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Royston Tesco car park: Ofcom says car key failure cause 'unlikely to be sinister' - BBC News

Royston Tesco car park: Ofcom says car key failure cause 'unlikely to be sinister'   BBC News
Tags: Shopping, BBC News, Ofcom, Royston Tesco

Global to drop Heart Nightly News programmes

Ofcom has granted permission for Global to drop the Heart Nightly News programme from stations currently obliged to run extended bulletins. Heart in Scotland, (South, Mid and North) Wales, North West England, North East England, Yorkshire and Cornwall previously had requirements to air a nightly news round up but Global has argued that listeners don’t want to hear it anymore. All stations, with the exception of Cornwall, were previously known as Real Radio and contained a much larger portion ...
Tags: Global, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, Cornwall, Heart, Original, Scotland South Mid

CFM gains approval for full North West networking

Bauer is now allowed to network all programmes between CFM and other Bauer stations in the North West. The move comes as Ofcom approves two Format changes for CFM’s licences in Carlisle and West Cumbria. The Cumbria licence was changed in December but an application for the separate West Cumbria licence has only just been published today. It brings CFM’s Format in line with other stations around the UK which allows them to take advantage of larger Approved Areas introduced in 2019. The change...
Tags: UK, England, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, Manchester, North West, North, Lancashire, Carlisle, Cumbria, Cfm, Bauer, West Cumbria, Liverpool Ofcom

Monmouthshire community radio is long overdue

Monmouthshire’s own community radio station is long overdue, says Liberal Democrat Senedd Candidate Jo Watkins. Local radio enthusiasts, volunteers, community representatives and business leaders are being asked to connect Monmouthshire communities and combat Covid-related isolation. In an appeal to Monmouthshire’s radio enthusiasts, volunteers, community representatives and business leaders to form a not-for-profit Radio Monmouthshire registered company, Councillor Watkins said: “Monmouthshi...
Tags: Radio, Ofcom, Watkins, Monmouthshire, Caldicot, Community Sector, Liberal Democrat Senedd Candidate Jo Watkins Local, Radio Monmouthshire, Lib Dem Senedd Candidate, Monmouthshire CC, Watkins Councillor Watkins

Scott Mills and Chris Stark bring back the LOLathon

Scott Mills and Chris Stark are hosting another 24 hour LOLathon on BBC Radio 1 for Red Nose Day 2021. The afternoon presenters have done it twice before, with the first one in 2017 causing a few complaints to Ofcom for the middle of the night sex hour and non-innuendo bingo. This year, Radio 1’s LOLathon kicks off on Friday 5th March at 8am and continues until Friday 12 March culminating in the 24-hour marathon show hosted by Scott Mills and Chris Stark. The marathon will commence at 9am on ...
Tags: UK, People, Radio, Ireland, Ofcom, Nick Grimshaw, Steve, Chris, Scott, Mollie King, BBC Radio, Greg James, Scott Mills, Clara Amfo, Chris Stark, Bbc Radio 1

Facebook took the nuclear option in Australia. It may be on a collision course with at least 7 other countries.

Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott Facebook has blocked Australian users from sharing news articles on its platform.  The move comes after months of wrangling with Australian officials.  But the tech giant also faces pressure from a growing number of governments on how it handles news. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Facebook blocked Australian ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Instagram, Microsoft, Australia, Washington, France, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, US, Trends, Eu, Spain

Ofcom awards first five Small Scale DAB licences

The first of many Small Scale DAB multiplex licences have been awarded by Ofcom this morning. The first round, which covered 25 areas, has seen just five of those given the go ahead, all of which only attracted one application. The application submitted by Muxcast Four Limited for the Tynemouth & South Shields licence area was withdrawn by the applicant prior to a licence award decision being made, so was therefore not considered for this award. Ofcom says further licence awards for the remai...
Tags: UK, England, Scotland, Digital, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, Glasgow, North West, Edinburgh, Wiltshire, South Wales, Salisbury, North East, DAVE ROBERTS, South Tyneside

