The broadcasting industry has changed dramatically – first with the introduction of cable and satellite, and now by the spread of broadband and the rise of computing power in consumer devices. To help you take advantage of the new opportunities, we will find solutions to the commercial, regulatory, copyright and technical problems you may encounter.
Our wide-ranging experience of new media, broadcasting and telecoms – at national and European levels – means we can actively anticipate and solve problems on your behalf.
Our clients include both conventional, cable and satellite television broadcasters and those who make audiovisual content available on the internet, both linear and on-demand, for download or streaming. They also include those who operate platforms, such as Sky, which aggregate and sell not only their own services but those of others.
We have unrivalled industry experience. Tony Ballard, Head of Broadcasting, counted the BBC among his clients for over 25 years. He spent 10 years as Head of Telecoms at another leading firm during the telecoms boom and crash, and has had over 20 years’ experience of advising in the satellite field.
He has also been at the forefront of innovation, including advising on the UK’s first DBS satellite system, Orange on the 3G auction, local loop unbundling (opening BT’s exchanges to competing operators for the first time), behavioural advertising (Phorm) and the original series of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
Clients include: RT, Sky, NHK, Telenor and British Forces Broadcasting.
We can provide you with specialist advice on:
- Broadcasting regulation – the Broadcasting Acts and the Communications Act; the UK and European telecoms regime; the AVMS Directive, the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations and the eCommerce Regulations; the Wireless Telegraphy Act and the Outer Space Act
- Copyright – broadband and consumer device computing power is changing the focus of copyright from the regulation of physical copying to the regulation of transmission (communication to the public, the old broadcasting right, is now the key right in exploitation on the internet)
- Satellites – we act for clients launching and operating satellites as well as users, servicing mainly the broadcasting sector but others such as maritime
- New Platforms – we have cutting edge experience in delivering linear and on-demand content services over new platforms, both fixed and mobile, and in planning next generation access.
We advised a non-EU national broadcaster on maintaining broadcasting licences in Europe.
Public service broadcasting
We advised another national broadcaster on the European framework for public service broadcasting.
Designing home networks
We advised another broadcaster on the scope of copyright exceptions in designing home networks.
We advised on a successful appeal against newspaper websites being regulated under the AVMS Directive.