News Gred Dyke said Lord Patten’s presence was damaging the corporation, and he had mishandled the row over staff payoffs

Chris Patten is a “busted flush” as chairman of the BBC Trust, the broadcaster’s former director-general Greg Dyke has claimed.

Five questions about: freephone numbers

Ah, you’ve written about this before. Freephone numbers cost a packet from mobiles, don’t they? 

Major overhaul aims to make telephone call charges and dialling codes clearer

Freephone will mean free - even for mobiles: Ofcom confirms change for 2015

Major overhaul aims to make telephone call charges and dialling codes clearer

Watchdog sends out a warning after Royal Mail fails to deliver

Royal Mail came under fire from the industry regulator today for missing performance targets, including failing to deliver enough first-class letters on time.

Virgin Media announces 6.7% price increase for broadband and new speeds of up to 152Mbps

Company claims that new fibre optic service is twice as fast as rival BT's

Customers face paying four times more for 4G services in proposed price hikes

An Ofcom consultation suggests fees paid by mobile phone networks could quadruple

Could Ofcom's spectrum switchover kill millions of TVs?

New ambitious plans to re-arrange who gets what slice of the airwaves could make certain TV equipment obsolete, but Ofcom says the dangers are exaggerated

Increased application of wireless technology could be of great benefit to a number of industries and services

The WiFi revolution that could take traffic off our roads: Ofcom outlines plans for future use of radio spectrum

Futuristic plans that could see technology monitoring patients from a distance unveiled

Ofcom has recorded 4,234 attempts by its staff to access porn sites since 12 June

Ofcom staff tried to access porn 4,00 times in three months

Watchdog says figure is consistent with its role in protecting children from harmful material

Bum decision: Britain's Got More Talent rapped by Ofcom over striptease

TV show Britain's Got More Talent has been rapped by the broadcasting watchdog for an episode in which a burlesque act stripped off.

Neil Newbon who plays the character Simon Walker pushed to his death during an episode of Hollyoaks deemed to have broken TV rules.

Hollyoaks' pre-watershed train death scene breached rules - Ofcom

Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks broke the rules when it broadcast a “violent and shocking” scene where a main character was killed by a speeding train, the media watchdog has found.

Market Report: BT looks bright but market still gloomy

Punters were dialling up their brokers yesterday to buy into BT as regulator Ofcom published proposals that could make the UK telecoms giant £150m better off. Ofcom said it had found errors in how the charges were calculated and yesterday republished the price controls for 2014 to 2017 for line rental access to the telephone exchanges.

ITV gets concession on regional news with 10-year licence deal

ITV has won an important concession from the regulator Ofcom, which has relaxed its obligation to air regional news.

Ofcom fines TV channel DM Digital for broadcasting 'duty to kill' speech by Islamic scholar

A television channel has been hit with a hefty fine after broadcasting a speech by an Islamic scholar who said Muslims had “a duty to kill” anyone who insulted the prophet.

TV channels fined over Michael Jackson and Milly Dowler claims

Two television channels have been fined a total of £22,500 after they featured psychics making claims about singer Michael Jackson and murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

The Price Drop TV station today: The company behind is found to have consistently made misleading price claims and product descriptions

Company behind Bid and Price Drop shopping channels found to have made misleading price claims and product descriptions

Sit-Up could have its broadcast licence revoked after Advertising Standards Authority asks broadcasting regulator Ofcom to consider sanctions

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