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Regulation News

  • How digital natives perceive advertising: a study by the Belgian CSA
    posted on 26 September, 2016   (public)
    How digital natives perceive advertising: a study by the Belgian CSA The study, published on August 29th, 2016, was conducted by Claude Pecheux, resident researcher at the CSA, and coming from the University of Mons (UCL). The objective was to better understand how different...
  • Proposed Modernisation of the EU copyright rules
    posted on 15 September, 2016   (public)
    Proposed Modernisation of the EU copyright rules On September 14, 2016, the European Commission published a draft Directive on copyright in the Digital single market and a draft Regulation to provide EU copyright rules with the right tools fitting the realities of the...
  • Digitisation, opportunity or threat? A new report by the German Regulators
    posted on 07 September, 2016   (public)
    Digitisation, opportunity or threat? A new report by the German Regulators Die Medienanstalten, the German media regulatory authorities, have just published their 2016 report on digitisation, as a symbolic threshold of 80% of digital cable households was recently reached,...
  • Spanish CNMC reports on the fulfilment of RTVE's public service duties
    posted on 02 September, 2016   (public)
    Spanish CNMC reports on the fulfilment of RTVE's public service duties On August 2, 2016, the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC), the nation-wide communication regulatory authority in Spain, published its first ever report on the fulfilment...
  • Net neutrality: BEREC publishes Guidelines
    posted on 31 August, 2016   (public)
    Net neutrality: BEREC publishes Guidelines On August 30, 2016, the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) published its Guidelines on the Implementation by National Regulators of European Net Neutrality Rules, following last year's first ever...
  • Irish BAI launches 2016 Media Research Funding Scheme
    posted on 31 August, 2016   (public)
    Irish BAI launches 2016 Media Research Funding Scheme On August 30, 2016, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) gave details about its new 2016 Media Research Funding Scheme, dedicated to short-time research projects dealing with themes currently-relevant for the Irish...
  • Poland - Act on the National Media Council
    posted on 21 July, 2016   (public)
    Poland - Act on the National Media Council On 22 June 2016, the Act on the National Media Council was passed by the Polish Parliament (Official Journal “Dz.U.” of 29 June 2016, no 929). This Act defines the tasks, powers, organisation and procedure for the...
  • Adapting PSB to the digital environment - a new Swiss report
    posted on 29 June, 2016   (public)
    Adapting PSB to the digital environment - a new Swiss report On 17 June 2016, the Swiss government (the “Federal Council”) published a 137-page report analysing the performance of Swiss public service media in the Internet age. The report deals with the...
  • Consultation on 2016 Annual Colloquium on ‘Media Pluralism and Democracy'
    posted on 08 June, 2016   (public)
    Consultation on 2016 Annual Colloquium on ‘Media Pluralism and Democracy' We would like to raise your attention to the public consultation launched by the European Commission which purpose is to feed into the second Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights which...
  • On-Demand Services and the Material Scope of the AVMSD: IRIS Plus report
    posted on 07 June, 2016   (public)
    On-Demand Services and the Material Scope of the AVMSD: IRIS Plus report Against the background of the proposal for an updated Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) presented on the 25 May 2016 by the European Commission, a new free to download report on “...
  • CNMC to host the 10th MNRA Technical Commission Meeting on 1st July in Madrid
    posted on 03 June, 2016   (public)
    CNMC to host the 10th MNRA Technical Commission Meeting on 1st July in Madrid The 10th MNRA Technical Commission Meeting will be held in Madrid (Spain), on 1st July 2016. Under the current MNRA Vice-presidency – CNMC (the Spanish National Commission for Markets and...
  • Access to TV platforms: EAO report for the European Commission
    posted on 27 May, 2016   (public)
    Access to TV platforms: EAO report for the European Commission In April 2016, the European Audiovisual Observatory published a report based on its work carried out in 2015  for the DG COMM of the European Commission, which looks at the way in which national systems...
  • A new Chairperson for the Bulgarian Council for Electronic Media
    posted on 25 May, 2016   (public)
    A new Chairperson for the Bulgarian Council for Electronic Media Further to a recent decision of the Board of the Council of 9 May 2016, Ms. Maria Stoyanova has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the Bulgarian Council for Electronic Media (CEM) for a term of 6 years...
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: CRA's Director General officially appointed
    posted on 28 April, 2016   (public)
    Bosnia and Herzegovina: CRA's Director General officially appointed After a years-long standstill, the Director General of the Communications Regulatory Agency (CRA), the convergent regulatory authority in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has officially been appointed. On 26...
