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Friday, February 12, 2016

LOCAL TELEVISION: Applying for an L-DTPS Licence. the OFCOM View.

There has been a raft of misinformation in some local news media surrounding the possibility of starting up Ofcom regulated local television in this region. Rather than put a PBROTRIB emphasis on it,  below is the official Ofcom view.

It is not just based on a policy but also diverse practical and technical considerations. We have added highlights in bold, the text and links are as issued by Ofcom who tightly regulate all local L-DTPS services.

In our view anyone (either personal or commercial) investing financial resources BEFORE an OFCOM official application and the financial deposit paid by the intending applicant, has been lodged should only be considered having first obtained both financial and legal advice. In any event Ofcom says: We have no current plans to advertise any other areas.

The Ofcom Statement:

On 19 November 2014 Ofcom published a statement setting out our decision to make spectrum in the 700 MHz band available for mobile data use. This is part of the spectrum band currently used to broadcast digital television, including local TV.

To enable the change of use, we will need to re-plan the frequencies used by digital television.  Until this exercise is complete, the future coverage of local services cannot be accurately predicted with confidence.

Our invitations to apply for local television licences have always included information on coverage, to help applicants make their business plans. These business plans are an important element of our consideration of applications, following the statutory criteria for licence awards.

Once Ofcom has sufficient clarity over spectrum availability we will consider whether and when to advertise the remaining three areas that we have not yet advertised: Kidderminster, Bromsgrove and Stratford upon Avon. We have no current plans to advertise any other areas.

We have now licensed a total of 34 local television stations.

The above should be read in addition to this foundation document from OFCOM Local television multiplex - Comux holds the licence to broadcast the local TV multiplex which has launched recently and has set out plans to broadcast from 40-60 transmitter sites and achieve coverage of up to 50% of households. The award of this licence specifically referred to the possibility of change of use of the 700 MHz band. Since Comux won its licence, Ofcom has been awarding licences for local TV services in various locations to be carried on this multiplex and this process is continuing.

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THE HIGH COURT has ruled....People have a right to lampoon and criticise politicians and public officials under the Human Rights Act, the High Court has ruled.

We have the full High Court judgment, saved as a page on here. l

ampoon (lampoon) Pronunciation: /lamˈpuːn/ verb [with object] publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm: the actor was lampooned by the press noun a speech or text lampooning someone or something: the magazine fired at God, Royalty, and politicians, using cartoons and lampoons.

Derivatives: lampooner noun lampoonery noun lampoonist noun Origin: mid 17th century: from French lampon, said to be from lampons 'let us drink' (used as a refrain), from lamper 'gulp down', nasalized form of laper 'to lap (liquid).


NUJ Code of Conduct

The NUJ's Code of Conduct has set out the main principles of British and Irish journalism since 1936.

The code is part of the rules and all journalists joining the union must sign that they will strive to adhere to the it.

Members of the National Union of Journalists are expected to abide by the following professional principles:

A journalist:

1 At all times upholds and defends the principle of media freedom, the right of freedom of expression and the right of the public to be informed

2 Strives to ensure that information disseminated is honestly conveyed, accurate and fair

3 Does her/his utmost to correct harmful inaccuracies

4 Differentiates between fact and opinion

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7 Protects the identity of sources who supply information in confidence and material gathered in the course of her/his work

8 Resists threats or any other inducements to influence, distort or suppress information and takes no unfair personal advantage of information gained in the course of her/his duties before the information is public knowledge

9 Produces no material likely to lead to hatred or discrimination on the grounds of a person's age, gender, race, colour, creed, legal status, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation

10 Does not by way of statement, voice or appearance endorse by advertisement any commercial product or service save for the promotion of her/his own work or of the medium by which she/he is employed

11 A journalist shall normally seek the consent of an appropriate adult when interviewing or photographing a child for a story about her/his welfare

12 Avoids plagiarism The NUJ believes a journalist has the right to refuse an assignment or be identified as the author of editorial that would break the letter or spirit of the code.

The NUJ will fully support any journalist disciplined for asserting her/his right to act according to the code

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