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first_imgBBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead has called for the body she heads, which is charged with regulatory oversight of the BBC, to be scrapped and replaced with an external regulator after the public broadcaster’s Charter renewal in 2016.Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention, Fairhead highlighted the “complicated area of governance is the oversight of financial and operational management and strategy” as the key area of consideration, and said that “the strongest case for more significant change is in this area of oversight, where a fault line continues to lie in the blurred accountabilities between the Trust and the Executive board”.Fairhead said that the Trust had worked with the executive board to “clarify the boundaries” between the pair and said she was “confident” that the existing regime could be make to work to the end of the current BBC Charter. However, beyond that, she said that the complete separation of regulation from management and the creation of a dedicated external regulator would be the best option. “Responsibilities for strategy, financial and operational management need to sit with the BBC Executive – to allow them to respond to a rapidly changing environment. Responsibilities for regulation and broader accountability need to sit at one remove. That way, there should be no possibility of vagueness or uncertainty about who will be held responsible for what, when the chips are down,” said Fairhead.“At a minimum, we would want to propose some reform of the current model. To keep the Trust as part of the BBC but to be much more specific, in any future Charter, that its responsibilities were focused more clearly on regulation and accountability, with strategy and oversight left to the Executive Board. But the cleanest form of separation would be to transfer the Trust’s responsibilities for regulation and accountability to an external regulator. And that’s an approach we want to explore further. I think it’s the front-runner.”She said the external regulation model would require the BBC to set up a stronger unitary board, with an independent chairman and a majority of non-executive directors, while the external regulator would have responsibility for “all matters of regulation and those matters of licence fee payer representation which require a broader, more regulatory perspective”.Fairhead said she had some concerns about the culture Select Committee’s call for a Public Service Broadcasting Commission with wider responsibility, as this would not have authority to set BBC service licences, while “carving up the licence fee” could weaken “the direct line of ownership and accountability that runs between the public and the BBC”.Fairhead has attracted media attention recently over her role as a non-executive director of scandal-hit bank HSBC. The BBC Trust has said there was no conflict of interest between her roles at the two organisations and that the Trust had no input into BBC coverage of events at HSBC.Delivering his own speect at the Oxford Media Convention, digital economy minister Ed Vaizey said the government would not launch a debate on BBC governance and the Charter Review ahead of the general election, “except to confirm that we ‘heart’ the BBC”.“We want to see a BBC that is fit for the digital age, able to fulfil the many roles that the BBC has done so successfully for many years – not just great content, but education and training, technical innovation, and a huge and irreplaceable contribution to civic society,” he said. Vaizey also said that a digital single market across the EU would benefit the UK, which is home to over 500 broadcasters. “Major companies like Discovery, Disney and Viacom not only employ thousands of people here, they are major investors in UK content. We want to give them reasons to continue to invest here,” he said.last_img read more

Cable and telecom group Altice is in exploratory

Cable and telecom group Altice is in exploratory

first_imgCable and telecom group Altice is in ‘exploratory discussions’ with Iberian media group Prisa to take over Portugal’s Media Capital.Confirming the talks following a request by the Portuguese Securities Market Commission, the Commissão do Mercado de Valores Mobiliários, Altice said that it was discussion the potential acquisition of Prisa’s stake in Media Capital.TVI’s IOL portalLisbon-based Media Capital owns leading TV station TVI, which operates the flagship channel, news channel TVI24 and thematic channels TVI Ficción and TVI Reality as well as international services TVI Internacional and TVI África. It also owns internet portal IOL and a number of radio stations and press titles.Prisa owns a 94% stake in Media Capital. According to local press, the Spanish media group is looking for between €400-450 million for the group, although some observers consider this to be an unrealistically high price.Altice’s interest in Media Capital indicates that it wants to combine ownership of content assets with distribution networks in Portugal on the model followed in France with SFR. In Portugal Altice owns Meo/PT Telecom, the leading telco in the country.However, a move to take control of TVI could face regulatory hurdles. Rival service provider NOS’s chief executive Miguel Almeida last year told local newspaper Expresso that if Altice took control of Media Capital and the country’s regulators took no action, there would be “war” to ensure that the leading broadcaster’s content remained accessible to his subscribers.Almeida said it was vertical integration of service providers and TV broadcasters such as TVI or the country’s other leading commercial player, SIC, was “not welcome” and that he expected any such deal to be blocked.Last year, Portugal’s service providers were involved in a bitter battle over the exclusivity of top-tier football rights, which was eventually resolved when, after a series of indicatives driven by NOS, the main players agreed a reciprocity deal and joint ownership of the Sport TV channel to ensure that all matches would be available to subscribers of the different operators.last_img read more

