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Protection of Minors: Belgian CSA assesses compliance of audiovisual services with legal obligations
posted on 11 August, 2017   (public)
On 11 August 2017, the Belgian CSA (Conseil supérieur de l’Audiovisuel) published for the first time an overall assessment on how audiovisual services complied with their legal obligations towards minors’ protection in 2016 in the Wallonia-Brussels...
The representation of diversity in TV and radio broadcast content - French CSA Report
posted on 10 August, 2017   (public)
On 2 August 2017, the French Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) published its Report on the representation of diversity in the French society in television and radio broadcast content, which was submitted to Parliament.  Under article 3-1 of the Act of...
Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf rules: ARD and ZDF have to pay cable carriage fees
posted on 07 August, 2017   (public)
As the latest development of a high profile legal dispute which started in 2012, the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf (Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf) decided on July 12, 2017 that the German public service broadcasters have to pay a total of around €3.5...
Accessibility of disabled persons to TV programmes and disability representation on air – French CSA report
posted on 01 August, 2017   (public)
The French CSA (Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel) published in June 2017 its annual report entitled: “Accessibility of disabled persons to TV programmes and disability representation on air”. Ensuring the widest possible access to television services...
Media coverage of elections : the legal framework in Europe - EAO report
posted on 31 July, 2017   (public)
The European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) has published in July 2017 a report entitled: “Media coverage of elections:  the legal framework in Europe”. The main focus of the report is on the regulation of media, including broadcast, print and online media, ...
Sport and Television - French CSA Report
posted on 10 July, 2017   (public)
Sport and Television - French CSA Report The French CSA has published in June 2017 a new report entitled: “Sport and television”. The study seeks to identify financial cross-contributions between sport and television. It also highlights the diversity of sport on...
Media plurality: Ofcom's public interest test for Sky/Fox merger
posted on 07 July, 2017   (public)
Media plurality: Ofcom's public interest test for Sky/Fox merger On 3 March 2017, 21st Century Fox, Inc. notified the European Commission of its intention to buy the shares in Sky - the leading pay-TV operator in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Italy and the UK - that it does...
Reuters Institute Digital News Report (Ireland) - BAI report
posted on 03 July, 2017   (public)
In June 2017 the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism published its sixth Digital News Report based on a YouGov survey of over 70,000 online news consumers in 36 countries. Based on this report, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) published its third annual...
Norwegian regulator issues Guide for Youtubers and Video Bloggers about Labelling of Advertisements
posted on 03 July, 2017   (public)
Norwegian regulator issues Guide for Youtubers and Video Bloggers about Labelling of Advertisements  The Norwegian Media Authority (NMA) has published a “Guide for Youtubers and Video Bloggers about Labelling of Advertisements” in June 2017. This Guide is...
BBC Distinctiveness – Report prepared for Ofcom by Ipsos MORI
posted on 29 June, 2017   (public)
BBC Distinctiveness – Report prepared for Ofcom by Ipsos MORI In June 2017, Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute published a report prepared for Ofcom entitled “BBC Distinctiveness”. On April 3th 2017, Ofcom became the BBC's first external regulator....
"Audiovisual services distributors" in the digital era - CSA Lab report
posted on 26 June, 2017   (public)
The CSA Lab published its second report about the French notion of “audiovisual services distributors” also known as “electronic communications networks” in other jurisdictions. Officially launched on June 14th 2016, the CSA lab is a prospective...
Focus on audiovisual services targeting other countries – EAO report
posted on 20 June, 2017   (public)
Focus on audiovisual services targeting other countries – EAO report The European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) has published in June 2017 a report which provides an overview of the European audiovisual media landscape by mapping the origin of linear and on-demand...
Trust in Media 2017: EBU Report
posted on 13 June, 2017   (public)
Trust in Media 2017: EBU Report In the current context of information abundance, trust in media seems to be important factor in the relationship between media and their audience. Therefore, measuring trust appears essential for tracking the evolution of citizens’...
Portability of digital services in the EU: Council adopts new regulation
posted on 12 June, 2017   (public)
Portability of digital services in the EU: Council adopts new regulation On 8 June 2017, the Council of the European Union adopted the new regulation on the portability of digital services across the EU, which will allow consumers who paid for online content services in their...
Call for tenders: consultancy services for preparation of the Media sector inquiry in Montenegro
posted on 08 June, 2017   (public)
Call for tenders: consultancy services for preparation of the Media sector inquiry in Montenegro The Council of Europe is currently implementing EU/CoE Joint Programme “Reinforcing judicial expertise on freedom of expression and the media in South-East Europe”...
