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. BT has been hit with a £42m fine from telecoms regulator Ofcom and will also pay £300m to corporate customers for delays in installing high-speed lines. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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. Landline and broadband customers who suffer poor service could get money back automatically under plans set out by the telecoms regulator, Ofcom. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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. BT has been fined £42m, the largest penalty imposed by regulator Ofcom, and will have to pay an estimated £300m in compensation to rival telecoms companies over delays installing high-speed internet connections. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... . The telecoms company was fined £42m by the regulator, Ofcom, over delays in installing high-speed lines. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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. Broadband and landline customers who suffer poor service could get millions of pounds of money back automatically under a scheme proposed by Ofcom. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The 118 004 number was the UK’s most expensive directory inquiries service and has now been withdrawn after pressure from the Observer. But the case has highlighted the extraordinary charges such companies can impose, after the telecoms regulator, Ofcom, opted out of putting a cap on such fees. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Is £42m a lot of money? To you and me, yes. And also to Ofcom, the telecoms regulator. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... The charges involved are mentioned in the message, but only at the end, by which time many callers would have tuned out or hung up. Telephone directory enquiry services which provide and connect to requested phone numbers are allowed to impose such extortionate charges by the telecoms regulator Ofcom, and Wagstaff’s aunt’s experience highlights the rip-off that the service has become since the industry was deregulated in 2003. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 08:11:23 AM
.... . The telecoms company was fined £42m by the regulator, Ofcom, over delays in installing high-speed lines. ...
BT fined £42m over delays to high-speed cable installation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 03:54:47 AM
. BT has been fined £42m, the largest penalty imposed by regulator Ofcom, and will have to pay an estimated £300m in compensation to rival telecoms companies over delays installing high-speed internet connections. ...
BT fined record £42m for late installations image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 12:47:14 AM
. BT has been hit with a £42m fine from telecoms regulator Ofcom and will also pay £300m to corporate customers for delays in installing high-speed lines. ...
118 directory enquiry numbers now cost more than a premium rate image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 07:59:25 AM
.... The charges involved are mentioned in the message, but only at the end, by which time many callers would have tuned out or hung up. Telephone directory enquiry services which provide and connect to requested phone numbers are allowed to impose such extortionate charges by the telecoms regulator Ofcom, and Wagstaff’s aunt’s experience highlights the rip-off that the service has become since the industry was deregulated in 2003. ...
£500 bill for one inquiry leads to call for cap on 118 charges image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 10:17:33 PM
....The 118 004 number was the UK’s most expensive directory inquiries service and has now been withdrawn after pressure from the Observer. But the case has highlighted the extraordinary charges such companies can impose, after the telecoms regulator, Ofcom, opted out of putting a cap on such fees. ...
Broadband users in line for millions in Ofcom compensation plan image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 09:31:46 AM
. Broadband and landline customers who suffer poor service could get millions of pounds of money back automatically under a scheme proposed by Ofcom. ...
Ofcom plans instant payback for broadband woes image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 07:38:46 AM
. Landline and broadband customers who suffer poor service could get money back automatically under plans set out by the telecoms regulator, Ofcom. ...
Plusnet fined £880,000 for charging more than 1,000 ex-customers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 02:35:18 PM
. Plusnet, the BT-owned broadband and landline company, has been fined almost £900,000 by Ofcom for continuing to charge more than 1,000 customers even though they had cancelled their accounts. ...
Plusnet fined £880,000 for billing former customers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 11:35:44 AM
....Plusnet, an internet service provider owned by BT, has been fined £880,000 for wrongly billing more than 1,000 former customers. An investigation by watchdog Ofcom found that the ISP broke a fundamental billing rule by continuing to charge a group of customers for landline and broadband after they had cancelled services. ...
Plusnet fined £880,000 by Ofcom for billing customers after contracts were cancelled image
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Time to make a noise over Rias’s silent calls image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 07:00:28 AM
.... I know it was Rias as I checked the number. The Financial Conduct Authority said it has nothing to do with them and gave me Ofcom’s number. ...
Fox takeover bid for Sky to be reviewed image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 11:37:23 AM
....Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has asked regulators to examine Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox's takeover bid for Sky. In a statement to parliament, she told MPs that media regulator Ofcom and competition regulator, the CMA, would be asked to investigate the deal. ...
