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

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ITV's regional news services could be losing as much as £64m a year by 2012 as competition from digital rivals renders current business models unsustainable, the media watchdog said yesterday.

Sky fury over Ofcom's 'extreme' intervention

Broadcasting giant BSkyB yesterday hit back at Ofcom's proposals to regulate the pay-TV market, calling the intervention "extreme and unprecedented".

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Mobile service providers could face fines under new rules designed to prevent mis-selling which come into force today.

Deregulated BT to cut fixed-line costs

BT is set to offer customers more competitive fixed-line telephone deals after Ofcom relaxed its pricing rules citing the rise in competition.

TV goes online under Canvas

A consortium hoping to bring internet broadcasting to living rooms faces a crucial winter with challenges from regulators and rivals, says Nick Clark

Media ownership rules could be relaxed

Rules on local media ownership could be relaxed to help news providers struggling with the recession under proposals published today by Ofcom.

Teletext to close news and information service

Teletext's news and information service is to come to an end in January next year - two years ahead of schedule - the service's owner said today.

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3G, the service which enables users to have simultaneous access to speech, internet and email on their mobile phones, is inaccessible across large parts of the UK, according to new maps released by the telecoms regulator Ofcom.

Jonathan Ross cleared over 'homophobic' comment

Jonathan Ross did not breach broadcasting rules when he suggested that parents should put their sons up for adoption if they wanted a Hannah Montana MP3 player, industry watchdog Ofcom found today.

Leading article: Free competition is in the best interests of viewers

Ofcom is right to seek to level the pay-TV playing field

BSkyB to fight premium channels plan

BSkyB vowed today to "use all available legal avenues" to challenge the communications regulator's plans to force it to sell its sports and movies content to rivals at regulated prices.

Millions don't want to go online

More than two-fifths (43 per cent) of adults who do not have access to the internet at home say that they would choose to remain unconnected even if they were given a free PC and broadband connection, research revealed today.

Celebrity Big Brother cleared by Ofcom

This year's Celebrity Big Brother, which saw rapper Coolio the focus of many complaints, did not breach broadcasting rules, Ofcom has found.

Ofcom to review mobile routing fees

Telecoms regulator Ofcom today laid out a number of proposals on how the price mobile operators charge to connect calls to each others networks, or mobile termination rates, should be set.

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