Recent developments we wanted to share.


The TSB has a new initiative that is very much in line with the thrust of ACE discussions about the importance of facilitating and stimulating business development in the digital age - the creation of a 'Connected Digital Economy Catapult'.

In ACE's view, this initiative appears to have real promise, so please spread the word so that we can get the strongest network of experts involved in this development. 

New centre to accelerate innovation in the internet economy

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Ofcom’s ‘International Communications Market Report 2011’ (Ofcom 14 December 2011) has generated some media coverage, but I encourage you to take a look at the full report

Ofcom's International Communications Market report shows some of the ways in which internet users the world over are suprisingly similar.

Over the past three years, ACE has been urging Ofcom to make greater use of the information it receives from complaints, such as by conducting analyses and creating visualisations of this data  to determine if particular regions are experiencing specific problems, or if trends indicate any rising areas of concern.

Bill Dutton looks at Ofcom complaint data and what it tells us.

On 15 December 2011, the Scottish Parliament’s Scotland Bill Committee published its final report. The scope of proposed reforms is wide-ranging, taking in everything from powers over income tax to speed limits to the powers of the Supreme Court.

Of key interest are the recommendations dealing with broadcasting and how these will be negotiated between the governments in London and Edinburgh.

The Scotland Bill proposes a number of changes in the broadcasting sphere. Philip Schlesinger highlights the key recommendations.

The Oxford Internet Institute's report on the 2011 survey of users and non-users of the Internet in Britain is now available online.  

It highlights the emergence of what we have called 'Next Generation Users', who use the Internet over multiple devices, some of which are portable, such as tablets or readers. 44 percent of Internet users in Britain are 'next generation users'.

Bill Dutton highlights the publication of this new report offering insights into the influence of the Internet on everyday life in Britain.
Local TV

When people in the broadcasting business in Wales get together, there is usually a chorus of lament about the signs of decline all around them. And there is much to lament: the cuts at BBC, Wales, the continuing controversies around the future of S4C, the uncertainty over future provision of Welsh programming by ITV and the ongoing contraction of the already enfeebled newspaper industry in Wales.

Glyn Mathias on the key points to emerge at last week's conference on broadcasting held at the Institute for Welsh Affairs.

Recently Ofcom held a Discussion Forum in Belfast for stakeholders to analyse and debate the main findings and implications of this year’s Communications Market Report for Northern Ireland.

Recently Ofcom held a Discussion Forum in Belfast for stakeholders to analyse and debate the main findings and implications of this year’s Communications Market Report for Northern Ireland.
Local TV

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt came to address Scottish interests about his Local TV plans on 9 September.

In a well-attended meeting at Glasgow City Halls, he set out his rationale for his project,central to which was his view that local news would strengthen communities and engage electorates and that there was an opportunity for local businesses to sell their wares through more targeted advertising.

Feedback and links relating to the Local TV summit held in Glasgow last week.
Jeremy Hunt Newcastle

Crowds of wannabe local TV moguls are already jostling for places on the starting lines, as the Seb Coe of local media calls for entrants to 2012's other great race.

At least that's the impression created by the large turnouts to the first three Local TV Summit roadshows in a UK-wide tour by Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt.

What happened when Jeremy Hunt visited Tyneside to discuss his vision for Local TV? Olwyn Hocking reports.