Ofcom publishes the Communications Market October 2004 Quarterly Update

This is the first in a series of quarterly supplements to Ofcom’s annual Communications Market reports, the first of which was published 11 August 2004.

This research aims to provide a comprehensive picture of the radio, telecommunications and television sectors, with a round-up of recent developments and the latest available data on:

Industry size, structure and financing; Availability, penetration and use of products and services; Consumer attitudes and behaviour.

In addition, the report takes a closer look at some emerging themes in each sector:

The London radio market and the pointers it may offer the rest of the UK; UK broadband internet connections passing 5 million; Regional differences in television viewing.

PWC Report: Rethinking the European ICT Agenda

PriceWaterhouseCoopers was commissioned by the Dutch EU Presidency to produce a report on Rethinking the European ICT Agenda: Ten ICT-breakthroughs for reaching the Lisbon goals. This report, which was published in August is currently being discussed by the EU member states in the context of the next phase e-Europe action plan.

OECD report: the Economic Impact of ICT

This recent comprehensive OECD report shows that ICT is having far reaching impacts on economic performance and the success of individual firms, in particular when it is combined with investment in skills, organisational change and innovations.


Cabinet reshuffle September 2004

Tony Blair has completed his reshuffle. gives you all the ministerial moves.

In: Former health secretary Alan Milburn becomes chancellor at the Duchy of Lancaster – chairing the election campaign group, taking a government place on the Labour executive and overseeing the work of the Number 10 policy unit.

Out: Andrew Smith – resigned as work and pensions secretary.

In: Rising star Alan Johnson becomes work and pensions secretary.

Moved: Kim Howells leaves transport to become further and higher education minister.

Up: Transport minister Tony McNulty promoted to minister of state.

Up: Junior whip Charlotte Atkins becomes transport under secretary.

Up: Tom Watson becomes an unpaid assistant government whip.

Moved: Ruth Kelly becomes minister for the Cabinet Office, working with Alan Milburn in his policy capacity.

Moved: Energy minister Stephen Timms replaces her as financial secretary to the Treasury.

Moved: Mike O’Brien takes the energy portfolio at the DTI, where he also oversees e-commerce and competitiveness.

Moved: Cabinet Office minister Douglas Alexander replaces O’Brien to become joint minister of state for trade and the Foreign Office.

Moved: Junior education minister Baroness Ashton and constitutional affairs minister Lord Filkin swap roles.


Ofcom publishes The Communications Market 2004 report

This is the first in a series of annual Communications Market reports by Ofcom. The main annual Communications Market publication, which from 2005 will be published in May, will be supplemented by quarterly updates, in October, January and August each year, providing the latest available data on each sector, including:

    • size, structure and financing;
    • availability, penetration and use of products;
    • consumer attitudes and behaviour.

The report highlights developments during 2003 and the start of 2004 across the electronic communications sector in the UK, covering television, radio and telecoms.