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Thursday 15 January 2009, AM

The Office of Fair Trading: Review of the Contract Rights Renewal Undertakings

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York council homes to get digital TV aerials (From York Press)

The new systems have recently been introduced in the Nunnery Lane area of York. The work is being carried out to prepare tenants for Yorks switch-over to digital TV in 2011. The work is being funded by charging tenants 50p per week for maintenance of their community aerial, rather than 17p. - link

Digital set-up hits residents pockets - Scarborough Evening News

Kevin Drinkall, 53, of Woodland Walk, is frustrated that Yorkshire Coast Homes is insisting on charging its 1,200 tenants who live in sheltered accommodation an additional 26 a year. The money will fund the new service, which will give residents access to Freeview, using a digital TV or set top box, plus access to Sky Plus by subscription without an additional aerial or dish. He said They now want to charge me 26 a year for something I dont need. - link

Dave brings +1 to Freeview | Broadband TV News

Dave, the self-styled home of witty banter, is adding its 1 hour channel to the UKs DTT platform Freeview. The channel, already available on Sky and Virgin Media, will go live on January 22 and continue between 08.00 and 04.00 daily. Its mix of popular comedy, panel games, and light hearted documentary features has helped define the channel while providing Freeview households with a glimpse of multichannel television outside of the public broadcasters. - link
Wednesday 14 January 2009, PM

Timeshifted Dave to launch on Freeview.

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BBC Media Show: 14/01/2009 link
Wednesday 14 January 2009, AM

BBC sorry for misquoting experts views |Media |The Observer

Dorothy Rowe complained to the corporation that her interview on the Radio 2 programme What Do You Believe had been so heavily edited that the final version misrepresented her views. What was not broadcast was what I had said about how such structures can be damaging to people. An Australian who spends much of her time in the UK, she has become one of the most respected modern-day thinkers, named as one of the six wisest people in the UK by a magazine and voted one of the world's 100 living geniuses in a global poll. - link
Tuesday 13 January 2009, PM

BBC deal could secure ITV local news until 2016 |Media |

ITV executives believe a deal to share resources with the BBC would guarantee the commercial broadcaster's regional news services until at least 2016. The proposed deal would see ITV and BBC regional news services produce separate programmes but share buildings and even news footage. Grade is heavily lobbying for the removal of a swathe of regulations - including abolishing programming production quotas and abolishing public service broadcasting licence payments - which ITV says costs it hundreds of millions of pounds. - link

Sky introduces low-power LNB

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Tuesday 13 January 2009, AM

Terrestrial - News - No SuperCasino for Northern Ireland - Digital Spy

The service will be available 24 hours a day on channel 48 in England, Scotland and Wales. However, gambling regulations in Northern Ireland mean that it is not carried on the Belfast transmitter. - link

Stephen Brook on Channel 4s funding gap |Media |

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CNN International joins Freeview |Media |

The channel will air on Freeview 84 seven days a week between the hours of 9pm and 1am. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. - link
Monday 12 January 2009, AM

Alok Jha on Skys plans to save tonnes of CO2 |Media |The Guardian

It was the first UK broadcaster to go carbon neutral and now Sky wants to do more. The company's latest plans, announced today, include energy-efficient studios, upgrading set-top boxes to automatically go into standby mode, and encouraging production companies to develop more sustainable ways to make programmes. To offset a total carbon footprint of just over 52,000 tones, the company, chaired by James Murdoch, has invested in wind and hydro energy schemes in China and India. - link
Sunday 11 January 2009, PM

The DTV launch is a shambles, say FCC commissioners | Betanews

Adelstein has served at the FCC since 2002, and McDowell began his first term in 2006. Remember the coordinated governmental effort to fix and work around potential Y2K problems That tech initiative, like the DTV transition, involved multiple agencies. - link
Saturday 10 January 2009, PM

The UK government s plans to retain email data and rate online content will cost too much, destroy business, liber

JBL will be at CES this year, which is no surprise, and itll be showing off at least a trio of new speakers, which also isnt that surprising. ReadMore A number of startups have attempted to create what might be termed the Instagram for video. Now, before you throw up in your mouth at such an idea, consider the players so far. - link
Friday 09 January 2009, PM

Deadline announced for local TV licences

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Digital television switchover is on July 1

