Salisbury Poisonings – Ofcom Begins 7 Investigations Into RT Coverage

18th April 2018 | Liz Munro

The UK broadcast regulator, Ofcom, has announced that it has opened seven new investigations into the due impartiality of news and current affairs on RT the Kremlin backed news channel. Ofcom said that the overall compliance record of RT’s licensee, TV Novosti, had not been materially out of line with other broadcasters. But the latest investigations are a direct result of RT’s coverage of the Salisbury poison attack on Yulia and Sergei Skripal.

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The Day My Compliance Blog Became Breaking News

19th February 2018 | Liz Munro

While browsing Ofcom’s website, I noticed that Al Arabiya, which had recently been fined £120,000 by Ofcom for breaching its broadcasting code, was listed as no longer possessing a license. As I had already blogged about the substantial fine imposed on them I decided to do a quick update on my website and on my Twitter account. This is what happened next…

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After £120,000 Ofcom fine, has Al Arabiya given up its licence ?

15th February 2018 | Liz Munro

In February 2018 Ofcom fined the Dubai based news channel, Al Arabiya, £120,000 for breaching fairness and privacy regulations. It seems the channel has now either voluntarily given up its licence to broadcast in the UK or had it revoked by Ofcom because its name has disappeared from the list of licensed services on Ofcom’s […]

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Mind The Compliance Gap Between Youtube & Children’s TV

14th February 2018 | Liz Munro

An excellent Guardian article by Tim Walker about Children’s TV makes the point that while the UK broadcast regulator Ofcom, has been granted new powers regarding children’s public service programming, what many young people are viewing is the largely unregulated content on the internet…

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In the aftermath of Logan Paul’s infamous YouTube video, is it time to scale up from self-regulation?

25th January 2018 | Liz Munro

The uproar over the now infamous YouTube video filmed in Japan’s Aokigahara Forest of a man who apparently died by suicide may have come as a surprise to the vlogger behind it, Logan Paul. Those involved in traditional broadcasting, however, would have seen the public outcry coming a mile off. More surprising, though, is the anomalous regulatory stance of YouTube compared to linear broadcasters.

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