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Monday 30 March 2015, PM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  New names for FM and Technology
30 March 2015 Last updated at 1614 Future Media is to be renamed BBC Digital, while BBC Technology will become BBC Engineering. 039Our digital offer will be central to Charter Review and the new name better reflects BBC Digital039s role in delivering the best possible online experiences for our audiences, while helping us transition to an internet-first BBC.039. - www.bbc.co.uk
informitv.com link icon  Unblocking digital services across Europe
The European Commission describes the internet as quota goldmine of digital opportunitiesquot but says that digital services are often confined to national borders. Rus Ansip, the vice-president for the digital single market, said quotLet us do away with all those fences and walls that block us online. People must be able to freely go across borders online just as they do offline. Innovative businesses must be helped to grow across the EU, not remain locked into their home market. This will be an uphill struggle all the way, but we need an ambitious start. Europe should benefit fully from the digital age better services, more participation and new jobsquot. - informitv.com
informitv.com link icon  Red button evolution
The BBC is pushing the red button on a range of connected televisions with an interactive experience it now calls Red Button. The history of the red button services on the BBC can be traced back to the BBC Text service introduced in late 1999 as an alternative to the BBC Ceefax teletext service, which was first broadcast in 1974. - informitv.com

Monday 30 March 2015, AM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  \'Death threats\' made against BBC\'s Tony Hall investigated
Lord Hall is reported to have received a threatening email after dropping presenter Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear because he had punched a producer. Lord Hall announced his decision not to renew Clarkson039s contract on Wednesday - after an internal inquiry found the presenter had subjected producer Oisin Tymon to an quotUnprovoked physical and verbal attackquot at a North Yorkshire hotel. - www.bbc.co.uk
apps.channel4.com link icon  All 4
Requires a Now TV membership Requires a broadband internet connection to your Now TV Requires an HDMI-compatible TV Roku. Requires a Roku account Requires a broadband internet connection to your Roku box Requires an HDMI-compatible TV Sky. - apps.channel4.com

Sunday 29 March 2015, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Cutting the cord: a look at the pros and cons of quitting cable
In any event, I039m already paying nearly 25 a month on top of that cable bill for services that I use far more than I use the cable. Canadian regulators have ordered the country039s cable providers to offer their customers quotSkinnyquot basic cable packages and to give them the ability to add the channels they want on an la carte basis after that. - www.theguardian.com

Saturday 28 March 2015, AM

www.broadcastnow.co.uk link icon  Labour wants strong BBC
The Labour Party has vowed not to weaken the BBC if it wins the election, publishing a policy paper which backs the licence fee and the corporation’s plans to commercialise in-house production.Speaking at a Bectu-hosted event about the UK film industry earlier this week, shadow arts minister Chris Bryant said he wants a “strong BBC” and promised not to “undermine the licence fee”.The message of support came ahead of the publication of today’s Labour-commissioned report which set out policy options for the creative industries during the next parliament.Compiled by former UK Film Council chief executive John Woodward, the review said the licence fee should be extended to account for the growth of on-demand viewing on BBC iPlayer.The paper, titled Leading the Field: A Review of the Creative Industries, also argued that it has “much sympathy” with BBC concerns over top-slicing the licence fee to free up funding for projects unrelated to the corporation’s core purposes.Instead, it said there is “more". - www.broadcastnow.co.uk
dtg.org.uk link icon  DTG :: News :: DTG underpins Freeview Play with D-Book 8, the DTT requirements for interop…
The D-Book 8 not only supports the Freeview and YouView platforms, it is also an essential reference for other UK platforms based on DVB-T and DVB-T2, such as EE TV, and is referenced by Freesat and the Freeview platforms in Australia and New Zealand. The tools for Freeview Play have been created alongside DTG Testing039s development of test suites to ensure products for the new platform continue deliver the high standards of reliability for which Freeview is recognised. - dtg.org.uk
radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Sound Digital wins national DAB multiplex
Sound Digital has a board of three directors, consisting of a senior executive director from each of Sound Digital039s shareholder companies. Sound Digital plans to co-site transmitters for D2 with Digital One and the BBC national networks to avoid adjacent channel interference to existing digital radio services, and use the same dual satellite distribution feeds that are used by the Digital One network. - radiotoday.co.uk
radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Reasons why Sound Digital won D2 licence
Ofcom considered Listen2Digital039s technical coverage plan offered a slightly wider geographic scope of coverage of the UK than that offered by either of Sound Digital039s technical plans, but that Sound Digital039s technical plans overall offered more contiguous and reliable coverage in those areas where it was available. In reaction to the news, Ford Ennals, CEO of Digital Radio UK, said quotThe award of the second national commercial DAB network to Sound Digital is a defining moment for digital radio and an unprecedented expansion, which will more than double the number of national commercial stations on DAB. Nearly 50 of UK households already have a digital radio, and over 60 of new car registrations have digital radio as standard, so if you don039t have digital radio at home or in your car, the time is now. - radiotoday.co.uk

Thursday 26 March 2015, PM

www.mediaweek.co.uk link icon  Viacom to bring Breaking Bad to Freeview with Spike launch - Media news - Media Week
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www.bbc.co.uk link icon  Alexandra Palace secures £18.8m funding for theatre revamp
Chief executive of the Alexandra Palace and Park Charitable Palace Trust Duncan Wilson said he was quotThrilledquot with the announcement. Chief Executive of Heritage Lottery Fund Carole Souter said quotAlexandra Palace has played a pivotal role in the development of popular entertainment - culminating in the birth of British television. - www.bbc.co.uk
www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC3 has become \'the living dead\', claims senior TV executive
Elstein, a former executive at BSkyB and Channel 5, said a unitary BBC board with a director general and non-executive chairman, the preferred option of the BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead, would have studied the proposal - and approved or rejected it - much quicker. The first chair of the BBC Trust, Sir Michael Lyons, warned against viewing a unitary board as a quotPanaceaquot to the BBC039s ills. - www.theguardian.com
radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Vaizey kicks off local DAB expansion plan
Ed Vaizey said quotDigital radio is the future of radio in the UK and I am delighted that Government has been able to play its part in this major expansion which will help accelerate the transition to digital radio, in the car and at home. Ford Ennals, CEO of Digital Radio UK added quotWe welcome the UK expansion of digital radio - it039s great news for listeners as it means that millions more listeners and thousands more miles of roads will be able to receive DAB loud and clear. - radiotoday.co.uk

