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Ofcom is presently consulting on the terms for renewing Channel 4’s licence (see here). Earlier this week, the Advisory Committee for Scotland posted its thoughts on Advice to Ofcom (see here), find below the full submission from the Advisory Committee for England (ACE).

Duration of licence

Channel not fulfilling its public service remit
Channel 4

The Advisory Committee for Scotland (ACS) has responded to Ofcom’s consultation on the renewal of Channel 4’s license.

We make four key points:

First, ACS agrees that Channel 4 needs to have a further period of ten years, to give it reasonable certainty.


More production and better portrayal required

The Ofcom Advisory Committee for Scotland has been discussing how schools in Scotland are using technology, and whether this is likely to increase the ‘digital divide’.

In England some schools now expect children to have an iPad or other device. In Scotland, because expectations are different, a requirement to have a device seems unlikely.

Being connected is vital for success in education
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You have probably heard the saying “there is a reason why we were given 2 ears but only 1 mouth.”

We know how important listening is offline, but how important is it to do online, especially in social media sites like Twitter? If you get 100 social media experts in a room debating the definition of social media, the word conversation will come up a number of times.

Listen before you speak online

Ofcom has announced new appointments to the Content Board, and among three new appointments are a member of the Advisory Committee for England, Andrew Chitty (ACE),  and a member of the Advisory Committee for Northern Ireland, Andrew Colman (ACNI). The third new appointment is Lesley Mackenzie.

The news release issued by Ofcom is at:

Three new members

Sejul Malde, Research Manager at Culture 24 urges the cultural sector to pull the plug on overblown digital rhetoric” and get on with using its tools to understand and respond to their audience base.

Don't talk about, just get on with it

We are on the verge of the launch of 19 new local TV services across the UK. One of the challenges is how to squeeze more channels through an already congested infrastructure – networks and transmitters.

It is worth remembering that, although local TV is groundbreaking as far as the Broadcasting landscape is concerned in the UK, the technology is set firmly in the traditional TV domain although I do expect that in the fullness of time, we will see enhanced web based services too.

Behind Multiplexing Terminology

Slugger O’Toole is a news and opinion blog which takes a critical look at regional, national and international politics.

User-friendly approach needed

Wonderful that Ofcom is proposing to introduce incremental changes in spectrum use that could encourage the development of satellite-based Internet services linked to Earth Stations on Mobile Platforms (ESOMPs).*


Apparently, ships, trains and other moving vehicles including planes can better track orbiting satellites – closer to the earth than geo-stationary satellites – and obtain Internet services while on the move.

but more innovation required

In a previous blog I pointed out how the Scottish Government (SG) was pushing along the path of institutional innovation in ways that challenge UK-wide regulation.

SG had published a paper on Economic and Competition Regulation in an Independent Scotland that sought to simplify the regulatory landscape.


Different models proposed