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The UK government is preparing to axe the BBC Trust and hand its powers over to Ofcom, reports The Telegraph

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    UK govt to hand oversight of BBC to Ofcom - report


    The UK government is preparing to axe the BBC Trust and hand its powers over to Ofcom, reports The Telegraph citing unnamed Westminster sources. The move is expected to be unveiled in a Green Paper that will formally launch negotiations for renewal of the BBC Charter. This would be the first time that the BBC is governed by an external body. The move will be a partial rejection of proposals made by BBC Trust chair Rona Fairhead, who suggested earlier in 2015 that the Trust could be replaced with a new body dedicated to BBC regulation. Instead, Ministers are planning to expand Ofcom's remit to regulate the BBC. This would include monitoring the BBC's impact on the market, reviewing value for money and regulating editorial standards. Chancellor George Osborne is understood to support the plans, having previously praised Ofcom's oversight of commercial broadcasters. The government is also believed to be considering cutting the duration of the BBC Charter from 10 to 5 years.

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    Streaming soars in Argentina as pay-TV keeps momentum

    DetailsEditor | 27 June 2015




    With signs pointing to cord-cutting in Latin America's most mature and saturate market, Argentina, streaming has found its place and is growing among all ages and social groups, becoming specially strong among Millennials.


    According to the Usuario Online 2015 report from Carrier y Asociados, pay-TV still clearly dominates the market, with 85% penetration across every socio-economic group. But streaming, both free and paid, and also including pirate platforms, is already used by one in three Argentinians with access to the Internet, growing the rate to one in two among Millennials.

    Around 23% of connected Argentinians also download content, and 22% consume TV content through an over-the-top (OTT) platform. In contrast to these figures, the still-under-deployment DTT network, Television Digital Abierta (TDA), is consumed by 14% of Argentinians.

    OTT services, clearly dominated by Netflix, are much more common in homes with medium-high socio-economic levels, in which the pay-TV options are also more sophisticated, like digital, HD packages or DVR options.

    According the the analyst's report, Argentina is a saturated market but the different ways of consuming video are finding its way to enter it, opening a great space for TV's evolution in a pacific competition scenario.


 

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