A law firm has decided Ofcom didn’t go far enough three years ago when it got BT to lower its prices and thinks 2.3 million of its customers deserve compensation.
BT "vigorously" denies claims that customers have not been compensated.
The average daily time spent online by adults increased by nearly an hour during the UK’s spring lockdown when compared to the previous year, according to communications regulator Ofcom. With numerous countries back under severe pandemic restrictions, many of us once again find ourselves questioning whether our heavy reliance on technology is impacting our wellbeing. It’s true that digital devices have provided new means of work, education, connection, and entertainment during lockdown. But the perceived pressure to be online, the tendency to procrastinate to avoid undertaking tasks, and the use of digital platforms as a way to escape distress all… This story continues at The Next Web
New, expensive option for nation's notspots Ofcom has given the thumbs-up to SpaceX's Starlink broadband user terminals, opening the door to a UK launch of Elon Musk's satellite-based broadband service.…
Ofcom says it is keeping the timings of 5G auction under review amid pandemic
The British Communications Authority (Ofcom) revealed that by 2020, due to anti-5G conspiracy theories, a total of 159 operator base stations have been attacked, resulting ...
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Ofcom has released the 2020 edition of its Connected Nations report, providing insight into how networks handled an extra demanding year. Whether it’s getting work done from home, or binging on Netflix. Checking in with phone calls to elderly relatives, or posting the latest TikTok trend video. Never has the connectivity we’re blessed with today... Read more »
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Telecoms regulator Ofcom is trying to make it easier for people to switch phone carriers.
First you could break up by text – next year you can take the phone with you UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom is introducing new rules that will stop phone companies selling carrier-locked handsets.…
UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has finally banned the practice of preventing people using their phones as they want by locking them to an operator.
Regulator Ofcom says all phones must be sold unlocked from 2021
Locked phones are one of the biggest annoyances for consumers, but the UK is taking action against the practice.
Telecoms regulator Ofcom has banned mobile operators from selling locked phones after December 2021. Locking mobiles to specific networks often causes confusion for consumers and prevents them from switching at the end of their contracts. Selina Chadha, Connectivity Director at Ofcom, said: “We know that lots of people can be put off from switching because... Read more »
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Initial Ofcom findings suggest companies shared pricing information.
Something something national security, right? An obscure court case about radio spectrum licensing law has jumped to greater prominence after a government barrister suggested a High Court judge “left a lacuna in relation to the protection of national security” when he ruled ministers could not tell Ofcom to ignore the law.…
BT has hit out against Ofcom's decision to launch an investigation into its compliance with broadband USO rules, calling for a new plan for connecting hard to reach areas.
Britain’s Got Talent has unveiled the voting figures from this year’s final, revealing that new champion Jon Courtenay won by quite the landslide.Of the 10 acts in the final – five picked by the judges during the semi-finals and five selected by the public – Jon received a total of 35.7% of the total vote, following the performance of his original song in the final.Things were a little bit closer between second, third and fourth place, with runners up Sign Along With Us landing 15.3% of the votes.Just behind them were comedians Steve Royle and Nabil Abdulrashid, on 14.1% and 13.9%, respectively.Check out the full voting stats belowJon Courtenay (35.7%)Sign Along With Us (15.3%)Steve Royle (14.1%)Nabil Abdulrashid (13.9%)James & Dylan Piper (5.7%)Damien O’Brien (4.6%)Aidan McCann (3.7%)Jasper Cherry (3.3%)Magical Bones (2.9%)Aaron & Jasmine (0.8%)During this year’s pre-recorded semi-finals, eight acts performed each night, with the judges picking their favourite to automatically send through to the final.The remaining seven were then put up for the public vote, with the winners of each round also earning a spot in the last stage of the competition.Here are the voting figures from the five weeks of the semi-finals:Week 1James & Dylan Piper (41.8%)Yakub (22.7%)Fayth Ifil (13.2%)James Stott (10.0%)SOS From The Kids (6.1%)Imen Siar (3.7%)Urban Turtles (2.5%) Week 2Damien O’Brien (22.1%)The Coven (20.1%)Souparnika Nair (19.7%)Amanda & Miracle (18.5%)Honey & Sammy (10.4%)Class Dynamix (5.0%)Allan Finnegan (4.2%) Week 3Sign Along With Us (34.0%)Sirine Jahangir (31.8%)X1X Crew (14.5%)Ember Trio (8.9%)Myra Dubois (6.9%)Dario The Dinosaur (2.0%)Bhim Niroula (1.9%) Week 4Jasper Cherry (49.2%)Belinda Davids (21.2%)Chineke! Junior Orchestra (8.5%)Billy & Chantelle (7.5%)Kevin Quantum (5.3%)Papi Flex (4.9%)Katherine & Joe O’Malley (3.4%) Week 5Aidan McCann (27.0%)Beth Porch (24.8%)Wesley Williams (16.1%)Hakan Berg (14.2%)Soldiers of Swing (9.0%)Shalom Chorale (6.3%)Crissy Lee (2.6%)For safety reasons, the performances in this year’s BGT final were pre-recorded ahead of time, although the results of the public vote were announced live.Comedy singer Jon’s win was a notable one, as it marked the first time a Golden Buzzer act – picked by one of the judges to automatically win a spot in the semi-finals after their audition – has gone on to win the competition.This year saw Simon Cowell sitting out the second half of the competition due to an injury, with former BGT winner Ashley Banjo sitting in for him this year.MORE BGT:
