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Saturday 20 June 2009, PM

Another exciting new sound for BBC Radio

Flash Player is already installed in many corporate environments - and, since Flash is in use on many other websites including the video for BBC iPlayer, chances are you'll already have it. In the UK, we've taken this opportunity to greatly increase our audio quality doubling the bitrates for most live streams, and using a significantly more efficient audio codec which increases the audio quality yet further. For bitrate watchers - AAC is much more efficient than MP3 at the same bitrate, and thus gives a significantly better sound. - bbc.co.uk

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Saturday 20 June 2009, AM

A carve-up of the licence fee would be sheer vandalism | Polly Toynbee |Comment is free |The Guardian

Just as the lottery was once plundered so the BBC will, before long, shrink away to something insignificant. Make no mistake, that isthe purpose of those malign forces that have pushed for this for years. This is not about the sum of money itself, because governments already decide how much the BBC gets when setting the licence fee in hard times ahead, no doubt the BBC will be squeezed like everyone else. - guardian.co.uk

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Friday 19 June 2009, PM

BBC NEWS | Business | Setanta loses Premier TV rights

A potential rescue deal, led by a US investor who had proposed buying 51 of Setanta, had fallen through. The league will now put the rights to the 46 live matches for the 2009/2010 season out to auction, after Setanta missed Friday's payment deadline. Offers to buy the rights need to be made by Monday. - news.bbc.co.uk

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Premier League ends Setanta deal |Media |guardian.co.uk

Setanta's failure to meet the deadline for the next instalment of payments for the 46 live Premier League matches next season casts serious doubt over the company's future, after a fortnight in which it has been desperately seeking new funding to ward off the threat of administration. The Premier League will now re-tender the 46 live matches to other broadcasters in two packages of 23 live games. It is with considerable regret that we announce that Setanta has been unable to meet its obligations. - guardian.co.uk

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Media Talk: Digital Britain

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Thursday 18 June 2009, AM

The corporation fixation | Comment | Broadcast

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Setanta collapse could cost Premier League clubs 30m |Media |The Guardian

Setanta must pay the Premier League another instalment of 10m by the end of Friday or face the possibility of going into administration. The Irish company faces yet another crucial day on Friday, when it is due to pay 10m to the Premier League. If it misses that deadline, its rights will revert to the League and Setanta is likely to go into administration. - guardian.co.uk

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Ofcom to crack down on strong sexual content shown just after watershed |Media |guardian.co.uk

Ofcom is concerned that these services are broadcasting sexually explicit content, including R18 material, that is only meant to appear on encrypted, subscription-only adult channels. In the past couple of years, the regulator has fined a number of babe channels for breaches of the broadcast code. In April Ofcom fined Playboy TV 22,500 for serious and repeated breaches of the broadcasting code for the unencrypted airing of explicit scenes in 2007 and 2008. - guardian.co.uk

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Wednesday 17 June 2009, PM

BBC Media Show: 17 June Digital Britain

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Tuesday 16 June 2009, PM

Tip blocks TV and phone signals

Residents in Rhosaman, Carmarthenshire claim they have noticed interruptions after Celtic Energy's East Pit returned to full production. Some say they have had to change mobile companies and can no longer receive certain digital television channels. Neath Port Talbot Council said the tip operated within the approved height granted by planning permission. - news.bbc.co.uk

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Digital Britain: Stephen Carters plans for broadband, web piracy, television, local media |Media |guardia

9.10am After months of debate, bargaining and thinking deep thoughts, Stephen Carter's media baby, Digital Britain, will today be unveiled. The announcement is expected by the new culture minister, Ben Bradshaw, at about 3.30pm in the House of Commons. The unveiling of the report could be delayed, depending upon the parliamentary business it follows. - guardian.co.uk

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Friday 20 March 2009, AM

BBC Red Button in the Freeview EPG : BBC - Press Red Blog

In our What's On post on Wednesday, we mentioned that one of the comments heard regularly is that people don't always know about some of the content we have on the red button. This data hasn't traditionally been held in the BBC's normal schedule database, hence it hasn't been available before. Getting the data isn't as simple as it would be for a normal TV channel. - bbc.co.uk