  • Media Literacy: Ofcom's reports on Media Use and Attitudes towards Media
    posted on 21 April, 2016   (public)
    Media Literacy: Ofcom's reports on Media Use and Attitudes towards Media On 21 April 2016, Ofcom has published two research reports on how people use, understand and relate to different media in the UK. The first report, Adults’ Media Use and Attitudes, provides...
  • 2016 Guide of Digital Channels in France
    posted on 21 April, 2016   (public)
    2016 Guide of Digital Channels in France The fourteenth edition of the Guide on Digital Channels was published in April 2016 by the French broadcasting regulator CSA, the DGMIC (Directorate General of Media and Cultural Industries of the Ministry of Culture and...
  • Legal Jurisdiction in Defamation Proceedings: ECtHR rules in Arlewin v. Sweden Case
    posted on 15 April, 2016   (public)
    Legal Jurisdiction in Defamation Proceedings: ECtHR rules in Arlewin v. Sweden Case On 1 March 2016, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) found Sweden in breach for having denied access to a court to a person who wanted to bring defamation proceedings in his country of...
  • SSR-SRG Swisscom Ringier advertising joint venture: OFCOM and DETEC Decisions
    posted on 13 April, 2016   (public)
    SSR-SRG, Swisscom, Ringier advertising joint venture: OFCOM and DETEC Decisions The Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) and the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) have examined the SSR-SRG's participation in the ...
  • Television Access Services: Ofcom's final report for 2015
    posted on 08 April, 2016   (public)
    Television Access Services: Ofcom's final report for 2015 Under the Communications Act 2003, television broadcasters are required to deliver a certain proportion of their programmes with subtitles, signing and audio description to ensure those with hearing and visual...
  • French administrative court overrules CSA's decision to withdraw Numéro 23 licence
    posted on 06 April, 2016   (public)
    French administrative court overrules CSA's decision to withdraw Numéro 23 licence On 30 March 2016, the French "Conseil d'Etat" (the highest administrative jurisdiction in France) decided to invalidate the sanction imposed by the French CSA (Conseil...
  • Archiving Community Media online: CMDS report highlights best practices
    posted on 05 April, 2016   (public)
    Archiving Community Media online: CMDS Report highlights best practices The Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) has issued a research report, authored by Joost van Beek with contributions from Kate Coyer, which explores some of the challenges, obstacles, opportunities...
  • Helena Mandić appointed Chair of the Council of Europe’s MSI-MED
    posted on 01 April, 2016   (public)
    Helena Mandić appointed Chair of the Council of Europe’s MSI-MED The first meeting of the Committee of experts on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership (MSI-MED) took place on 22-23 of March 2016 in Strasbourg. On this occasion, Helena Mandić, EPRA...
  • Public Service News and Digital Media, a new report by the Reuters Institute
    posted on 01 April, 2016   (public)
    Public Service News and Digital Media, a new report by the Reuters Institute The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford has published a new comparative report entitled "Public Service News and Digital Media" on 29 March 2016. The...
  • Assessing Media Pluralism in Europe: MPM2015 results published
    posted on 31 March, 2016   (public)
    Assessing Media Pluralism in Europe: MPM2015 results published On 30 March 2016, the European University Institute's Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) in Florence published the outcome of the application of the MPM2015, assessing media pluralism in...
  • New members for the Council of the AEM in Montenegro
    posted on 14 March, 2016   (public)
    New members for the Council of the AEM in Montenegro Further to a recent decision of the Parliament, three new members were recently appointed in the Agency for Electronic Media of Montenegro for terms of five years at a time. The Agency for Electronic Media is an...
  • AVMSD REFIT: Background research published
    posted on 10 March, 2016   (public)
    AVMSD REFIT: Background research published The European Commission (DG CONNECT) has published, on 4 March 2016, several studies it had commissioned in order to prepare the revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). The main topics which are subject to...
  • Product Placement - Landmark German decision in "Pickup" case
    posted on 07 March, 2016   (public)
    Product Placement - Landmark German decision in "Pick up" case The Lower Saxony media regulator NLM objected to the product placement of the "Leibniz Pick up" chocolate biscuit made in 2014 in a sequence of the TV series "Ich bin ein Star –...
  • CoE launches Freedom of expression Website
    posted on 24 February, 2016   (public)
    CoE launches Freedom of expression Website The Media and Internet governance Division of the Council of Europe has  launched its new Freedom of expression website on 23 February 2016. The new site brings together previously separated websites (Media, Internet...