As the credit crunch bites harder many people will want to know how much going digital will cost. The Huntshaw Cross transmitter and its smaller local relay masts which serve much of North Devon will be converted so they can broadcast digital signals, offering more choice in channels and services. Residents who want to receive television via an aerial will need to make sure their TVs can receive these digital signals. - link

Financial crisis boosts Freesat sales | News | TechRadar UK

The latest data from Freesat shows that sales of the subscription-free satellite service doubled in the run-up to Christmas. The success of Freesat, which launched in May last year, can be attributed to several factors. As the economic crisis continues to bite, Freesat's free digital TV package is an ideal choice for telly-watchers. - link

U.K. Stocks Drop for Third Day; Anglo American, ITV, BSkyB Fall

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Ive read Ofcoms public service review submissions so you dont have to |Media |

Ofcom received some 300 submissions in December, in response to the regulator's Public Service Broadcasting Review phase two, and prior to its final recommendations, which it will publish later this month. Several worried stars, including Grand Designs' Kevin McCloud, plead Channel 4's case. now a backer of Danny Boyle's film Slumdog Millionaire and is exercised about the future of Channel 4 subsidiary Film4. - link

BBC NEWS | Technology | TVs on show at tech expo

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BBC Media Show: 7 January 2009 link

Media Talk: Is the British media anti-Israel? link

Obama transition team suggests delaying DTV transition | Betanews

VP Dennis Wharton suggested that it was the original firmness of this transition date that enabled the whole changeover to take place to begin with, and that it may be far too late now for legislators or executive officials to trade blame for insufficient resources. Last November, soon after his appointment to the new transition team, Podesta -- former chief of staff under Pres. Clinton -- suggested to Multichannel News that the DTV switchover would be one of his team's many subjects, although he admitted some ignorance of its details at the time. - link
Wednesday 07 January 2009, PM

No Formula 1 for BBC HD...yet | What Satellite Digital TV

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Tuesday 06 January 2009, PM

Is internet radio in your car the future? - blog - James Cridland

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Three million still to make digital TV switch - Which? News

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Monday 05 January 2009, PM

More viewers for More4

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Media Monkey: Michael Grade delivers second opinion on Doctor Who: I was wrong |Media |

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Monday 05 January 2009, AM

Broadcasting Cross-media Mergers - BERR

An example of an anti-competitive activity would be when two companies agree to charge the same price for a similar product. Anti-competitive activities can be very bad for consumers. Reforming and improving the laws on anti-competitive activities is a major part of this work. - link

How will UK television be affected by the credit crunch? |Media |The Guardian

In many ways, 2009 will be like 2008 - only more so. Current trends will continue to be important shaping schedules and characterising commissioning. Similarly, the emphasis within lifestyle shows will continue to shift away from property programmes that view houses as investments - an acquisitive attitude that seems old-fashioned in recessionary times - and towards shows predicated on houses being homes. - link

Maggie Brown: 2009 will be a watershed year for British broadcasting |Media |The Guardian

This year promises to be a watershed in British broadcasting. By the end of this month we will have the options of a rescue package for beleaguered Channel 4, and of relief for ITV from some of its regional commitments and restraints - with Ofcom giving its final policy recommendations to the government from the public service broadcasting review in two weeks' time. The regulator spent the end of 2008 tackling the cuts faced by regional programmes, news, religious, arts and children's programmes. - link

Fury in France as Sarkozy bans adverts from state TV - Europe, World - The Independent

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Saturday 03 January 2009, PM

Missing your bingo telly fix? | Bingo News

Since the surprise departure of ITV's live bingo show, some of us at the Hideout have confessed to missing our weekly fix of bingo on the telly. Helping more people to play UK bingo than ever before, the show demonstrated that you don't have to play online to get your fix or to get a huge bingo bonus in the bank. Of course, there has been talk of bingo launching on most mobile phones next year too, and if you have SKY you can always check out the games available on the Gala channel. - link
Saturday 03 January 2009, AM

Are the worlds digital plans killing mobile DTV?

