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08/04/2020 10:05:49  

Only half the nation prefers digital radio to analogue, though

Britain's airwaves are opening up to DAB versions of local radio stations, Ofcom has declared as it tries to shift more Brits away from AM and FM radio.…

03/04/2020 19:01:57  
03/04/2020 15:04:34  

Complaints about cursing halve in five years, with viewers more concerned about racism and sexism

Swearing on air is no longer offensive to the British public, the television and radio regulator has concluded, after finding that complaints regarding on-air cursing have halved in five years.

Ofcom research found widespread agreement among the British public that societal norms around offence have shifted in recent years, with audiences particularly forgiving of accidental mild on-air swearing, such as when the ITV political editor, Robert Peston, recently blurted out “oh shit” during a recent Downing Street press conference on the coronavirus.

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27/03/2020 16:36:14  

Kremlin-backed channel fails to overturn Ofcom ruling that also related to Syria coverage

The Kremlin-backed news channel RT has lost a high court challenge to overturn a ruling by the UK media regulator that it broadcast biased programmes relating to the novichok poisoning in Salisbury and the war in Syria.

Ofcom fined RT £200,000 after determining that seven programmes, including two presented by the former MP George Galloway, were in breach of UK broadcasting rules relating to due impartiality regarding matters of political controversy.

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27/03/2020 14:33:03  

A High Court judge rules Ofcom was entitled to fine RT £200,000 for impartiality breaches.
25/03/2020 00:32:27  

With millions of people working from home, media watchdog Ofcom has some tips to boost internet speed.
24/03/2020 09:35:41  

Ministers call on mobile companies to send mass broadcast to reach up to 60m people

The UK government has taken the unprecedented step of asking mobile companies to send an alert to everyone in the UK telling them to heed the new nationwide lockdown rules.

It is the first time ministers have called upon all the UK’s mobile operators – including O2, EE, Three and Vodafone – to send a mass broadcast that will reach as many as 60 million people across the country. Only 4% of households do not have at least one mobile phone, according to the communications regulator, Ofcom.

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18/03/2020 18:34:41  

Instagram’s relentless optimism and promises of silver linings are giving me unexpected comfort when I’m distinctly lacking my own

The ramifications of the coronavirus outbreak are still unfolding, changing how we work, interact and, for me at least, use social media. Self-isolation means that most of us are using our phones even more than usual. It was already a great deal, with the average Brit checking their phone about every 12 minutes of the waking day. A digital detox is probably more necessary than ever during this period and yet also less feasible.

Over the past few days, overwhelmed by rolling news coverage and conspiracy theories, I’ve only managed to survive online by frequenting the “sunny side up” social media channels that are so often the subject of ridicule.

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09/03/2020 17:53:54  

Ofcom received 309 complaints that rapper Dave's performance was racist against white people.
27/02/2020 16:51:32  

Netflix and YouTube provide the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 with tough competition, says Ofcom report.
24/02/2020 14:51:04  

Ofcom testing of the UK's 5G network finds radiation is at a "small fraction" of safe levels.
22/02/2020 00:50:46  

Ofcom is asking why broadband firms charge people to keep old email addresses after switching providers.
21/02/2020 15:54:42  

Dangerous levels of EMF: Evidence-based Measurement Findings

UK comms regulator Ofcom today published the results of its latest spectrum measurement tests, which tracked electromagnetic field emissions at 16 of the busiest 5G sites.…

21/02/2020 11:54:53  

It's a hard job... why not outsource it?

Column Our favourite controller of UK media, Ofcom, is being given new powers to regulate the internet. Or censor it, depending on your preferred spin. It's all a bit fuzzy at the moment: with illegal content, the regulator will watch for the usual monsters of terrorism and child abuse and act swiftly to close them down and keep them down.…

19/02/2020 17:54:14  

But will you see your phone bills decreasing?

Ofcom must repay £218m to the UK's four main mobile network operators (MNOs) after overcharging them for spectrum access, the Court of Appeal ruled today.…

17/02/2020 15:54:57  

Station fined £75,000 after it let George Galloway breach impartiality rules on what it described as a ‘niche’ show

Rupert Murdoch’s talkRadio attempted to avoid a substantial fine for repeated breaches of broadcasting rules by arguing it had very few listeners, very few advertisers, and would face financial pressures if had to pay a substantial financial penalty.

The regulator Ofcom ultimately rejected this argument and imposed a £75,000 fine on the radio station, pointing out that talkRadio was ultimately owned by Murdoch’s News Corp, “a global media company with substantial revenue”.

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14/02/2020 16:53:17  

That's phone, broadband and pay TV

Starting from tomorrow, telcos who fail to offer their customers their best deals will find themselves on Ofcom's naughty step, potentially helping millions of customers in Britain.…

14/02/2020 07:52:34  

New Ofcom rules will force companies to offer the best deals when contracts end

Millions of customers could save up to a £1bn a year on the cost of their landline, broadband, TV and mobile packages, under new Ofcom rules forcing companies to offer the best deals when their contracts come to an end.

The broadcasting and media regulator’s new rules, which come into force from Saturday, could benefit the estimated 20 million customers who are paying over the odds because they are out of contract and not aware of better deals.

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13/02/2020 20:52:24  

News Media Association asks UK government for ‘harmful content’ opt-out for news publishers

Newspaper groups fear the government’s proposals to crack down on damaging social media content could inadvertently result in censorship of their own websites.

The Daily Mail is among the outlets that have warned about the government’s proposals to ask Ofcom to ensure British websites do their best to reduce online content that is legal but harmful to society.

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13/02/2020 13:52:32  

Activism can be lonely in rural areas, but social media lets lone children’s voices be amplified

In a remote village in north Norfolk, nine-year-old Amelia Bradbury has been standing alone outside her school gates every Friday for months. Like hundreds of thousands of young people across the world, she is following Greta Thunberg’s lead and campaigning for action on the climate crisis – but, far from any of the big city demonstrations, she’s having to go it alone.

“I was quite scared the first time because no one was doing it with me,” says Amelia. “But I’m doing this because I care about something. I really want people to listen to me and to make a difference.”

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12/02/2020 19:52:14  

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12/02/2020 15:52:50  

Ofcom awarded powers to police harmful content on social media – because the pr0n block went so well

UK comms watchdog Ofcom is to be handed new powers to police social media's handling of harmful content.…

12/02/2020 14:51:15  

Today the Government is officially announcing its plans to censor companies that host “harmful content such as violence, terrorism, cyber-bullying and child abuse” on the internet. The proposals will give the state quango Ofcom broad powers to censor the internet. By lumping in the subjective concept of “cyber-bullying” with genuine crimes, the scope for censorship is incredibly […]

The post Government Proposes ‘Most Censorious Online Speech Regime in the Western World’ appeared first on Guido Fawkes.

12/02/2020 12:53:51  

Watchdog to broadly oversee two specific areas covering illegal and harmful content

The government is to appoint Ofcom as an internet watchdog, giving it the ability to fine social media companies that do not protect users from harmful content. The culture secretary, Nicky Morgan, and the home secretary, Priti Patel, said Ofcom’s existing position as broadcasting regulator made it suitable to enforce rules to keep the internet safe.

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12/02/2020 10:52:44  

Ministers unveil plans to block harmful content, while guaranteeing free speech

Ofcom will be put in charge of regulating the internet, the government has announced, with a new range of powers intended to protect users from “harmful and illegal content” online.

The announcement comes as the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport publishes its response to a consultation over the online harms white paper, unveiled last April.

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