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Protection of minors & on-demand services: Ofcom consults on appropriate measures
posted on 22 July, 2021   (public)
Ofcom is seeking views on material that may impair the physical, mental or moral development of minors on on-demand services   Amending the existing "Statutory Rules and Non-Binding Guidance for Providers of On-Demand Programme Services (ODPS)", the new guidance...
Diversity & Inclusion: What's new?
posted on 21 July, 2021   (public)
Recent initiatives and reports at national and European level to boost diversity on screen and off screen Diversity and inclusion are relevant topics that have gained momentum in recent years within the film and audiovisual industries. Media regulators are also increasingly...
Future of PSM: Ofcom concludes in-depth review by recommending a radical overhaul of the legislative framework
posted on 15 July, 2021   (public)
A transition from PSB to PSM to be fit for the digital age On 15 July 2021, communications regulator Ofcom published detailed recommendations to the UK Government on the future of public service media. This publication marks the conclusion of...
Media authorities and media pluralism in South-East Europe: a new JUFREX publication
posted on 13 July, 2021   (public)
The need for political will and a holistic approach Within the action "Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in South-East Europe" (JUFREX 2) of the cooperation programme "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022" funded by...
Council of Europe & Hate Speech: Public consultation on the Committee of Ministers' Recommendation
posted on 08 July, 2021   (public)
Non-binding, comprehensive guidance built on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights case-law The new Council of Europe Committee of Ministers' Recommendation on Combating Hate Speech is open to public consultation from 23 June to 8 August 2021. The...
Key findings from the Reuters Digital News Report 2021
posted on 07 July, 2021   (public)
Coronavirus pandemic exacerbated digital disruption at the expense of traditional and independent media companies   The tenth edition of the Reuters Digital News Report was published on 23 June 2021. Based on surveys launched last January with over 92.000 online news...
Ofcom consults on the future of Media Plurality in the UK
posted on 02 July, 2021   (public)
How to assess and regulate plurality in the new media landscape? Ofcom calls for evidence Since the Communications Act in 2003, Ofcom has the duty to secure and maintain a "sufficient plurality of providers of different TV and radio services". Nearly twenty years on,...
A new Community Media Policy in Ireland launched by the BAI
posted on 30 June, 2021   (public)
Recognising the crucial role of community media by supporting a sustainable and robust sector   On the occasion of the National Community Radio Day on the 18th of June, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, BAI, has launched its new Community Media Policy aimed at...
Twitter and the spread of 'fake news': a new study by the CSA (FR)
posted on 22 June, 2021   (public)
A qualitative and quantitative study to better understand the mechanisms behind the dissemination of dis/misinformation on Twitter Following the adoption of the French law on the fight against information manipulation in 2018, the French audiovisual media services regulator...
Media Literacy: New survey from the Norwegian regulator highlights importance of clear labelling and measures to strengthen source-critical competence
posted on 22 June, 2021   (public)
The youngest and oldest scored the worst Every two years, the Norwegian Media Authority examines the population's critical media understanding, with a view to gaining insight into how critical media understanding develops over time. In the new representative survey, the...
Understanding misinformation: Ofcom (UK) issues a series of research reports
posted on 16 June, 2021   (public)
Online harms survey, analysis of online habits, reports on misinformation and media literacy: Ofcom builds a robust evidence base to better understand how people interact with online information       On 9 June 2021, Ofcom released its annual 'Online...
Media Literacy: EPRA participates in COMMIT conference
posted on 03 June, 2021   (public)
EPRA Vice-Chair Maria Donde highlights the key role of MIL networks and media regulators’ efforts to support such networks and stresses the importance of MIL mapping   “Everyone is talking about media competence. Who takes responsibility?” was the title...
VSP regulation: Ofcom launches third round of consultation on advertising
posted on 27 May, 2021   (public)
A proposed statutory framework making a distinction between advertising that is under the control of the VSP provider and advertising that is not From 1 November 2020, video-sharing platforms (VSPs) established in the UK are required to take appropriate measures to...
A new methodology to monitor gender equality in media in Ukraine
posted on 25 May, 2021   (public)
A new gender-related monitoring methodology to make media more sensitive and accountable At the request of the National Council of TV and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) - a non-profit, non-partisan and non-governmental organisation...
Protection of minors and self-regulation in Poland: KRRiT issues monitoring report
posted on 06 May, 2021   (public)
Self-regulatory system is deemed effective to protect children A recent analysis conducted by the National Broadcasting Council of Poland, the KRRiT, confirmed the effectiveness of the self-regulation system developed by media service providers, industry associations and the...