Here's a very familiar theme for us every year Despite not only manufacturers' own best efforts but also certain governments' own regulatory bodies to drive and even enforce industry standards, there's no one way to do digital mobile TV. Despite the push from manufacturers, mobile carriers and government regulatory agencies, mobile digital television has failed to make an impact on the world like it did in South Korea. There has been doubt about the viability of mobile digital television for years, and in 2008, we watched the different approaches of the US and EU toward hastening its adoption yield ultimately the same result. - link
Friday 02 January 2009, PM

Sky TV aerial charge is a real turn-off - Islington News: Gordon McIntosh | HfI | Homes For Islington | SKY | TV Aerial

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New Doctor to be revealed on BBC One tomorrow

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North Devon Digital television switchover is on July 1

THE job of getting the West Country ready for the big switch to digital television falls to Bill Taylor. Around the UK switchover will take place gradually as each transmitter is converted to provide high-power digital signals. These will reach virtually all households including those unable to receive Freeview today. - link
Friday 02 January 2009, AM

Competition rules would scupper Channel 4 and Five merger, report says |Media |

The idea of the merger, previously examined in 2004, resurfaced in December as a possible scenario for plugging the 150m-a-year funding gap that Channel 4 claims it will face by 2012. Ofcom has put the figure at between 60m and 100m. A combined Channel 4 and Five would control 34 of the UK TV ad market. - link

Where Are Our Extra FTA Digital Channels? - Gizmodo Australia

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Wednesday 31 December 2008, PM

Viacom pulls nine channels from Time Warner US cable network |Media |

If the channels are pulled tomorrow morning as planned, viewers will be able to log on to a website to complain. To contact the MediaGuardian news desk email or phone 020 3353 3857. For all other inquiries please call the main Guardian switchboard on 020 3353 2000. - link

BBC Media Show: 31 December 2008 link
Wednesday 31 December 2008, AM

Plug is pulled on Southampton tenants' cable TV (From Daily Echo)

They will instead give 13,000 Southampton tenants the choice of hooking up to Sky TV or Freeview in time for the digital switchover in 2012. Tory council leaders will spend 2.6 million installing a new system enabling tenants to receive digital TV signals from a communal aerial or satellite dish. John Radmore, treasurer of the Southampton Federation of Tenants and Residents Association, said there had been complaints about picture quality and a lack of channels. - link
Monday 29 December 2008, PM

BBC NEWS | Technology | Getting the most out of broadband

With retail, housing and even hi-tech grinding to a bit of a halt in recent months, most commentators would agree that 2009 is going to be a slow year. Both BT and Virgin Media will kick-start their plans for next generation access in the UK in 2009. Virgin Media will upgrade its cable network to deliver speeds of up to 50Mbps megabits per second during the first six months of 2009. - link

Turn off Sky News to get the real picture - The Daily Record

I've watched him do this on several international stories, and even seen him up close and personal in the Sky studios. As has been his network's coverage of Gaza. In endless footage of the massacre, not a head severed from the body has been shown, not a dead child, a mutilated woman. - link
Saturday 27 December 2008, PM

Australians get ready for the future of free TV | The Courier-Mail

WITHIN the next 12 months, Australian audiences will have access to a range of brand new digital television channels. Anews or classic-movies multi-channel, a 24-hour sports network and a channel that plays repeats two hours later are among plans being worked on by the big commercial networks. Viewers will also be able to buy a Freeview box that will allow them to record and store digital television content and have access to free electronic program guides all big advantages that subscription TV currently has over free-to-air. - link
Saturday 27 December 2008, AM

BBCs 9 out of 10 triumph in Christmas ratings battle |Media |The Guardian

The latest adventures of Wallace Gromit smashed viewing records, becoming the most-watched programme of the year with an audience of 14.3 million. The average total audience in peak time was 24.4 million, up from 23.8 million in 2007, said the BBC. A Matter of Loaf and Death, commissioned by the BBC, was one of the high points of the year for the corporation, with a 53 audience share. - link
Friday 26 December 2008, PM

Media Talk: 2008 in review link
Wednesday 24 December 2008, PM

BBC Media Show: 24 December 2008 link
Wednesday 24 December 2008, AM

Radio Labs in 2008

It's about that time for an end of year review, so here's how 2008 went for Radio Labs. I started off in January writing about our 10 percent time scheme which allows our team use 10 of their time to do their own work-related projects. The team have certainly impressed me with how many ideas they have and how many of them they actually build as well. - link
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