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BBC regulation

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

Non-domestic rates and the price for regulated Dark Fibre

We have published three consultation documents which together form a set of proposals for our WLA market review. We consider the extent to which regulation may be required from April 2018.


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Listed events - Six Nations Rugby Union Championship

  • Start: 19 April 2017
  • Status: Open
  • End: 17 May 2017

Ofcom has received requests from the BBC and ITV for consent to broadcast exclusive live coverage of the Six Nations Tournament for 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

The BBC's trading activities: A consultation on Ofcom’s proposed requirements

  • Start: 29 March 2017
  • Status: Open
  • End: 24 May 2017

This document is a consultation on the requirements we intend to place on the BBC to ensure that its trading activities do not harm fair and effective competition.

BBC performance

  • Start: 29 March 2017
  • Status: Open
  • End: 17 July 2017

One of Ofcom’s central responsibilities is to hold the BBC to account for fulfilling its mission and promoting its public purposes.

Statement on 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.

Statement: 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

Statement 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.

Statement on 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: 29 March 2017
  • Status: Open
  • End: 01 October 2017

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

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.

Statement on 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 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.

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.

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.