Monday 23 March 2015, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC considers plan to stop in-house production being sold to private sector
BBC Studios will at first operate within the publicly-funded corporation but then be transferred out and become a separate subsidiary of the BBC group, operating at arm039s length. General secretary Gerry Morrissey has written to Hall suggesting staff within BBC Studios be given a say in what happens to the new company by having two classes of shareholders. - www.theguardian.com

Friday 20 March 2015, PM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  Damazer to return to BBC as trustee
The chairman of BAE Systems is a former deputy chairman of the Bank of England, president of the CBI and chairman of Centrica plc. 039These are three really strong appointments to the trust and, with their top level experience built up across a range of backgrounds, they will be invaluable in helping ensure the licence fee payers039 perspective is brought to bear as we enter Charter Review,039 said chairman of the trust Rona Fairhead. 039I look forward to working with them. - www.bbc.co.uk

Friday 20 March 2015, AM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  Service review of BBC music radio: Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, 6 Music and Asian Net…
Analysis of the music played on each of the six BBC music radio stations found that they play a wider range of tracks and genres than is available elsewhere on radio. Service licence changes - In order to enable savings, the number of live sessions on Radio 1 is being reduced, Radio 1 and 1Xtra will increase the number of documentaries shared between the stations, and the number of dramas on Radio 3 will reduce. - www.bbc.co.uk

Thursday 19 March 2015, PM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  Radio 1 to cut back on live music
The latest music radio service review, published on Thursday, confirmed that BBC Radio had made almost half of its requisite Delivering Quality First savings, although this had curtailed the scope of and spending on music radio. The BBC039s six music radio stations are doing well and are seen as go-to services for millions of UK listeners on a quest to discover and be entertained by music. - www.bbc.co.uk
www.theguardian.com link icon  Sky raises sports and entertainment package prices
Sky, which normally increases its prices in September, said the price of a sports TV package - covering seven channels - would rise by pound1 to pound47 a month from June. Sky feared subscribers039 defections to BT, which won the right to show 42 games a season and has also beaten Sky to show Uefa Champions League matches later this year. - www.theguardian.com

Wednesday 18 March 2015, AM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  BBC national DAB radio reaches 95% population
In total, the new transmitters bring 138,000 households into the BBC039s national coverage area and improves digital radio reception for a further two million households. Helen Boaden, Director of Radio, says quotIt is fantastic that more listeners will be able to enjoy the full range of BBC services. Extending national DAB coverage is an important part of building a digital future for radio. - radiotoday.co.uk
www.wsj.com link icon  Unbundling Pay-TV Brings New Questions
quotIf you buy retail and you have six or seven of these things, that might cost you as much as a bundle that gives you 400 different networks,quot said Philippe Dauman, CEO of Viacom, which earns money from bundled channels but also recently launched a subscription streaming service aimed at preschool children that it imagines will be complementary to the bundle. Comcast offers an quotInternet Plusquot package of HBO, fast broadband and local channels for 40 a month, and ATT has been peddling a similar 49-a-month bundle that also includes Amazon.com Inc.039s Prime free-shipping and streaming-video service for a year. - www.wsj.com

Tuesday 17 March 2015, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC3 being \'dismantled\' before its TV closure, claim producers
The BBC has been accused of asset-stripping BBC3 before it has been given permission by the BBC Trust to close the TV channel. The pair said the corporation had already quotEmbraced commercialityquot with the sale of assets such as Top Gear magazine - still branded BBC Top Gear - and half of its BBC America operation to Mad Men producer AMC. - www.theguardian.com

Tuesday 17 March 2015, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Scripps steps up pressure on BBC over UKTV bid
A BBC Worldwide spokesman said quotWe have no plans to sell our stake in UKTV - a successful business that provides ongoing strategic and financial benefits to BBC Worldwide, and indirectly to licence fee payers. A spokesman for the BBC Trust said quotSince taking up her role, the chairman has regular meetings with a range of media industry representatives and similarly she has an introductory meeting scheduled with Scripps. It is not the trust039s role to consider interest in BBC assets from third parties. Any such proposals would have to be put to the trust by BBC management for approval. - www.theguardian.com

Monday 16 March 2015, PM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Local TV station debuts with a C-bomb in 'how to pull' show | Media | The Guardian
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Saturday 14 March 2015, AM

www.independent.co.uk link icon  Jeremy Clarkson: TV producer reveals what it s like having to endure presenters tantrums -…
- www.independent.co.uk

Friday 13 March 2015, AM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  Ariel - Just stop the rot at Ally Pally
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www.heraldscotland.com link icon  Offshore workers Sky TV switched off in latest North Sea cut-backs | Herald Scotland
- www.heraldscotland.com