Rupert Murdoch's Sky bid to be investigated by UK regulator image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 11:35:05 AM
....7bn takeover bid for Sky is to be investigated by the media regulator to see if it gives him too much control of news output in the UK and whether the Murdoch family are “fit and proper” owners following the phone-hacking scandal. The culture secretary, Karen Bradley, has referred 21st Century Fox’s bid to buy the 61% of Sky it does not already own to Ofcom to investigate potential public interest issues on two grounds. ...
Elderly 'hit by line rental charges' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 11:00:38 AM
. Recent increases in line rental charges have hit elderly people the hardest, according to an Ofcom report. ...
Vodafone to create 2,100 UK customer service jobs image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 12:07:38 AM
...."These new, skilled roles will make a real difference to our customers and a real difference to the communities that are the focus of our customer services investment," said Vodafone UK chief executive Nick Jeffery. Last October, regulator Ofcom fined Vodafone £4. ...
Robots delivering pizza and house viewing by VR: is 5G really the future? image
.... In the meantime, there are still basic infrastructure issues – including rural areas with little or no broadband coverage at all – that need sorting out. Last month, the telecoms and media regulator Ofcom published an update on 5G which highlighted a plethora of supposed benefits the technology will provide. ...
The Guardian view on the Ofcom deal: too little, too slowly | Editorial image
.... Now it is to become a legally separate company, but this means more or less nothing. BT’s deal with Ofcom over the future of this country’s broadband infrastructure can satisfy no one but the shareholders – who will still own both companies even after they have been legally separated. ...
Does BT's Openreach deal mean faster broadband or higher prices? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 01:21:25 PM
....Openreach, owned by BT, is a crucial part of Britain’s infrastructure, responsible for bringing landlines and broadband to most homes and companies in the country, not just for BT but also for rivals such as Sky. In a deal with regulator Ofcom, BT will now hive the company off independently, although it will remain the 100% owner. ...
BT boss: Openreach deal better 'long-term' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 08:43:37 AM
. BT has bowed to demands by the telecoms regulator Ofcom to legally separate Openreach, which runs the UK's broadband infrastructure. ...
BT Openreach deal could pave way for cheaper, faster broadband image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 07:32:13 AM
....Consumers could look forward to cheaper broadband and better service after BT finally agreed a deal to legally separate Openreach, which controls the UK’s broadband network. For two years the telecoms company had been at loggerheads with the UK media regulator, Ofcom, which wants to strengthen the independence of Openreach to promote competition and boost superfast broadband. ...
BT Openreach deal aims to shakeup UK broadband image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 07:18:06 AM
. BT has bowed to demands by the telecoms regulator Ofcom to legally separate Openreach, which runs the UK's broadband infrastructure. ...
21st Century Fox rejects Sky takeover bid concerns image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 12:59:32 AM
...."21st Century Fox is confident that the transaction will be approved based on an objective assessment of the facts," said Jeffrey Palker, executive vice president at the firm. Ms Bradley has been weighing up whether to refer the deal to Ofcom after warning it could pose "public interest considerations" that warranted further investigation. ...
BT's £1.2bn Champions League splurge is price of staying in Sky game image
.... The Italian crisis, as well as the revelation of a significant slowdown in UK public sector work and orders from international companies, prompted BT’s first profit warning in almost a decade. BT is also still at loggerheads with Ofcom, the communications industries regulator, over the watchdog’s demand for a legal separation of Openreach, the BT unit that controls the UK’s broadband infrastructure. ...
Sky takeover: Minister 'minded' to examine Fox takeover image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 12:54:43 PM
. Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said she is "minded" to order an Ofcom investigation into the planned £18. ...
UK culture secretary 'minded to' refer Sky takeover to Ofcom image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 12:17:29 PM
....The culture secretary has said that she is likely to refer Rupert Murdoch’s £11. 7bn takeover bid for Sky to Ofcom to investigate issues of media plurality and whether Fox will maintain broadcasting standards at the pay-TV company. ...
BT chief attacks rampant price rises for TV sports rights image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 02:48:02 PM
....”. The culture secretary, Karen Bradley, is expected to start a 10-day assessment of the deal next week to see if it warrants asking Ofcom, the media regulator, to look at concerns such as media plurality. ...
