digital TV Labs HbbTV 2.0 Test Suite | Advanced Television
Additionally, dynamic advert insertion tests will be included. The test suite shall be utilised by iDTV and STB manufacturers to ensure conformance with the technical requirements. These test suites form part of the Ligada iSuite for HbbTV product range which is used by over 90 per cent of manufacturers globally, by market share. -

Monday 01 December 2014, PM link icon  BBC News - Why are people charged for 'landline rental'?
Once upon a time owning a landline telephone was the only way to make instant contact with people outside your home. The rise of mobile phones, now used by 93 of the population, means fewer calls are made from landlines. By the first quarter of this year, 16 of UK homes no longer made landline calls, according to the industry watchdog Ofcom. - link icon  Ofcom visits Castle FM to turn off transmitter | RadioToday
Ofcom has visited Castle FMs unauthorised transmission site in Edinburgh to turn off its transmitter. The incident happened after Ofcom recorded breaches by the station, including failure to provide the licensed service. The station was on notice that if similar compliance issues arose in future, further regulatory action could be taken. -

Monday 01 December 2014, AM link icon  BBC News - How will the 5G network change the world?
They say 5G will be different - very different. So, how best to understand this joined-up, superfast, all-encompassing 5G network Radio waves are split up into bands - or ranges - of different frequencies. - link icon  Inside the BBC's visual journalism unit - Digiday
The unit comprises of 10 online journalists, 10 online designers, 10 developers and around 50 TV designers a setup that epitomizes the need for inter-disciplinary skill sets for TV and Web output. When the unit was established after the 2012 Olympic Games, Farnsworth said one of the key requirements was to help its various team members understand each others capabilities. The unit continues to promote awareness of its team members capabilities and train them up to collaborate better. -

Sunday 30 November 2014, PM link icon…
After the Sun broke the story of David Mellors cab rant in its splash on Tuesday, for most papers it gave columnists material but dropped down the news agenda. Any connection, Monkey wonders, to the fact that Mellor is the classical music reviewer of the hated Mail on Sunday, the daily papers sister title but one with which it conducts Fleet Streets most entertaining feud The pieces scheduled are all by men, no woman has ever conducted the annual gig and the chances of a woman soloist are pretty slim, given that all the orchestras 16 divisions bar the harpists are headed by blokes. - link icon  BBC plays high stakes with 6 Music roulette | Media | The Guardian
In the battle over the future of the BBC, which can at times feel like a civil war, the economists are often seen as the Roundheads arguing for change against the Cavaliers confessing undying loyalty to the institution itself, whatever the cost. Last week, those at the top of the BBC presented themselves as a newish model of Cromwellian efficiency. The bulk of them have come from shrewd property decisions hello 200m from the sale of Television Centre at White City rather than job cuts although staff numbers have apparently fallen 12 to 18,500 in the past seven years. - link icon  Wave of merger mania could change the face of UK telecoms industry | Business | The Observ…
Convergence has come to our mobile phones, laptops and TV screens and now it is the turn of Britains fragmented communications industry. BT revealed last week that it was considering buying the mobile network O2, and is also in early-stage talks with the UKs largest network, EE. Investment bankers are alert to the prospect that BTs dive back into mobile, 13 years after spinning off the company that became O2, will trigger copycat mergers across the telecoms and pay-TV sector. -

Thursday 27 November 2014, PM link icon  Ariel - More cuts 'will impact services'
27 November 2014 Last updated at 1602 Today's well-trailed report into efficiency at the BBC concludes that the organisation is doing a lot more for less but is now running out of options to make savings that won't 'diminish' programmes and services. It confirms that since the start of the current charter the BBC has made annual savings of 1.1 billion - mainly through property rationalisation, savings in procurement and staff cuts - and is on track to deliver 1.5 billion by 2016/17. That proportion is expected to rise to 50 in the final years of these programmes. - link icon  BBC set for additional 400m GBP cuts | News | Broadcast
The BBC faces fresh cuts of £400m across the next two years that will take total savings by 2016/17 to £1.5bn. Programming spend is being hit by the new cuts, which follow £1.1 billion of earlier savings. The total £1.5 billion figure encompasses savings from all of the BBC’s efficiency programmes since 2007, including Delivering Quality First (DQF). The figures were revealed as part of a report that was ordered earlier this year by director general Tony Hall, which claims that the efficiency drive compares favourably with other organisations, including the government. -