Spanish regional cable operator Euskaltel has sign

Spanish regional cable operator Euskaltel has sign

first_imgSpanish regional cable operator Euskaltel has signed a deal to provide Netflix via its new 4K UHD TV boxes from next year and has separately unveiled plans to expand to other areas of Spain outside its existing markets of the Basque Country, Asturias and Galicia.The deal with Netflix will see Euskaltel become the first operator in Spain to offer its customer a remote control featuring a dedicated Netflix button.Francisco ArtecheNetflix will form part of Euskaltel’s new 4K offering from next year. Euskaltel Group customers who sign up for the 4K decoder will be able to content offered by Netflix in Spain including locally-produced original Las Chicas del Cable, Stranger Things, Narcos and 13 Reasons Why. Upcoming Netflix original films include Bright, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton.“With this partnership, we are pleased to offer seamless and fastest access to Netflix for Euskaltel’s customers, allowing them to enjoy amazing entertainment in the best possible picture resolution and in one place, just by clicking on the Netflix dedicated button of their remote control,” said Francisco Arteche, CEO of Euskaltel.Separately, the Basque Country-based operator, which recently completed the acquisition of Zegona Communications-owned Asturias operator Telecable, has unveiled ambitious plans to expand its services to several neighbouring regions of Spain over the next five years.Euskaltel plans to expand into Navarre, León, Cantabria and La Rioja, representing a market of about 1.6 million people, or 500,000 households collectively. The programme will kick off next year with a launch in Navarre, targeting about 150,000 homes.Euskaltel will also expand its network reach in its existing markets of the Basque Country, Galicia and Asturias, with plans to add 800,000 homes passed and 6,200 businesses to its coverage zone.The Navarre expansion will begin with the regional capital, Pamplona, and the adjoining town of Ansoain. To facilitate the move, Euskaltel has struck a network deal with Orange, allowing it to use the fibre-to-the-home network deployed by that operator. The agreement with Orange covers the building of new shared network infrastructure as well as wholesale access to Orange’s existing lines.Euskaltel has set an objective of offering its fixed and mobile services to 78,500 additional homes in the Pamplona area next year, increasing to 150,000 over the next five years with the addition of Tudela, Alsasua, Etxarri-Aranatz, Huarte, Estella-Lizarra, Burlada, Valle de Egüés and Zizur Mayor, among others.Euskaltel has set a target of achieving 20% penetration, giving it an additional 30,000 in Navarre by 2022. Euskaltel said it planned to invest €20 million in total in expanding its reach, including €10 million in Navarre.last_img read more