Murdoch's 21st Century Fox bid for Sky should be rejected, minister told image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 09:38:50 AM
....Rupert Murdoch’s bid to take control of the whole of Sky through his entertainment business 21st Century Fox should be rejected on competition grounds alone, according to research to be published on Wednesday. In a submission to the minister considering the bid, campaigners at the Media Reform Coalition and online activist network Avaaz argue that the overall market shares of both Murdoch-owned newspapers the Sun and the Times as well as Sky remain “materially unchanged” since 2011, when media regulator Ofcom raised concerns about a similar takeover. ...
Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox to formally notify EU of Sky bid image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 03:50:03 PM
....His ownership of UK news media also includes the Times, the Sunday Times and the Sun as well as radio group TalkSport, which he controls through a separate company, News Corp. Given the level of opposition to Murdoch’s first bid for Sky in 2011, which was eventually abandoned because of the fallout from the phone-hacking scandal that was engulfing his UK newspapers, Bradley is expected to refer the deal to media regulator Ofcom. ...
Landline charges for 2m customers to be cut as telecoms watchdog steps in image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 09:12:38 AM
. Ofcom has slammed telecom providers for offering landline-only customers poor value for money, as it unveiled plans to force BT, the dominant provider, to cut bills by at least £5 a month, benefiting about 2. ...
Is your landline bill about to go down? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 07:55:52 AM
. More than two million people who buy only a landline telephone service from BT could see their monthly bills cut by at least £5 a month, under plans announced by Ofcom today. ...
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BT landline-only customers set to get £5 off monthly bills image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 07:28:21 AM
. Customers who only buy landline services from BT are set to get at least £5 a month taken off their bills under plans set out by the telecoms regulator, Ofcom. ...
I’m losing my unused Vodafone pay-as-you-go credit after switching image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 07:00:00 AM
.... It points to its terms and conditions which do, indeed, state that, once they’ve parted with their money, customers are not entitled to refunds. Moreover, it says, Ofcom is aware of this industry-wide policy and publicises it in the “use it or lose it” section of its consumer advice. ...
BT’s crossed wires over line rental refund image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 07:00:27 AM
....No, what you have been told is wrong. We asked the regulator, Ofcom, about your experience, and it says: “We contacted BT to express concerns about the exit terms it was imposing on customers who had paid line rental upfront, and BT has now assured us that customers wishing to end their contract following its price increases will now be given a pro-rata refund of any line rental paid upfront. ...
British Gas price freeze is unlikely to impress customers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of February 2017 07:00:02 AM
....There is also the prospect of the government introducing a price cap, given the outrage over energy price rises. Ofcom is already set to introduce a price cap for prepayment customers in April, which analysts say could knock £80m off British Gas earnings. ...
Ed Miliband asks Ofcom for inquiry into Rupert Murdoch Sky bid image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of February 2017 06:33:05 PM
. The former Labour leader Ed Miliband is leading a campaign for the media regulator Ofcom to launch a full inquiry into Rupert Murdoch’s bid for ownership of the satellite broadcaster Sky. ...
The Crusader: A breakdown in communications with True Telecom image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 5th of February 2017 12:03:00 PM
.... . Following complaints, regulator Ofcom is undertaking its own probe into the way True Telecom handles its sales and cancellation practices and any breaches of consumers’ rights. ...
Game over! How to beat the 10% rise in the cost of your TV, phone and broadband image
.... Only under-fire TalkTalk, still trying to rebuild its reputation after the hacking scandal, has cut prices for new and existing customers – but only after it hiked bills at the end of last year. According to the media regulator Ofcom, wholesale phone and broadband costs – those charged by BT Openreach to suppliers – have fallen 25% over the past six years. ...
After the Italian job, BT boss must make sure success doesn’t blow up in his face image
....Can Patterson and BT really keep on top of all the different divisions and maximise their performance? The prospect of BT spinning off Openreach, which owns the telephone cables that connect Britain, has often been raised by critics. Ofcom, the industry regulator, wants Openreach to invest more in rolling out superfast broadband. ...