Thursday 27 November 2014, AM link icon  NAPA boss says BBC should buy news from agencies rather than 'call centre' local newspaper…
The suggestion follows news from BBC head of news James Harding earlier this month that the corporation is investigating ways to buy content from local newspapers. Unlike newspapers, magazines, websites and broadcasters who are subsidised by advertising or licence fee, press agencies have to pay their own way to provide the most important stories of the day compiled to the best possible standard and more often than not with a picture package included. Our media partners on the UK national papers or magazines know that if they want a reporter on the ground anywhere in the country, they simply need to find the agency that covers that patch. - link icon…
IPTV News Hi Ben can you begin by telling us about the origins of at800. Whos involved, and how did it come about Ben Roome at800s formation was directed by the government as a pre-condition of the 800 MHz 4G mobile spectrum auction. -

Wednesday 26 November 2014, PM link icon  Ariel - Newsround ties up rules for vloggers
26 November 2014 Last updated at 1616 A Newsround investigation has forced clarification of the rules around product promotion in online videos. The advertising watchdog advised Newsround reporter Ricky Boleto and assistant producer Chris Bailey-Foxx to make a formal complaint if they wanted to take the story further. Audience awareness In response, Mondelez said it was disappointed by the judgement but would not show the videos again. - link icon  More transmitters added to local DAB multiplexes | RadioToday
It takes the indoor coverage of the Herts, Beds and Bucks multiplex from 67.69 720,109 of households to 88.60 915,600 and from 81.49 1,205km of major roads to 89.50 1,324km. The new transmitter is in Lichfield and brings local digital radio to around 200,000 more people in South Derbyshire and into parts of Staffordshire. BBC Radio Derby was promoting the extra coverage last week when one listener rang the station to say she was still having problems. - link icon  DTG :: News :: DTG Testing to create product test suite for next generation connected Free…
The test suite will be used to ensure that trademark licensees meet the technical specifications of the platform and deliver an enhanced viewing experience. The Product Test Suite will cover the user journey including regionalisation, the correct use of broadcast and IP metadata, and correct handling of broadcast signalling. It will ensure device compliance, alongside test materials to demonstrate the correct co-existence of broadcast applications and a metadata test bed to simulate the real-world broadcasting and playout environment. - link icon  UK recording industry seeks review of law allowing fans to copy music | Media | The Guardi…
The UK music industry is seeking a judicial review of new legislation allowing music fans to make copies of legally-purchased music, arguing that musicians must be compensated as a result of lost sales. We fully support the right of the consumer to copy legally bought music for their own personal and private use, but there must be fair compensation for the creators of the music, said Vick Bain, chief executive of Basca. The governmenthas scrapped a law that made it technically illegal for music fans to download a legally-purchased CD onto a laptop, smartphone or MP3 player. - link icon  Jury still out as local TV celebrates its first anniversary | Media | The Guardian
Today marks the first anniversary for the launch of local TV. The publics reception to the channels has been noticeably mixed. For example, STV Glasgow managed to reach an audience of 572,000 viewers in its first month on air in June. -

Tuesday 25 November 2014, PM link icon  Keep extra Freeview HD Channels - e-petitions
This would mean a massive retuning exercise and the probable ending of the extra HD channels recently introduced to about 70 of the population. This change would probably necessitate rendering a lot of equipment obsolete and cause a lot of confusion to those who don't understand TV technology. This petition calls on the Secretary of State to overrule Ofcom and preserve the current Freeview transmission frequencies for the foreseeable future. - link icon  North West Wales DAB digital radio multiplex to launch | RadioToday
Only the BBC services are at 128kpbs, with the commercial stations offering 112kbps, all in stereo. Communicorps Heart North Wales service is not part of the line-up, although it is on the neighbouring Wrexham, Chester and Liverpool multiplex. The multiplex will broadcast from transmitters at Arfon and Conway. - link icon…
Published 251114 This document provides an in-depth study of the findings from the Digital Day 2014 children's consumer research. It focusses on the data from the children's quantitative 3-day diary study, and includes some comparisons to the adults' study. Key findings from the main adults' study were published in August as part of our Communications Market Report 2014. -