  • Incitement to hatred: Croatian AEM temporarily suspends local TV licence
    posted on 11 February, 2016   (public)
    Incitement to hatred: Croatian AEM temporarily suspends local TV licence On 22 January 2016, the Council of the Electronic Media Agency, the Croatian broadcasting regulator, temporarily suspended the license of the Zagreb-based local television channel Z1 televizija d.o.o....
  • Council of Europe issues network neutrality guidelines to protect freedom of expression and privacy
    posted on 22 January, 2016   (public)
    Council of Europe issues network neutrality guidelines to protect freedom of expression and privacy The Council of Europe called on European states to safeguard the principle of network neutrality in the development of national legal frameworks in order to ensure the...
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Archived Regulation News

  • UK media regulators launch parents website
    posted on 11 October, 2011   (public)
    On 11 October 2011, UK media regulators launched ParentPort, a new website aimed at helping parents make their views heard on issues relating to programmes, adverts, products and services. ParentPort has been set up to make it easier for parents to complain about material...
  • Digital Agenda: further action needed to safeguard children - Commission report
    posted on 13 September, 2011   (public)
    In a report presented on 13 September, the European Commission reviewed how Member States are implementing EU Recommendations ensuring that children can enjoy the digital world confidently and safely. Member States and industry are increasingly making efforts to implement EU...
  • Connected TV : proceedings of CSAs conference
    posted on 18 August, 2011   (public)
    The regulatory authority in France (CSA) has organised a conference on connected television in April 2011. The proceedings of the conference are now available on the CSAs website. The development of connected television, as well as its economic, social and cultural...
  • Survey on the business models for the on-demand audiovisual media services which are active in the French market
    posted on 18 August, 2011   (public)
    The French audiovisual regulator (CSA) published a report on the business models for on-demand audiovisual media services that are active in the French market. The survey deals with the cost and revenues models, as well as contracting practices binding the various...
  • CJEU: The Italian subsidy for DTT receivers constitutes State aid
    posted on 17 August, 2011   (public)
    The Court of Justice of the European Union, by its judgment dated 28 July 2011, confirmed that the Italian subsidies for the purchase of digital terrestrial decoders in 2004 and 2005 constitute State aid which is incompatible with the common market. Specifically, by its...
  • Survey on the business models for the on-demand audiovisual media services which are active in the French market
    posted on 22 July, 2011   (public)
    The French audiovisual regulator (CSA) published a report on the business models for on-demand audiovisual media services that are active in the French market. The survey deals with the cost and revenues models, as well as contracting practices binding the various...
  • OSCE Report on Freedom of Expression on The Internet
    posted on 10 July, 2011   (public)
    In 2010, the Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media of the OSCE commissioned a report to assess Internet regulation among its Member States. Considering the global nature of the Internet, as well as the lack of harmonisation at international level, many States...
  • CJEU ruling on surreptitious advertising - Case C-52/10
    posted on 09 June, 2011   (public)
    On June 9, 2011, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on an issue concerning surreptitious advertising, following a preliminary ruling from the Greek Council of State in the proceedings of "Eleftheri tileorasi AE Alter channel and Konstantinos Giannikos,...
  • Belgian CSA consults on the scope of the regulation of AVMS
    posted on 12 May, 2011   (public)
    Public consultation opened until 1 September On 6 May 2011, the CSA of the French Community of Belgium launched a public consultation on the scope of regulation applicable to Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS), i.e. in addition to traditional television and radio services,...
  • French CSA organises a conference on connected TV
    posted on 03 May, 2011   (public)
    The French regulatory authority, the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel, organised a conference on connected TV on 28th April, bringing together the major players and stakeholders of the French audiovisual area. All texts and presentations (including videos) are...
  • Internet-Connected and Hybrid Television : EBU adopts core Principles
    posted on 15 April, 2011   (public)
    The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) adopted on 15 April Principles for Internet-Connected and Hybrid Television which, if applied, could deliver lower costs, greater choice and a better viewing experience for consumers. The principles are also meant to allow broadcasters...
  • CJEU: Advocate General gives opinion on advertising case
    posted on 12 April, 2011   (public)
    Case C-281/09: Commission v Spain On 7 April 2011, Advocate General Yves Bot delivered his opinion in case C-281/09: Commission v Spain on the notions of "advertising spots" and "other forms of advertising" under the Television without Frontiers...
  • AVMSD Implementation
    posted on 31 March, 2011   (public)
    Commission seeks information from 16 Member States The Commission has finished a preliminary analysis of measures notified by 16 Member States to implement the AVMS Directive in their national law. On the basis of this analysis, the Commission is sending follow-up...