Theresa May's post-Brexit industrial strategy ducks tough decisions | Nils Pratley image
....Or look at digital infrastructure, where the UK is ahead of major competitors on fast broadband but woefully behind the likes of Spain, South Korea and even Turkey on ultrafast capacity, the digital-to-the-premises (DTTP) variety. Does Clark agree with Vodafone that BT’s performance in delivering DTTP is “a national embarrassment”? Or does he think regulator Ofcom’s attempt to stir investment by opening up access to BT’s ducts and poles will suffice?. ...
EE fined £2.7m for overcharging customers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of January 2017 07:45:08 AM
....Mobile phone company EE has been fined £2. 7m by Ofcom for overcharging tens of thousands of customers. ...
Sir David Clementi: City grandee ready to do the business at the BBC image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 04:40:51 PM
....His independent review, published in March 2016, said the BBC Trust model was “flawed” and called for a “fundamental reform of the [BBC’s] system of governance and regulation”. He said the BBC should be run by a unitary board – composed of mostly non-executives overseen by a conventional chairman – to ensure it met its royal charter obligations and served the licence fee payer, while regulatory oversight should pass to Ofcom. ...
Sir David Clementi confirmed as new BBC chair image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 03:53:39 PM
....Clementi, the former deputy governor of the Bank of England and chair of Prudential and Virgin Money, published a report in March calling for the BBC to have a unitary board consistent with the model used by large, publicly listed companies. The government adopted the recommendations of his report, which called the existing BBC Trust flawed and said it should hand oversight to the media regulator, Ofcom. ...
Lost billions image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 1st of January 2017 04:13:54 AM
....In the airline industry, where passengers must make a claim for compensation following delays, an estimated 70% of those who have a right to a payout do not claim, according to a comparison website. Communications regulator Ofcom is also investigating the use of automatic compensation when phone or internet services fail. ...
Brexit, strikes and pay revolts: the year in business image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of December 2016 06:00:27 AM
.... Clarke will need to find another reason to get shoppers through the door. Sharon WhiteThe head of media regulator Ofcom could be asked to examine the offer by 21st Century Fox to buy Sky and keep BT honest as it separates its Openreach unit, which controls the UK’s broadband infrastructure. ...
Government pledges £400m broadband fund to help 600,000 homes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of December 2016 12:01:31 AM
....The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has freed up the money to help homes and businesses in the “hardest-to-reach” parts of the UK receive broadband speeds considered to be essential to modern life. The pledge comes less than a week after an Ofcom report found that 5% of UK homes and offices, or 1. ...
BT tops UK broadband complaints list image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of December 2016 12:20:17 PM
. BT's broadband services received the most complaints during the third quarter of 2016, show figures from regulator Ofcom. ...
Google responds on skewed Holocaust search results image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of December 2016 12:12:44 PM
....Some of the concern around the impact that Google search results have on people's perceptions and beliefs stems from research that shows young people, in particular, are increasingly trusting of the site. An Ofcom report last month found that the proportion of 12 to 15 year-olds turning to Google for "true and accurate information about things that are going on in the world" had shot up to 30% this year, compared to 17% in 2015. ...
BT, Plusnet and EE top broadband complaints list image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of December 2016 11:50:55 AM
. BT, Plusnet and EE were the most complained about broadband providers in the third quarter of 2016, figures from Ofcom show. ...
Rupert Murdoch: 'I've never asked any prime minister for anything' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 01:57:06 PM
....2bn takeover of the 61% of Sky he does not already own expected to be notified to the UK government for approval. The culture secretary, Karen Bradley, has 10 working days from being notified to tell Ofcom whether a public interest investigation into the proposed takeover should be launched. ...
‘And the winner is...’ it’s the 2016 awards for worst customer service image
....Vodafone has really put itself out to earn this one. So manifold are the horror stories I’ve received that Ofcom, the telecoms regulator, seized on them to help its investigation into the company’s unique take on customer service. ...
The Fox-Sky row isn’t going away, no matter how much ministers ignore it image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of December 2016 06:59:44 AM
.... The boss of Softbank, the Japanese company that bought technology group Arm for £24bn, even posed for photos with Hammond outside 11 Downing Street. Now, the government’s silence on this issue may be because Sky shareholders have yet to vote on the proposal, or because it wants to leave the matter to Ofcom and other regulators. ...
