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Statement: Proposal to apply Code powers to Hampstead Fibre Ltd

This final direction confirms Ofcom’s proposal to apply the electronic communications code (“the Code”) to Hampstead Fibre Ltd.

Consultation: Proposal to apply Code powers to BAI Communications Ltd

This document sets out Ofcom’s proposal to apply the electronic communications code (“the Code”) to BAI Communications Ltd.


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Consultation: Ofcom's review of proposed BBC Three television channel

  • Consultation
  • Start: 16 September 2021
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 14 October 2021

We have published our provisional conclusions that the BBC should be permitted to re-launch BBC Three as a broadcast television channel in January 2022.

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

Consultation: Advertisement of a national radio Additional Services licence

  • Consultation
  • Start: 07 September 2021
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 06 October 2021

This consultation seeks views on a new Additional Services licence for which Ofcom intends to invite applications later in 2021.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/additional-services-licence-advertisement

Statement: guidance for video-sharing platform providers on measures to protect users from harmful material

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 24 March 2021
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 02 June 2021

Ofcom has published guidance for video-sharing platform (VSP) providers on the regulatory requirements to protect users from harmful material.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/guidance-vsp-harmful-material-measures

Statement: Request for change of licence conditions relating to the provision of news output on Channel 5

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 30 June 2021
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 30 July 2021

We are proposing to accept the licence variation requested by Channel 5 in relation to its news provision requirements.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/licence-change-request-for-news-output-on-channel-5

Update: Ofcom to advise Secretary of State on News Corp UK and Ireland Limited's application to be released from newspapers Undertakings

  • Consultation
  • Start: 02 August 2021
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 16 August 2021

The Secretary of State has asked Ofcom to provide advice on the application by News UK to remove the Undertakings pertaining to The Times and the Sunday Times newspapers.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/advice-to-secretary-of-state-news-corp-newspaper-undertakings

Consultation: Review of rules for prominence of BBC Three

  • Consultation
  • Start: 16 September 2021
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 14 October 2021

Ofcom has published its provisional determination to allow the BBC to proceed with its proposal to bring back BBC Three as a broadcast television channel.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/bbc-three-review-epg-rules

Consultation: guidance for ODPS providers on measures to protect users from harmful material

  • Consultation
  • Start: 20 July 2021
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 14 September 2021

Ofcom is consulting on draft guidance on the responsibilities of on-demand programme service (ODPS) providers with regard to harmful material.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/guidance-odps-measures-to-protect-users-from-harmful-material

Consultation: The Future of Media Plurality in the UK

  • Consultation
  • Start: 15 June 2021
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 10 August 2021

Ofcom has today launched a programme of work to help inform our next steps on media plurality in the UK and ensuring that the regulatory framework for media plurality remains fit for the online world.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/future-media-plurality-uk

Statement: BBC Studios' lines of business

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 09 October 2020
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 04 December 2020

This statement sets out our decisions relating to BBC Studios’ changes to its lines of business and the process for notifying future changes set out in the trading and separation requirements.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/bbc-studios-lines-of-business

Statement: Making on-demand services accessible

  • Consultation
  • Start: 08 July 2020
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 16 September 2020

Catch-up and on-demand services are increasingly popular, but these services are often not accessible to people with hearing and sight impairments, because they don’t provide features like subtitles, audio description and signing.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/further-statement-making-on-demand-services-accessible

Consultation: Market position of BBC Sounds

  • Consultation
  • Start: 04 May 2021
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 29 June 2021

We are consulting on our provisional views on the market position and impact of BBC Sounds.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/bbc-sounds-market-position

Statement: Lyca Dilse Radio – Request to change Format

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 30 April 2021
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 28 May 2021

Lyca Media II Ltd wishes to change the ‘Character of Service’ of one of its Greater London licences, which broadcasts as ‘Lyca Dilse Radio’

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

Statement: Listed Events – Euro 2020

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 20 April 2021
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 18 May 2021

Ofcom has received requests from the BBC and ITV for consent to broadcast exclusive live coverage of the UEFA European Football Championship Finals Tournament 2020.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/statement-euro-2020-consent

Statement: Proposed extension of the remit of the Advertising Advisory Committee

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 27 June 2019
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 08 August 2019

Following a consultation, we have agreed changes to the MoU which will allow the remit of the AAC to be extended so that it is able to provide a consumer perspective on issues impacting both broadcast and non-broadcast advertising.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/proposed-extension-to-the-remit-of-advertising-advisory-committee

Consultation: Proposals for the regulation of advertising on video-sharing platforms

  • Consultation
  • Start: 26 May 2021
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 28 July 2021

In November 2020 Ofcom was given new powers to regulate video-sharing platforms (“VSPs”) established in the UK.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/regulation-of-advertising-on-vsp

Consultation: Listed Events – UEFA European Football Championship Finals Tournament 2020 (taking place in 2021)

  • Consultation
  • Start: 20 April 2021
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 18 May 2021

Ofcom has received requests from the BBC and ITV for consent to broadcast exclusive live coverage of the UEFA European Football Championship Finals Tournament 2020.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/listed-events-european-football-championship-finals-2020

Statement and Consultation: Listed Events – Rugby League Challenge Cup Finals 2020 and 2021

  • Consultation
  • Start: 16 October 2020
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 13 November 2020

Ofcom is now consulting publicly on granting consent to the BBC for exclusive live coverage of the 2021 Final.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/rugby-league-challenge-cup-finals-2020-2021

Statement: Ofcom's Plan of Work 2021/22

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 11 December 2020
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 05 February 2021

This plan of work sets out what we will do during 2021/22, to make sure Ofcom plays its part in addressing the challenges for people and businesses in the UK today, and in the future.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/plan-of-work-2021-22

Statement: Absolute Radio (London) – Request to change Format

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 10 February 2021
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 10 March 2021

This statement confirms the change to the ‘Character of Service’ proposed by Bauer Radio Limited

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

Statement: Video-sharing platforms – who needs to notify to Ofcom?

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 19 November 2020
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 14 January 2021

We have published guidance to help providers understand whether they fall within the scope of the definition of a video-sharing platform for the purposes of the Communications Act 2003.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/video-sharing-platforms-notifying-ofcom