TV licence required for iPlayer, Ofcom examines future of satellite and ITV report significant growth : DTG Daily News March 3rd

TV licence required for iPlayer

The Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, has confirmed that the BBC iPlayer TV licence loophole will be closed "as soon as possible". The licence fee, currently only applicable to live TV viewers, will be extended to those watching shows through the online catch-up service.

Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention, Whittingdale said: “I will be bringing forward, as soon as practicable, secondary legislation which will extend the current TV licensing regime not only to cover those watching the BBC live, but also those watching the BBC on catch-up through the iPlayer. When the licence fee was invented, video on demand did not exist."

An order needs to be drafted and agreed by Parliament, which is set to be processed immediately.

Ofcom examines future of satellite

UK regulator, Ofcom, has begun examining the future demand for satellite bandwidth over the UK in a new Space Spectrum Strategy consultation document issued earlier this week (1st March).

A key point, which is open for further comments, states that they see enough satellite spectrum to deliver “30 Ultra HD channels, and continued growth in the number of HD channels” which could be “easily be accommodated within existing spectrum allocations”.

Ofcom state that the demand for satellite-delivered Broadband still exists, particularly whilst there are areas across the UK where broadband isn't sufficient.“Satellites could, therefore, have a role in meeting this growing demand in the hardest-to-reach premises in the UK, and satellite broadband is one of the options for fulfilling the Government’s ambition to make 10 Mbit/s broadband universally available,” says the consultation document.

ITV report significant growth

ITV released its latest figures this week, reporting a 6% rise in annual pre-tax profits of £641 million, despite fears from falling viewers. This follows reports from analysts predicting the future growth of the UK's commercial broadcaster.

Adam Crozier, ITV Chief Executive, commented: “ITV delivered another strong year as we continue to grow and strengthen the business in the UK and internationally. Revenues were up 15 per cent to just under £3 billion and for the sixth consecutive year we achieved double-digit profit growth, as adjusted EBITA grew 18 per cent to £865 million, with all parts of the business performing well.”

In addition, advertising revenue rose 6% to £1.72 billion, with total revenue up 14% to £3.38 billion.

DTG Staff  |  03.03.2016

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