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Connected Nations and infrastructure reports

Annual reports on the UK’s fixed broadband, mobile and Wi-Fi networks, digital television, digital radio and internet infrastructure.

News consumption in the UK

24 March 2017

This executive summary and accompanying slide pack report provides key findings from Ofcom’s 2015 research into news consumption across television, radio, print and online.

General guidance

22 March 2017

Ofcom can offer general guidance on the interpretation of the Code.

How to use the Code

22 March 2017

When applying the Code to content, broadcasters should be aware that the context in which the material appears is key.

Section four: Religion

22 March 2017

This section relates to the responsibility of broadcasters with respect to the content of religious programmes.

Appendix 3: European Convention on Human Rights Articles 8, 9, 10 and 14

22 March 2017

European Convention on Human Rights Articles 8, 9, 10 and 14, pertaining to the Ofcom Broadcasting Code.

Appendix 1: Extracts from relevant UK legislation

22 March 2017

UK legislation extracts relevant to the Ofcom Broadcasting Code.

Audience complaints

22 March 2017

Complaints assessed under the Broadcasting Code

Section ten: Commercial communications on radio

22 March 2017

This section relates to radio broadcast only and is to ensure the transparency of commercial communications as a means to secure consumer protection.

Technical parameters for broadcast radio transmitters

22 March 2017

These documents were originally published by the Radio Authority, one of the organisations replaced by Ofcom at the end of 2003. It represents Ofcom's current policy. The following information comprises details of the technical parameters of all analogue VHF, MF, and DAB transmitters (including services on multiplexes) currently on-air. In-use parameters are included mainly for listeners and aerial installers who may wish to know more about the nature of the signals they are receiving and possibly optimise their aerial accordingly. The maximum allowed parameters (within the terms of each licence) for analogue services are also included for the benefit of those, principally in the industry, who wish to make calculations, particularly about interference, for coverage-planning purposes. The format is intended more for ease of download and transfer into specialist databases, than for presentation.

The legislative background

22 March 2017

Ofcom is required under the Communications Act 2003 and the Broadcasting Act 1996 to draw up a code for television and radio.

Section three: Crime, disorder, hatred and abuse

22 March 2017

This section of the Code covers material that is likely to incite crime or disorder, reflecting Ofcom’s duty to prohibit the broadcast of this type of programming.

Section seven: Fairness

22 March 2017

This section is to ensure that broadcasters avoid unjust or unfair treatment of individuals or organisations in programmes.

Section two: Harm and offence

22 March 2017

This section outlines standards for broadcast content so as to provide adequate protection for members of the public from harmful and/or offensive material.

Appendix 4: Financial promotions and investment recommendations

22 March 2017

Ofcom Broadcasting Code financial promotions and investment recommendations.

Section six: Elections and referendums

22 March 2017

This section covers the special impartiality requirements and other legislation that must be applied at the time of elections and referendums.

Section five: Due impartiality and due accuracy

22 March 2017

To ensure that news, in whatever form, is reported with due accuracy and presented with due impartiality.

Section eight: Privacy

22 March 2017

This section is to ensure that broadcasters avoid any unwarranted infringement of privacy in programmes and in connection with obtaining material included in programmes.

Appendix 2: Extracts from the EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive

22 March 2017

Extracts from the EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive relevant to the Ofcom Broadcasting Code.

Cross-promotion Code

22 March 2017

Subject to this Cross-promotion Code, television broadcasters are able to promote programmes, channels and other broadcasting-related services without such promotions being considered advertising.