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ITN fears 'news desert' without fresh legislation promoting public service news online

Broadcast news producer ITN has warned of a “news desert” in which disinformation and misinformation could be allowed to thrive without updated regulation. ITN, which produces ITV News, Channel 4 News and 5 News, fears audiences could struggle to locate or access high-quality news online unless new requirements make finding trusted news in digital environments as easy as switching on News at Ten. The broadcast producer shared its...

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Ofcom says uncensored use of N-word in BBC news report was 'unjustified'

Ofcom has ruled the controversial use of the N-word in a BBC news report last summer was “unjustified”. But the regulator decided not to take any action over the incident, saying that even though the BBC initially defended the decision it was satisfied by the subsequent apology from then director-general Tony Hall. Ofcom said the inclusion of the highly racially offensive language “had the potential to cause very high levels of...

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Journalists among 4,000 to make Ofcom complaints over ITV's Harry and Meghan interview

Newspaper and TV journalists are among more than 4,000 people who have made complaints to Ofcom about Oprah’s Winfrey’s interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. The complaints included that inaccurate and misleading allegations about the press and the Royal family had been broadcast by ITV as facts without giving any right of reply. Ofcom had received 4,398 complaints about the 8 March broadcast, it said on Wednesday. A...

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UK telcos commit to pay $1.88 billion for additional 5G spectrum

The U.K. has completed its latest 5G spectrum auction, raising a total of GBP 1.35 billion ($1.88 billion), telecommunications regulator Ofcom said in a release. Ofcom said that local carriers EE, Hutchison 3G UK, Telefonica’s O2 and Vodafone took part in the principal stage of the auction, which involved them bidding for airwaves in 34 lots to determine how much of the available spectrum they each secured. EE secured 2×10...

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UK regulator to kick off 5G spectrum auction on March 12

The U.K. telecommunications regulator Ofcom officially announced that the its 5G spectrum auction will start on March 12. “The auction will increase the total amount of spectrum available for mobile technology in the UK by nearly a fifth, bringing better and faster services to people and businesses,” the regulator said in a release. The watchdog said it will be releasing 80 megahertz of spectrum in the 700 MHz band, following a...