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Monday 16 March 2009, PM

BBC HD Channel Up To Nine Hours Per Day : BBC - BBC Internet Blog:

Those paying close attention may have noticed that for the first time today outside of a major event, the BBC HD schedule is up at 9 hours. That's the full service that we have permission for from the BBC Trust, and from now on until there is any extension to the service the channel we plan to deliver to you. We'll start daily at 4pm, and run through to between 12.30 and 1.30 7 nights a week although we will of course still extend the channel hours when there are sporting or other events that fall outside those hours. - bbc.co.uk

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Barb TV ratings system to change |Media |guardian.co.uk

The multi-platform, timeshifted digital world means the percentage of programme's audience that watches it the first time it appears on the small screen is in rapid decline. Smith's more recent offering, The Pursuit of Happyness, had only 25 of its total audience watching its debut live on Sky Movies Premiere last year. In addition, viewers could watch via Sky Movies Premiere1 or a number of narrative repeats on the two channels over the next seven days. - guardian.co.uk

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Grade s ITV is in a classic lose lose situation | Greg Dyke - Times Online

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Friday 13 March 2009, AM

BBC NEWS | Science Environment | Campaign against snide online remarks

The internet has created a whole new language. That is the official word coined in the States for a snide remark made online. The web-based 'nastiness' has annoyed one New York writer so much he has started a campaign against it. - news.bbc.co.uk

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Guardian Media Talk: The death of regional media?

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BBC Media Show: 11 March 2009

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RTL slashes Fives value by half and eyes merger with Channel 4 |Media |The Guardian

The owner of Five, RTL, yesterday slashed the value of the television company by more than half, blaming conditions in the advertising market. Gerhard Zeiler, RTL's chief executive, added that the worsening environment in the UK was forcing companies to consider consolidation. Five made a loss before financial and restructuring charges of 2m, compared with a profit in 2007 of 10m. - guardian.co.uk

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Thursday 12 March 2009, AM

Ripping up the rulebook at ITV

It takes just 2 minutes and offers full, instant access to the Broadcast website along with a copy of the magazine delivered every week. - broadcastnow.co.uk

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Tuesday 10 March 2009, AM

BBC NEWS | Technology | The future of TV lies on the net

As its name suggests IPTV is all about getting the shows you like via the net rather than through the air. Viewers will be able to watch on-demand content through their television via a special set top box, expected to cost between 100-200. The service will run in addition to existing on-demand efforts such as BBC iPlayer and 4oD, and content on Canvas will require no extra subscription - just an existing broadband connection. - news.bbc.co.uk

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DTG News: ASTRA 2C satellite to move to 31.5 Degrees East

In the meantime, the services transmitted via 28.2 degrees East will continue to be broadcast from the other satellites co-located at this orbital position. DTG Staff 10.03.2009 Links open in a new window. - dtg.org.uk

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BSkyBs Digital Britain response

9 March, 2009 BSkyB's open letter responding to the Digital Britain report March 2009. It takes just 2 minutes and offers full, instant access to the Broadcast website along with a copy of the magazine delivered every week. - broadcastnow.co.uk

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DTG News: DTG publish D-Book 6

The specification is now published annually to keep pace with the UKs rapidly-evolving DTT platform. The DTG was established by the industry over a decade ago to protect consumers and safeguard the reputations of distribution platforms and receiver manufacturers. This has been achieved by defining the detailed interoperability specification for UK DTT, and by the development and implementation of test specifications and test regimes to measure product conformance against brand requirements. - dtg.org.uk

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Freeview HD box spec published

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BBC iPlayer to go HD!