Ofcom awards funding to 53 community radio stations

Over 50 community radio stations have been awarded with a share of cash to help them continue broadcasting throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Ofcom received 91 applications totalling £470,205 but says it had to prioritise those who needed money to pay essential fixed costs such as rent, PRS/PPL fees and utilities to survive rather than covering things like presenter show fees. Just over £200k was given out in this third round of its kind, ranging from £1,100 to £7,440, with an average of £3,78...
Tags: UK, Radio, Ofcom, Panel, PPL, COVID, Community Radio Fund Panel, Community Sector

Radio Academy announces Women In Radio & Audio series

The Radio Academy will be celebrating Women In Radio & Audio this spring with a series of lunchtime webinars highlighting inspiring leadership and creative achievement. The programme of six talks will launch on Wednesday 24th February with a leadership panel hosted by Head of BBC Radio 2, and Chair of The Radio Academy, Helen Thomas. She’ll be hearing the stories of women in the business, including KISS Network Content Director Rebecca Frank, BBC Controller of Popular Music Lorna Clarke, CEO...
Tags: Events, Radio, Radio Academy

China's CGTN No Longer Has Permission To Broadcast in Germany

The Chinese cable channel CGTN may no longer broadcast in Germany, a press spokesperson for the state media authority of Northrhine-Westphalia confirmed to DW on Friday. From a report: The news came after the UK broadcasting regulator Ofcom revoked the channel's license on February 4. According to an agreement among several European countries, CGTN's license in Germany had been approved by Ofcom as part of a license sharing initiative. With the Ofcom license revoked, CGTN has been left without p...
Tags: UK, China, Germany, Tech, Ofcom, Reuters, CGTN, Northrhine Westphalia, Germany Vodafone Germany, Nordrhine Westphalia Hesse und Baden Wurttemberg

O2 UK overcharged exiting customers by £40.7m over 7+ years: Ofcom slams senior managers, fines it £10.5m

Nearly 8 years of extra fees after it 'initially identified issues' with billing in 2011... but nothing came of it Britain's comms regulator has dished out a £10.5m fine to O2 UK, after it found the mobile operator overcharged exiting pay monthly customers by a whopping £40.7m between 2011 and 2019.…
Tags: UK, Software, Britain, Ofcom

China bans BBC World News in retaliation for UK licence blow

China has been critical of BBC reports on Xinjiang, while Ofcom recently revoked CGTN licenceBBC World News has been banned from airing in China, a week after Beijing threatened to retaliate for the recent revocation of the British broadcasting licence for China’s state-owned CGTN.In a statement published at midnight Beijing time on Friday, China’s National Radio and Television Administration said BBC World News’s coverage of China had violated requirements that news reporting be true and impart...
Tags: UK, Media, China, World news, Bbc, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Ofcom, Xinjiang, BBC World Service, BBC World News, CGTN, National Radio and Television Administration

Bauer plans to replace Absolute Radio on FM in London with GHR

Bauer Media has asked Ofcom for permission to put Greatest Hits Radio on 105.8FM in London, replacing Absolute Radio. A format request change has been submitted and the regulator will now take the decision to public consultation, although Ofcom says it has taken a preliminary view on the request and is minded to grant it. In the last published RAJAR results, Absolute Radio London had 743,000 listeners and 7.5 average hours. Absolute Radio (previously known as Virgin Radio) has been broadcasti...
Tags: London, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, Greater London, Alerts, Bauer, Absolute Radio, Bauer Media, Virgin Radio, Dee Ford Group, Greatest Hits Radio, Bauer Radio UK, Absolute Radio London

Capital XTRA Reloaded in breach for offensive language

Ofcom has found Global’s Capital XTRA Reloaded in breach of the broadcasting code for playing a song with racially offensive language. The station played I Got 5 On It by Luniz which includes following lyrics: “Bomb will make a niggy go delirious, like Eddie Murphy”. Ofcom says, whilst its 2016 research on offensive language does not include the word in question, it is generally recognised as a derivation of the highly offensive word “nigger”. Global said that, as a result of human error, th...
Tags: Global, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, Original, XTRA, Luniz, Capital XTRA Reloaded

