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A guide to the regulation of video-sharing platforms

We have today published a guide to the new regulations for video-sharing platforms (VSPs) that are based in the UK.

Small Screen: Big Debate virtual conference – videos now available

Videos of the sessions from Ofcom’s Small Screen: Big Debate virtual conference, are now available to view on-demand.


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A guide to the regulation of video-sharing platforms

  • News article

21 October 2020

We have today published a guide to the new regulations for video-sharing platforms (VSPs) that are based in the UK.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/a-guide-to-the-regulation-of-video-sharing-platforms

Small Screen: Big Debate virtual conference – videos now available

  • News article

12 October 2020

Videos of the sessions from Ofcom’s Small Screen: Big Debate virtual conference, are now available to view on-demand.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/small-screen-big-debate-2020-videos

Fall in scam calls following Ofcom action

  • News article

08 October 2020

Scam calls using a particular set of phone numbers have reduced dramatically, after Ofcom introduced new rules a year ago.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/fall-in-scam-calls-following-ofcom-action

UK talks for longer during lockdown

  • News article

08 October 2020

Time spent on mobile calls surged dramatically this year, as people turned to their phones to keep in touch with loved ones and work from home.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/uk-talks-for-longer-during-lockdown

Small Screen: Big Debate 2020

  • News article

05 October 2020

Today we begin our Small Screen: Big Debate virtual conference, discussing the role of public service broadcasting (PSB) in a changing media landscape.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/small-screen-big-debate-2020

Small Screen: Big Debate – competition winners announced

  • News article

01 October 2020

We’re delighted to announce the winners of the Ofcom and Financial Times Small Screen: Big Debate competition.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/ssbd-competition-winners

New spectrum licences set to spur UK innovation

  • News article

01 October 2020

People in the UK can look forward to new wireless technologies in the future thanks to changes made today by Ofcom.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/spectrum-licences-spur-uk-innovation

How an old TV was responsible for villagers’ broadband woes

  • News article

22 September 2020

The mystery of a rural village’s faltering broadband has been solved, thanks to engineers who tracked the problem to an unlikely source – one resident’s old TV set.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/old-tv-responsible-for-broadband-woes

Essex radar tower granted listed status

  • News article

21 September 2020

The Chain Home radar tower in Essex has been granted listed status by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/essex-radar-tower-granted-listed-status

Ofcom director recognised with ‘5G champion’ award

  • News article

16 September 2020

Philip Marnick, Ofcom’s spectrum group director, has been recognised for his contributions to developments in 5G technology with an award given as part of 5G Week.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/5g-champion-award

Latest telecoms and pay-TV complaints revealed

  • News article

04 September 2020

Ofcom has today published the latest league tables on the complaints we’ve received about the UK’s major home phone, broadband, mobile and pay-TV firms.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/telecoms-and-pay-tv-complaints

Diversity: Ofcom prioritises actions over words

  • News article

03 September 2020

Vikki Cook, Ofcom’s director, content and media policy, outlines what we are doing to improve minority ethnic representation in television.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/actions-over-words

Best and worst phone and broadband customer service revealed

  • News article

21 August 2020

Research published by Ofcom today highlights which phone and broadband companies are providing their customers with the best service.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/customer-service-revealed

The biggest Ofcom project you’ve probably never heard of

  • News article

20 August 2020

This week Ofcom finished work on one of the biggest projects we’ve ever been involved with: the 700 MHz clearance programme.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/completion-of-the-700-mhz-clearance-programme

How Ofcom dealt with mobile phone interference during lockdown

  • News article

19 August 2020

During lockdown most of us have spent more time than ever working and learning from home. This means we’ve never been more reliant on the telecoms services that help to keep us connected.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/dealing-with-mobile-interference-during-lockdown

Fewer people getting news from social media

  • News article

13 August 2020

Fewer people say they are getting their news from social media than a year ago, according to Ofcom’s annual news consumption report.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/news-from-social-media

Ofcom appoints two new members to the Advisory Committee for Scotland

  • News article

10 August 2020

Ofcom has appointed two new members to its Advisory Committee for Scotland (ACS) members.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/new-members-to-the-acs

How Ofcom has enabled innovation through spectrum sharing

  • News article

06 August 2020

Last year we published our decision to support local connectivity requirements by opening up airwaves (spectrum) previously only available for certain services for shared use.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/innovation-through-spectrum-sharing

Lockdown leads to surge in TV screen time and streaming

  • News article

05 August 2020

A surge in screen time during lockdown saw people in the UK spend 40% of their day watching TV and online video services, according to our latest study of the nation’s media habits.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/lockdown-leads-to-surge-in-tv-screen-time-and-streaming

Ofcom named a top 50 employer for women

  • News article

30 July 2020

We’re delighted to announce that Ofcom has been recognised as one of Business in the Community’s Times Top 50 Employers for Women for 2020.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/ofcom-named-top-50-employer-for-women