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05/12/2019 19:30:06  

The Tory leader will not spell out what his manifesto means. But the threat to law and democracy from many of his ideas is immense

In the context of one of the most worrying threats to liberty and the constitution in decades, the future of John Bercow may seem a petty matter. Yet if you seek a small indication of how a Boris Johnson majority government might behave more generally, then whether Mr Bercow is given a peerage might offer the public an insight. Ever since the 18th century, almost every Commons Speaker, good or bad, has been given a peerage when they step down. Mr Bercow has not yet been offered one but told the Observer last month that he “would accept, if it was offered”.

The point here is not whether the automatic peerage convention is a good one, or the House of Lords an institution worth preserving. Neither proposition gets our vote. The point is whether a decision to single out Mr Bercow, if it happens, indicates a more general appetite in Mr Johnson’s Tories for revenge against its enemies and a more peremptory approach against those with the temerity to get in the way of Brexiter orthodoxy and dogma. The election campaign has raised that possibility. When Channel 4 held its party leaders’ climate debate last month, Mr Johnson did not turn up. The broadcaster decided to empty-chair him for the debate with a melting ice sculpture, whereupon the Conservative party threatened to review Channel 4’s licence if elected. This week the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom, rejected a Tory party bias complaint against Channel 4. In the event of a Johnson win, it may be a matter of time before Ofcom, too, finds itself in the dock.

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05/12/2019 15:30:31  

Comms provider switched 118 people to its services without their consent

Imagine a telco kicking down your front door, yelling "all your bills are belong to us" then leaving. In the industry parlance, it's known as "slamming" and Ofcom has fined Onestream £35,000 for the practice.…

03/12/2019 13:30:05  

Tories complained to Ofcom that broadcast breached due impartiality rules, alleging pattern of bias at channel

Channel 4 has been cleared of bias by the media regulator after replacing Boris Johnson with a melting block of ice during last week’s leadership debate on the climate crisis.

The Conservatives had complained to Ofcom that last week’s broadcast broke strict broadcasting impartiality rules after Channel 4 News refused to accept the former environment secretary Michael Gove as a stand-in for the prime minister in the seven-way debate.

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03/12/2019 13:28:40  

As Guido reported yesterday, Corbyn has a history of appearing on the Islam Channel – who have been censured twice by Ofcom, and fined over £30,000, for supporting marital rape and violence against women. During one interview, Corbyn said two men convicted for raising funds for terrorism ‘haven’t done anything wrong’… It has now emerged Corbyn’s links […]

The post Corbyn was 2019 Keynote Speaker at Islam Channel After it Was Censured Over Antisemitism and Advocating Marital-Rape appeared first on Guido Fawkes.

03/12/2019 13:25:52  

The Conservative Party complained about its representation in the Channel 4 News Climate Debate.
02/12/2019 16:28:28  

It has been uncovered that between 2013 and 2015 Corbyn made several appearances on Islam Channel, years after it had been censured by Ofcom for encouraging violence against women and advocating marital rape. The broadcasting regulator also ruled the channel broke broadcasting code after describing women who wear perfume outside the home as “prostitutes”. All […]

The post Corbyn Made Multiple TV Appearences on Islam Channel after it was Slammed by Ofcom for Supporting Marital Rape appeared first on Guido Fawkes.

28/11/2019 19:27:46  

Following their treatment over tonight’s absurd climate debate, Lee Cain has formally complained to OFCOM about channel 4’s bias. Read it in full here:

The post Read in Full: The Tories’ Channel 4 Bias Complaint to Ofcom appeared first on Guido Fawkes.

20/11/2019 14:27:48  

When you can’t afford broadband at home, everything – from school work to Ucas or benefit applications – is more difficult

A lot of the discussion about Labour’s promise to provide free fibreoptic broadband for all has revolved around economics, speculative polling and even “communism”. But it has not addressed what life without easy internet access is actually like for people across the country.

I’m 26 now, and we didn’t have the internet at home when I was a teenager. Internet access is generally bad in rural communities, but I lived in Belfast: it was just one utility bill too many. In fact, it’s still fairly common for people not to have it because of the cost – according to 2017 figures from Ofcom, only 47% of those on low incomes have broadband internet at home. So when I saw the policy announcement, my first thought was how much easier free internet would have made my school work and university applications.

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19/11/2019 11:27:37  

From John Craven to Lizo and beyond, the children’s news show has been an institution for generations of kids. Why get rid of such a reassuring classic?

When you grow up, you still think children’s TV is the way you left it. To many of us, Newsround is still presented every weekday by John Craven, or by Lizo Mzimba, just before Neighbours. Except, of course, that it isn’t. The children’s news show was shifted to the CBBC channel early in 2013, and soon it may barely be on that channel either.

With the rise of on-demand television and the changing ways children consume news, CBBC is asking Ofcom if it can cut Newsround bulletins on their channel from 85 to 35 hours per year. At the same time it will “evolve” and expand its offering for children on its website. The iconic teatime bulletin, a broadcast that has run every weekday since John Craven’s Newsround in 1972, will be cut. All that will appear on the channel is a short morning bulletin, which is still popular and shown in schools.

