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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.

TalkTalk fined £750,000 for making excessive number of silent calls

Ofcom has fined TalkTalk £750,000 for making an excessive number of abandoned and silent calls, the regulator said.

Mobile phone users will now be able to call 0800

Ofcom takes action on 'notoriously murky' charges for calling 0800 numbers

While they are promoted as freephone, the lines often hit mobile users in the pocket

Search launched to replace Hall on board of Channel 4

The hunt is on at Channel 4 for a director to replace Tony Hall, who stood down as deputy chairman to become director general of the BBC.

Most Haunted breached broadcasting code according to Ofcom

Teatime broadcast of Most Haunted breached broadcasting code

A teatime screening of paranormal TV show Most Haunted was ruled to have breached the broadcasting code by regulator Ofcom.

X Factor rapped by Ofcom for excessively plugging hotel where finalists stayed

The X Factor breached broadcasting rules by giving excessive plugs to the hotel where the show’s finalists stayed, the broadcasting watchdog ruled.

Failure in Line of Duty: BBC guilty of 'serious lapse' in care of 13-year-old actor

Actor Gregory Piper, who plays Ryan Pilkington in police drama Line of Duty, was not sufficiently protected from emotional distress during filming of a 'highly violent and adult nature'

Demand could see UK 4G auction raise £4 billion

Government hopes for 4G airwaves windfall boosted by successful auctions abroad

Demand could see UK auction raise more than £2 billion

Well-judged and well-received: if Leveson is Santa, this is shaping up to be a wonderful Christmas

Our writer, a former Director of the Press Complaints Commission, declares himself happy with Leveson's report

ITV forced to stop airing The Only Way Is Essex before watershed after Ofcom condemns 'adult themes and sexual references'

ITV took the decision to pull lunchtime repeats of The Only Way is Essex after Ofcom ruled that an episode broke scheduling rules put in place to protect children from unsuitable material

Mid-contract phone and broadband price hikes inspected

Customer concerns over mid-contract price hikes imposed by phone and broadband companies are to be investigated by the telecoms watchdog.

Viewers accuse new BBC sitcom of insulting Islam

It was supposed to be a ground-breaking new BBC comedy which finally placed a modern Asian family centre-stage. But Citizen Khan has proved no laughing matter after the sitcom prompted painful comparisons to the "racist" 1970s series Mind Your Language.

Report finds British public are relaxed about sex on TV

TV viewers have become more relaxed about the amount of sex, violence and swearing on the small-screen, according to a report.

Martin Hickman: Defending the indefensible proves a tricky job for Hunt

Jeremy Hunt had a tricky job: defending the indefensible. Unsurprisingly, he struggled to balance his support for News Corp (Broadcast magazine called him a “cheerleader” for Rupert Murdoch) and his insistence that he impartially judged the mogul’s biggest ever business deal: the £8bn takeover of BSkyB.

Ofcom raises prospect of auctioning off ITV and Channel 5 public service licences

Communications watchdog Ofcom has raised the prospect of auctioning off the public service licences currently held by ITV and Channel 5.

Income slips at Orange and T-Mobile

The mobile phone giant EverythingEverywhere, owner of T-Mobile and Orange, has reported a jump in the number of more profitable contract customers by 151,000 in the first three months of the year.

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