Consultations and statements


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Consultation: Business connectivity market review

Ofcom’s Business Connectivity Market Review (BCMR) examines the markets for the provision of leased lines in the UK.

Consultation: Physical infrastructure market review

Consultation on proposals for regulation that will allow all telecoms providers access to the largest network of suitable telecoms infrastructure, the ducts and poles owned by BT.


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Statement: Review of the mandatory daytime protection rules in the Ofcom Broadcasting Code

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 14 March 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 09 May 2018

This document sets out Ofcom’s decision to extend the application of the mandatory daytime protection rules.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/mandatory-daytime-protection

Statement: Bauer Radio West Midlands & Shropshire stations - Requests to change Format

  • Consultation
  • Start: 07 September 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 05 October 2018

Ofcom is consulting on whether to approve Format Change Requests relating to three analogue commercial radio licences in the West Midlands and Shropshire which are ultimately owned by Bauer Radio Limited.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/bauer-radio-format-change

Consultation: Listed Events

  • Consultation
  • Start: 26 October 2018
  • Status: Open
  • End: 18 January 2019

We are consulting on the methodology which we propose to use to assess which services qualify to be on the list of television channels that are free to view and widely available.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/listed-events

Statement and further consultation: Localness on commercial radio

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 26 October 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 30 November 2018

This statement sets out our decisions to proceed with the proposed amendments to our localness guidelines. The further consultation element seeks stakeholders’ views.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/guidelines-localness-commercial-radio

Consultation: ‘Specially restricted material’ and Age Verification Guidance for Providers of On-Demand Programme Services

  • Consultation
  • Start: 22 October 2018
  • Status: Open
  • End: 03 December 2018

This document sets out our proposed amendments to the Guidance for Rule 11 of the rules for on-demand programme services.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/restricted-material-age-verification-odps-guidance

Consultation: The new BBC Scotland Channel - Proposed variation to Ofcom’s Operating Licence for the BBC’s public services

  • Consultation
  • Start: 29 August 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 10 October 2018

This consultation seeks views on our proposals to vary the terms of the BBC’s Operating Licence to take account of the BBC’s provision of a new BBC Scotland Channel.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/variation-operating-licence-bbc-public-services

Statement: Local TV licensing - Decision not to advertise or re-advertise certain local TV licences

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 20 April 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 01 June 2018

This statement confirms our provisional decision not to advertise or re-advertise local TV licences for 13 specific areas, or substitute areas, where no licence has been awarded to date.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/local-tv-licensing

Consultation: Commissioning for the BBC’s Public Services

  • Consultation
  • Start: 30 July 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 24 September 2018

The Charter and Agreement place requirements on the BBC to increase the amount of those programmes and materials it commissions through a contestable process between producers.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/commissioning-bbc-public-services

Statement on changes to the General Conditions of Entitlement

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 26 April 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 28 May 2018

This statement sets out Ofcom's decision to amend general condition C6.6, additional changes to our guidance on Calling Line Identification facilities, and a number of minor drafting changes.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/changes-general-conditions-of-entitlement

Consultation: The BBC’s commercial and trading activities: requirements and guidance

  • Consultation
  • Start: 30 July 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 24 September 2018

Consultation on updates to the requirements around the interaction between the BBC Public Service and its commercial activities.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/bbc-commercial-trading-activities

Consultation: Proposed changes to the linear EPG Code and future of the prominence regime

  • Consultation
  • Start: 25 July 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 05 October 2018

This consultation sets out the findings from our review of the prominence section of the EPG Code and our proposed changes.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/epg-code-prominence-regime

Children's content review

  • Consultation
  • Start: 29 November 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 31 January 2018

We're inviting comments on our plans to carry out a review of children’s content on TV and on-demand and streaming services.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/childrens-content-review

Statement: Request to change Format - Original 106

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 24 May 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 21 June 2018

Original Aberdeen FM Limited holds a FM commercial radio licence for Aberdeen and the surrounding areas, broadcasting as Original 106. A request from Original 106 to change the station’s published Format has been approved by Ofcom, following a public consultation.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/original-106-format-change

Statement: EPG Accessibility

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 04 December 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 06 February 2018

We have decided to set a practice for EPG providers to use reasonable endeavours to introduce certain accessibility features, where practicable.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/epg-accessibility

Ofcom review of proposed BBC Scotland television channel

  • Consultation
  • Start: 20 April 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 18 May 2018

The BBC has published its proposal to launch a new television channel for Scotland.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/bbc-scotland-television-channel

Statement: Love Sport – Request to change Format

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 04 May 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 01 June 2018

A request from Love Sport to change the station’s published Format has been approved by Ofcom, following a public consultation.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/love-sport-request-to-change-format

Statement: Listed Events - FIFA World Cup 2018

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 20 April 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 18 May 2018

Ofcom has given its consent to the requests from the BBC and ITV to broadcast exclusive live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/fifa-world-cup-2018

Statement: Fever FM - Request to change Key Commitments

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 16 March 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 13 April 2018

A request from Fever FM to change its Key Commitments has been approved by Ofcom following a public consultation.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/fever-fm-key-commitments

Statement: Listed Events – Commonwealth Games 2018

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 21 February 2018
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 21 March 2018

Ofcom has given its consent to the request from the BBC to broadcast exclusive live coverage of the Commonwealth Games 2018 (“the Games”).

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/listed-events-commonwealth-games-2018

Consultation: Listed Events – Commonwealth Games 2018

  • Consultation
  • Start: 21 February 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 21 March 2018

Ofcom has received a request from the BBC for consent to broadcast exclusive live coverage of the Commonwealth Games 2018 (“the Games”). These are due to take place in Gold Coast City, Australia between 4 and 15 April 2018.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/listed-events-commonwealth-games-2018/consultation