Thursday 12 March 2015, AM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Ofcom invites applications for Suffolk DAB
Ofcom has advertised a new local radio multiplex to provide DAB digital radio stations in Suffolk. As ever, 128kbits/sec is reserved to the BBC for the broadcasting in digital form of its local radio service, BBC Radio Suffolk. - radiotoday.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk link icon  Top Gear: How a monster was born
Telegraph columnist Alex Proud told BBC News that despite Mr Clarkson being a quotMassive earner for the BBCquot, the broadcaster could also attract new talent. quotThe BBC has a dilemma. Nobody in the end can ignore the BBC guidelines. That said this is a very popular programme - BBC Two039s most popular factual entertainment programme. The BBC would be loath to lose it. - www.bbc.co.uk
www.nytimes.com link icon  Nielsen Charts Reach of Video Streaming
Homes with subscription streaming services spend 66 minutes a day watching time-shifted television, while households without subscriptions spend 56 minutes a day with it. Television executives are voicing concerns that streaming services like Netflix are cutting into the amount of time that people spend watching traditional television analysts estimate that total television viewing declined by almost 10 percent during the third and fourth quarters of 2014. - www.nytimes.com

Tuesday 10 March 2015, PM

downloads.bbc.co.uk link icon  Reducing costs through Delivering Quality First Report by the Comptroller and Auditor Gen…
We assessed the BBC039s work in developing such a culture as part of the Programme through document review of BBC savings plans and progress reports review of documents covering BBC continuous improvement initiatives analysis of BBC savings data and annual accounts interviews with BBC staff involved with these initiatives and interviews with BBC staff and Our conclusions We assessed the BBC039s progress and its management through review of BBC039s management and reporting processes including case review of a sample of savings initiatives to underlying plans. The documents included BBC Executive proposals and BBC Trust reviews during 2011 and 2012 internal and external reviews of the Programme such as those by Ernst Young, KPMG and BBC Internal Audit BBC progress reports across the whole of the BBC and at divisional level BBC guidance on process and monitoring and BBC documents on its work on developing continuous improvement. - downloads.bbc.co.uk
www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC risks having to cut more services after it misses long-term targets
The NAO said the programme of savings, a response to the 2010 licence fee settlement in which the BBC039s funding was frozen but given extra responsibilities, including the World Service, rural broadband and local TV, would get even tougher in the years ahead. quotThe BBC039s plans for future productivity savings involve more significant and potentially riskier changes to organisational structures and ways of working,quot it said. quotIf the BBC is not able to make planned productivity savings, it risks having to make further reductions to scope. - www.theguardian.com

Tuesday 10 March 2015, AM

m.bbc.co.uk link icon  Margaret Hodge: BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead \'should quit\'
The current chair of the BBC Trust should consider resigning or be sacked by the government, chair of the Public Accounts Committee Margaret Hodge has said. Rona Fairhead took over as chair of the BBC Trust last year, but before that she was chair of HSBC039s audit committee until 2010 and subsequently led the bank039s risk committee,. - m.bbc.co.uk
www.broadcastnow.co.uk link icon  Labour and Lib Dems commit to keeping C4 in public hands
Business secretary Vince Cable and shadow minister for the arts Chris Bryant have committed to keeping Channel 4 under public ownership if Labour or the Liberal Democrats win the general election.Speaking at a House of Commons event to celebrate the growth of the creative industries in the UK, Cable said his party was “committed to making absolutely sure that C4 isn’t offloaded into the private sector”.C4 chief executive David Abraham was in the audience to hear Cable’s speech, after which Bryant gave his party’s commitment to “keep C4 in public hands and not sell it off”.- www.broadcastnow.co.uk
www.radiotimes.com link icon  Where can you watch classic Doctor Who episodes? The Horror Channel!
- www.radiotimes.com

Monday 09 March 2015, PM

www.broadbandtvnews.com link icon  Horror Channel to rise on Freeview
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informitv.com link icon  BBC in the internet era | informitv
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Monday 09 March 2015, AM

www.broadcastnow.co.uk link icon  BBC questions 25% indie quota | News | Broadcast
The BBC has raised concerns about its ability to continue commissioning 25% of its content from qualifying indies amid seismic market consolidation.The corporation has argued that if “vertical integration” in the production sector continues at its current pace, the legal guarantee “may prove unrealistic and unachievable” for PSBs to maintain.“There is a risk that the level of the quota could distort commissioning decisions and the diversity of programming reaching audiences could suffer,” the BBC added in its submission to Ofcom’s PSB review. It said the media regulator should be given the power to “amend the level” of the quota. - www.broadcastnow.co.uk
www.theguardian.com link icon  Ed Vaizey overplays the local TV factor | Media | The Guardian
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www.independent.co.uk link icon  The Media Column: ITV ratings are falling, but with digital and ad revenues up, US buyers …
- www.independent.co.uk

Thursday 05 March 2015, PM

advanced-television.com link icon  Vaizey: We want a BBC fit for the digital age
Echoing comments made two days earlier by BBC Director General Tony Hall that the BBC must reinvent itself for the Internet era, UK Minister for the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey has suggested that a future government conducting the BBC Charter review should strive for a BBC that is fit for the digital age. quotThere are many reasons why we need the BBC. Their recent commitment to work with UK-wide arts institutions and to support coding in schools are just two recent examples of this. Radio 1039s commitment to new music is another. We want to see a BBC that is fit for the digital age, able to fulfil the many roles that the BBC has done so successfully for many years - not just great content, but education and training, technical innovation, and a huge and irreplaceable contribution to civic society. But as I say, that debate won039t begin until May 8, and we won039t be expressing any views before then,quot he confirmed. - advanced-television.com

Wednesday 04 March 2015, PM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  Sound Digital reiterates D2 commitment
quotOne of our overarching aims in making this submission is to dispel any doubt as to the unequivocal nature of the commitments underpinning Sound Digital039s ambitious proposals. Our submission is made openly and publicly, and our reassertion of Sound Digital039s unwavering commitment is addressed as much to the wider digital radio industry as it is to Ofcom,quot Sound Digital tells Ofcom. quotOur innovative, contractually secure and responsible business approach offers assurance that if awarded the UK039s second national DAB multiplex licence, Sound Digital will launch its ambitious content line-up and 45 site transmitter network within 12 months and successfully maintain the multiplex for the full 12 year licence term. There will be no attempts to roll back on our commitments following the award of the licence and our proposals will be delivered in full. - radiotoday.co.uk

