Ofcom

The Office of Communications (Welsh: Y Swyddfa Gyfathrebiadau), commonly known as Ofcom, is the government-approved regulatory and competition authority for the broadcasting, telecommunications and postal industries of the United Kingdom.

Office of Communications
Ofcom offices at Riverside House, Bankside, next to Southwark Bridge in London
AbbreviationOfcom
Formation29 December 2003; 17 years ago (29 December 2003)
TypeStatutory corporation
Legal statusCreated by Office of Communications Act 2002[1]
PurposeRegulator and competition authority for broadcasting, postal services, telecommunications and radiocommunications spectrum
HeadquartersLondon, England
Location
Region served
United Kingdom
Official language
English, Welsh
Chairman
Maggie Carver[2]
Chief Executive
Melanie Dawes
Main organ
Board of Directors
Staff (2019)
902 (full-time equivalents)
Websiteofcom.org.uk

Ofcom has wide-ranging powers across the television, radio, telecoms and postal sectors. It has a statutory duty to represent the interests of citizens and consumers by promoting competition and protecting the public from harmful or offensive material.[3][4]

Some of the main areas Ofcom presides over are licensing, research, codes and policies, complaints, competition and protecting the radio spectrum from abuse (e.g. pirate radio stations).

The regulator was initially established by the Office of Communications Act 2002 and received its full authority from the Communications Act 2003.[1]