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Monday 09 March 2009, AM

Emily Bell: The biggest mistake of the past 10 years? Too much stuff |Media |The Guardian

Bear with me as we recap last week's 100-yard dash of media industry financial woe before breasting the tape of eternal doom. The ABCs for national newspapers recorded almost universal sales decline, with no sector growing and the Daily Sport yes, it is still going withdrawing from the audit altogether. The lack of any boundaries to bandwidth was only encouraged by a seemingly ever-expanding pool of advertising opportunities. - guardian.co.uk

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Sunday 08 March 2009, PM

Microsoft adding HD to Windows-7 - Rapid TV News

Read more Louise Duffy 04-01-2013 A Pakistani parliamentary panel has asked the government to ban all foreign content in any language during prime time on television. Read more Iaki Ferreras 04-01-2013 Madrid's regional public broadcaster Telemadrid is going through the worst time in its history the company has serious financial problems and is close to shutting... - rapidtvnews.com

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Sky+HD Guide

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Saturday 07 March 2009, PM

Fall from grace of Michael Grades ITV - TV Radio, Media - The Independent

As the red-socked television impresario walked into its headquarters in London's Gray's Inn Road, staff left their desks in the hope of a glimpse of the returning hero and burst into a spontaneous cheer when he appeared. The staff who once cheered their new executive chairman to the rafters had to hear from him that 600 jobs about 13 per cent of the workforce would be lost. You had to feel a little sympathy for the former Channel 4 chief executive who could not, when he determined to return to the commercial sector, have foreseen the economic conditions he would inherit. - independent.co.uk

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Friday 06 March 2009, PM

Media Talk: ITV in crisis

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Friday 06 March 2009, AM

DTV broadcasters: Suddenly loss of signal could be a problem | Tech Policy Law News - Betanews

Much more serious, they condend, is the real possibility -- one which broadcasters are apparently just now addressing -- that certain viewers including those on the outskirts of analog broadcasting signals' coverage areas may suddenly find themselves without service. A key problem, however, as Rehr told the FCC, is the possibility of signal loss -- that some viewers won't get the signals from the channels that used to serve them. During Hawaii's early switchover on January 17, the biggest issue consumers there reported to call centers, according to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, was the inability to get a picture. - betanews.com

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Sport TV rights: Sky want sport belonging to terrestrial television |Sport |The Guardian

They will present evidence that they claim shows that broadcasting events exclusively on pay TV does not have a detrimental effect on live attendances or reach. Supporters of strengthening the list will also point out that following the switch to digital television in 2012, the number of broadcasters that satisfy the free-to-air criteria will increase. With Uefa and Fifa also lobbying to have the legislation relaxed, there is also speculation that England's bid for the 2018 World Cup may make it politically expedient to give the latter a sympathetic hearing. - guardian.co.uk

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Thursday 05 March 2009, AM

C4 s Duncan: TV won t bounce back for years

4 March, 2009 By Robin Parker Channel 4 boss Andy Duncan has warned of the threat to the future of the industry posed by the economic downturn. It takes just 2 minutes and offers full, instant access to the Broadcast website along with a copy of the magazine delivered every week. - broadcastnow.co.uk

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Fall from grace of Michael Grades ITV - TV Radio, Media - The Independent

As the red-socked television impresario walked into its headquarters in London's Gray's Inn Road, staff left their desks in the hope of a glimpse of the returning hero and burst into a spontaneous cheer when he appeared. The staff who once cheered their new executive chairman to the rafters had to hear from him that 600 jobs about 13 per cent of the workforce would be lost. You had to feel a little sympathy for the former Channel 4 chief executive who could not, when he determined to return to the commercial sector, have foreseen the economic conditions he would inherit. - independent.co.uk

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Wednesday 04 March 2009, PM

BBC Media Show: 4 March 2009

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ITV's headache is longer lasting than the recession

The latest round of cost cuts at ITV come as little surprise. We were expecting a dividend cut, probable disposals of Friends Reunited and SDN, a cut to the programming budget and at least 500 job cuts. The commercial broadcaster has taken a 2.7bn write down on the value of its assets and the proposed cost cuts are unlikely to be enough to cover its losses. - blogs.telegraph.co.uk

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Wednesday 04 March 2009, AM

ITV to focus on peak-time shows |Media |guardian.co.uk

The X Factor the sort of peak-time show ITV will focus on. Michael Grade, the ITV executive chairman, said the broadcaster was likely to cut its new original drama output from eight to seven hours a week as part of the cuts. The broadcaster has already announced plans to cut The Bill from two hours a week to one. - guardian.co.uk

