News

Recent developments we wanted to share.

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Advice to Ofcom is now a couple of weeks old, so here's a quick reminder of how you can keep up to date - and in touch - with us:

 

Twitter - we are @AdviceTooOfcom.org.uk if you want to follow us. Suggestions of people to follow also welcome!

How to keep in touch with Advice to Ofcom.
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Each year, Ofcom’s Communications Market Report for Scotland provokes thought. And this year is no different from previous ones.

Philip Schlesinger looks at some of the key issues emerging from Ofcom's latest Communications Market Report for Scotland
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Do you use local and national government information services online?

Millions don't...and members of the Advisory Council for England are aware from feedback that this is sometimes because encounters can be reminiscent of a maze or a "computer says no".

Olwyn Hocking looks at the digital divide and why the results of the alpha.gov pilot are worth keeping an eye on.
Local TV

Yesterday DCMS published details of the areas identified by Ofcom as suitable for local TV.

Round up of the latest DCMS announcements on Local TV
Online TV

There was a piece in the Evening Standard yesterday, picking up on the CMR 2011, and commenting on the fact that: "More than a third of Londoners now watch television shows online rather that via traditional channels."

Read the whole article here.

Evening Standard article on how the capital is leading the way in online TV viewing.
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Earlier this week Ofcom produced its eighth annual Communications Market report. Reports of the UK report majored on Ofcom data relating to "the extent to which the UK has become addicted to smartphones, with people confessing to using them everywhere from the dining table to the bathroom and bedroom."

Links to some of the media coverage for Ofcom's 2011 Communications Market Report.
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Have you ever wondered what happens at Ofcom’s Advisory Committee for Wales (ACW)? Well, notes of all the meetings are uploaded to the Ofcom website -  but before the formal notes appear, I thought you might want an advanced preview of some the varied issues which were discussed.

Glyn Mathias outlines the key topics covered at the most recent Welsh Advisory Committee meeting
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In case you missed it, we would like to call attention to this BBC report on the recent decision of the Business Secretary with respect to website blocking. It's worth a look.

In case you missed it, a link to an interesting piece on website blocking.
News

Ofcom’s research regularly shows the value audiences place on local and regional news.  As a result, this is a topic that all of Ofcom’s Advisory Committees regularly get their teeth into.

An interesting blog posted by Tim Bishop, Head of BBC East, reports on a survey carried out jointly by the Newspaper Society and the BBC of the numbers, types and sources of stories carried in one English region across a month-long period.

Ofcom’s research regularly shows the value audiences place on local and regional news. As a result, this is a topic that all of Ofcom’s Advisory Committees regularly get their teeth into.
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It has rarely been more important for the public to get engaged with issues in the world of communications for which Ofcom has regulatory responsibility. This is a time of rapid change, and unless we are vigilant, it’s not always for the better.

Glyn Mathias, Chair of the Welsh Advisory Committee, welcomes you to Advice to Ofcom and outlines current Welsh priorities.