Regulators and cooperation: spotlight on the French toolkit for citizens in the digital age
posted on 20 April, 2021   (public)
"Does freedom of expression have limits? How to delete a picture on social networks? Who is responsible in case of cyber-harassment? What role do the media have to play in terms of equality?"   Here are some of the key questions addressed in this first...
VSP Regulation: Ofcom launches second round of consultation on harm
posted on 07 April, 2021   (public)
Video-sharing platforms and harmful content: how to protect users against harmful content? From 1 November 2020, video-sharing platforms (VSPs) are required to take appropriate measures to protect the general public from “relevant harmful material” and the minors...
The CSA (FR) fines French TV channel Cnews €200 000 for incitement to hatred
posted on 24 March, 2021   (public)
A heavy penalty by the CSA to remind that hate speech and abuses of freedom of expression will not remain unpunished On 17 March 2021, the CSA, the French audiovisual regulatory authority, fined French TV news channel 'CNews' €200 000 euros for incitement to...
UK: the Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum releases its first workplan
posted on 18 March, 2021   (public)
Joining forces to achieve a better regulation of the digital economy: the UK regulators' strategy In July 2020, the Digital Regulation Cooperation Forum (DRCF) was launched in the UK. Gathering the  competition Regulator  (Competition Markets Authority - CMA),...
Gender equality and PSM: new EBU-MIS report
posted on 17 March, 2021   (public)
While Public Service Media play a central role in promoting a better gender balance, the  goal is still not achieved The third edition of this EBU report analyses the data for the years 2019/2020 in the European Union and the United Kingdom. For the first time, the Media...
CSA (BE): A study on the new consumption modes of audiovisual media services
posted on 12 March, 2021   (public)
A quantitative and qualitative study to understand the impact of new modes of audiovisual content consumption on television viewing The CSA (BE) has released, in English, the results of its study on the forms of consumption of audiovisual media services and their evolution in...
Ofcom (UK): statement and final guidance on 'Video-Sharing Platforms: Who Needs to Notify to Ofcom?'
posted on 10 March, 2021   (public)
Ofcom has published its statement and final guidance on ‘Video-Sharing Platforms: Who Needs to Notify to Ofcom?’   The guidance is intended to help providers to assess whether and when they need to notify their service(s) to Ofcom as a UK-established...
JUFREX: A comparative study on regulation of political advertising
posted on 04 March, 2021   (public)
The necessity and complexity of political advertising regulation: reflections on the situation in South-East Europe As part of the joint European Union and Council of Europe action “Freedom of expression and freedom of the media in South-East Europe (JUFREX 2)”*, a...
CAC (ES): Report on anti-vaccination content on social networks
posted on 03 March, 2021   (public)
The CAC pursues its fight against information disorder in the medical field As part of a wider analysis of information disorders around Covid-19, the Catalan Audiovisual Council (CAC) has identified 40 videos from major social platforms* rejecting vaccination and analysed the...
CERRE issue paper: new ways of oversight for the digital economy
posted on 24 February, 2021   (public)
A call for a cultural shift to support an ecosystem of oversight based on cooperative relationship between regulators, platforms and users A CERRE paper entitled 'New ways of oversight for the digital economy' published on 23 February 2021 provides reflections on...
CSA (FR): new members’ appointment highlights trend towards enhanced collaborative approach
posted on 16 February, 2021   (public)
Protecting children, media literacy, understanding the evolving media ecosystem… The CSA boosts its opportunities to collaborate with adjacent regulatory sectors Along with several initiatives launched by the French CSA,  the recent appointment of two new members...
BAI (IE): A sustainability roadmap for the Irish broadcasting sector
posted on 05 February, 2021   (public)
Towards a green, inclusive, and resilient audiovisual sector: the BAI’s call for a sustainable future   The next years will be crucial to fight the climate change crisis and its environmental, social and economic impacts. Against this background, the Broadcasting...
Stereotypical or non-typical? KRRiT reports on women in Polish TV Series
posted on 25 January, 2021   (public)
Polish TV series reflect societal stereotypes with an improved presence of women but essentially in typical roles Based on the belief that media is a key area to shape social perceptions and building on the development by ERGA of uniform indicators to measure the presence of...
Better Internet for Kids: third edition of the policy mapping
posted on 08 January, 2021   (public)
Despite some fragmentation in the policy process and greater complexity in terms of implementation, the BIK Map shows positive progress in the implementation of the European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children Launched for the first time in 2015, the Better Internet...
Media Literacy research: MK network issues Guidelines on Ethics
posted on 14 December, 2020   (public)
Guidelines promote ethical conduct towards individuals and groups and encourage good research practice The Media Literacy Network, of which the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services from the Republic of North Macedonia is a member, has adopted Guidelines on Ethics in...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...