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ITV could shut Leeds and Manchester bases and create new northern HQ |Media |guardian.co.uk

The future of ITV's base at Quay Street in Manchester is under review. The commercial broadcaster today confirmed it would close its main studio complex in Leeds, as revealed by MediaGuardian.co.uk yesterday, with the loss of 192 jobs. One of the centre's main productions, Countdown, which ITV makes for Channel 4, will move across the Pennines to the north-west. - guardian.co.uk

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Highs and lows of ITV - TV Radio, Media - The Independent

ITV's announcement that it is axing 600 jobs comes as it battles to survive the worst advertising downturn in a generation, stiff competition from other networks and an expensive schedule of programming. The production of Heartbeat has been halted and expensive stars, such as Ant and Dec and Simon Cowell, have been warned that future golden handcuffs deals may have to be cut back when their contracts come up for negotiation, it has been reported. The company's difficulties have been made worse by a cash crisis, according to a report in the Guardian, with a 250m bond due to be repaid this month and a 500m bond due by 2011. - independent.co.uk

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Interesting Stuff 2009-03-03

Jemima Kiss has published the latest in the series of 'BBC Builders' articles. The proposals are on the BBC Trust site here. Did you know U2 have a new album out - bbc.co.uk

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WIN! A Humax Freesat+ PVR!

Whats more, its got 500GB of built-in storage with the capacity to retain up to 125 hours of HD content, plus a host of recording features including series recording, schedule tracking and split recording. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please note that this competition is only open to UK residents over 18 years of age. - futurecompetitions.com

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ITV staff braced for cuts

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Sky News Radio: Alphabetical List Of All Stations Served After IRN Deal | Home | Sky News

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Tuesday 03 March 2009, AM

BBC NEWS | Technology | Pirate radio puts lives at risk

Regulator Ofcom says the broadcasts can put lives at risk by interfering with emergency service frequencies, and can also block legitimate stations. Police officers raided an address in north London which, they say, housed an illegal radio station. Ofcom says there are more than 150 pirate radio stations operating across the UK, half of which operate in London and the South East of England. - news.bbc.co.uk

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BT emerges as suitor to merge with cash-strapped Channel 4 - TV Radio, Media - The Independen

BT is set to emerge as a likely candidate to merge with Channel 4 after the broadcaster's chairman said he would welcome talks that could offer a solution to its 150m funding shortfall. The need for a partner for Channel 4 is becoming more apparent, with the Government keen for a solution to what will become a 150m annual funding shortfall by 2012. A deal with BT would have other obvious benefits for Channel 4, not least the ability to transmit its programmes on BT lines into homes and offices. - independent.co.uk

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ITV needs radical action| Reuters

Caught by both cyclical and structural change, the home to talent show the X-Factor and soap opera Coronation Street may have to suspend its dividend, increase cost savings and consider a rights issue if it is to protect its programming budget and retain advertisers. It may also be forced into non-core asset sales as it confronts the rapid downturn in advertising. Such an approach may even find favour with investors. - uk.reuters.com

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DTG News: Microsoft and NXP to showcase Windows Media Centre for DVB-T2

Leaps in technology innovation are made possible when companies can combine their expertise, and we are particularly happy to have joined forces with Microsoft to support DVB-T2. DVB-T2 is an upcoming terrestrial transmission format which will start a new era of multimedia enjoyment, enabling superior quality of broadcast video on the Windows PC. OEMs will facilitate network operators to expand their range of coverage with cost effective hardware for PC tuner solutions. - dtg.org.uk

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On The Radio: Sky News To Launch New Service

Sky News is available in more places than ever before - it has become the sole supplier of news to all of the UK's commercial radio stations. Sky News Radio is now supplying the 267 client stations of Independent Radio News, in addition to the 80 stations which have already signed up to the service. It means a total of more than 300 stations - reaching around 31 million listeners across the country - are receiving live bulletins as well as a 24-hour feed of scripts and audio material. - tinyurl.com

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Monday 02 March 2009, AM

Emma Scott: All set to broadcast bad news to rivals - Times Online

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