Digital TV splits ITC and Oftel
Wednesday 30 August 1995
In its formal response to the Government's proposal reforms on media cross-ownership, the ITC again laid claim to regulating "conditional access" - the black-box technology that allows television signals to be scrambled and unscrambled. The ITC, which is continuing to work on a code of practice governing conditional access, argues that its role of regulating broadcasting makes it the logical body to regulate access to digital terrestrial television.
The Government had suggested in its Green Paper on digital TV, unveiled earlier this month, that telecoms watchdog Oftel should oversee the licensing of conditional access.
In its response, made public yesterday, the ITC said it would urge the Government "to reconsider" its proposal, claiming that both conditional access and the subscription management systems used to charge viewers "affect the availability, content and diversity" of services. "These are broadcasting issues," the ITC says, "and responsibility for them would rest more logically with the ITC."
Despite the apparent conflict, an ITC spokesman said there was "no jursidictional war looming" between the ITC and Oftel. An Oftel spokesman said: "We want nothing to do with content. But we do believe that the convergence of telecoms and broadcasting make it necessary for regulations to be reformed in response. It is for the Government to decide how this is done."
The ITC said it generally supported the Government's approach to reforming the rules on cross ownership, but continued to oppose a limit of two ITV licences per company.
It also said that the Government should consider liberalising cross-holding rules covering newspaper publishers and cable operators. This sector was not covered by the Green Paper's broad liberalisation thrust.
The commission supported the Government's intention to redefine the term "control" in considering applications for licences and in evaluating shareholding structure under the new ownership rules.
- 1 This restaurant has misunderstood the concept of 'cheese and biscuits'
- 2 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
- 3 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 4 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
Spiritual leader allegedly manipulated 400 men into removing testicles to be 'closer to God'
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
iJobs Money & Business
£25000 - £30000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: A global leader operating...
£15000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Customer Service Advisor is r...
£22000 per annum + pension,bonus,career progression: Ashdown Group: An establi...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + pro rata: SThree: SThree Group have been well esta...