Wednesday 04 March 2015, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  ITV chief: we didn\'t get everything right in 2014 schedules
ITV chief executive Adam Crozier has admitted that the broadcaster quotDidn039t get everything rightquot in its schedules in 2014, and said it had taken action to halt falling viewing figures. quotOur digital channels were down last year for the first time in many years, but if you look at their performance in the first half of the year, they were down 10, if you look at the second half of the year they were down 2 and year to date they are up 4.quot. - www.theguardian.com
www.theguardian.com link icon  ITV's pre-tax profits soar 23% to ?712m | Media | The Guardian
ITV, which has sought to develop its production capabilities and non-advertising revenue sources to avoid being at the mercy of ad markets, said its non-ad-based revenue was now up 10 to make up 45 of total revenue. ITV chief executive Adam Crozier said quotITV delivered another strong performance in 2014 as we continue to rebalance the business, drive new revenue streams and invest in our future growth. Across ITV we maintained our emphasis on cash generation, cost control and improving margins as we continued to strengthen ITV creatively, commercially and financially. - www.theguardian.com
www.theguardian.com link icon  Steve Coogan backs bid to buy channel
The comedian Steve Coogan, and his independent TV production company Baby Cow, have backed Jimmy Mulville and Jon Thoday039s bid to buy BBC3. Coogan039s support will be one of the central planks of a letter to be sent on Wednesday by Thoday and Mulville to Danny Cohen, the BBC039s director of television. The letter will also display the mischievousness for which Thoday and Mulville are renowned in the TV industry, by challenging both Cohen and BBC director general Tony Hall to a debate on the future of BBC3. quotThe subject should be 039Is a reduced spend on younger viewers by the BBC avoidable and will BBC3 online succeed039 We suggest this be broadcast live on BBC3,quot Mulville and Thoday039s letter will say. - www.theguardian.com

Tuesday 03 March 2015, PM

radiotoday.co.uk link icon  UK leads the way with in-car Digital Radio
New cars with DAB now stand at 60 in the UK and Norway, whilst Switzerland has 45. Norway and Switzerland are the likely to be the first countries in the world to set firm dates for Digital Switchover. Patrick Hannon, President of WorldDMB said quotOur aim with this research is to demonstrate clearly that DAB digital radio is the platform of the future in Europe. With the first countries moving to Digital Switchover, and motorists driving between these markets, it is becoming increasingly important for car manufacturers to include digital radio as standard. - radiotoday.co.uk

Tuesday 03 March 2015, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  Tony Hall\'s vision for the BBC
The quotMy BBC revolutionquot will have a higher calling, said Hall. Given Hall039s high praise for Wolf Hall and its star, Mark Rylance, that039s one thing we can definitely expect from the BBC. More Rylance. - www.theguardian.com

Monday 02 March 2015, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC to hive off production of top shows into studios division
The remaining departments - Salford-based children039s and sport and current affairs - will remain within the BBC and be managed by BBC North and BBC News, respectively. The second stage, which is being proposed but will need sign-off from the BBC Trust, government agreement and a change in the BBC039s charter, is for BBC Studios to transfer out of the publicly-funded part of the BBC. It would become a separate subsidiary of the BBC group, operating at arm039s length. - www.theguardian.com
www.theguardian.com link icon  Tony Hall: BBC needs political and financial backing to survive in digital age
Not only is the speech Hall039s first dealing with the future scope and scale of the BBC - likely battlegrounds of charter renewal negotiations - it comes less than a week after an influential committee of MPs gave their verdict on the funding and governance of the BBC. In a nod to criticism of the BBC039s financial and editorial management mentioned in the report, Hall will suggest that he has fixed some of the problems dogging the corporation since taking the top job two years ago - by making pound1.5bn of cost savings and strengthening editorial processes - and now needs support for the BBC to become quotPioneers againquot. As part of the changes, Fran Unsworth, director of BBC World Service, is to join the BBC039s senior exectuive team. - www.theguardian.com
www.broadcastnow.co.uk link icon  Tony Hall plans BBC data \'revolution\'
Tony Hall will today set out plans for the BBC to harness the power of data to offer audiences Amazon-style recommendations as it bids to become a “pioneer” in the internet age.The BBC director general will deliver a speech on the future of public service broadcasting on Monday, where he will expand on the “My BBC” plans he set out in October 2013 to help audiences become schedulers.Tony Hall plans personalised BBCDubbed the “My BBC revolution”, Hall will say the corporation will go further and faster than any other broadcaster or online platform in harnessing personal data to empower viewers and listeners. - www.broadcastnow.co.uk

Sunday 01 March 2015, PM

www.independent.co.uk link icon  The Media Column: Brilliant run of dramas sees foreign buyers snap up the best of British …
The event, which began above a Brighton pub in 1976, featured exclusive appearances from John Cleese and Rowan Atkinson - Worldwide is the international partner for Atkinson039s new starring role as Maigret, the French detective who returns in two new films for ITV. Rebekah Brooks has moved to New York for a job at News Corp Rebekah Brooks has landed a new job leading Rupert Murdoch039s search for promising internet startups to invest in, it was claimed yesterday. - www.independent.co.uk
www.theguardian.com link icon  but didn\'t tackle burning issue of independence
These parts of the report could have been written by the BBC. On scope and scale the committee was critical of the BBC039s stance that in order to appeal universally it must do virtually everything it currently does. The committee039s suggested replacement system - a unitary, PLC-style board, with a majority of non-executive directors, to run and govern the BBC, and a separate Public Service Broadcasting Commission to oversee strategy and regulation - might even be favoured by many senior BBC executives who would quite like the trust to get out of their hair. - www.theguardian.com
www.which.co.uk link icon  How to set up an indoor aerial - Indoor aerials - TV DVD - Which? Technology
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Friday 27 February 2015, PM

