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.

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Telecoms group TalkTalk has paid out £2.5m after billing consumers for services they had cancelled, but the regulator warned it could still face further action as complaints continue to flood in.

BBC rapped over flashing images

The BBC breached broadcasting guidelines by failing to warn viewers about a clip of Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement announcement containing flashing images, watchdog Ofcom has ruled.

Ofcom considers spectrum trades

The communications watchdog yesterday revealed plans to allow mobile phone operators to trade their valuable radio spectrum with each other, to make the services faster and more reliable. The operators rely on spectrum to provide customers with coverage, as it carries the information between the devices and the mobile masts around the country.

Ofcom warns firms over silent calling

The communications watchdog Ofcom is set to clamp down harder on "silent calling", warning companies that they will face fines of up to £2m if they break the rules. New regulations come into force today designed to prevent call centre companies from harassing consumers with silent calls.

Murdoch given time to prove his BSkyB bid will not harm competition

Miliband criticises concession offered to media mogul

Ofcom's warning shows concern over the future impartiality of Sky

Ofcom based its findings on a warning issued in 2003 by the Labour peer Lord Macintosh of Haringey, then minister for the Media, that "media plurality" has to be defended because "it would be dangerous for any person to control too much of the media because of his or her ability to influence opinions and set the political agenda".

Sky takeover bid decision delayed by Hunt

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt kept the door ajar for News Corporation's planned takeover of BSkyB today when he delayed a decision on whether to refer the deal for a full-blown competition inquiry.

David Prosser: Take the politics out of the Sky decision

Outlook Once Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation announced it wanted to take full control of BSkyB, the decision by the authorities on whether to allow it to do so was always going to be politicised. Such is the strength of feeling about Mr Murdoch that was inevitable – and the Vince Cable "incident" has made matters worse.

Murdoch awaits Ofcom report into BSkyB deal

Officials from the media regulator Ofcom worked late into last night to prepare today's report on whether the proposed £8bn buyout of BSkyB by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation should be subjected to a Competition Commission inquiry.

Frankie Boyle sparks fresh complaints

Channel 4 has been condemned for broadcasting "deeply offensive" language after comedian Frankie Boyle used the words "nigger" and "Paki".

Ofcom censures BT pricing policy

BT infringed competition law by squeezing rivals through its wholesale pricing of phone calls, according to Ofcom. The telecoms watchdog said BT may have engaged in a "margin squeeze" in 2008 and 2009, by setting the prices charged to other providers for its wholesale calls product at a level that would not have allowed rivals to cover their costs. Its statement follows a two-year investigation after complaints from BT's rivals Thus – now part of Cable & Wireless Worldwide – and Gamma Telecom.

Ofcom to investigate X Factor final

The X Factor final is to be investigated by Ofcom after the broadcasting standards watchdog received some 2,750 complaints from viewers about suggestive performances by both US singer Christina Aguilera, and Barbadian R&B star Rihanna.

Matter of swearing on This Morning resolved, says watchdog

ITV show This Morning has avoided a rebuke over presenter Ruth Langsford accidentally swearing on air.

BT disappointed by Ofcom pension veto

The communications watchdog yesterday blocked BT from raising its wholesale prices to help fill the £3.8bn black hole in its pension fund.

UK consumers spend most online, says Ofcom report

British shoppers buy more products online and spend more money than internet users in any other European country, a report suggested yesterday.

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