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stacked boxes and heavy machinery formed an ideal backdrop Don Emmert—AFP/Getty Images Keene NH – April 20: Clinton chose a casual setting to brush off questions over the Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of donations during her time as secretary of state She called allegations that she intervened on behalf of donors “distractions” Don Emmert—AFP/Getty Images Concord NH – April 21: Clinton got a chance to talk student debt with young women at a community college in Concord New Hampshire “You cannot expect people to have that much debt and then be expected to pay it off” she said Andrew Burton—Getty Images Concord NH – April 21: Clinton paid her dues with a required visit for Democratic hopefuls in New Hampshire: a gathering at the home of 94-year-old former state Sen Mary Louise Hancock the so-called grand dame of New Hampshire politics Jim Cole—AP Las Vegas NV – May 5: Clinton discussed immigration with a roundtable in Las Vegas Nevada a primary state with a heavy population of Hispanic immigrants calling for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants Mike Blake—Reuters 1 of 9 Advertisement Nashs party was one of many incubators for Clintons new campaign which plans to build on events like this one to mobilize supporters The 435-congressional-district simulcast was partly a marketing stunt showing the Clinton juggernaut is ubiquitous and raring to go But Clinton’s staff also believes that parties like the Nashes will eventually convert all those flakey spinach pockets and glasses of white wine into votes and campaign dollars "It’s events like this and the more-than-650 others we held around the country that night that are really the building blocks and the lifeblood of this campaign" Marlon Marshall the Clinton campaigns director of state campaigns and political engagement told TIME "You don’t build something that big in one fell swoopyou build it state by state community by community house party by house party" Clinton already has staff in all 50 states as well in Puerto Rico the District of Columbia and the territories In the early primary states Clinton has nearly 12000 committed volunteers and 15 offices as part of what will amount to a $100-million primary effort according to a campaign tally from last week Theres little immediate value to paying a Clinton staff member for territories like Guam which has no votes in the Electoral College and a population little bigger than Fargo North Dakota But then-Sen Obama defeated Clinton in the 2008 Guam primary against Hillary Clinton by a margin of just seven votes and Guam may actually someday be up for grabs "We take nothing for granted" campaign manager Robby Mook likes to say Many people at the Nashes apartment on Saturday had helped out on political campaigns before MORE: Hillary Clinton Launches a More Personal Campaign Gerrie Nussdorf a retired psychologist from the West Village who wore a baseball cap and T-shirt from the 2008 campaign bearing Clintons name recalled how she had volunteered for in seven states for the candidate eight years ago She began listing them: "New York Pennsylvania Texas Montanathat’s the only one where we lost the primary" "You had a good record" Brewer the Manhattan borough president interjected Brewer has endorsed Clinton already as have other New York politicians like congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and city public advocate Letitia James But Bill de Blasio the citys progressive mayor who ran her first Senate campaign has notably not yet backed Clinton "I don’t think that matters" said Brewer of the mayor sitting in the Nashes warmly lit living room "I don’t know what hes waiting for Some comment on inequality maybe" Few left the party with firm commitments to organize for Clinton But they had some rough ideas Caroline Converse an Upper East Side resident canvassed for President Obama in 2012 and plans to pitch in this year too Haleigh Collins a 20-year-old junior at Bowdoin College who saw Clinton speak in Portland Maine says shell sit in the student union and sign up voters Liz Nash said shell continue volunteering regularly at the Brooklyn campaign headquarters where she recently met Clinton The sheer size of Clintons campaign infrastructure leaves little room for other candidates to take on talent and even enthusiastic volunteers Even with Bernie Sanders hiring staff in Iowa and New Hampshire as he gains in the polls its all aboard the Clinton campaign train for most And Clinton seems happy to include the willing no matter where they live "Obviously Iowa is particularly important because it is the first state but I think the entire country is important too" Clinton had said earlier live from the Hawkeye State "I dont want anybody to feel left out" See an Intimate Portrait of Hillary Clinton With an ice cream cone in hand Hillary waves to the crowd in Weedsport New York as she heads to the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged in Auburn New York one of the stops on her Save America’s Treasures tour July 14 1998 Diana Walker—Contour by Getty Images for TIME Getting ready for President Clinton’s second inaugural Hillary gets her first glimpse of daughter Chelsea’s short skirt Jan 20 1997 Diana Walker—Contour by Getty Images for TIME The President and the First Lady Share a private moment one of their last in the Oval Office Jan 11 2001 Diana Walker—Contour by Getty Images for TIME Hillary checks her messages upon departure from Malta for the as-yet-undisclosed location Tripoli Oct 18 2011 This photo was turned into a meme that circulated around the world Diana Walker—Contour by Getty Images for TIME Before an appearance with David Letterman Hillary checks her BlackBerry while Diana Walker takes their picture Feb 4 2008 Diana Walker—Contour by Getty Images for TIME Hillary gathers her thoughts moments before her introduction at Nueva Esperanza Academy Charter High School in Philadelphia Apr 18 2008 Diana Walker—Contour by Getty Images for TIME Diana Walker—Contour by Getty Images for TIME Hillary walks up the steps of the US Capitol to meet with Senate leaders May 16 2006 Diana Walker—Contour by Getty Images for TIME Hillary enters a Super Bowl party at a bar and grill in St Paul Minnesota where she watches the New York Giants win the game Feb 3 2008 Diana Walker—Contour by Getty Images for TIME 1 of 9 Advertisement Contact us at editors@timecomOn July 7 the White House unveiled a solar energy plan that it said would help cut energy costs for low and middle-income Americans while also fighting climate change The plan will help finance solar improvements at American homes and expand solar power in federally subsidized housing the White House said “We know that our economy is strongest when every American has the tools to participate and get ahead” said Brian Deese the presidents senior climate change advisor on a conference call “As we look at driving innovation towards a clean energy economy we need to work to expand opportunity for more families to reap the benefits of using cleaner sources of energy” As part of the announcement the White House said it would aim to install 300 megawatts of renewable energy in federally subsidized housing The administration has already surpassed a goal of installing 100 megawatts of solar and other renewable energy sources in federal housing The federal government says it will also make it easier for homeowners to take out loans of up to $25000 for solar power installations Read More: Heres The Most Lucrative Way to Fight Climate Change The White House also says the program will create jobs The solar industry added jobs ten times faster than rest of the economy last year according to the White House and Obama recently announced a program to train 75000 veterans to work in the solar energy industry Solar power generation has expanded rapidly since the beginning of the Obama presidency while costs have plummeted The US increased its solar energy output every three weeks in 2014 by an amount equivalent to all of 2008 according to Deese and the cost of solar electricity has been sliced in half since 2010 Congressman Elijah Cummings a supporter of the plan said the solar energy expansion would benefit Americans like his constituents by providing cost savings “I cannot tell you the number of calls I get from constituents who have to make choices about which bills they will pay each month” he said on a conference call for journalists “By giving people in struggling communities more money in their pockets each month were helping them to secure their household finances so they can move from struggle to success” See the World’s Largest Solar Plants From Above Desert Sunlight Solar Farm produces 550 megawatts of energy equal to the output of a conventional power plant near Palm Springs Calif, Only a tiny amount–roughly $30 million a year–is actually left on the table once a researcher has finished his or her project. senator would understand how the federal government funds multiyear research projects, We 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