Bill targeting extreme content on social media won’t hit tech giant bosses, Labor says

Criminal penalties apply to content service providers that have “reasonable grounds to believe” they host such prohibited content if they do not make a referral to the AFP “within a reasonable time after becoming aware of the existence of the material” or fail to “ensure the expeditious removal of the material from the content service”. […]

‘Don’t say anything stupid’: social media minefield for journalists at Nine newspapers

Contributor Jane Caro said she abides by most of the rules but was taken aback by the “don’t advocate” rule because that’s what her life’s work is. “It’s not going to change my behaviour,” she told Weekly Beast. “I advocate for feminism, I advocate for abortion rights, I advocate for public schools. I’m a freelancer […]

Australia plans tough laws for social media sites that don’t take down violent content

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, and Porter were left unimpressed after a meeting with social media companies this week, which had been called in response to the live-streaming of the killing of 50 people in two New Zealand mosques.

UK Virgin Media users suffer broadband and TV outages

It is the third issue to hit Virgin Media in as many months. In late May the company suffered a similar outage. And in April, millions of customers had problems accessing the internet during a series of outages across the country, prompting 41,000 complaints recorded by Down Detector.

Virgin Media could lose ITV programmes in long-running dispute

Virgin Media has replaced UKTV’s portfolio with a range of channels offering shows including Suits, Designated Survivor, Britain’s Next Top Model and Deadliest Catch as a supposedly temporary measure in the hope the two sides can reach an agreement and resume broadcasting. However, with both companies so far failing to enter meaningful renegotiations, Virgin Media […]

Four million Virgin Media customers lose UKTV channels

“We have been in extensive discussions with UKTV but we have not been able to reach an agreement which reflects the reality of how people are watching television in the 21st century. UKTV is insisting on holding back its channels, like Dave, which are freely available over the air and online, unless we pay inflated […]

Virgin Media invites bids for UKTV channel slots as row deepens

UKTV occupies 23 channel slots – including high definition and plus one-hour versions of its 10 channel portfolio – a number of which are in coveted, valuable positions high on the electronic programme guide viewers use. In total, the channel slots are likely to be worth tens of millions of pounds.

Virgin Media v ITV: state of play in the battle

Virgin Media pays for the other ITV channels, but maintains that the main ITV channel must be delivered free under public service broadcasting regulations. ITV’s new chief executive, Carolyn McCall, is trying to strike a much broader deal that would see ITV paid more for its overall channel package.

Viewers turn to Freeview after Virgin Media-UKTV dispute

As the increasingly acrimonious dispute enters its third week, the damage from the blackout mounts, with Virgin Media customers looking to defect to rival TV services, and UKTV – which has 10 pay-TV and free channels – losing about £1m a week as channels including Dave record a viewing slump of as much as a […]

UKTV channels to return to Virgin Media

“We’re so sorry it’s taken both companies this long, and has caused disruption to so many people … [we] would like to thank everyone who has supported us. Thank you also to Virgin Media, with whom we’ve agreed to kiss and make up.”