Murdoch’s Sky deal must be blocked, say senior opposition figures image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 17th of December 2016 11:05:16 PM
....Allegations were heard in the high court against News International in which the role of Murdoch’s son in the alleged deletion of incriminating emails was raised in evidence, the two men say. Miliband and Cable also point out that a 2012 Ofcom report was “withering about the conduct of James Murdoch” when it examined the last attempted take over of Sky, and they urge the culture secretary, Karen Bradley, to immediately refer the issue to the watchdog again. ...
Murdoch's £11.7bn Sky bid will face competition complaints from rivals image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 16th of December 2016 05:30:37 PM
....”. In the UK, there is the possibility that the media regulator, Ofcom, could be asked to conduct a public interest test. ...
Sky and 21st Century Fox agree £18.5bn takeover deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 01:31:38 PM
....Karen Bradley, the Culture Secretary, will have 10 days to decide whether the Fox bid raises public interest concerns, in this case media plurality, starting from when the companies notify the competition authority. She has the power to ask Ofcom, the media watchdog, to examine the deal. ...
Rupert Murdoch confirms £11.7bn Sky bid image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of December 2016 12:45:00 PM
....Karen Bradley, the culture secretary, now has 10 working days to decide whether the deal raises public interest concerns, specifically relating to media plurality. Bradley is likely to ask regulator Ofcom to launch an investigation to determine whether Murdoch will have too much control over news media in the UK. ...
Sky investor demands transparency over Fox bid image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 11:58:27 AM
....As it is part of the FTSE 100, the shares in Sky that 21st Century Fox wants to buy are owned by dozens of City investment firms. The shares were trading at 982p on Wednesday amid growing calls for any bid to be referred by the government to the media regulator, Ofcom. ...
Gordon Brown: delay Murdoch Sky takeover till after Leveson part 2 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 11:22:13 AM
.... She is due to announce the result of that consultation on 10 January. The culture secretary also has to decide, if the takeover is confirmed, whether to issue a public interest intervention notice so that Ofcom can examine if the takeover should be subject to conditions because it would impact on media plurality in the UK. ...
UK government 'must take action' on 5G image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 12:08:44 AM
....Highways England and Network Rail must take "direct responsibility" for improving coverage on roads and railways, he added. Ofcom welcomed the report but indicated the study that gave rise to the UK's low ranking might not be reliable. ...
UK 4G coverage worse than in Romania and Peru, watchdog finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 12:01:10 AM
....In a list of recommendations, it argued there should be a new dedicated cabinet minister in charge of the UK’s digital future, ensuring mobile connectivity is competitive with the rest of the world. On top of that, it called for ministers and Ofcom, the media regulator, to work together to ensure a set of standards known as a universal service obligation no later than 2025. ...
Culture secretary challenged on diversity for Channel 4 board post image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 08:09:36 PM
. Karen Bradley, the culture secretary, has encouraged black and minority ethnic candidates to apply for new Channel 4 board posts despite rejecting the only non-white person from five applicants put forward by the regulator Ofcom. ...
Rupert Murdoch unlikely to spin off Sky News in takeover battle image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 08:00:59 PM
....2bn takeover of Britain’s largest pay-TV broadcaster. Under a previous acquisition attempt in 2011, Murdoch struck a deal to spin off the loss-making Sky News in a bid to appease concerns raised by Ofcom, the media industry watchdog. ...
Murdoch deal requires robust safeguards at Sky, say shareholders image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 12:29:59 PM
....The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum, an association of 71 funds that control about 0. 7% of Sky, also called for regulator Ofcom to be called in to examine potential media plurality issues before Fox’s £11. ...
Pressure grows to refer Rupert Murdoch's Sky bid to Ofcom image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 05:38:11 PM
.... He said little had changed since MPs passed a motion against the deal over “serious wrongdoing that was being uncovered in the phone-hacking scandal and the concentration of media power into fewer and fewer hands”. He said MPs had not forgotten previous reservations about the deal and called on the government to confirm immediately that it would be referred to Ofcom. ...
Murdoch plans Sky bid tactic that would squeeze out opponents image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 04:21:53 PM
....Analysts at global equity research firm Jefferies said the deal may be able to overcome any concerns from Britain’s media regulator. “Ofcom’s historical reservations about media plurality seem less credible now with more fragmented landscapes of news distribution and TV, also the split of legacy News Corp TV and press interests,” they said. ...