Sound Radio gears up for launch on 103.1 FM

Sound Radio is launching on FM this Monday after years broadcasting online in North East Wales. The service has studios in Towyn and will be aiming to reach an area from Prestatyn to Abergele and up the Vale of Clwyd to Denbigh. Director Craig Kennealey helped set up the station to broadcast on the internet in Kinmel Bay in 2018. He said: “It’s a fantastic boost for us getting the Ofcom approval and means we will be able to reach a local population of about 85,000 and that grows to a quarter ...
Tags: Facebook, Radio, Ofcom, Denbigh, Abergele, Prestatyn, north east Wales, Community Radio, Kinmel Bay, Towyn, Vale of Clwyd, Sound Radio, Craig Kennealey, Geoff Stevenson

Chinese state broadcaster loses UK licence after Ofcom ruling

Regulator concludes news network CGTN is ultimately controlled by Chinese Communist partyThe Chinese state broadcaster CGTN has lost its broadcast licence in the UK after Ofcom concluded that the news network, formerly known as CCTV, was ultimately controlled by the Chinese Communist party.The decision will come as a serious blow for the organisation, which was hoping to use an expanded presence in London as the foothold for a substantial international operation. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, London, Media, China, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Television industry, Ofcom, Cctv, The news on TV, Chinese Communist, CGTN

Ofcom revokes Chinese broadcaster CGTN's UK licence

English-language satellite news channel CGTN's licence was "wrongfully held", says watchdog Ofcom.
Tags: UK, News, Ofcom

U.K. Regulator Revokes TV Broadcast License of China’s CGTN

The U.K.’s broadcast regulator Ofcom said Thursday that it had revoked the license of CGTN, the overseas arm of China Central Television. The move is likely to increase tensions between the two already fractious countries. Ofcom explained that it had “withdrawn the license for CGTN to broadcast in the UK, after its investigation concluded that […]
Tags: Asia, UK, News, Global, Ofcom, China Central Television, CGTN

Has DJ Tiiny put Global in breach with Ofcom?

Capital Xtra DJ Tiiny has been dropped after he asked for payments to play songs on his 7pm to 9pm Friday night show, writes Paul Chantler. The issue of pay-for-play is strictly forbidden in Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code. Section 10.5 of the Code says: “No commercial arrangement that involves payment, or the provision of some other valuable consideration, to the broadcaster may influence the selection or rotation of music for broadcast.” It is a timely reminder for all stations – especially communi...
Tags: UK, Opinion, Global, US, Radio, Ofcom, Original, Capital XTRA, Paul Chantler, Dj Tiiny, Xtra DJ Tiiny, Broadcasting Code Ofcom, Frank Boakye Yiadom

Broadband switching should be less 'hassle', says Ofcom

The regulator wants people to change provider more easily, but feels many people are put off switching.
Tags: UK, News, Ofcom

Capital XTRA’s DJ Tiiny says sorry for recent events

DJ Tiiny has apologised for recent events saying he has learnt a much-needed lesson and that he is sorry to those he has let down. The Capital XTRA presenter was reported to be charging artists £200 for airplay during his Global radio show, something which is against Ofcom rules. Now, the DJ, who is the official tour DJ for Stormzy, has issued a statement on social media. It says: “Over the last couple of days I have very quickly learnt a much needed lesson. I was given an incredible opportun...
Tags: Global, People, Radio, Ofcom, Stormzy, XTRA, Capital XTRA, Dj Tiiny

