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Equality and diversity in radio panel planned

The Radio Academy will be celebrating International Women’s month with a special networking event and panel discussion on gender equality and diversity in the media. Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith; Bob Shennan, BBC director of radio and music; Vikki Cook, Ofcom’s director of standards and audience protection, and Sarah Barnes, people and culture director, Bauer Media UK, will join a panel discussion chaired by The Sunday Times Magazine editor, Eleanor Mills, to discuss the topic of ‘The Diversi...
Tags: UK, Events, Bbc, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, Mitie, Cbe, Bob Shennan, Bauer, Radio Academy, Sunday Times Magazine, Yvonne Thompson, Sarah Barnes, Baroness Ruby McGregor Smith, Vikki Cook Ofcom

AMC Eyes Moving Channels to Spain Post-Brexit

AMC is looking at moving its European channel licenses from the U.K. to Spain if Brexit hits hard. Currently, licenses registered with U.K. regulator Ofcom are valid throughout the 28-nation European Union. But if Britain leaves the E.U. next month without a framework for a trade deal – as is increasingly likely, with no agreement in […]
Tags: News, Amc, Global, Spain, European Union, Britain, Ofcom, Brexit, SundanceTV, The Terror, AMC Networks International, AMC Eyes Moving Channels

Community station makes lip-sync Radio Ga Ga video

Andover’s community radio station has released a six-minute lip-sync video of Queen’s ‘Radio Ga Ga’ featuring its presenters, local MP and local businesses. Andover Radio says it released the video today to positively promote a sense of cohesion in the area, highlighting the wide range of services available in the Hampshire market town. The video was filmed over a month-long period and features over 30 local businesses and organisations. Producer and Andover Radio’s ‘Head of Opportunities’ B...
Tags: Radio, Ofcom, Hampshire, Andover, Community Radio, BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Andover Radio, Kit Malthouse, ` Radio Ga Ga, Ben Tuffin, Andover College, Andover Radio Showcasing

The greatest banned songs of all time – ranked!

Thirty years on from 2 Live Crew being banned by the Beeb, we pick 20 foul-mouthed, orgiastic outings deemed too scandalous for public consumption(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang (1981) Continue reading...
Tags: Music, The Beatles, Country, Rap, Neil Young, The Who, Radio, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Ofcom, Queen, Dance music, Jazz, Madonna, R&B

Helen Boaden to chair Audio Content Fund panel

Former BBC Director of Radio Helen Boaden is to Chair the Funding Panel of the new Audio Content Fund. The Panel, which now includes John Myers, Mukti Jain Campion and Kate Cocker, will assess bids for funding, working closely with Managing Director Sam Bailey, who formally takes up his post at the beginning of April 2019. Carlisle-born John Myers has a background in commercial radio, while Mukti Jain Campion is a former independent producer. Kate Cocker is a Manchester-based radio consultant...
Tags: UK, Top, Bbc, People, Radio, Ofcom, Manchester, Fund, Kate, Helen Boaden, Carlisle, Sam Bailey, Helen, Will Jackson, John Myers, Production News

Ofcom concludes BBC commissioning consultation

Ofcom has decided not to impose any additional requirements on the BBC following a consultation on its commissioning activities. But the regulator says it will make some modifications and clarifications around the interaction between the BBC public service and its commercial activities, by introducing guidance setting out the factors it would consider, in assessing whether the BBC has met its obligations regarding FRNDT (fair, reasonable, non-discriminatory and transparent) commissioning in t...
Tags: Bbc, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, NUJ

Frequency change request for Love Sport and Panjab Radio

Ofcom has received a request from Love Sport and Panjab Radio to swap the format of each licence. Love Sport currently broadcasts London-wide with a coverage area of over ten million adults on 558AM on the licence originally started by Spectrum Radio in 1990. The Kelvin Mackenzie-owned station launched in March 2018 on AM and DAB and has had a format change approved last year to remove finance news from its character. Panjabi Radio is covering North London on 1584AM on the licence won by Lon...
Tags: London, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, Greater London, north London, Panjabi, Panjab Radio, Kelvin MacKenzie, Spectrum Radio, Love Sport Radio, Panjabi Radio, London Turkish Radio, ASSL, North London AM