www.broadcastnow.co.uk link icon  Thinkbox: decline in heavy TV viewing
Overall TV viewing fell slightly in 2014 as the number of people tuning in for more than four hours per day dipped by 7%.According to the study, based on Barb data and compiled by commercial TV body Thinkbox, total average daily viewing time fell by around 11 minutes - from 3 hours 55 minutes in 2013 to 3 hours and 44 minutes last year.Viewing via a TV set was broadly flat year-on-year at 98.4%.According to the data, 16-34 year olds watched 7% less TV via traditional sets in 2014, compared with the previous year. However they were the fastest adopters of new platforms, estimated by Thinkbox to create an additional 5% of viewing. - www.broadcastnow.co.uk
www.publications.parliament.uk link icon  House of Commons - Future of the BBC - Culture, Media and Sport
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Friday 27 February 2015, AM

www.newyorker.com link icon  Why Everyone Was Wrong About Net Neutrality
A year ago, Kevin Werbach, a thoughtful and prominent analyst, predicted that quotThe political and marketplace costsquot of strong net-neutrality rules would be just quotToo great.quot He warned, among other things, that Congress would quotGrind the FCC to a standstill, starve its budget, and do everything in their power to inflict permanent harm on the agency. Unlike in 2010, the F.C.C. has written an exceptionally well-defended rule that depends on its broadest grants of authority to regulate quotCommunications by wire.quot Predicting the outcome of an unfiled suit is hazardous business but it is fair to say that knocking out the rules will be rather hard. - www.newyorker.com
www.theguardian.com link icon  Johnston Press chief \'excited\' by possibility of news deal with BBC
He thinks the select committee039s call for a quotMore symbiotic relationshipquot between the BBC and local press industry reflects not only his views but also those of the head of BBC news, James Harding. quotThe BBC must not expect to receive others039 news content without providing something in return. We are attracted by the idea of exchanges of content and information, where the BBC local websites link to the source of local material they have used, and in return the BBC allows others to use its content and embed BBC clips on their sites, where these would be of local interest, under a licence agreement. - www.theguardian.com
www.theguardian.com link icon  House of Cards: how Netflix\'s $100m gamble made them internet video kings
What is its secret Netflix039s chief content officer Ted Sarandos recently reaffirmed that the company relies on its rich subscriber data to take editorial decisions where quotSeventy is the data and thirty is judgement, the thirty needs to be on topquot. Television must mine bigger data or risk being Netflixed. - www.theguardian.com
m.bbc.co.uk link icon  Net neutrality rules passed by US regulator
Broadband access is being reclassified as a telecommunications service, meaning it will be subject to much heavier regulation Broadband providers cannot block or speed up connections for a fee Internet providers cannot strike deals with content firms, known as paid prioritisation, for smoother delivery of traffic to consumers Interconnection deals, where content companies pay broadband providers to connect to their networks, will also be regulated Firms which feel that unjust fees have been levied can complain to the FCC. Each one will be dealt with on a case by case basis All of the rules will also apply to mobile providers as well as fixed line providers The FCC won039t apply some sections of the new rules, including price controls. Scott Belcher, chief executive of the Telecommunications Industry Association, said that the quotOnerous set of rulesquot was an quotOver-reaction from the FCCquot. He predicted a two-pronged response from the broadband providers. - m.bbc.co.uk

Thursday 26 February 2015, PM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  BBC\'s James Purnell: TV Licence will need modernising
It also says the threat of jail for non-payment should be scrapped. James Purnell, the BBC039s Director of Strategy, told BBC News that he agrees the TV Licence does need to be modernised. - www.bbc.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk link icon  BBC picks ENPS replacement
26 February 2015 Last updated at 1426 ENPS, the news management system used by BBC journalists to put and keep BBC news on air, is to be phased out. The system - which carries newsfeeds and alerts to the desktop, sends scripts to the prompter, 039speaks039 to the BBC039s audio and video systems and schedules the playout of programmes and reports - has been in use at the BBC since the 1990s. - www.bbc.co.uk

Thursday 26 February 2015, AM

www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC strategy chief: people would pay more and get less with subscriptions
The BBC039s strategy chief has said everyone would lose out if the BBC became a subscription service, which he said would hit Sky revenues and advertising on ITV and Channel 4. In response to a select committee report into the future of the BBC which called for the abolition of the BBC Trust and an exploration of other funding models, James Purnell championed the BBC039s Hilary Mantel adaptation, Wolf Hall, which has just finished on BBC2, which he described as quotOne of the best programmes for generationsquot. - www.theguardian.com
www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC future report: no long-term licence fee; end of the trust; less content is more
The public spending watchdog, the National Audit Office, must be given quotUnrestricted accessquot to the BBC039s accounts, something which has been fiercely resisted by the BBC. Ofcom039s regulatory powers over the BBC should be extended to include accuracy and impartiality. BBC services have quotStood up remarkably wellquot during the explosion of choice in the digital era with new services such as iPlayer and BBC Radio 6 Music. - www.theguardian.com
www.theguardian.com link icon  Starting gun fired in BBC charter battle
Daily Mail headlines last year may have sounded the death knell for the BBC licence fee, but it has taken a group of MPs headed by a Thatcherite to decide that the compulsory levy is going to be difficult to replace any time soon. Thursday039s report by the culture, media and sport select committee is simply the firing gun in the charter renewal battle that will wage all the way through to the end of 2016, when the current charter governing the BBC ends. - www.theguardian.com
www.telegraph.co.uk link icon  BBC\'s licence fee should be decriminalised then scrapped, MPs say
quotThe principle of the licence fee in its current form is becoming harder sustain. We conclude that a degree of subscription could be a possibility in future if the BBC moved to a more personalised ervice, but as a minimum the licence fee should be amended to cover catch up TV as soon as possible. A BBC spokesman said quotThis report confirms the importance of the BBC in national life and recommends maintaining and modernising the licence fee, something we have said is necessary. - www.telegraph.co.uk

