This presentation explains the role of Ofcom, how they work and their restrictions. Alexa Ranussi 13 Claudine
Ofcom is the government approved regulatory authority for the broadcasting and telecommunications indus tries in the United Kingdom.Formation 29 December 2003Type Statutory corporationLegal status Created by Office of Communications Act 2002Purpose/focus Regulator and competition authority for broadcasting, telecommunications and radio communications spectrumHeadquarters Riverside House, 2a Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HALocation London, Belfast, Cardiff, Caterham, Glasgow, Newton-le-WillowsRegion served United KingdomOfficial languages English, Welsh
What they do What they do not do Our main legal duties are to ensure: We are not responsible for regulating:the UK has a wide range of electronic disputes between you and your telecomscommunications services, including high- provider;speed services such as broadband;a wide range of high-quality television and complaints about accuracy in BBCradio programmes programmes;television and radio services are provided by a premium-rate services, including mobile-range of different organisations; phone text services and ringtones; the content of television and radio adverts;people who watch television and listen to the the BBC TV licence fee; or newspapers andradio are protected from harmful or offensive magazinesmaterial;people are protected from being treatedunfairly in television and radio programmes,and from having their privacy invaded;
Here are the major companies and organisations thatOFCOM supports going across different platforms : • ITN-Newspaper • ITV-Magazine Aegis Group •Johnston Press-Radio • Archant • Mecom Group-Cinema • BBC (BBC Worldwide • News International • Bloomsbury Publishing • Newsquest-Television • British Sky Broadcasting • Northern & Shell • BT Group • Pearson (Penguin • Channel 4 Group • Chime Communications • Pearson Education) • Chrysalis Group • Press Holdings •Daily Mail and General • Reed Elsevier Trust • Reuters • Economist Group •STV Group • EMAP • Syco • EMI Group • TalkTalk • Endemol UK • Trinity Mirror • Global Radio • UBM • Guardian Media Group • UTV Media • Haymarket Group • Virgin Media • Informa • WPP • IPC Media • Yell Group
Responsibilities Ofcoms responsibilities are wide-ranging, covering all types of industries and processes. It has a statutoryduty to the interests of citizens and consumers by promoting competition, and protectingconsumers from what might be RELATIONSHIPS WITH STAKEHOLDERSconsiders harmful or offensive Ofcom’s role as a regulator requires us material. to engage with a wide range of stakeholders, including companies and industry bodies in the sectors we regulate, consumers and consumer groups, the UK Government and devolved administrations, co-regulators and other regulators. We also engage with various international organisations and regulatory bodies.
Programes complaints As the regulatory body for media broadcasts, part of Ofcoms duties are toexamine specific complaints by viewers or listeners about programmes broadcast on channels that it has licensed. It does not oversee unlicensed channels broadcast to UK viewers. When Ofcom receives a complaint, it asks the broadcaster for a copy of the programme, it then examines the programme content to see if it is in breach of the broadcasting code. Ofcom requests response from the broadcaster to the complaint. On the basis of this response, Ofcom will mark the complaint as either "upheld" or "not upheld", or alternatively simply "resolved".
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