Monday 24 November 2014, PM link icon  Ariel - Can't keep on with cuts, says Bulford
24 November 2014 Last updated at 1650 Anne Bulford says the BBC needs to make 400m more annual savings by 2017, but insists that it can't keep on making cuts without repercussions. Speaking in the Sunday Telegraph, the managing director of finance and operations said the BBC had achieved 1.1bn in annual savings since 2007 and was 'on track' to hit 1.5bn by the end of the current charter. 'The conclusions that come through from the report are that we're better run, we're better organised and we're doing more for less,' she told the newspaper. -

Saturday 22 November 2014, PM link icon  a516digital : North Yorkshire's local DAB multiplex set to launch with three services
Local DAB isset to launch in North Yorkshire on the 17th December 2014 with three local radio stations on the launch line-up. Once the multiplex is live, listeners will be able to rescan their DAB digital radios. - link icon  Aereo May Be Dead, But Internet TV Will Live On | WIRED
Its a sad day for Aereo and all those who believed in it. The startup, which allowed people to stream live broadcast television to their computers and mobile devices, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, just months after shutting down operations. Like Uber and Airbnb, Aereo has been one of those companies that bucked regulation from the outset. - link icon  Contributor by Google
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Friday 21 November 2014, PM link icon  TV streaming service Aereo files for bankruptcy | Media |
Television streaming service Aereo Inc filed for bankruptcy protection after a US supreme court ruled in June that the companys business model violated copyright laws. The court said Aereo had infringed copyrights of broadcasters by capturing live and recorded programs through antennas and transmitting them to subscribers for 8-12 a month. Aereo, which raised 95.6m in financing, suspended its streaming service at the end of June and cut jobs. -

Thursday 20 November 2014, PM link icon  WhereToWatch Helps You Find TV Shows and Movies to Stream Legally
Using it is easy, you can just search for a specific title or peruse by show/movie by categories including Most Popular, Coming Soon and Now Playing. In addition, the site also offers some behind-the-scenes footage thanks to content from, and also serves up movie trailers fromYouTube. However, while the platform returns results from on-demand and streaming services, it doesnt include TV listings where the shows might also be playing. - link icon  Local TV licence for Birmingham given to Kaleidoscope after City TV collapse | Media | the…
The local TV licence for Birmingham has been handed to a consortium involving a backer of the company that went into administration earlier this year before launching a service for the city. Kaleidoscope will be required to launch its service by 28 February. He had been named earlier this year as programme controller of City TV. - link icon  VisionTV goes on Freeview
- link icon  Freeview launches autumn ad campaign - Telecompaper
UK subscription free DTT service Freeview is launching an advertising campaign promoting the range of emotions available on programming this autumn. - link icon  BBC radio host says sorry on air for ‘ill-judged’ Ched Evans rape comments | Media | t…
A BBC radio presenter who said women should keep their knickers on while discussing convicted rapist and footballer Ched Evans has apologised on air. Conrad, 29, said I made it clear on several occasions that rape is an abhorrent and inexcusable crime and that women who are victims are in no way to blame. Some of my comments in one section of the discussion were ill-judged and were offensive to some. - link icon  Freeview to lose 700 MHz frequency to help push mobile broadband | SEENIT
The 700 MHz frequency band currently represents a substantial portion of the spectrum used for DTT services but its ability to penetrate homes and buildings makes it ideal for providing reliable indoor broadband services. Demand for mobile broadband is expected to be 45 times higher by 2030 than it is today, according to the regulator. Todays decision means TV channels will need to move to other frequencies but Ofcom says most viewers will only need to retune rather than replace their TV or set top box. - link icon  UK Play launches on PC and YouView ? Digital TV Europe
- link icon  Steve Morrison: give industry control of licence fee | News | Broadcast
All3Media chairman Steve Morrison has made an impassioned plea to safeguard the licence fee and set out a plan for it to be overseen by industry professionals and the public rather than politicians. In a keynote speech at the Salford Media Festival, Morrison lamented the government’s decision to freeze the licence fee and "top-slice" its income by £500m, with funds allocated to the BBC World Service, BT’s broadband rollout and local television, during the previous charter renewal. He said that top-slicing, combined with inflation, would cost the BBC "between 20-25%" of its real income by the end of 2016 and warned this was likely to result in a decrease in the amount the corporation spends on original content, impacting the production sector. - link icon  EE TV review: a decent set-top box with too many strings attached
EE has evolved rapidly since it became a household name two years ago after switching on the UK's first 4G mobile network. Free and available only to customers of EE's mobile and broadband services, it's essentially a Freeview DVR with a few tricks up its sleeve. Tying into EE's primary focus on mobile, one of the fancier features is the box's ability to stream live and recorded video to multiple smartphones and tablets simultaneously. -