Connect FM and Heart Herts sold by Adventure Radio

Communicorp has made its first radio acquisition with the purchase of Connect FM in Kettering and Heart in Hertfordshire from Adventure Radio. RadioToday understands Communicorp will continue to licence the Heart brand from Global, but will now rebrand Connect FM – currently a hit music station – as Smooth Radio to become part of the East Midlands regional service. Connect FM operates as a stand-alone full service for Kettering (previously KCBC), Peterborough (previously Lite FM) and Corby (l...
Tags: London, Top, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, East Midlands, Corby, Hertfordshire, Alerts, Kettering, Communicorp, The Midlands, Radio Essex, Adventure Radio, Connect Fm, KCBC Peterborough

Cheap call? Hardly. GSM gateway judicial review to settle whether UK Home Sec can legally push comms watchdog around

Grey area in comms law needs a tad more black and white Can the UK Home Secretary order Ofcom to ignore its own legal duties? A court case that effectively began with the trial of a GSM gateway operator will soon decide the answer to that difficult, and potentially expensive, question.…
Tags: UK, Software, Ofcom, Grey, UK Home Sec

Cheap call? Hardly. GSM gateway judicial review to settle whether Home Sec can legally push Ofcom around

Grey area in comms law needs a tad more black and white Can the UK Home Secretary order Ofcom to ignore its own legal duties? A court case that effectively began with the trial of a GSM gateway operator will soon decide the answer to that difficult, and potentially expensive, question.…
Tags: UK, Software, Ofcom, Grey

Ofcom proposes to allow more DAB+ radio stations

Ofcom has today published a consultation proposing changes to the technical rules that DAB broadcasters need to follow. Amongst the technical details, one of the proposals includes removing the 30% limit on DAB+ stations on the SDL multiplex. At the moment, the multiplex must have at least 70% of its services in original standard DAB. For all other multiplex operators, the Technical Code states that DAB+, which is a more efficient method of encoding audio than that used in the original DAB sy...
Tags: Technology, Top, Radio, Ofcom, Digital Radio, Dab, Technical Codes

Social media should have “duty of care” towards kids, UK MPs urge

Social media platforms are being urged to be far more transparent about how their services operate and to make “anonymised high-level data” available to researchers so the technology’s effects on users — and especially on children and teens — can be better understood. The calls have been made in a report by the UK parliament’s Science and Technology Committee which has been looking into the impacts of social media and screen use among children — to consider whether such tech is “healthy or harmf...
Tags: UK, Germany, Tech, Eu, Ofcom, CSE, Science and Technology Committee, PSHE, Transparency Reports

BBC rejects News UK-funded report on 5 live

The BBC says it rejects the headline findings of a report by academics at the University of Kent into the levels of news and current affairs output on Radio 5 live. The university’s Centre for Journalism was given a £25,000 research grant by News UK, the parent company of talkSPORT and talkRADIO operator Wireless, to produce the report, which finds that 5 live is not meeting Ofcom’s requirement that 75% of output should be news and current affairs. The report claims the station’s 2018 output...
Tags: UK, England, Top, Israel, Bbc, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, News UK, Wireless, Talksport, Alerts, BBC Radio, University of Kent, UTV, Bbc Radio 5 Live

Facebook's popularity dips with UK children, says Ofcom

Facebook's popularity among children fell during 2018, according to the media regulator Ofcom.
Tags: Facebook, UK, Tech, Ofcom