Sanctions: French CSA imposes new type of sanction on TV channel C8
posted on 08 June, 2017   (public)
Sanctions: French CSA imposes a new type of sanction on TV channel C8 On 7 June 2017, the French CSA (Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel) imposed two sanctions on the TV channel "C8" owing to two sequences broadcast during the programme "Touche pas...
Assessing Media Pluralism in Europe: MPM2016 results published
posted on 06 June, 2017   (public)
Assessing Media Pluralism in Europe: MPM2016 results published On 15 May 2017, the European University Institute's Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) in Florence has released the 2016 edition of the Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM), one of the principal...
Fake news: Norwegian NMA publishes survey
posted on 18 April, 2017   (public)
Fake news: Norwegian NMA publishes survey In February 2017, the Ministry of Culture asked the Norwegian Media Authority (Medietilsynet) to carry out an omnibus survey on fake news. The survey was designed by the NMA, and based on similar studies on fake news in the US (Pew...
Use of electronic media by children in Portugal: ERC report
posted on 12 April, 2017   (public)
Use of electronic media by children in Portugal: ERC report The Portuguese Regulatory Authority for the Media (ERC) has issued in February a report on the use of electronic media by children in Portugal entitled “Growing up between screens: use of electronic devices by...
Media concentration in Flanders in 2016: VRM report
posted on 10 April, 2017   (public)
Media concentration in Flanders in 2016: VRM report The Flemish Regulator for the Media (VRM) has published in December 2016 a report on the media concentration in Flanders in 2016. On a yearly basis VRM presents a report to the Flemish policy makers containing information on...
Ofcom becomes the BBC's first external regulator
posted on 06 April, 2017   (public)
Ofcom becomes the BBC's first external regulator On 3 April 2017, Ofcom became the BBC's first external regulator. As required under the BBC’s Royal Charter, Ofcom has developed an 'Operating Framework' for the BBC, covering regulation of the BBC’s...
BAI launches revised General Commercial Communications Code
posted on 30 March, 2017   (public)
BAI launches revised General Commercial Communications Code The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has launched on 28 March 2017 its revised General Commercial Communications Code, which sets out the rules that Irish radio and television stations must comply with when it...
Mapping of media literacy practices and actions in EU-28: EAO report
posted on 28 March, 2017   (public)
Mapping of media literacy practices and actions in EU-28: EAO report On the 28 March 2017, the European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) has published a noteworthy report entitled “Mapping of media literacy practices and actions in EU-28”. The study is focused on...
First Intercontinental Summit between the African and the Ibero-American Audiovisual Regulators
posted on 27 March, 2017   (public)
First Intercontinental Summit between the African and the Ibero-American Audiovisual Regulators On 16-17 March 2017 in Fez, Morocco, was held the First High-Ievel Intercontinental Summit between the African Communication Regulatory Authorities Network (ACRAN) and the Ibero...
French CSA : public consultation on the implementation of law on media freedom, independence and pluralism
posted on 21 March, 2017   (public)
French CSA : public consultation on the implementation of law on media freedom, independence and pluralism On 16 March 2017, the French Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA) launched a public consultation on the implementation of the law of 14 November 2016 aimed...
Ofcom: new rules for election coverage and due impartiality
posted on 20 March, 2017   (public)
Ofcom: new rules for election coverage and due impartiality On 9 March 2017, further to its consultation published on 10 November 2016, Ofcom has published its revised rules on election coverage on TV and radio and due impartiality. The document sets out Ofcom’s decision...
The impact of data & algorithms on accessing content: a report of the CSA's prospective think-tank
posted on 16 March, 2017   (public)
The impact of data & algorithms on accessing content: a report of the CSA's prospective think-tank On 14 June 2016, the French CSA launched CSA Lab, a prospective think-tank, composed of seven leading experts and chaired by CSA members Nathalie Sonnac and Nicolas...
Norway: Media Pluralism Commission delivers its report
posted on 15 March, 2017   (public)
Norway: Media Pluralism Commission delivers its report On 7 March 2017, the Media Pluralism Commission presented to Norwegian Minister of Culture Linda Hofstad Helleland its report “Norwegian media pluralism – A stronger media policy for the public”. The...
Final Report for OSCE Representative on Freedom of Media Dunja Mijatović
posted on 14 March, 2017   (public)
Final Report for OSCE Representative on Freedom of Media Dunja Mijatović On 9 March 2017, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFoM) Ms. Dunja Mijatović presented her final report to the OSCE Permanent Council...
Catalan regulator reports on minors' exposure to online gambling and betting advertising
posted on 09 March, 2017   (public)
Catalan regulator reports on minors' exposure to online gambling and betting advertising Minors in Catalonia are exposed to extensive advertising of online gambling and betting, according to a report issued on 1st March 2017 by the Catalan Audiovisual Council (CAC). The...

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...