Thursday 20 November 2014, AM link icon  BBC News - UK should get 'faster and cheaper' 4G data, says Ofcom
The telecoms regulator has ruled that frequencies currently reserved for digital TV transmissions and wireless microphones should switch over to mobile broadband. It said that the change should happen between 2020 and 2022. One expert said the move would benefit both cities and the countryside. - link icon  Why the public must rally to support the BBC licence fee | Media |
She is right to demand that culture secretary Sajid Javid should support the BBC in order to deflate members of his own party who are seeking to destroy it. It was the only possible conclusion to draw from their call to abolish the licence fee and institute a system of voluntary subscription in its place. The BBC has to take far worse on an almost daily basis. - link icon  Investors oppose James Murdoch's re-election to BSkyB board | Media |
James Murdoch is facing a challenge to his board membership of BSkyB. The Financial Times reports that a group of institutional investors has called for shareholders to vote against Murdochs re-election. It argues that Murdoch had failed to clarify conflicts of interests with his role at 21st Century Fox, Skys biggest shareholder. - link icon  DTG :: News :: Ofcom sets 2020 for next digital TV/mobile broadband spectrum reshuffle
Digital terrestrial TV frequencies could be reshuffled as early as 2020 under Ofcom's latest plan to accommodate rising demand for mobile broadband. Communications regulator Ofcom claims that the move will deliver at least 900m in benefits to the economy, and will cost up to 660m to modify TV transmitters, replace aerials and compensate other users of the spectrum. This decision ensures that we are making the raw materials available with which investors and companies can build the services which will support the digital economy of the future. - link icon  Ariel - Sajid Javid reassures MP on licence fee
'The government has said that the charter review will not be starting in advance of the election in 2015,' Javid adds. In a publicised letter to the culture secretary, Bridgen called for the BBC licence fee to be replaced with a system of voluntary 'subscription-based payment options'. 'Sky is universally available and half choose to subscribe. -