Murdoch Sky bid: government faces urgent question image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 01:28:48 PM
....If the takeover to create Britain’s largest media company is confirmed, culture minister Karen Bradley will have 10 working days to decide whether to issue a public interest intervention notice. Media regulator Ofcom could then carry out a public interest test on the £11. ...
Top Sky executives stand to make £40m in Murdoch buyout image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 11th of December 2016 05:30:20 PM
.... Sky representatives are also likely to hold talks with its largest shareholders about the tie-up. If a formal agreement is announced between Fox and Sky then Karen Bradley, the culture, media and sport secretary, must decide whether to refer the deal to Ofcom, the industry regulator, through a public interest intervention notice. ...
Ex-BBC chief calls on Theresa May to resist Rupert Murdoch’s Sky bid image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 10th of December 2016 07:16:50 PM
.... Culture secretary Karen Bradley has 10 days to decide whether to issue a public interest intervention notice. She must specify what issues, if any, are raised by the transaction in order for Ofcom to launch an initial investigation. ...
Sky takeover deal – all you need to know image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 9th of December 2016 07:06:54 PM
.... These can include concentration of media power and whether there needs to be a “fit and proper” test to determine whether Fox is committed to standards, such as accuracy and impartial news coverage. If Bradley publishes a PIIN, Ofcom will conduct an initial investigation, reporting back in 20 working days. ...
21st Century Fox in bid approach for Sky image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of December 2016 04:32:51 PM
...."The bid must also be judged on its likely impact on the UK news market and the provision of robust and independent journalism," he said. "Finally, given the likely concentration of further media power in the hands of a single company, it is right that the 'fit and proper' test should be applied by Ofcom if the deal is approved by Sky shareholders. ...
Rupert Murdoch's Fox makes Sky bid five years after hacking scandal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 9th of December 2016 04:16:00 PM
.... Murdoch already owns 39% of Sky but was forced to abandon an attempt to take full control in 2011 after it emerged that journalists at the News of the World had hacked the phone of the murdered teenager Milly Dowler. If the negotiations between the two companies lead to a definitive takeover offer being accepted, competition authorities must be notified and the secretary of state for culture, media and sport, Karen Bradley, will have to decide whether to ask the media regulator, Ofcom, to carry out a public interest test. ...
Top women in arts seek explanation for veto of Channel 4 candidate image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of December 2016 10:53:03 AM
....”. Bradley approved four new Channel 4 board members put forward by Ofcom, all of whom were white men, but vetoed Efunshile. ...
Landline phone prices review launched by Ofcom image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 1st of December 2016 09:04:37 AM
. Telecoms regulator Ofcom has launched a review of landline-only rental prices after concerns that people may not be getting value for money. ...
Ofcom to investigate rising landline prices amid concern for elderly image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of December 2016 09:02:57 AM
....The media regulator is to investigate why telephone landline prices have risen so fast amid concerns that the elderly and vulnerable are being adversely affected by price hikes. All major landline providers had increased line-rental charges by between 28% and 41% in recent years, in spite of the wholesale cost of providing those landlines falling by 25%, said Ofcom. ...
Tories' corporate reform proposals a far cry from May's radical pledge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of November 2016 06:38:40 PM
.... Actually, it probably won’t come to that. BT will surely fall into line with Ofcom’s wishes quickly because it has no other choice. ...
FTSE 100 lower as oil stocks fall image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of November 2016 09:04:20 AM
....95%. Shares in BT Group saw big moves after telecoms regulator Ofcom ordered it to make its Openreach business legally separate. ...
BT under increasing pressure from Ofcom to split from Openreach image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of November 2016 08:22:15 AM
. Ofcom has increased pressure on BT to table stronger plans to legally separate from Openreach, which controls the UK’s broadband infrastructure, by threatening to call in European regulators after months of negotiations over a voluntary deal. ...
BT ordered to split legally from Openreach by Ofcom image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of November 2016 07:37:31 AM
. Telecoms regulator Ofcom has ordered BT to separate legally from its Openreach division, which runs the UK's broadband infrastructure. ...
EE calls for mobile coverage clarity image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 11:19:51 AM
....EE said that from January, it would clearly cite only its geographic coverage on its website and adverts. Industry regulator Ofcom told the BBC it had called on operators to improve coverage on transport lines and in remote places. ...

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