1st July - 5th July: Your guide to what’s happened this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.
China transmits 8K UHD over 5G transmission
On Monday, China Central TV successfully transmitted an 8K Ultra HD television signal over a 5G wireless network from Beijing over to Shanghai, at the Mobile World Congress 2019 venue according to Advanced Television. The successful test proves that 5G networks offer reliable technological support to the extensive application of UHD TV.
Germany fines Facebook for $2.3 million
Facebook has been fined by the German Federal Office for Justice for $2.3 million for failing to transparency requirements for the handling of hate speech comments, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Though Facebook has responded that it complies with its transparency obligations under German law, the authorities have said that the tech companies 2018 report did not reflect the actual number of complaints recieved about suspected illegal content, including anti-Semitic insults.
Google announced as official supporter of Tokyo 2020
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic committee have announced Google as an Official Supporter, which forms part of the official Sponsorship Programme, reported Advanced Television. The company will be partenering in the ‘Internet-based information and navigation services’ category. The Games will count as Google’s first Olympic and Paralympic Games sponsorship, in a city where it opened its first international office in 2001.
PSBs respond to Ofcom’s prominence measures
Broadcast regulator Ofcom annouced on Thursday 4 July its measures to ensure that PSBs continue to deliver high-quality content for UK viewers in the age of streaming, and PSBs have released a joint statement in response, Digital TV Europe have reported. The BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, S4C and STV said they “warmly welcome” Ofcom’s recommendations and are commited to giving the best to British audiences.
BBC £158.6 million spend for on-air talent
According to Employee Benefits, the BBC spent just over £158.6 million for on-air job roles in the 2018-2019 financial year; equating to 10% of the organisation’s total internal creative content spend.
Amazon, Microsoft, and Google plot to pull product manufacturing out of China
According to Business Insider, major tech giants are planning to pull product manufacturing from China and looking to shift elsewhere due to uncertainty surrounding the trade war. The likes of HP and Dell are also scouting other countries in Asia, including Thailand and Indonesia, as potential locations to move manufacturing operations to.