Wednesday 19 November 2014, PM link icon  Ariel - Radio 4 has to 'dazzle' in digital world
18 November 2014 Last updated at 1614 The biggest challenge for Radio 4 is to carve out a 'dazzling digital life' for itself, but that does not mean commissioning digital extras for every programme, says controller Gwyneth Williams. 'Making the digital side of Radio 4 come to life in an exciting way is a tremendous challenge,' she admitted, alongside 'delivering creative content of the highest standard, within budget'. Radio first The fact that, as panel chairman Robin Lustig pointed out, there was 'no radio version of YouTube' was part of that challenge, currently being tackled by 'a lot of very smart people on Radio 4'. - link icon  BBC losing out on hundreds of millions due to international users pirating iPlayer - Onlin…
Its a missed opportunity for the BBC, he said. The report was based on interviews with 170,000 people in 32 countries over the past year and 500,000 since 2009. The BBC said it would not advertise to people who were accessing its services unlawfully. - link icon  BBC continues to switch off local radio AM transmitters | RadioToday
In a new trial to save money, three of the stations are now broadcasting a message asking listeners to re tune to FM or DAB instead. The BBC is required to make savings and one potential way to do this, and maintain value for money, is to switch off medium wave transmitters in those places where FM or digital radio coverage is also available, the corporation said today. At BBC Surrey, all medium wave listening is affected. - link icon  Ofcom chief says regulator has to be involved in politics to function | Media | theguardia…
Ed Richards, the outgoing Ofcom chief executive, has said it would be delusional to think the regulator is not involved in political circles. He also said that it was too easy for media companies to appeal Ofcoms regulatory decisions and on any given week it was defending up to 10 of its rulings in the courts. Richards added that when he joined Ofcom in 2003, it employed 10 lawyers, now it has a team of about 40. - link icon  Ofcom appoints director Steve Unger as interim chief executive | Media |
Ofcom has appointed director Steve Unger to take over as interim chief executive when Ed Richards leaves at the end of the year. Unger is currently director of the media regulators strategy, international, technology and economist group. Unger, like Edwards, joined Ofcom at its inception in 2003. -

Tuesday 18 November 2014, PM link icon  BBC News - Ultra high definition video gives firms clearer picture
Hybrid photography Several photographers told me they are not waiting for 2015 - they are ready to jump in now. Still pictures that move 4K video heralds a new era of hybrid photography This is good enough quality to print at a decent size, although it's still way below the 18-to-22 megapixels professional-grade stills cameras can now achieve. In many circles - including the porn industry, which invariably can be found at technology's cutting edge - this facility could see photography and videography merging into one discipline. - link icon  BBC licence fee: MP calling for voluntary system expects fast reply | Media | theguardian.…
The Conservative MP calling for the BBC licence fee to be replaced with a voluntary subscription is expecting a response to his request for a review of the matter from the culture secretary by the middle of the week. Up to 50 MPs could back Bridgens call for a review of the licence fee, outlined in his letter to Javid, according to the Sunday Express. It is thought that some of the BBCs political supporters may also write to Javid, countering some of Bridgens suggestions. - link icon  Ofcom to investigate over 50 community radio stations | RadioToday
A quarter of all community radio stations are to be investigatedby Ofcom about not sticking to their Key Commitments. In community radio terms, the Key Commitments is the equivalent of a Format for commercial stations, but the content is written by the stations themselves when they apply for a licence. The regulator says it has launched investigations at 53 stations as a result of issues raised in the relevant Community Radio Licensees Annual Reports, which keeps Ofcom informed of what each station is doing. - link icon  10 powerful adverts that changed the way we think | Media Network | The Guardian
If done properly, it broadens and enhances the way we see the world, getting us to think, feel and consider the space and issues around us in a new light. Below are 10 ads that we believe do just this. Nike If You Let Me Play This film is a mini masterpiece which tackles a big issue in a very elegant way, with swagger and irony. -

Monday 17 November 2014, AM link icon  Panorama makes headlines with ‘Fake Sheikh’ – but faces a narrower outlook | Media |…
The BBCs venerable current affairs series Panorama of which, by way of a declaration of interest, I was once editor has been very much in the news. This proposal comes straight from director general Tony Halls core strategy for the imminent charter and licence fee renewal debate compete or compare. In Westminster efficiency and the level of the licence fee are major concerns and Hall and his top team, including former culture secretary James Purnell, know they must confront it. - link icon  BBC News - Broadband speed adverts targeted by watchdog Which?
17 November 2014 Last updated at 0048 Consumer watchdog Which has called for regulators to change the way broadband services are advertised. Currently providers can use a headline speed for services even if only 10 of customers will actually get that speed. Which found that a quarter of people would have chosen another deal if they had been better informed about the actual speeds they would receive. -

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Friday 14 November 2014, PM link icon  Broadcasters Get Court To Stop Consumers From Seeing How Much Cable Companies Pay For Cont…
Broadcasters Get Court To Stop Consumers From Seeing How Much Cable Companies Pay For Content -