George Galloway censured over Salisbury poisoning claims

Ofcom says ex-MP breached impartiality guidelines on radio show when casting doubt on Russian role George Galloway breached broadcasting impartiality rules when he used his radio show to cast doubt on Russian involvement in the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal in Salisbury last year, according to media regulator Ofcom.The former MP used his weekly programme on TalkRadio to repeatedly criticise claims of Russian involvement in the incident. He mocked those who agreed with the UK government’ ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Media, Russia, UK News, Radio, Culture, Television & radio, Ofcom, Kremlin, George Galloway, Salisbury, Talk Radio, Yulia, Sergei Skripal

George Galloway puts talkRADIO in breach with Ofcom

A complaint against George Galloway on talkRADIO has been upheld by Ofcom. The regulator was alerted to his programme on 16th March 2018 which the complainant said it contained “biased and unbalanced views” about the response of the UK and Russian Governments to the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal in Salisbury on 4 March 2018. The complainant also considered that any listeners who attempted to challenge Mr Galloway’s views were “mocked and ridiculed”. Ofcom said it considered this progr...
Tags: UK, Top, People, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, Wireless, George Galloway, Salisbury, George, Galloway, Sergei, Talk Radio, Licensee, Yulia, Sergei Skripal

Amateur radio (illegally) aiding yacht racers

One of the yachts participating in the Golden Globe Race 2018. A story that I just became aware of—and find fascinating—involves the use of amateur radio communications in the Golden Globe Race, a 30,000 mile, non-stop solo yacht race to  celebrate Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s historic 1968/9 world first solo non-stop circumnavigation. Scuttlebutt Sailing News reported on January 21, 2019 (day 205 of the race): Sailors have been making use of the Amateur Radio net (ham radio) for decades, and whil...
Tags: UK, Regulations, Radio, Britain, Ofcom, Rules, Dan, Ham Radio, Amateur Radio, Robin Knox Johnston, Enforcement, Kingdom of Tonga, Scuttlebutt Sailing News, Sunday Times Golden Globe, National and International, Jean Luc Van Den Heede

Brit comms regulator Ofcom: Disabled left behind by tech

Have fewer phones, less internet access, says report Disabled people are being left behind by the technology industry - both in terms of services and an understanding of what technology can do, a new Ofcom study has claimed.…
Tags: Software, Ofcom

Global’s local guidelines changes revealed by Ofcom

Ofcom says it is ‘minded to approve’ a request by Global Radio to change the ‘approved areas’ under the updated localness guidelines. The biggest radio group wants to change the South of England, East of England and West of England areas to ‘Meridian’, ‘Anglia’ and ‘South West and West Country’ areas. Changes announced last year mean larger approved areas for which minimum ‘local hours’ requirements apply. RadioToday reported in November that Global had asked for changes to create a better fi...
Tags: England, Top, Wales, Scotland, Global, Industry, Radio, West, Southampton, Ofcom, Northampton, Brighton, Capital, Heart, Bournemouth, South Wales

Discovery Shifting European Channels Out of the U.K. Ahead of Brexit

Discovery is shifting its channel licenses for services in the European Union from the U.K. to the Netherlands. The U.S. firm said it wanted to ensure its license were valid post Brexit. Channel licenses registered in the U.K. with the media regulator Ofcom are valid throughout the European Union. But as Britain prepares to exit […]
Tags: News, Global, European Union, Discovery, Britain, Ofcom, Netherlands, Brexit, U K Ahead of Brexit, Brexit Channel

Wandsworth expands and rebrands as Riverside Radio

Online station Wandsworth Radio is expanding to serve the neighbouring London boroughs of Richmond, Merton and Lambeth with a plan to join DAB. The re-branded Riverside Radio will launch with an outside broadcast from the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race in Putney on Sunday 7th April 2019. Riverside Radio Managing Director Jason Rosam told RadioToday about the changes: “We are so excited to be expanding our local radio service to the surrounding boroughs of Richmond, Merton and Lambeth. We cho...
Tags: London, Radio, Ofcom, Oxford, Cambridge, Lambeth, Parliament, Online Radio, Putney, Wandsworth, south west London, Community Radio, Jason Rosam, Riverside Radio, Wandsworth Radio, Richmond Merton

