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Ofcom appoints Carrie Matchett as Chair of Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland

Ofcom has today appointed Carrie Matchett as Chair of its Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland. The Committee advises Ofcom about the interests and opinions, in relation to communications matters, of people living in Northern Ireland.

Clear, honest information before you buy broadband

Broadband shoppers must be told how fast their new service will be, before they sign a contract, under new Ofcom protections from 1 March 2019.


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Ofcom appoints Carrie Matchett as Chair of Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland

  • Media release

05 March 2019

Ofcom has today appointed Carrie Matchett as Chair of its Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland. The Committee advises Ofcom about the interests and opinions, in relation to communications matters, of people living in Northern Ireland.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2019/Appoint-carrie-matchett-chair-advisory-northern-ireland

Clear, honest information before you buy broadband

  • Media release

28 February 2019

Broadband shoppers must be told how fast their new service will be, before they sign a contract, under new Ofcom protections from 1 March 2019.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2019/clear-information-before-buy-broadband

Telecoms and pay-TV complaints from July to September 2018

  • Media release

30 January 2019

Ofcom has today published the latest league tables on the complaints it receives about the UK’s major providers of telecoms and pay-TV services.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2019/telecoms-pay-tv-complaints-q3-2018

Why children spend time online

  • Media release

29 January 2019

Children’s online time has settled at just over two hours per day, as a new study by Ofcom uncovers the reasons young people are drawn to video services such as Netflix and YouTube.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2019/why-children-spend-time-online

New appointment to Ofcom’s Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland

  • Media release

14 January 2019

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2019/phil-flanagan-appointmented-to-the-advisory-committee-of-northern-ireland

Ringing the changes: do phone numbers still matter?

  • Media release

05 January 2019

Britons spend half as much time on the landline – but use ten times more mobile data – than just six years ago, as new research reveals changing attitudes to the traditional telephone number.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2019/ringing-changes-do-phone-numbers-still-matter

Most complained about TV programmes of 2018

  • Media release

27 December 2018

Celebrity Big Brother was the television programme that attracted most viewer complaints to Ofcom in 2018.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2018/most-complained-about-tv-programmes-of-2018

Update on investigations into the RT news channel

  • Media release

20 December 2018

Ofcom has today found that the RT news channel broke broadcasting rules by failing to preserve due impartiality in seven news and current affairs programmes over a six-week period.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2018/update-investigations-rt-news

Ofcom response to the CMA’s super-complaint report

  • Media release

19 December 2018

Ofcom welcomes the CMA’s report, which supports our existing work to protect customers.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2018/ofcom-response-cmas-super-complaint-report

Getting rural areas connected

  • Media release

18 December 2018

Mobile and broadband coverage are improving in the UK, but too many rural areas still get a poor signal – according to Ofcom’s major study of the UK’s communications networks.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2018/getting-rural-areas-connected

Getting rural areas connected in Wales

  • Media release

18 December 2018

Mae darpariaeth symudol a band eang yn gwella yn y DU, ond mae gormod o ardaloedd gwledig yn parhau i gael signal gwael – yn ôl astudiaeth sylweddol Ofcom ar rwydweithiau cyfathrebu’r DU.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2018/getting-rural-areas-connected-in-wales

Jonathan Oxley appointed Chief Executive of UK Regulators Network

  • Media release

14 December 2018

Jonathan Oxley, Competition Group Director and an Executive Board Member at Ofcom, has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the UK Regulators Network (UKRN).

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2018/jonathan-oxley-appointed-chief-executive-uk-regulators-network

Half of homes could boost their broadband

  • Media release

14 December 2018

Half of British households could switch to faster broadband today, Ofcom has found, as it announces a range of action to protect loyal broadband customers and help people get a better deal.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2018/half-of-homes-could-boost-their-broadband

Ofcom re-awards the Ceredigion commercial radio licence to Radio Ceredigion Limited

  • Media release

12 December 2018

Mae Ofcom wedi cyhoeddi heddiw bod y drwydded radio masnachol lleol FM ar gyfer Ceredigion wedi cael ei hail-ddyfarnu i’r unig ymgeisydd, sef Radio Ceredigion Limited.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/ofcom-re-awards-the-ceredigion-commercial-radio-licence-to-radio-ceredigion-limited

Ofcom re-awards the Bristol 106.5 FM commercial radio licence to Celador Radio Limited

  • Media release

12 December 2018

Ofcom has today announced the 106.5 FM local commercial radio licence for Bristol to Celador Radio Limited, broadcasting as Sam FM.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2018/ofcom-re-awards-the-bristol-106.5-fm-commercial-radio-licence-to-celador-radio-limited

Ofcom appoints new Content Board member

  • Media release

10 December 2018

Ofcom has appointed Stephen Nuttall to its Content Board on a three-year term.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2018/new-content-board-member

Ofcom sets out work programme for 2019/20

  • Media release

03 December 2018

Ofcom has today set out its planned programme of work for the next financial year.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2018/work-programme-201920

New price cap on 118 numbers

  • Media release

28 November 2018

People who call directory enquiry services will be protected from high prices under a new price cap on 118 phone numbers, announced by Ofcom today.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2018/new-price-cap-on-118-numbers

Tech shoppers ditch desktop PCs and DVDs

  • Media release

27 November 2018

Brits are ditching their DVD players and desktop PCs and increasingly turning to newer technology – with smart TVs and smart watches on the rise – Ofcom figures reveal.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2018/tech-shoppers-ditch-desktop-pcs-and-dvds

EE and Virgin Media fined for overcharging customers

  • Media release

27 November 2018

Ofcom has today fined EE and Virgin Media a combined total of £13.3m for overcharging phone and broadband customers who wished to leave their contracts early.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2018/ee-virgin-media-fined-overcharging-customers