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Consultation: Absolute Radio – proposals to reduce AM coverage

Consultation on Absolute Radio’s proposals to reduce by 5% the transmission coverage of its AM national commercial radio licence.

Consultation: Ofcom Diversity and Inclusion Programme 2018-2022

This document provides an opportunity for those with an interest in Ofcom’s work on diversity and equality to comment on our objectives and suggest any activities that should be part of our Diversity and Inclusion Programme.


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Consultation: Definition of New Music on Radio 1 and Radio 2

  • Consultation
  • Start: 23 January 2018
  • Status: Open
  • End: 20 February 2018

This consultation seeks views on our proposals to update the definition of ‘new music’ used to assess Radio 1 and Radio 2’s compliance with their respective ‘new music’ requirements and to vary the operating licence to reflect the final definition.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/definition-new-music-bbc-radio

Ofcom review of proposed BBC Scotland television channel

  • Consultation
  • Start: 30 November 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 14 December 2017

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

Consultation: How should On-demand Programme Services be made accessible?

  • Consultation
  • Start: 19 December 2017
  • Status: Open
  • End: 03 April 2018

This document seeks input in relation to improving the accessibility of regulated video on-demand programme services to those with hearing and/or visual impairments.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/odps-accessibility

Consultation: EPG Accessibility

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

This consultation document outlines Ofcom’s proposals to amend the Code of Practice for electronic programme guides (‘EPGs’) to enable people with visual impairments to make better use of them.

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

Consultation: Proposed Annual Plan 2018-19

  • Consultation
  • Start: 01 December 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 09 February 2018

Our proposed Annual Plan highlights some of the key work areas that we will seek to deliver in order to meet our goals.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/proposed-annual-plan-2018-19

Invitation to contribute: 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

BBC performance

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 29 March 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 17 July 2017

This Statement sets out our first operating licence for the BBC and our performance framework, together with the processes for setting and amending these in the future.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/bbc-performance

Statement: Listed events - Six Nations Rugby Union Championship

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 19 April 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • 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.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/listed-events-six-nations-rugby-union-championship

The BBC’s trading activities: Statement on requirements and guidance

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 29 March 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 24 May 2017

See our statement and guidelines on the requirements we proposed to place on the BBC to protect fair and effective competition in how the BBC carries out its trading activities.

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

Public interest test on the proposed acquisition of Sky plc by Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.

  • Consultation
  • Start: 16 March 2017
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 30 March 2017

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/public-interest-test-sky-fox

Statement on procedures for enforcement of requirements in the BBC Agreement and compliance with Ofcom enforcement action

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • 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.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/enforcement-bbc-agreement-compliance

Statement: Broadcasting Code Review

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

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

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/amendments-to-ofcoms-broadcasting-code

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

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • 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.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/bbc-content-standards-investigations-and-sanctions

Statement on Procedures for handling content standards and licensing investigations and sanctions

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • 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.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/review-procedures-handling-content-standards-and-broadcast-licensing

Nation Radio - Request to change Format

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Licensing information
  • Start: 11 November 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 09 December 2016

Ofcom has approved a Format Change Request from Nation Radio.

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

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

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • 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).

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/broadcast-impartiality-accuracy-and-elections-rules-review

Statement on Procedures for enforcement of BBC Competition requirements

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • 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.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/procedures-enforcement-bbc-competition-requirements

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

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • 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.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/notice-of-limitations-order-and-register-regulations-2.3-and-3.4-ghz-bands

The BBC’s commercial activities

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

A consultation on Ofcom’s proposed requirements and guidance.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/bbc-commercial-activities

Distribution of BBC public services

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

A consultation on Ofcom’s proposed requirements and guidance.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/bbc-distribution-guidance