Tag Archives: ofcom

Vince Cable in another fine pickle as EC says “you decide on Sky bid Vince”

UK coalition government business secretary Vince Cable has had a trying old time recently, being excoriated by students and their supporters for helping to push through a tripling of higher education charges (despite opposing any such thing prior to joining ...

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Ofcom gives green light to product placement on British TV

According to Media Week it has anyway, which (if the case) is a good old-fashioned scoop. Commercial broadcasters, especially ITV, have been pushing hard for product placement to be allowed in the UK, their pleas becoming even more heartfelt as ...

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All change at the Beeb as Trust chairman Lyons steps down and BBC1 programme boss Jay Hunt ships out for Channel 4

It’s trouble and strife at the BBC despite director general Mark Thompson’s ringing defence of the corporation at the recent Edinburgh International TV Festival. BBC Trust chairman Sir Michael Lyons, head of the body that’s supposed to regulate the Beeb, ...

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Ofcom lets ITV off the hook over Gerrard World Cup goal blunder

Ofcom, so often the scourge of commercial media, has taken a surprisingly lenient approach to ITV’s monumental blunder during the World Cup when ITV HD viewers missed Steven Gerrard’s goal against the USA and instead found themselves watching a commercial ...

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BT’s £30m pay-TV football bid is crushed by Sky

The UK’s BT, formerly the monopoly phone provider British Telecom, has been trying to build its pay-TV business for years and looked like it had scored a rare winner against market leader Sky when it persuaded industry regulator Ofcom to ...

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Desmond wins first round in battle for Five, now the real fight begins

Controversial UK media tycoon Richard Desmond looks to have emerged as the winner in the battle (actually more of a mild skirmish) to buy terrestrial broadcaster Five from Germany’s RTL. Now Desmond, who owns the Daily Express, Daily Star, OK! ...

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Ofcom wants warning symbol for product placement

Further to Angie Dean’s story on branded entertainment, we should for a moment consider Ofcom’s ludicrous suggestion that TV programmes containing product placement should have warning signs on them. Ofcom wants an on-air symbol at the beginning and end of ...

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