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16/11/2019 19:27:03  

Resources to be redeployed at non-TV viewers after ratings for CBBC and CBeebies tumble

Children’s news programme Newsround is set to lose its afternoon programme after nearly 50 years of broadcasting, as CBBC viewing figures plunge.

In proposals submitted to Ofcom, the BBC announced plans to cut the amount of news shown on CBBC, BBC’s dedicated children’s channel, from 85 to 35 hours per year.

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15/11/2019 18:27:35  

Nationalisation of BT’s broadband arm sounds easy in theory but in practice price and pensions are big obstacles

Free broadband – indeed, an ultra-fast fibre service delivered to every household and business – sounds a highly popular idea. And Openreach, BT’s broadband division, is a deserving target for nationalisation, one could argue. Regulator Ofcom has been regularly frustrated over the years by the company’s foot-dragging over the pace of fibre optic roll-out.

In 2017, Ofcom forced the legal separation of Openreach to raise the stakes and make the threat of a break-up of BT feel real. So why not go further by pressing the nationalisation button to ignite investment?

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12/11/2019 17:26:33  

Ofcom fined company for ‘deliberate strategy of pricing discrimination’ against Whistl

Royal Mail has lost an appeal against a £50m fine from media regulator Ofcom for anti-competitive behaviour against its largest competitor, the parcels business Whistl.

Confirmation of the fine came on the day that Royal Mail went to the high court in a legal bid to prevent strikes by postal workers in the run-up to Christmas. A verdict is expected on Wednesday.

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12/11/2019 14:22:22  

Royal Mail challenged the decision in August 2018 that it had abused its dominant market position.
08/11/2019 08:25:11  

Company claims there were ‘potential irregularities’ in ballot of CWU members

Royal Mail is making an application to the high court to try to block workers from staging a strike over job security and employment conditions that it says risks having an impact on the UK’s general election.

The company claims there were “potential irregularities” in the ballot of Communication Workers Union (CWU) members over industrial action that could mean the recent vote was “unlawful”. It has also contacted the communications regulator, Ofcom, over its concerns.

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06/11/2019 14:26:28  

Melanie Dawes will fill Sharon White's £500k shoes – report

Brit regulator Ofcom has appointed internal director Jonathan Oxley as interim chief exec, with the permanent position to be announced after the UK general election.…

06/11/2019 10:25:10  

Most senior woman in the civil service chosen by UK media and telecoms regulator

Ofcom has chosen Melanie Dawes, one of the UK’s most senior civil servants, to be its new chief executive, the Guardian can reveal.

The 53-year-old, the most senior female in the civil service, is currently permanent secretary at the ministry of housing, communities and local government, which she took over from Lord Kerslake in 2015.

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24/10/2019 18:19:37  
24/10/2019 14:22:42  

Report finds broadcaster must do more to prove value to viewers more familiar with Netflix

The BBC is at risk of losing a generation of younger viewers who have drifted away to services such as Netflix and YouTube, potentially putting the future of the licence fee at risk, according to the media regulator.

Ofcom said the corporation must do much more to convince audiences who have grown up with YouTube as their main source of video and who now instinctively turn to social media channels for news that the BBC is worth supporting.

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24/10/2019 12:18:45  

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom says the corporation needs to make more effort to attract young people.
18/10/2019 14:21:56  

Ofcom: Ahem. Just check our website

The tossing away of user-generated content on Yahoo!'s long-running Groups site on Wednesday was not just bad news for all the hardcore users who are about to lose all their precious things stored there. Many were quick to point at telcos, who were using Yahoo! Groups to manage phone number assignments.…

17/10/2019 18:22:38  

There is no immediate threat to the licence fee. But the corporation must update the case for its place in Britain’s national life

As the current BBC charter agreement still has eight years to run, the culture secretary’s remarks about the future of the licence fee should not be blown out of proportion – particularly as they came on a day when ministers may have been keen to shift attention away from the decision to scrap an age verification system for online pornography. Responding to a question from a Conservative MP, Nicky Morgan said on Wednesday that she is “open-minded” on the subject of how the corporation should be funded in future, and will listen to arguments from all sides. A policy of switching to a Netflix-style voluntary subscription service is unlikely to form part of the Conservatives’ next general election manifesto, since the royal charter guarantees the licence fee’s maintenance until 2027.

But the BBC’s longer-term future nonetheless deserves attention. The “health check” due to be carried out partway through the current 11-year deal could provide an opportunity for ministerial intervention, although the licence fee falls outside that review’s scope. The transformation of the global media landscape by streaming services makes the compulsory £154.50 charge harder to justify than it was when the BBC dominated the UK’s television landscape (20 years ago BBC1 and BBC2 between them had an almost 40% share of TV audiences; last year they had only 27%). So does the corporation’s continuing struggle, shared by other traditional broadcasters, to engage younger and more ethnically diverse audiences. Policymakers, organisations with an interest in UK media and culture, and above all the BBC itself, must use this time to explore and reflect on options and possibilities.

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