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BBC regulation

Regulation of the BBC

Automatic compensation

In this consultation we set out proposals to introduce automatic compensation for residential consumers of landline and/or broadband services who suffer quality of service problems in relation to delayed repairs, delayed provisions and missed appointments.


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Nation Radio - Request to change Format

  • Start: 11 November 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 09 December 2016

Ofcom has approved a Format Change Request from Nation Radio.

Ofcom’s rules on due impartiality, due accuracy, elections and referendums

  • Start: 11 November 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 16 January 2017

Ofcom is carrying out a review of the suitability of the list of larger parties for the purposes of Ofcom’s Broadcasting Code and rules on party political and referendum broadcasts (PPRB Rules).

Procedures for enforcement of requirements in the BBC Agreement and compliance with Ofcom enforcement action

  • Start: 23 January 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 06 March 2017

This consultation covers Ofcom’s proposed procedures for investigating breaches by the BBC of any other requirements set out in the Agreement which are not covered by the two consultations above. Also sets out steps for dealing with any failure by the BBC to comply with a direction made by Ofcom.

A consultation on new procedures for handling content standards complaints, investigations and sanctions for BBC programmes

  • Start: 23 January 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 06 March 2017

This consultation covers proposed procedures for investigating potential breaches of the Broadcasting Code by the BBC. It also sets out how Ofcom would go about considering sanctions against the BBC for such breaches.

Procedures for enforcement of BBC Competition requirements

  • Start: 23 January 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 06 March 2017

This consultation covers the proposed procedures that Ofcom will follow when enforcing compliance by the BBC with requirements for fair and effective competition.

Procedures for handling content standards and licensing investigations and sanctions

  • Start: 23 January 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 06 March 2017

This consultation seeks views on proposed changes to Ofcom's procedures that apply to all other licensed broadcasters and notified on-demand programme service providers. These proposed changes will bring these procedures in line with those for the BBC.

BBC regulation

  • Start: 15 December 2015
  • Status: Open
  • End: 01 October 2017

Under a new BBC Royal Charter, Ofcom will become the BBC's first external regulator in April 2017.

Review of the General Conditions of Entitlement

  • Start: 20 December 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 14 March 2017

This is a consultation about changes that we are proposing to make to the General Conditions of Entitlement – the regulatory rules that all communications providers must follow in order to operate in the UK.

Notice of Ofcom’s proposal to make a limitation order and amend the register regulations in connection with the award of spectrum in the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands

  • Start: 19 December 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 30 January 2017

This document provides notice of, and invites stakeholders’ views on, Ofcom’s proposal to make two statutory instruments in connection with the award of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands. These are a limitation order and regulations amending The Wireless Telegraphy (Register) Regulations 2012.

The BBC’s commercial activities

  • Start: 15 December 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 13 February 2017

A consultation on Ofcom’s proposed requirements and guidance.

Distribution of BBC public services

  • Start: 15 December 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 13 February 2017

A consultation on Ofcom’s proposed requirements and guidance.

Broadcasting Code Review

  • Start: 15 December 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 09 February 2017

Broadcasting Code Review: Preparing for Ofcom’s new responsibilities for regulating the BBC

Assessing the impact of the BBC’s public service activities

  • Start: 15 December 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 13 February 2017

BBC competition reviews, a consultation on Ofcom’s procedures and guidance

Assessing the impact of proposed changes to the BBC’s public service activities

  • Start: 15 December 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 13 February 2017

A consultation on the Broadcasting Code in preparation for Ofcom’s new responsibilities for regulating the BBC

Advertisement of a national radio Additional Services licence

  • Start: 07 December 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 30 January 2017

Ofcom is proposing to advertise a new Additional Service licence in the first quarter of 2017 using the same spare capacity on the Classic FM frequencies.

Non-domestic TV channels: proposals to modify access service obligations - Statement December 2016

  • Start: 14 October 2015
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 16 December 2015

Proposals to bring signing arrangements for channels licensed by Ofcom for transmission to other Member States of the European Union (EU) (which we refer to as non-domestic channels) into line with the arrangements applying to domestic channels transmitting within the UK.

Proposed Annual Plan 2017/18

  • Start: 29 November 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 07 February 2017

Ofcom exists to make communications markets work for everyone. To achieve this, we are proposing three main goals: to promote competition and ensure that markets work effectively for consumers; to secure standards and improve quality; and to protect consumers from harm.

Broadcast TV technical codes

  • Start: 07 April 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 03 June 2016

Ofcom sets technical standards for the digital terrestrial TV platform (also often known as Freeview ).

Heartland FM & Wave 102 - Requests to change format

  • Start: 04 October 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 11 October 2016

Ofcom is consulting on whether to approve Format Change Requests from the owners of Heartland FM in Perth and Wave 102 in Dundee.