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.

Ian Burrell: At long last the watchdog is off the leash – and on the scent

The Ofcom inquiry has been ratcheted up from a 'monitoring phase' to a far more serious 'evidence-gathering phase'

JOHN DARWIN: The ‘canoe man’ faked his own death for the insurance and fled to Panama

Ofcom to investigate Sky News over email hacking

The broadcasting watchdog, Ofcom, is to investigate Sky News’s admission that it broke the law by hacking into the email account of the “canoe man” who faked his own death.

HomeServe fined over silent calls

HomeServe faced more damning evidence over its call centres yesterday when the communications regulator, Ofcom, fined the home insurance company £750,000 for making 50,000 silent or abandoned calls to UK households in just two months.

Blackberry have found it increasingly difficult to compete in the mobile phone market with more fashionable Apple and Android phones

0800 numbers could soon be free from mobiles

Calls to 0800 numbers could be free from mobiles as part of attempts to fight consumer confusion about costs.

James Moore: Stamping over your customers won't really help

Talk about indecent haste. Ofcom had barely issued its press release giving Royal Mail the green light to stamp all over its customers before the deed was done. With newly acquired power to set prices in its hands, the soon-to-be-privatised company said that from the end of April the price of a first-class stamp will rise by 30 per cent to 60p, while second-class stamps will increase by 39 per cent to 50p.

Stamp prices soar to record highs

The cost of posting letters is to increase to record levels after the Royal Mail announced a 14p increase in the cost of first and second-class stamps to 60p and 50p.

Ofcom looks at stripping Murdoch of BSkyB

Mogul under scrutiny in 'fit and proper' test

Matthew Wright murder comments 'offensive', rules Ofcom

Comments made by presenter Matthew Wright about the alleged murder of a teenager on a remote Scottish island caused "considerable offence" to viewers, TV watchdog Ofcom said today.

Ofcom challenges BT over line fees

The prices consumers pay for broadband and landline telephone services are expected to fall after Ofcom announced plans to reduce the amount BT can charge rivals to rent lines.

Ofcom switches off Iranian broadcaster

Press TV, the English language arm of Iran's state broadcaster, was taken off air yesterday after Ofcom revoked its licence.

Ofcom gives the green light to £5bn mobile airwaves sale

Ofcom has unveiled plans to increase mobile phone spectrum by 75 per cent in an auction that could raise £5bn in what is likely to be the Government's single biggest sale of state assets in this Parliament.

Jeremy Clarkson made the remarks on BBC's primetime magazine programme The One Show last night

Ofcom investigates Jeremy Clarkson's strike jibe

TV watchdog Ofcom has launched an investigation into Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson's comments about striking public sector workers.

Stamp prices could soar in shake-up for the Royal Mail

The price of postage stamps will rise by at least 25 per cent next spring under sweeping changes to the Royal Mail proposed by its new regulator, Ofcom.

Royal Mail to set first class stamp price

A radical shake-up of the postal market is set to herald an increase in the price of stamps in a bid to safeguard the six-day-a-week universal service, it was announced today.

Ofcom rejects Mastermind contestant's complaint

A contestant on Mastermind who was called "astoundingly thick" after scoring only one point on his specialist subject has had his complaint rejected by the media watchdog Ofcom.

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