Results 1–20 of 656 for ofcom independence

TV Licence Fee — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (20 Nov 2017)

Kevin Brennan: ...in an intervention, which is that there is a limited pool of advertising available if the BBC were to move to an advertising model. She also pointed out how the licence fee helps to preserve the independence of the BBC, although it is expensive to collect. I disagree with my hon. Friend on one point, though. She was rather harsh about CNN in her remarks. In fact, CNN makes some excellent...

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Committee (5th Day) (20 Nov 2017)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara: ...have been applied to other sectors of British industry, particularly those relating in some senses to data processing. If noble Lords compare Oftel, the IBM, to some extent the BBC and what has now emerged as Ofcom, they will see a change from the original structure of regulators, which were very largely bodies set up to make sure the previously public sector nature of an activity that had...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Telecommunications (13 Nov 2017)

Matthew Hancock: Ofcom, as the UK’s independent communications regulator, has conducted research into average household spending by consumers on communication services. Ofcom’s “Pricing trends for communications services in the UK” report of 15 March 2017, provides information covering the period between 2005 and 2015 and further details can be found on page 11 at:...

Growing up with the Internet (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (7 Nov 2017)

Baroness Kidron: ...thinking about children in the digital environment. In order to provide for childhood, we need to adopt a clear, overarching set of principles to act as a blueprint for all policy interventions. We need a strong, independent voice to advocate on behalf of children. We are already at plan B, which is that it is time to put the codes and requirements of ICT companies on a statutory footing....

Data Protection Bill [HL] - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued) (6 Nov 2017)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill: ...in opposing effective press regulation through the Press Complaints Commission, which was a useless and toothless regulator, realised in the end that the writing was on the wall. They appointed Sir Alan Moses, a very independent Court of Appeal judge, to become chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation. IPSO tackles media abuse. Although I know that not all agree, it is the...

Channel 4: Privatisation (Communications Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (17 Oct 2017)

Lord Ashton of Hyde: ...value for the public who own it. That value can come in different forms, as the noble Baroness, Lady Kidron, pointed out, both on screen and off. Off-screen, Channel 4 has delivered value through its pivotal role in the development of the UK’s independent production sector. The sector is now world-renowned, generating £3 billion of revenue each year. Channel 4 provides...

Smoking: Broadcasting Code - Question (11 Oct 2017)

Lord Ashton of Hyde: My Lords, as the independent regulator, decisions on amending the Broadcasting Code are rightly a matter for Ofcom. Ofcom takes the protection of children and young people very seriously, and that is why there are already specific restrictions on the portrayal of smoking on television.

Children: Gambling Advertisements - Motion to Take Note (14 Sep 2017)

Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist: ...our eyes, so I wonder whether research methodology has kept pace. Tablet and mobile phones are now the most popular devices for going online, and we have witnessed an explosion of smartphone ownership in recent years—according to Ofcom, 79% of 12 to 15 year-olds now own one, up from only 69% two years ago. These devices have no watershed, and the ability to access gambling sites...

Update on Proposed Fox-Sky Merger Process - Statement (12 Sep 2017)

Lord Keen of Elie: ...a full six-month investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority. I should first remind the House that in my quasi-judicial role, I must come to a decision on the basis of relevant evidence, act independently in a process that is fair and impartial, and take my decision as promptly as is reasonably practicable. I am committed to transparency and openness in this process and have...

Sky/Fox Merger (12 Sep 2017)

Karen Bradley: ...the point I made in my statement: I have made this decision on the basis of the evidence. I take my quasi-judicial role very seriously. I have looked at the evidence before me and considered Ofcom’s response to the further evidence that we put to it, and that is why I have made this announcement. I remind the hon. Gentleman that the “fit and proper” duty that he...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Courier Services: Regulation (12 Sep 2017)

Margot James: Ofcom is the independent regulator with responsibility for postal services, including courier companies.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Business: Telephone Services (11 Sep 2017)

Matthew Hancock: It is the Office of Communications (Ofcom) responsibility, as the UK’s independent communications regulator, to consider the costs and benefits of switching for businesses. The Government has made clear its position that the switching process should be led by the organisation with the most interest in making the switching process work effectively, the gaining provider. A Gaining...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Telecommunications: Misrepresentation (11 Sep 2017)

Matthew Hancock: The Office of Communications (Ofcom), as the UK’s independent communications regulator, has rules in place which prohibit all communication providers from engaging in dishonest, misleading or deceptive conduct when selling products and services, and obliges providers to ensure consumers fully understand and consent to a contract before it is agreed. Ofcom has also consulted on a...

BBC Transparency — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Matthew Hancock: ...first time, as it is for the rest of the public sector. It will be able to do value-for-money studies on the BBC’s commercial subsidiaries, which return profits to the BBC, thereby generating public money. Of course, Ofcom is now independently regulating the BBC. A point that was brought up and has strong cross-party agreement is that it is important that an independent regulator...

Telecommunications Infrastructure (Relief from Non-Domestic Rates) Bill: Relief from local non-domestic rates: occupied hereditaments (5 Sep 2017)

Marcus Jones: ...to supporting full-fibre telecommunication infrastructure and the roll-out of 5G. This will deliver a step change in the speed, service quality and reliability of broadband and mobile services. Independent research suggests that increased broadband speed alone could add £17 billion to UK output by 2024, so this is a vital measure for the whole economy. The Bill will provide the powers...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Telephone Services: Fees and Charges (26 Jul 2017)

Margot James: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Ofcom, as the UK’s independent communications regulator, is currently reviewing the market for standalone telephone line-only customers. Due to its concerns about competition for those who only have a telephone line, it proposed a price cut of £5 - £7 a month for these...

Fox-Sky Merger - Statement (20 Jul 2017)

Lord Keen of Elie: ...;Three weeks ago, I came to this House to set out my initial decisions in relation to the proposed merger between 21st Century Fox and Sky plc. Having referred the bid for a phase 1 investigation by Ofcom and the Competition and Markets Authority in March, the decision before me was whether to refer the merger to a fuller phase 2 investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority. I...

Fox-Sky Merger (20 Jul 2017)

Karen Bradley: ...Three weeks ago, I came to the House to set out my initial decisions in relation to the proposed merger between 21st Century Fox and Sky plc. Having referred the bid for a phase 1 investigation by Ofcom and the Competition and Markets Authority in March, the decision before me was whether or not to refer the merger to a fuller phase 2 investigation by the CMA. I told the House then that,...


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