Simon Mayo to host Drive on Greatest Hits Radio

Greatest Hits Radio Drivetime is going networked with Scala Radio presenter Simon Mayo joining the schedule full time from March 15th. He’ll leave his daily programme at Scala but stay for a weekend show, after two years in the mid-morning slot. Current regional Drivetime presenters on Greatest Hits Radio will move to the afternoon 1-4pm show, keeping its Ofcom obligation to provide at least three hours of regional programmes each weekday. The exception being Greatest Hits Radio NW Drivetime ...
Tags: UK, London, People, Radio, Ofcom, Matt Williams, Simon, Alerts, Bauer, Radio City, Scala, Magic Radio, Planet Rock, Real Radio, Kerrang, Simon Mayo

Former Daily Mail Editor in Running to Lead U.K. Media Regulator Ofcom

The former editor of British tabloid The Daily Mail, Paul Dacre, could be next to lead U.K. media regulator Ofcom. According to The Guardian, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is close to appointing the journalist — who ran The Daily Mail from 1992 to 2018 — as chair of the powerful org, which regulates the country’s […]
Tags: News, Global, Daily Mail, Ofcom, Boris Johnson, Lead U K Media Regulator Ofcom, Daily Mail Paul Dacre

Holly Willoughby hit by Ofcom complaints: details

Dancing on Ice might have only been on for two weeks now – but it's certainly got...
Tags: Ofcom, Holly Willoughby

Ofcom resolves complaint over Bauer competition winner

Ofcom has cleared a complaint against Bauer for broadcasting three versions of a call with a competition winner. One person complained about the execution of the announcement run on Absolute Radio, Absolute Classic Rock, Absolute Radio 60s, Absolute Radio 70s, Absolute 80s, Absolute Radio 90s, Absolute Radio 00s, Absolute Radio 10s, KISS Network, KISSTORY, KISS Fresh and Planet Rock. During the competition to win £100,000, Bauer constantly told listeners it was run across “Planet Rock, KISS a...
Tags: Industry, Radio, Ofcom, Kiss, Original, Bauer, Absolute Radio, Planet Rock

Channel 4 Deepfake Queen complaints dropped by Ofcom

The media regulator decided not to pursue complaints about decency over the channel's satire.
Tags: News, Ofcom

Volunteers plan to save Wrexham station Calon FM

Volunteer presenters at Wrexham’s Calon FM are hoping to save the Ofcom licence used by the station which is due to close this week. A statement issued by the volunteers said they are in negotiation with a number of interested parties and hoped to make an announcement soon on the station’s new direction. The statement said: “We are disappointed that the board in charge of Calon Communications Ltd in conjunction with the station’s landlord Glyndwr University took the decision to close the stat...
Tags: Radio, Ofcom, Wrexham, Glyndwr University, Calon Fm, Calon, Community Station News, Calon Communications Ltd

How to manage your screen time during the lockdown, according to science

The average daily time spent online by adults increased by nearly an hour during the UK’s spring lockdown when compared to the previous year, according to communications regulator Ofcom. With numerous countries back under severe pandemic restrictions, many of us once again find ourselves questioning whether our heavy reliance on technology is impacting our wellbeing. It’s true that digital devices have provided new means of work, education, connection, and entertainment during lockdown. But the ...
Tags: Startups, UK, Ofcom, Syndication, Plugged

Opinion: Is Ofcom Really a Witch-Hunter?

In the Daily Mail (Tue Jan 5) Dominic Sandbrook argues that Ofcom is a pious witch-hunter, stamping on free speech and he likens it to the Thought Police in Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. I fear his fears are justified. The trigger for Sandbrook’s ire is the new ruling involving ‘hate speech’ which he says could have a devastating effect on radio and television’s ability to reflect free speech … and consequently will act as a wrecking ball. He says Ofcom ‘chills me to the core.’ Dominic Sand...
Tags: Top, Opinion, Bbc, Radio, Ofcom, Orwell, Martin Campbell, Radio Authority, Dominic Sandbrook, Sandbrook

SpaceX wins UK regulator Ofcom's approval for its Starlink mobile broadband base stations

New, expensive option for nation's notspots Ofcom has given the thumbs-up to SpaceX's Starlink broadband user terminals, opening the door to a UK launch of Elon Musk's satellite-based broadband service.…
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, UK, Software, Ofcom, StarLink