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Regulation News

  • Tobias Schmid new Commissioner for European Affairs of the German Media Authorities
    posted on 01 February, 2017   (public)
    Tobias Schmid appointed as new Commissioner for European Affairs of the German Media Authorities ©Uwe Völkner The Conference of Directors of the media authorities (Direktorenkonferenz der Landesmedienanstalten, DLM) has appointed Mr Tobias Schmid as its new...
  • Irish regulator unveils Community Broadcasting Support Scheme 2017
    posted on 23 January, 2017   (public)
    Irish regulator unveils Community Broadcasting Support Scheme 2017 On 19 January 2017, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has announced details of its Community Broadcasting Support Scheme 2017. The Scheme, which has a total available fund of €25,000, is open...
  • French speaking network of regulators looks at the future of Public Service Media
    posted on 18 January, 2017   (public)
    French-speaking network of regulators looks at the future of Public Service Media During a three-day event  from 16 to 18 November 2016, the members of the Network of French-speaking media regulatory authorities (REFRAM) met to discuss public service media governance...
  • The Protection of children’s rights in the media in Ukraine: an update
    posted on 16 January, 2017   (public)
    Protecting children’s rights in the media in Ukraine: an update (Updated news item with references to adopted documents) Within the process of implementation of European standards, the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting, Ukraine's media...
  • Radio digital Switchover in Norway: Norwegian Media Authority launches information Campaign
    posted on 16 December, 2016   (public)
    Radio Digital Switchover in Norway: Norwegian Media Authority launches information Campaign The Norwegian Media Authority ('Medietilsynet') is responsible for an information campaign which provides neutral information to the general public regarding the digital...
  • 11th edition of Ofcom's International Communications Market report
    posted on 16 December, 2016   (public)
    11th edition of Ofcom's International Communications Market report On 16 December 2016, Ofcom, the converged regulator in the UK, published its eleventh International Communications Market Report (ICMR) which provides comparative international data on the communications...
  • EPRA participates as Observer to ERGA Meeting
    posted on 13 December, 2016   (public)
    EPRA participates as Observer to ERGA Meeting EPRA participated as an Observer in the 6th Plenary Meeting of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) which took place on 29 October 2016 in Brussels. On that occasion, the ERGA adopted its report on...
  • Colloquium on Fondamental Rights: focus on Media Pluralism & Democracy
    posted on 13 December, 2016   (public)
    Colloquium on Fondamental Rights: focus on Media Pluralism & Democracy On 17-18 November 2016, the European Commission held its Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights, focusing this year on media pluralism and democracy. It brought together EU, national and...
  • AEM Croatia issues Recommendations for the Protection of Children and the safe use of Electronic Media
    posted on 13 December, 2016   (public)
    AEM Croatia issues Recommendations for the Protection of Children and the safe use of Electronic Media Promoting the importance of media literacy is a key concern for the Agency for Electronic Media (AEM) in Croatia. Children and young people live and grow surrounded...
  • Unsupervised TV Watching among Children is Decreasing in Croatia
    by Anja Jelavić (AEM - HR) posted on 13 December, 2016   (public)
    Unsupervised TV Watching among Children is Decreasing in Croatia Results of repeated Survey into Children and the Media in Croatia indicate Positive Changes in the Protection of Children from Harmful TV Content When the campaign ‘Let’s choose what we...
  • Irish BAI launches Media Literacy Policy
    posted on 13 December, 2016   (public)
    Irish BAI launches Media Literacy Policy On 6 December 2016, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has  launched its Media Literacy Policy which sets out a range of skills to help people to navigate current, new and emerging content platforms.  The policy...
  • Ofcom: Children and Parents Media Use and Attitudes Report 2016
    posted on 17 November, 2016   (public)
    Ofcom: Children and Parents Media Use and Attitudes Report 2016 On 16 November 2016, Ofcom published its Annual Report on Children and Parents Media Use and Attitudes. It examines children's use of different media and parents' views about their children's...
  • Media Developments in Denmark: 2016 report
    posted on 16 November, 2016   (public)
    Media Developments in Denmark: 2016 report On 16 November 2016, the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces (Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen) published the English version of its annual report on media developments in Denmark, originally released on 16 June of this year...
  • Expert group meets to share Media Literacy updates and best practices
    posted on 16 November, 2016   (public)
    Expert group meets to share Media Literacy updates and best practices The latest meeting of the Media Literacy Expert group took place on 15 November 2016 in Brussels at the invitation of the European Commission. About 90 participants from civil society, academia, media...
  • Ofcom: An online resource to promote equal opportunities
    posted on 15 November, 2016   (public)
    Ofcom: An online resource to promote equal opportunities On 1 November 2016, Ofcom launched an online resource providing practical advice on assessing and improving the way broadcasters promote equal opportunities. It comes under the form of a toolkit on the Ofcom website...
  • Redefining media: a study by Portuguese Regulator ERC
    posted on 08 November, 2016   (public)
    Redefining Media: a study by Portuguese Regulator ERC Technological developments in the digital world have transformed the way in which content is created and distributed, altering as a consequence the traditional concept of media. Based on these findings, the Council of...
  • Media coverage of terrorist acts: French CSA adopts Code of conduct
    posted on 03 November, 2016   (public)
    Media coverage of terrorist acts: French CSA adopts Code of conduct In response to the repeated terrorist attacks that shook France since the attack on Charlie Hebdo in January 2015, the legislator (through Article 20 of Law n°2016-987 of 21 July 2016 prorogating the...
  • ERGA 's opinion on the AVMS Proposal
    posted on 11 October, 2016   (public)
    ERGA 's opinion on the AVMS Proposal The European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) adopted an Opinion on the practical implications of the AVMSD proposal on 5 October 2016. ERGA's opinion on the AVMSD proposal results from an analysis of it...
  • Regulatory framework for electronic communications under Review
    posted on 06 October, 2016   (public)
    Regulatory framework for electronic communications under review On the same day as the publication of extensive proposals to review the copyright framework in the Digital single market, the European Commission also unveiled proposals for the review of the regulatory...
  • A new composition for the Polish Regulator
    posted on 05 October, 2016   (public)
    A new composition for the Polish Regulator Since mid-September 2016, the new Council of the Krajowa Rada Radiofonii i Telewizji (KRRiT), the National Broadcasting Council of Poland, has taken its 6-years term of office. The new Chairman is Mr Witold Kołodziejski. He was...
  • Digital platforms: a study by the French CSA
    posted on 26 September, 2016   (public)
    Digital platforms: a study by the French CSA On September 23rd, 2016, the French Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA) published a study on digital platforms and the challenges that they raise both in terms of competition and regulation. The digital...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Croatian regulator launches Media Literacy Website
    by Damir Hajduk (AEM - HR) posted on 20 June, 2016   (public)
    Croatian regulator launches Media Literacy Website The Croatian regulatory authority, the Agency for Electronic Media has launched an Internet website for media literacy - www.medijskapismenost.hr. This website is intended primarily for parents and teachers, as a support in...
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Archived Regulation News

  • INDIREG study on independence of regulators published at last
    posted on 15 November, 2011   (public)
    The long-awaited final version of the study on "Indicators for independence and efficient functioning of audiovisual media services regulatory bodies for the purpose of enforcing the rules in the AVMS directive" was published on 14 November 2011. This very...
  • EU Commission establishes a high-level group on freedom and pluralism of the media
    posted on 11 October, 2011   (public)
    On 11 October 2011, the European Commission announced the creation of an independent high-level group which will draw up a report for the respect, protection, support and promotion of media freedom and pluralism in Europe. The group convened by Neelie Kroes will be chaired...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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