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KCOM fined £900,000 for emergency-call failure

Ofcom has today fined KCOM £900,000, after uncovering a serious weakness in the telecoms company’s emergency-call service.

Box Set Britain: UK’s TV and online habits revealed

The UK has become a nation of binge viewers, Ofcom research reveals, with eight in ten adults now watching multiple episodes of their favourite shows in a single sitting.


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Diversity of UK television industry revealed

  • Media release

14 September 2017

Broadcasters need to improve the diversity of their employees, Ofcom said today, as a major study of diversity in television finds that women, ethnic-minority groups and disabled people are all under-represented in the industry.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/diversity-uk-television-industry

Update on Fox/Sky process

  • Media release

12 September 2017

The Secretary of State has today announced a decision on the Fox/Sky proposed merger. Ofcom has now published two letters, which provided further points of clarification to the Secretary of State.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/foxsky-process-update

Update on Fox/Sky

  • Media release

04 September 2017

Following a request from the Secretary of State, we have today provided points of clarification on our recent advice on the proposed merger.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/foxsky-update

Update on Fox/Sky

  • Media release

25 August 2017

Following a request from the Secretary of State, we have today submitted further advice on the proposed merger.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/fox-sky-update

KCOM fined £900,000 for emergency-call failure

  • Media release

08 August 2017

Ofcom has today fined KCOM £900,000, after uncovering a serious weakness in the telecoms company’s emergency-call service.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/kcom-fined-900,000-for-emergency-call-failure

Wales top of the UK for TV viewing

  • Media release

03 August 2017

People in Wales watch around four hours of TV a day, Ofcom research reveals, 28 minutes more than the rest of the UK and the other nations.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/wales-top-uk-tv-viewing

Scotland’s changing TV landscape

  • Media release

03 August 2017

Ofcom research reveals that TV watching in Scotland is changing, with seven in ten now watching multiple episodes of their favourite shows in a single sitting.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/scotland-changing-tv-landscape

Box Set Britain: UK’s TV and online habits revealed

  • Media release

03 August 2017

The UK has become a nation of binge-viewers, Ofcom research reveals, with eight in ten adults now watching multiple episodes of their favourite shows in a single sitting.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/box-set-britain-tv-online-habits

Northern Ireland’s telly and online habits revealed

  • Media release

03 August 2017

Northern Ireland has become a nation of TV binge viewers, Ofcom research reveals, with eight in ten (83%) adults ever watching multiple episodes of their favourite shows in a single sitting.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/northern-ireland-tv-online-habits

Statement regarding BT’s regulatory accounts for 2016/17

  • Media release

31 July 2017

BT’s Regulatory Financial Statements indicate that in the last financial year it made returns around 7% above its ‘cost of capital’.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/statement-bt-regulatory-accounts

Helping people to shop around and secure the right deal

  • Media release

14 July 2017

We've announced an initiative to help consumers engage with communications markets. We want more people to shop around with confidence and take full advantage of the wide choice on offer.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/helping-people-to-shop-around-and-secure-the-right-deal

Measures to ensure new Openreach delivers

  • Media release

13 July 2017

Ofcom has today announced how Openreach will be held to account, as it becomes legally separate from BT, to ensure it delivers for phone and broadband users.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/openreach-statement

Ofcom sets rules for mobile spectrum auction

  • Media release

11 July 2017

Ofcom has announced how valuable airwaves will be released to meet the growing demand for mobile broadband, including new measures to safeguard competition.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/ofcom-sets-rules-for-mobile-spectrum-auction

Ofcom findings on Fox/Sky merger published

  • Media release

29 June 2017

Ofcom’s findings relating to 21st Century Fox’s proposed acquisition of Sky have been published today.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/findings-fox-sky-merger

Latest telecoms and pay-TV complaints revealed

  • Media release

28 June 2017

Ofcom has today published its regular report on the volume of consumer complaints it has received against the major providers of telecoms and pay-TV services.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/latest-telecoms-and-pay-tv-complaints-revealed2

Ofcom reports to Government on proposed Fox/Sky merger

  • Media release

20 June 2017

Ofcom has today submitted a public interest report to the Government on the proposed acquisition of Sky by 21st Century Fox.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/ofcom-reports-to-government-on-proposed-foxsky-merger

Rise of the Social Seniors revealed

  • Media release

14 June 2017

Record numbers of older people are embracing smart and social technology, with a quarter of over-75s using tablet computers, and half of baby boomers taking to social media.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/rise-social-seniors

Ofcom awards five new AM community radio licences

  • Media release

01 June 2017

Ofcom has today announced the award of five new community radio licences for medium wave (AM) services.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/ofcom-awards-five-new-am-community-radio-licences

‘Text-to-switch’ plans for mobile customers

  • Media release

19 May 2017

Ofcom is today proposing a package of reforms to make it quicker and easier to switch from one mobile phone provider to another.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/text-to-switch-plans-for-mobile-customers

Telephone review to ensure value for callers

  • Media release

12 May 2017

Ofcom is to review the cost of calling some telephone services, to ensure people are protected from high prices and unfair practices.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/telephone-review-value-callers