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Diversity troupe leader Ashley Banjo has said the controversy surrounding the group’s recent performance on Britain’s Got Talent, which reflected on the events of 2020, is indicative of a deeper issue in British society.In the first semi-final show of this year’s BGT, Diversity returned to the stage to put on a powerful performance looking back at key moments in the year, including scenes alluding to the coronavirus pandemic, the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing global protests against police brutality.While the routine won widespread praise at the time, it also led to more than 24,000 complaints being made to Ofcom, which the media regulator eventually dismissed.Reflecting on the performance in a new interview with GQ Hype, Ashley admitted he was surprised at how much the Black Lives Matter-inspired section of the routine ended up being focussed on.Asked about “that Diversity BLM performance”, Ashley explained: “I’m proud for it to be [called that], but it’s really interesting how you coined it our ‘BLM performance’, because it wasn’t.“What I find the most incredible thing about all of this is that the Black Lives Matter element of the routine is the part that stuck with people, which, like I said, I can’t reiterate enough how much I’m proud of.“But the performance itself was supposed to be a roundup of everything that we felt in the year; a summary of the things that have affected us... it was an idea of unity, the idea of hope. And obviously, as part of that routine, it would be impossible to ignore how much the Black Lives Matter movement, the idea of racism coming to the forefront of global attention, is present. It’s here and it’s right now.“So in our summary of the year, it was impossible for me not to reflect upon it.”Insisting he always had the full support of ITV, Ashley continued: “I said to them on the phone that week before, ‘This is what I think I’m going to do’. And they were great with it. That’s really important. They didn’t say anything until we turned up on the day. We turned up and we rehearsed.“I think it was a bit of a shock for everybody [there]. Everyone was like, ‘Wow, this is where you’re going’. But as much as it was a shock, I don’t think as many people have ever taken me aside individually. The first run-through in rehearsal, people said they either were in tears or that it connected with them. That for me was so important.”The Diversity performer was also asked whether he thought the complaints were a symptom of a “significant problem with British culture”.“I think a significant problem is an idea of perspective, right?” Ashley said. “I feel like, to some people, there is a massively significant problem, and to others there is no problem. And it is that spectrum, for me, that’s the problem.“You know, I can’t pin it to one specific moment. The idea that there are some people who didn’t even really know that racism still exists – that’s the problem for me. That’s why it’s the right stage. That’s why I’m so passionate about creating these performances.“And I’m also really passionate about freedom of speech and about open conversation and opinion. I love this country. That’s why I love living here and that’s one of the beautiful things about living here: the fact that we can all speak our mind.“But if the moment I, as an artist, from a show like Britain’s Got Talent, can’t use my four minutes to say what I like and have it come from the heart, and not even say it offensively, but just say [it] honestly and artistically, that’s an issue.”He added: “I just want people to know racism is real, and, right now, we’re shining the light on the idea that Black lives matter, because they do. And the moment that there are other oppressed minorities or other issues to shine the light on, I’ll be there with bells and whistles on saying, ‘If this is wrong, it needs changing’.“But right now, we are talking about the fact that Black lives matter. And if you can’t get on board and support that and dig deeper than just blaming a few people who have an opinion that you might not agree with, you need to take a look at yourself.”An Ofcom spokesperson previously said of the complaints received about Diversity’s performance: “We carefully considered a large number of complaints about this artistic routine, an area where freedom of expression is particularly important.“Diversity’s performance referred to challenging and potentially controversial subjects, and in our view, its central message was a call for social cohesion and unity.“Any depictions of violence by the performers were highly stylised and symbolic recent global events, and there was no explicit reference to any particular political organisation – but rather a message that the lives of Black people matter.”Ofcom update on Britain’s Got Talent complaints: https://t.co/OkwrgTEGEopic.twitter.com/cufN6ZezCC— Ofcom (@Ofcom) September 17, 2020Reacting to Ofcom’s ruling, troupe leader Ashley Banjo wrote on social media at the time: “Creativity is always a leap of faith. All I did what was what felt right and I’d do it 100 times over.“Sending love to everyone that stood by us.”Later in the series, BGT judge Alesha Dixon was seen wearing a necklace in support of the Black Lives Matter matter movement, which won support from many viewers, although others also complained to the TV watchdog about it.Read Ashley Banjo’s interview in full on GQ Hype.READ MORE:
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Boris Johnson’s top choice to be chairman of the BBC has ruled himself out of the role, according to reports.Lord Charles Moore had been asked by the prime minister to take up the post as the successor to Sir David Clementi when he stands down as chairman of the BBC board in February.His appointment – if it had gone through – would have been controversial; Moore has previously been a longstanding vocal critic of the BBC and was in 2010 fined for not paying the licence fee. He has also previously come under criticism for his comments on race and same-sex marriage.But the Sunday Times reported he had decided against even applying “for personal reasons”.It had been said that the former editor of the Daily Telegraph and biographer of Margaret Thatcher was “virtually a done deal” after six weeks of wrangling over pay and conditions.The paper added that the BBC would have been forced to inflate the salary to at least £280,000 to attract him to the role. The current BBC chairman, Sir David Clementi, is paid £100,000 a year.Moore has previously written that the BBC could not carry on before and must “decolonise”. He received backing from Michael Gove, who told the Mail on Sunday: “Charles Moore is one of the most brilliant writers, journalists and thinkers in Britain today.“Anyone who knows him knows he is open-minded, fair-minded, passionate about this country’s success.“The BBC is an amazing institution and Charles is someone who would bring a properly Reithian approach to it. He would want to make the BBC succeed.”A formal recruitment process to find a new chairman has yet to be launched, but a job advertisement is expected to be issued shortly.Other potential candidates for the role are the former culture secretary, Baroness Morgan of Cotes, and the former home secretary, Amber Rudd, the Sunday Times has previously reported.Paul Dacre, the former editor of the Daily Mail and another fierce critic of the BBC, remains Johnson’s choice to become chairman of Ofcom.Critics have raised concerns that such a move would threaten the broadcasting regulator’s reputation for fairness and independence.Gove said: “Paul Dacre is probably the single most successful newspaper editor of the past three or four decades and he is someone who has defied expectations in the campaigns that he’s run on the environment and to pursue the killers of Stephen Lawrence.“Because both men are right of centre, and because both of them – like 52% of the people in this country – thought we should leave the European Union, they have been painted in primary colours as somehow demon kings. That is just not true.”Downing Street declined to comment on speculation. around the recruitment process.A government spokesperson said: “We will launch the application process for the new chair of the BBC shortly. It is an open recruitment process and all public appointments are subject to a robust and fair selection criteria.”Related...
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Paul Hollywood found a useful way of filling his time while bubbled up in the Great British Bake Off’s biosphere. The baker has revealed he taught Matt Lucas and Noel Fielding how to drive while filming the current series of the Channel 4 show. Neither of the show’s presenters are able to drive, so famous petrolhead Paul opted to help them learn using the on-set buggies at Down Hall in Essex. Speaking to The Mirror, Paul said: “Neither of the male hosts have actually got a driving licence.“So I was trying to teach Matt a few little tricks on the go kart and how to drive it at speed. But it was, it was fun. We need a challenge actually.“We need to get a newspaper involved where we end up teaching Noel and Matt how to drive a car. Get a licence for them.”Fellow judge Prue Leith: “I tell you what, Matt got to drive just as fast as Paul Hollywood. In the end, he was zipping around with that bug. And I kept thinking, ‘That’s a guy who can’t drive!’.”Paul added: “Now he wants to do his test. The buggies did the trick.”During filming of the latest series, all of the cast and crew had to live in a self-contained biosphere for six weeks so they wouldn’t have to socially distance on camera. All of the hosts, judges and bakers lived alongside 80 members of the production team, 20 hotel staff, and around 20 “children, chaperones and dog walkers” during the six-week shoot. Prior to moving in to the hotel, people had to self-isolate for nine days and take three Covid tests to ensure they did not have the virus. The shoot, which was described as “gruelling” by the show’s bosses, saw the team work on a two days on, two days off basis, while they also built 12 practise kitchens for the bakers to use on their days off. Kieran Smith, who is the creative director at the Channel 4 show’s production company Love Productions, previously revealed that there was only one coronavirus scare during the shoot, which turned out to be a false alarm. “It was a massive operation,” he said. “It felt like the safest place in Britain.”The Great British Bake Off continues on Tuesday at 8pm on Channel 4.READ MORE:
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