Wednesday 25 February 2015, PM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  5G researchers manage record connection speed
The speed is more than 65,000 times faster than average 4G download speeds. The regulator said it expected 5G mobile to be capable of delivering between 10 and 50Gbps, compared with the 4G average download speed of 15Megabits per second. - www.bbc.co.uk
www.theguardian.com link icon  BBC3: Danny Cohen\'s letter to Jon Thoday and Jimmy Mulville
The media behaviour of these six- to 12-year-olds needs to shape the future of BBC3. The BBC needs to change now so as to learn how to serve them best not just for the sake of BBC3 but to help secure the long-term relevance and strength of the BBC overall. Nor would the BBC be willing to allow a third-party company to decide the editorial direction of a BBC branded channel in the UK. We would also not wish to risk invalidating the BBC trademark by splitting it. - www.theguardian.com

Wednesday 25 February 2015, AM

www.broadcastnow.co.uk link icon  BBC Trust probes potential EU rule breach over local TV
The BBC Trust is investigating whether EU rules may have been breached after £25m of licence fee funding was ploughed into launching local television.A report by auditor KPMG, commissioned by the Trust last year, has raised concerns that EU state aid clearances may have been misinterpreted when the broadcasting network for local TV was put in place.The Trust plans to discuss the issues over the coming weeks with the Department for Culture Media and Sport and Comux (DCMS), the organisation in charge of the network’s roll-out.KPMG’s concerns are understood to focus on around 8% of the £25m of licence fee spend and whether certain infrastructure costs formed part of the EU state aid clearance. - www.broadcastnow.co.uk

Tuesday 24 February 2015, PM

www.broadcastnow.co.uk link icon  Danny Cohen aims to rid BBC of \'addiction\' to overnight ratings
Danny Cohen will attempt to wean staff off their “addiction” to the overnight ratings by introducing sophisticated internal data, which will also how reveal how the BBC is reaching underserved viewers.The BBC director of television has invited his division to sign up to two distinct daily emailed reports, which will be grounded in Barb data but offer a more rounded picture of how the corporation’s shows are performing.The first email, titled the Live+7 Report, will offer commissioners and producers a total audience figure encompassing four sets of data: live and viewed on same day as live, consolidated, narrative repeats and iPlayer viewing. - www.broadcastnow.co.uk
media.ofcom.org.uk link icon  Ofcom announces trials to help small stations join digital radio
If the trials are successful, UK radio listeners could benefit from more local and community radio stations on DAB.Currently, the cost of broadcasting on DAB is beyond the reach of many small radio stations. Digital radio in the UK. Almost half of UK adults say they now own a digital DAB radio set and 37.9 of all radio listening is digital. - media.ofcom.org.uk

Monday 23 February 2015, PM

informitv.com link icon  Younger Americans generally watching less
According to Nielsen they watched 17 hours 34 minutes a week watching television, 1 hour and 43 minutes watching time-shifted television, and 1 hour 46 minutes watching video online. Back in the third quarter of 2011, Nielsen reported that those aged 18-24 watched 24 hours and 11 minutes of traditional television, 1 hour 39 minutes of time-shifted television, and just 46 minutes of online video. - informitv.com

Monday 23 February 2015, AM

www.broadcastnow.co.uk link icon  Ofcom probes London Lives local programming commitments
Ofcom has held talks with London Live to assess whether the local television station is meeting its commitments to first run local programming.The media regulator has “sought further information” from the Evening Standard-backed station about its content line-up and is now in the process of deciding whether to launch a formal investigation.Ofcom’s approach earlier this month was prompted by questions over the number of repeats in London Live’s schedule - which was reported in The Guardian - and Broadcast’s analysis of the channel’s January output.London Live has a commitment to broadcast an average of eight hours of “first run local programming” a day, three of which must be between 6pm and 10.30pm. It was these pledges in its 12-year licence that London Live attempted to radically reduce last year. - www.broadcastnow.co.uk

Sunday 22 February 2015, AM

www.independent.co.uk link icon  Channel 4 could be sold for ?1bn by a new Tory government - TV Radio - Media - The Indepen…
It warned quotChannel 4039s not-for-profit status means it can take risks on the content it commissions,quot it concluded. The discussions come after the Liberal Democrats vetoed a proposal by Tory ministers to examine the case for selling off Channel 4 last autumn. - www.independent.co.uk

Saturday 21 February 2015, PM

www.expressandstar.com link icon  Big Centre TV set to go live in Black Country ? Express Star
Freeview viewers may need to re-tune their Freeview TVs, boxes or recorders if they wish to watch Big Centre TV. Ofcom039s broadcast licensing committee awarded the local TV licence to Kaleidoscope TV, the holding company for Big Centre TV, following the collapse of City TV last year. The commitments include an initial 41 hours of local programmes a week, including a 90-minute breakfast show, news at noon and a half-hour programme of news at 6pm and 10pm. IT also plans to show 40 hours of repeats. - www.expressandstar.com

