Communications & broadcasting

“Tony Ballard is praised by clients for his hands-on approach: ‘He has a proven knowledge of the industry and you get that partnership attention’.”

Chambers UK

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.