Tag: Ofcom

  • Ofcom UK Podcast Survey 2023

    Ofcom UK Podcast Survey 2023

    Ofcom has just published its latest Audio and Podcasts survey data for 2023. They tend to just publish the raw data tables, so I like to dig into the data and get into what the data actually means. I’ve done this for the last couple of years, and you can expect many charts and graphs.…

  • Ofcom UK Podcast Survey 2022

    Ofcom UK Podcast Survey 2022

    A year ago, Ofcom published some podcast data and since I didn’t see any other analysis of it, I published my take on their data on this site. Roll forward a year, and Ofcom has again published new podcast consumption data in data tables format on their site. I’m unsure if Ofcom will publish a…

  • Ofcom UK Podcast Survey 2021

    Ofcom UK Podcast Survey 2021

    Thanks to someone on the UK Audionetwork email group for alerting me to this data that Ofcom has recently published in tabular form on its website. Ofcom has just published the data tables for a piece of consumer research on consumer attitudes and awareness of podcasting. I suspect that Ofcom will be publishing their own…

  • Why ‘Access’ and ‘FYI Daily’ Exist

    Why ‘Access’ and ‘FYI Daily’ Exist

    The other night I was looking for something to watch mindlessly for a bit and noticed that action film John Wick: Chapter 2 was on Channel 5. That would be suitably mindless. So I flicked over and was presented with a needless bit of fluff about some terrible-looking new Robert De Niro film. I was…

  • Localness

    Ofcom has published an update today on what it considers localness in commercial radio. The tl;dr is that it’s not┬ávery┬álocal any more. Your mileage may vary on whether this is a good thing or not. But for now, stations that provide local news regularly throughout the day, must only broadcast three hours between 6am and…

  • Diversity in UK Radio

    Ofcom has just published its diversity monitoring report into the radio industry. It replicates the work Ofcom did in television, and the report makes interesting reading. The first note in the report is that the data for this is very poor. They contacted 16 broadcasters to compile the report, and while all 16 reported on…

  • Winding Down Local TV

    In the dim and distant past of 2011, Jeremy Hunt, then Culture Secretary, kicked off “Local TV.” “For consumers, what this will mean is a new channel dedicated to the provision of local news and content,” he said. In due course, he saw through the legislation to create a series of local TV services. This…

  • Shutting Down AM

    Today, Ofcom published a short consultation based on a request from Absolute Radio to shut down a number of AM transmitters and reduce the power on some others. In essence the request, which I confidently expect to be quickly agreed to, has three main details: They want to close down completely 12 AM sites, and…

  • Diversity in UK Media – Ofcom’s Report Doesn’t Go Far Enough

    Last week Ofcom published the first in what it says will be a regular series of reports into diversity and equal opportunities in television. It focuses on the biggest UK television broadcasters: BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Sky and Viacom (owner of Channel 5 amongst others). Diversity remains a key concern in the media industry, from…

  • Ofcom on Audience Attitudes to Broadcast Media

    Ofcom, the UK broadcast regulator, carries out an awful lot of research, most of which it publishes on its website. But people are lazy, and they mostly just look at executive summaries and press releases. But there’s a lot more to it than that. There are often copious appendices with much more detail, and beyond…

  • D2 Bids: Further Thoughts

    [Note: Updated following the publication of the detailed bid documents on the Ofcom website. Note that only parts of the applications have been made public. Other parts are confidential. Sound Digital application here – Listen2Digital application here.] At a risk of boring everyone senseless about D2, I’ve got a few further thoughts that have come…

  • On DAB and Five Live

    It was a really interesting day for radio today with several important announcements. Of most interest to me was the formal announcement of the advertisement for a second national DAB multiplex. You may remember that back in 2007, this multiplex was previously advertised with Channel 4 winning it ahead of NGW the transmission supplier (since…

  • A Digital Radio Future

    This morning, I was in the BBC Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House along with several hundred colleagues who work for broadcasters, regulators, hardware manufacturers, car manufacturers and assorted others to hear Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, stand up and talk about the future of digital radio in this country. The event…