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.

IT man stole £500,000 from Ofcom

A senior member of IT staff at telecoms regulator Ofcom was jailed today for stealing more than £520,000.

Ofcom warns 4G mobiles will scramble TV signals

Next generation mobile phones will disrupt digital television when they launch in 2013 unless the companies do something about it, the communications watchdog warned yesterday.

New 999 text service

Texting the emergency services rather than dialling 999 could become commonplace after a successful pilot scheme by Ofcom.

Mobile firms appeal against Ofcom ruling

Three mobile phone operators have appealed against Ofcom's order that they must cut mobile termination rates so that customers pay less to call users on other networks.

MPs demand broadband expansion

MPs today piled pressure on telecoms regulator Ofcom to expand superfast mobile broadband to 98% of the UK.

Raunchy Rihanna video sparks new guidance

Music TV channels will be issued with new guidance after an unedited version of Rihanna's controversial S&M video was broadcast before the watershed.

Ofcom may have to settle BT poles and ducts row

The UK's communications watchdog yesterday revealed it may have to step in to settle a dispute over how much BT wants to charge rivals to run their superfast broadband cables via its telegraph poles and ducts.

Ofcom cuts mobile transfer to one day

From today UK consumers will be able to switch their mobile number to a new provider in just one day, under new rules from Ofcom.

Ofcom calls on BT to cut charges for broadband

Communications watchdog Ofcom has called on BT to cut wholesale broadband and landline prices, but insiders at the telecoms giant said it was too early to tell whether the difference will be passed on to customers.

Ian Watmore calls for changes to 'conflicted' FA

Former Football Association chief executive Ian Watmore has labelled the governing body as "conflicted" and believes an independent board is vital to its restructuring.

Ofcom to sell off 4G licences

Telecommunications regulator Ofcom today announced plans to auction off licences for fourth-generation (4G) mobile phone services.

Ofcom to investigate UK's £3.5bn TV advertising market

The media watchdog has launched an inquiry into how television advertising is bought and sold in the UK, following concerns that the current system may distort competition.

Mobile firms told to cut charges by Ofcom

The cost of calling mobile phones from other networks and landlines is set to become cheaper after Ofcom imposed a reduction in charges.

Watchdog snaps at broadband suppliers' inaccurate speed claims

Providers have been told users need a clearer picture of downloading times, but there are other ways to improve your service

'Rollover' phone contracts to be banned

Landline telephone contracts that automatically roll over and penalise customers for leaving are to be banned under proposals by regulator Ofcom.

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