Friday 20 February 2015, AM

www.hollywoodreporter.com link icon  Consumers TV-Viewing Habits Detailed In New Study
Nearly half of SVOD subscribers have found new programming through streaming that the then watch on live TV. More than seven in ten viewers say networks that they already watch are an important source of information about new programming. SVOD subscribers are more favorable toward program quality than nonsubscribers with 60 percent saying, quotThere are more high quality programs availablequot and 70 percent say there is a quotGreater variety of programs than in the past. - www.hollywoodreporter.com
www.theguardian.com link icon  Sir Hugh Greene, BBC radical, dies at 76: from the archive, 20 February 1987
Sir Hugh Greene, the former director-general of the BBC who presided over the radical transformation of the corporation039s output in the 1960s, died in a London hospital yesterday, aged 76. Mr Alasdair Milne, who recently retired as BBC director-general, said last night 039Hugh Greene was a great liberalising influence in the BBC. With his background as a foreign correspondent in Germany and Poland before the war and his command of the BBC039s German service during the war, he had a unique experience of the journalistic side of the BBC. 039He was therefore a natural choice as director-general in 1960. - www.theguardian.com
www.theguardian.com link icon  War on the BBC: the triumphs and turbulence of the Thatcher years
Papers in the BBC archives dating from the late 50s show her bouncing on to the BBC stage as a new MP. She was recognised straight away by the Corporation as one to watch. When Thatcher intervened in the constitutional conventions that had guarded the Corporation039s independence from government, Whitelaw cashed in his loyalty to the prime minister to protect the BBC. The Home Office often came to the BBC039s aid. - www.theguardian.com

Thursday 19 February 2015, AM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  New HTTP/2 protocol to speed up the web is approved
18 February 2015 Last updated at 1909 A new web protocol that promises to speed up internet browsing has been approved. The Internet Engineering Steering Group has accepted the protocol, one of its senior members wrote in a blogpost on Wednesday. - www.bbc.co.uk
dtg.org.uk link icon  DTG :: News :: Internet access should be a basic right, House of Lords report says
Produced by the digital skills committee of the House of Lords, the report written for the incoming government stresses that a robust digital strategy is critical to the country039s future. The report, called 039Make or Break The UK039s Digital Future039, says quotDigital technology is changing all our lives, work, society and politics. It brings with it huge opportunities for the UK, but also significant risks. This demands an ambitious approach which will secure the UK039s position as a digital leader. - dtg.org.uk

Wednesday 18 February 2015, PM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  Save BBC Three petition delivered to BBC Trust
Campaigners against proposals to turn digital station BBC Three into an online-only channel in the autumn have delivered a petition, signed by more than 270,000 people, to the BBC Trust. After the protest they marched the short distance to the BBC039s Trust headquarters to hand the petition to Jon Cowdock, the Trust039s head of business strategy. - www.bbc.co.uk

Wednesday 18 February 2015, AM

www.independent.co.uk link icon  Why is the BBC just so bad at TV news?
Over on the BBC039s dedicated news channel - formerly known as BBC News 24 - the lead item at 9pm was pensioner bonds, followed at a quick trot by reports on Prince Charles039s fogeyish thoughts about Islamist militancy on the Ukraine on hospital trust finances on Labour promises and Tory rejoinders and on Tony Abbott039s shaky majority in the Australian parliament. To spend any length of time with the BBC039s rolling news is to be assailed, despite skilled presenters like Simon McCoy, by a terrible creeping blandness, because BBC News has its comfort zones where it dwells whenever possible. - www.independent.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk link icon  Trust gets petition to save BBC Three
17 February 2015 Last updated at 1705 Campaigners have delivered a petition signed by about 271,000 people asking the BBC to reconsider the decision to axe BBC Three as a digital television channel. A BBC spokesperson said 039With the licence fee frozen we039ve had to make some difficult choices in order to save pound800m a year, including moving BBC Three online. - www.bbc.co.uk

Tuesday 17 February 2015, PM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  Listeners complain about lost streams
The problem stems from the BBC switching off certain old systems used to deliver audio streams to particular devices. 5 live listeners who now get their station stream as an international Shoutcast are finding it039s missing the sport as the BBC does not hold the international rights. - www.bbc.co.uk
www.gov.uk link icon  Independent review into TV Licence Enforcement seeks views
The Review is looking at options for changing the current enforcement measures, including the decriminalisation of TV licence evasion offences, and whether these options would represent an improvement to the existing system. Reform of current system leave the current offence as it stands but reform the current criminal enforcement system. - www.gov.uk
www.theguardian.com link icon  \'Save BBC3\' campaigners deliver petition to BBC Trust
Campaigners have delivered a petition signed by more than a quarter of a million people calling on the BBC not to axe digital station BBC3. The petition, signed by 271,222 people, was delivered to the BBC Trust, which has yet to rule on the plan to take the youth-oriented station online-only. quotJono Read, who set up the petition, saidquotOnly last month the BBC Trust claimed that they want to give power to the people rather than leaving important decisions within the hands of a 039small elite039 management at the BBC. quotIf they genuinely mean this they will listen to the 270,000 people who have signed the Change.org petition against the closure of BBC3, and the views of key BBC3 talent who are dead set against the proposals. - www.theguardian.com

Tuesday 17 February 2015, AM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  World Have Your Say TV faces axe
Only a year ago, this same team - currently led by acting editor David Mazower - faced the prospect of losing their jobs as part of cuts announced to the News division the World Service radio programme would go to save money. WHYS presenter Tilley takes up the argument, explaining that if the team had been told it was about the editorial direction of the programme, they039d hold their hands up and respect the decision of the people in charge of the channel. - www.bbc.co.uk
dtg.org.uk link icon  DTG :: News :: Ofcom approves use of innovative \'TV white space\' wireless technology
White space spectrum in the TV frequency band appeals to industry because it can travel longer distances and more easily through walls than the bands used by other wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. This announcement follows a series of successful industry trials, where TV white space was used to serve innovative purposes, from internet access for ships in the Orkney Islands to video streaming of animals at ZSL London Zoo. DTG Testing played a key role in this development, carrying out comprehensive tests on 50 TVs, the results of which were used to verify Ofcom039s framework for the power levels at which TV white space devices can operate without causing interference to TV. Ofcom is also exploring how the white space from other frequency bands can be used in the future. - dtg.org.uk
www.disused-stations.org.uk link icon  Disused Stations: Palace Gates Station
In an attempt to capitalise on the popularity of the Palace as a tourist attraction the Great Eastern resurrected their line from Seven Sisters but this time it was a more modest scheme, terminating at a station called Palace Gates adjacent to the GNR039s Wood Green station and avoiding the steep climb up to the Palace. The Palace Gates branch was at its height in the early 20th century with a 30-minute interval off-peak service to Liverpool Street with 41 up and 38 down trains between Palace Gates and Liverpool Street and an hourly weekday service to North Woolwich. - www.disused-stations.org.uk

