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Consultation: Implementing the broadband universal service obligation

This document sets out our proposals on the process for the designation of a broadband Universal Service Provider.

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

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.


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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

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

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

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: Annual Plan 2018-19

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

Our Annual Plan 2018/19 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

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

  • Consultation
  • Start: 14 March 2018
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 09 May 2018

Consultation on a proposal to extend mandatory daytime protection rules to allow programmes which can currently only be shown after the 9pm watershed to be broadcast earlier, but only if mandatory daytime protection is in place.

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

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

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 29 March 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • 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

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

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 23 January 2017
  • Status: Statement published
  • 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: Statement published
  • 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: Statement published
  • 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: Statement published
  • 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

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

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 11 November 2016
  • Status: Statement published
  • 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: Statement published
  • 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

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

Assessing the impact of the BBC’s public service activities

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

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

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/assessing-impact-BBC-public-service-activities

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

  • Consultation
  • 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

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/assessing-impact-proposed-BBC-public-service-activities

Proposed Annual Plan 2017/18

  • Consultation
  • 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.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-1/proposed-annual-plan-2017-18

Broadcast TV technical codes

  • Consultation
  • Statement
  • Start: 07 April 2016
  • Status: Statement published
  • End: 03 June 2016

Ofcom sets technical standards for the digital terrestrial TV platform (also often known as Freeview). This statement sets out the changes we are making to the technical codes in order to ensure that they remain relevant and proportionate, and that they reflect current technology and broadcast industry practice.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-2/broadcast-tv-technical-codes

London Live: proposed change to its programming commitments

  • Consultation
  • Start: 14 September 2016
  • Status: Closed
  • End: 13 October 2016

ESTV Limited has requested changes to its local television service in the London area known as London Live.

https://www.ofcom.org.uk/consultations-and-statements/category-3/london-live-programming-commitments