  • Belgian CSA meets new Tunisian authorities
    posted on 29 March, 2011   (public)
    The Belgian CSA accompanied a delegation of the Communauté Wallonie Bruxelles (French Community of Belgium) in Tunisia on 22 and 23 March to show support for the democratic transition underway in Tunisia. Composed of different personalities of the CSA, the delegation...
  • Digital radio in L band: consultation of the French CSA
    posted on 24 March, 2011   (public)
    In order to have a better insight into the projects and expectations of the French market stakeholders and with the aim to possibly launch a call for applications for the service providers, the French CSA has just launched a public consultation on the broadcasting of digital...
  • Latest report of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
    posted on 24 March, 2011   (public)
    The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic, delivered her second regular report on the status of media freedom within the OSCE region to the OSCE Permanent Council on 17 March 2011, one year after assuming the post. The 22 pages document contains many...
  • Council of Europe consults on search engines and social networking services
    posted on 06 March, 2011   (public)
    The Council of Europe's expert committee on new media is preparing draft recommendations of the Committee of Ministers to its 47 member states on the protection of human rights with regard to search engines as well as on measures to protect and promote the respect of...
  • BAI announces decision to permit paid product placement on Irish Television
    posted on 01 March, 2011   (public)
    The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has recently announced the decision to permit paid product placement on Irish television. So far, only placement of significant value but without payment (Free Placement) was permitted in all programming in Ireland.This decision...
  • Events of major importance: key rulings by General Court
    posted on 17 February, 2011   (public)
    On 17 February 2011, the General Court delivered two long-awaited rulings in cases T-385/07, T-55/08 and T-68/08 (FIFA and UEFA v Commission) which dealt with the UK and Belgian lists of events of major importance for society. The Court confirmed that Member States had a...
  • Ofcom launches logo for Product Placement
    posted on 14 February, 2011   (public)
    Following the footsteps of the broadcasting regulators in Belgium and France, Ofcom just launched the logo that TV channels must use to signal to viewers when a UK-produced programme contains product placement on 14 February. Product placement will be allowed in UK...
  • Revision of the ECTT officially discontinued
    posted on 04 February, 2011   (public)
    In a letter addressed to Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Neelie Kroes, vice-President of the European Commission, recently confirmed the position of the European Commission with regard to the draft second amended protocol to the...
  • On-demand services: Decision of French CSA concerning the protection of minors, ethics and accessibility of programmes
    posted on 05 January, 2011   (public)
    The Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA), the French regulatory authority, has recently adopted a decision concerning the protection of minors, ethics and the accessibility of programmes on audiovisual media services on demand. The decision extends the...
  • OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media New Report published
    posted on 03 January, 2011   (public)
    The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, delivered her regular report on the status of media freedom within the OSCE region to the OSCE participating States on 16 December 2010. The 23 pages document contains many references to media regulation and...
  • Abridged report of the 13th CDMC meeting
    posted on 20 December, 2010   (public)
    The Steering Committee on Media and New Communication Services of the Council of Europe met from 16-19 November 2010. The main discussion revolved around the lack of progress in the implementation of the Declaration on measures to promote the respect of Article 10 of the...
  • VOD on DTT: French CSA launches call for tender
    posted on 28 November, 2010   (public)
    On 26 November 2010, the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel, the French media regulatory authority, launched a call for tender for one or more on-demand services (either encrypted or free-to-air) to be broadcast on digital terrestrial television. The deadline for...
  • REFRAM meets in Fes for a seminar on political pluralism
    posted on 27 November, 2010   (public)
    REFRAM, the Network of French-speaking media regulatory authorities, is holding a seminar on political pluralism during and outside the election period on 29-30 November in Fes at the invitation of the Moroccan regulator HACA. The agenda is available here: ...
  • Ofcom revokes Bang Media licences
    posted on 26 November, 2010   (public)
    On 26 November, Ofcom, the communication regulator in the UK, has revoked four TV broadcast licences owned by Bang Channels Limited and Bang Media (London) Limited following serious and repeated breaches of the Broadcasting Code. The breaches for the broadcast material...
  • Parliament Resolution on Public Service Broadcasting in the digital era
    posted on 25 November, 2010   (public)
    On 25 November, the European Parliament adopted a resolution entitled Public service broadcasting in the digital era: the future of the dual system, based on a report prepared by Ivo Belet (EPP, BE). The resolution was adopted in Plenary session by 522 votes to 22 with 62...
  • ROJ TV: Danish Radio and Television Board's response to criminal proceedings
    posted on 25 November, 2010   (public)
    The Radio and Television Board, the Danish Broadcasting Regulatory Authority, have discussed the possible reaction of the Board following the criminal proceedings being filed against the companies that operate ROJ TV for promoting the PKK's terrorist activities. In the...