Monday 16 February 2015, PM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  Anger over BBC radio streaming changes
The BBC is also working with the radio industry and manufacturers towards using just one standard, known as Mpeg Dash, which will be industry-wide and open source, said Andrew Scott, the BBC039s head of radio music product. Changes to the Shoutcast stream have left the owners of devices receiving it unable to hear BBC Sport content, wrote Henry Webster, the BBC039s head of media services, on the BBC Internet Blog. - www.bbc.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk link icon  BBC and community reporters hook up
16 February 2015 Last updated at 1556 BBC local radio journalists will work with community reporters next week to tell new stories and bring new voices to each patch. The mentoring project is the first fruit of a new national agreement between the BBC and the Community Media Association, the UK representative body for the community broadcasting sector, that builds on earlier cooperation between the two groups at local level. - www.bbc.co.uk
informitv.com link icon  Virgin Media to expand cable footprint
Virgin Media, with the support of parent company Liberty Global, plans to expand its cable footprint to a further four million homes and businesses in the United Kingdom, taking its addressable market to 17 million premises. Liberty Global has a total of 14.80 million digital video customers in Europe, and a further 7.49 million analogue customers, giving a total of 23.10 million video customers and 16.13 million internet subscribers across the region. - informitv.com

Monday 16 February 2015, AM

www.ses.com link icon  SES BRINGS TOGETHER EXPERTS OF THE ULTRA HD ECOSYSTEM
While on the one hand, sales of UHD screens are expected to increase to two million by 2017, and the range of UHD devices is already widening - 75 models will be offered in 2015, on the other hand price erosion is also foreseen. Thomas Wrede, VP Reception Systems at SES, closed the event by stating that SES was very aware that the pace of innovation in UHD was challenging. - www.ses.com

Saturday 14 February 2015, AM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  A time capsule of the BBC at Alexandra Palace?
In due course, most television production moved to Lime Grove studios in Shepherds Bush and then the BBC039s new Television Centre. quotYou039re brought through to Studio A, where it happened,quot he says, quotAnd Studio A is gradually revealed to you through a series of curtains, using sound and light and images and audio-visual presentation, dramatically using real characters to tell the story of the competing technologies, and the amazingly cobbled-together but dramatic moment when they began to broadcast, and beyond into colour television and all the things that happened here. - www.bbc.co.uk
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Friday 13 February 2015, PM

www.bbc.co.uk link icon  Audio Factory: update
We have retained a single SHOUTcast stream of each service using the mp3 codec to support devices that cannot support these protocols. We have been communicating our plans to manufacturers and aggregators for the last 12 months but we are aware that some devices will not be able to receive these new formats, or there may be gaps in service as manufacturers work to deliver upgrades to devices to make them compatible with our new streams. - www.bbc.co.uk
dtg.org.uk link icon  DTG :: News :: DTG Testing hits 100 product milestone for Digital Radio Tick Mark
DTG Testing, the UK039s only accredited house testing against the Digital Radio Tick Mark specification, has successfully tested more than 100 different DAB products. Ed Vaizey, Minister of Culture and the Digital Economy, recently announced the single biggest expansion of local digital radio coverage-182 new digital transmitters-which will provide eight million more people with access to their local radio stations by 2016. - dtg.org.uk

Friday 13 February 2015, AM

buzzmachine.com link icon  NBC s opportunity BuzzMachine
NBC has a chance to reinvent television news without the plastic personality, the manufactured celebrity, the staged reality, the smarmy transitions, the bullshit BREAKING NEWS, the weather panic, the repetition, the predictability, the sensationalism, the insulting simplicity, the false balance, the lying anchor, and the single point of failure that has been its business model. The entire structure of NBC news is still built around Brian Williams The news is who reads it. - buzzmachine.com

Thursday 12 February 2015, PM

dtg.org.uk link icon  DTG :: News :: DTG welcomes Freeview Play connected TV brand update
The D-Book8 DTT Interoperability specification will lay the technical bedrock for a robust hybrid service as it evolves beyond traditional broadcast TV. Digital UK and DTG Testing have already signed an agreement to develop a test suite for Freeview Play, which DTG Testing is now building with leading CE manufacturers. The ongoing cooperation between Freeview, the DTG and Digital UK builds on the success and experience of Freeview HD, developing the technical framework and managing conformance of products entering the retail market, which has seen it become the UK039s most-watched high definition TV platform. - dtg.org.uk
www.ses.com link icon  SES BRINGS ULTRA HD DEMO CHANNEL TO THE UK AND IRELAND
Luxembourg, 12 February 2015 - SES S.A. announced today that its Ultra High Definition demonstration channel is now available in the UK and Ireland. SES is the world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of more than 50 geostationary satellites. - www.ses.com
www.pocket-lint.com link icon  Freeview Play takes on YouView, adds catch-up directly in EPG
Freeview has announced its newly rebranded service, Freeview Play. Guy North, Freeview managing director said quotFreeview has been built on a vision to make television available to all free from subscription. In the same way that we took the UK from analogue to digital, Freeview Play is the next step in that vision and it will put the viewer in control, without complexity, commitment or unnecessary cost - we want to keep television fair and open for everyone. That means giving consumers the freedom to choose the TV they want, the way they want it. - www.pocket-lint.com