Radio Scilly in danger of closing within months

Community radio station Radio Scilly is asking for help from locals or radio professionals to ensure the station survives. In a public letter  , station operators Beth Milton and Steve Sims say they can no longer run the station and will start closing it down on 1st March 2019. They say it (the business of running the station) has turned out to be more work than they anticipated and new personal circumstances mean they don’t have the time. Scilly Councillor Steve and his wife took over the r...
Tags: UK, Top, Radio, Ofcom, Steve, Zoe, Keri Jones, Radio Scilly, Steve Sims, Community Radio, Beth Milton, Zoe Parry, Scilly Lottery

Greatest Hits Radio launches with new line-up

Greatest Hits Radio has launched on FM, AM and DAB in a number of regions across England, with Mark Goodier joining the network for a daily programme. The former BBC Radio 1 and Smooth Radio presenter will present the mid-morning show, and joins a team of presenters already established on the network. Here’s how the schedule looks each weekday in England: 6am -10am – Rossie aka Simon Ross 10am – 1pm – Mark Goodier 1pm – 4pm – Andy Crane 4pm – 7pm – Drivetime with Darren Proctor; Rachel New...
Tags: England, Top, Scotland, Industry, Radio, Liverpool, Ofcom, David Bowie, West Midlands, Metro, Alerts, Bowie, Clyde, Rachel, Bauer, BBC Radio

Time using landlines halves in five years, says Ofcom

Younger people are reluctant to make phone calls, preferring to use messaging apps, study suggests.
Tags: UK, News, Ofcom

Here it is… Our radio industry predictions for 2019…

Once a year we pretend to be radio futurologists and predict the future of radio, with our annual radio industry predictions. The truth is, with deregulation and the continued movement of the top talent in the industry, anything could happen in 2019. So we’ve gone for some tongue-in-cheek predictions this year along with one or two which have a more than 50% chance of happening. Comments are open for a few days if you want to add yours! Happy New Year! January Global announces details of netw...
Tags: Bbc, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, Oxford, Northern Ireland, Glasgow, LBC, Bauer, Paul Smith, Emma Bunton, Steve Allen, Iain Lee, Scott Mills, Bbc Local Radio, Simon Mayo

Celebrity Big Brother: Roxanne Pallet incident tops 2018 Ofcom complaints

Celebrity Big Brother, Love Island and Loose Women were among the programmes viewers objected to.
Tags: UK, News, Ofcom, Roxanne Pallet

Russian regulator launches probe into BBC's operations

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's media regulator says it has launched an investigation into the Russian operations of the BBC.Friday's announcement comes a day after British broadcasting regulator Ofcom said that Kremlin-funded television... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, Russia, Ap, Bbc, Ofcom, Moscow, Kremlin

Ready for Glasto-net? Cheap, local low-power networks up for grabs

Ofcom proposes shakeup of spectrum bidding process Some technologies lurking under the 5G umbrella promise to reshape the entire communications sector, creating new uses and businesses we can't imagine today. Ofcom showed it was hip to a few of these this week with a radical new way of opening up the airwaves.…
Tags: Software, Ofcom

Ready for Glasto-net? Cheap, local low-power networks up for grabs in the UK

Ofcom proposes shakeup of spectrum bidding process Some technologies lurking under the 5G umbrella promise to reshape the entire communications sector, creating new uses and businesses we can't imagine today. Ofcom showed it was hip to a few of these this week with a radical new way of opening up the airwaves.…
Tags: UK, Software, Ofcom

Russian media regulator to investigate BBC's operations

Retaliatory move comes after UK watchdog found network RT broke impartiality rulesRussia’s media regulator is to carry out checks to determine whether the BBC World news channel and BBC websites are in compliance with Russian law.The watchdog said it was acting in response to a decision by the British media regulator, Ofcom, which on Thursday said the Russian broadcaster RT had broken impartiality rules in some of its news and current affairs programmes. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, UK, Media, Russia, World news, Bbc, Television industry, Ofcom, BBC World