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.

Jon Gaunt loses court challenge over 'Nazi' jibe

A radio presenter who called a councillor a "Nazi" live on air today lost his legal challenge to Ofcom's decision to uphold complaints against him.

Ofcom clears Sky clash

The media watchdog Ofcom has rejected complaints over a live clash between Sky News's political editor, Adam Boulton, and the ex-Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell.

Ofcom unveils product placement plans for TV in UK

The UK media watchdog paved the way for the introduction of product placement on TV yesterday, after unveiling a series of proposals to govern the move and launching a consultation with the market.

Ofcom consults on future of internet traffic

The communications regulator Ofcom will study how broadband providers manage internet traffic over their networks, to crack down on potentially anti-competitive behaviour and bring greater transparency to the market.

Watchdog rejects Ashcroft complaint

A complaint that the Today programme treated Lord Ashcroft unfairly was rejected yesterday by the broadcasting watchdog.

Penalties for landline contract leavers slashed

Penalties for phone users who leave their landline contract early are to be slashed, Ofcom announced today.

Gaunt to challenge Ofcom over 'Nazi' jibe

A radio presenter who was sacked after calling a councillor a "Nazi" and an "ignorant pig" live on air is today challenging Ofcom's decision to uphold complaints against him.

Ofcom investigates Iran's Press TV over 'interview'

A journalist has accused the Iranian channel Press TV of colluding in his wrongful imprisonment after he was detained for filming protests during last year’s presidential elections in Iran.

Premier League to fight Ofcom's ruling on Sky

Chief executive says forcing TV company to drop prices will 'undermine UK sport'

Peter Bills: Ofcom decision highlights financial precariousness of English rugby

If you take heed of the cries of anguish from sports bodies like the Rugby Football Union, last week's announcement by Ofcom, the communications regulator, that Sky Sports will have its wings clipped in a financial sense over TV rights, is a disaster.

Consuming Issues: Talk is cheaper, but why the wait?

Calling on your mobile phone is set to become a lot cheaper after Ofcom demanded this week that operators must reduce the amount they charge for connecting cross-network calls. It is estimated that these "termination rates" cost about £2.5bn in fees every year, most of which is passed on to customers in their bills.

Ofcom calls for end to ITV ad 'straitjacket'

Ofcom, the communications watchdog, has called for the controversial rules governing ITV's advertising to be torn up following a rise of competition in the industry.

Ofcom turns guns on mobile phones sector

Watchdog tells operators to slash their charges to other networks

Premier League hits out at Ofcom ruling

The ability of English clubs to continue attracting top players will be hit by a ruling from British regulators that caps the amount pay-TV group BSkyB can charge rivals for its sports channels, the Premier League has said.

ECB concerned by Ofcom ruling

England cricket chiefs today criticised a ruling by Ofcom ordering Sky to cut the cost of selling their sports channels to rival broadcasters.

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