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Digital News Report 2018: there is hope for the news industry
posted on 14 June, 2018   (public)
Use of social media for news overtaken by messaging apps The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism has published on 14 June 2018 its seventh annual edition of the Digital News Report. The report focuses on the issues of trust and misinformation, new online business...
EAO identifies Key Trends of Audiovisual Sector for 2017/2018
posted on 05 June, 2018   (public)
Convergence, disintermediation and uberisation among latest trends The European Audiovisual Observatory has issued in May 2018 its annual Key Trends publication, which is available for free for the first time. This 70-page compact report presents an overview of the major...
Accessibility of television programmes: report by French CSA
posted on 30 May, 2018   (public)
CSA continues its work to encourage  accessibility of programmes and of audiovisual sector in general On 29 May 2018, the French CSA published its annual report on Accessibility of television programmes and the portrayal of disabled persons on-air, which provides an...
Public value test: KommAustria rejects ORF plans for exclusive YouTube channel
posted on 14 May, 2018   (public)
Exclusive presence of ORF on YouTube means discrimination against other platforms and weakening of existing ORF TVthek ORF plans to set up its own channel on the online video platform YouTube and to set up the commercial online video library "Flimmit", which it owns...
Adults' media use and attitudes: latest Ofcom research
posted on 25 April, 2018   (public)
While online services are becoming more prevalent, awareness of their funding and regulation remains low On 24 April 2018, Ofcom, the British communications regulator, has published two research reports related to how people use, understand and relate to different media in the...
Quality journalism as a response to disinformation online: MSI-JOQ Meeting
posted on 25 April, 2018   (public)
MSI-JOQ entrusted to prepare a Draft recommendation and a study on a possible standard-setting instrument The first meeting of the newly formed Committee of experts on Quality Journalism in the digital age (MSI-JOQ) was held on 8-9 March 2018 in Strasbourg. The committee...
Combatting disinformation online: launch of Journalism Trust Initiative
posted on 24 April, 2018   (public)
Transparency standards as a means to promote quality journalism and counter disinformation online The Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI), which is an innovative media self-regulatory initiative designed to combat disinformation online, was launched on 3 April 2018 by Reporters...
Diversity in the media: Belgian CSA releases findings of Barometer 2017
posted on 23 April, 2018   (public)
Analysis covers gender representation in commercial communication for the first time On 24 April 2018, the broadcasting regulator from the French speaking Community of Belgium, the CSA of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, unveiled the findings of the 2017 edition of its "...
Gender issues in broadcasting: AAAMS publishes in-depth analyses
posted on 17 April, 2018   (public)
Analyses revealed a low level presence of gender-related topics and issues The  Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services (AAAMS), the broadcasting regulator based in Skopje, published in March 2018 two in-depth analyses related to gender issues in ...
NRK contributes positively to media plurality in Norway according to NMA
posted on 12 April, 2018   (public)
NRK's online presence does not cause significant restrictions on competition in the markets analysed    In a report published on 11 April 2018, the Media Authority (Medietilsynet) concludes that the public service media NRK contributes positively to the overall...
The financial ecosystem of European audiovisual production: outcome of EAO workshop
posted on 09 April, 2018   (public)
Producers, film funds, AVMS providers and media regulators exchange on possible means to improve audiovisual production ecosystem in Europe On 8 December 2017, the European Audiovisual Observatory  organised in Strasbourg a workshop on "The financial ecosystem of...
Diversity and inclusion: Ofcom's objectives and actions for 2018-2022
posted on 04 April, 2018   (public)
Ofcom's mission is to guarantee diversity and inclusion as an employer and as a regulator On 29 March 2018, Ofcom has published its four-year plan of action in order to ensure that diversity and inclusion remain central to its activities, both as an employer and as the...
Swiss OFCOM: Bernard Maissen appointed Head of Media Division
posted on 03 April, 2018   (public)
He will take up his position as of 1st May Bernard Maissen will be the new Deputy Director of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM). Aged 57, he will take up his position as Head of the Media Division on 1 May 2018. Bernard Maissen was Editor-in-Chief of the Swiss...
Algorithms, artificial intelligence and human rights: MSI-AUT Meeting
posted on 29 March, 2018   (public)
MSI-AUT entrusted to prepare a standard setting instrument and two studies The first meeting of the newly formed Committee of experts on Human Rights Dimensions of automated data processing and different forms of artificial intelligence (MSI-AUT) was held on 6-7 March 2018 in...
Major Events: Serbian REM adopts new list
posted on 28 March, 2018   (public)
At its session held on 14 March 2018, the Serbian Regulatory Authority of Electronic Media (REM) adopted a new list of Major Events in the Republic of Serbia pursuant to Article 64, paragraph 2 of the Law on Electronic Media (“Official Gazette of the RS”, No....
Irish BAI updates guidelines in respect of referenda coverage
posted on 27 March, 2018   (public)
Emphasis is on how fairness, objectivity and impartiality can be achieved rather than mathematical allocation of airtime On 13 March 2018, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has published updated guidelines in respect of referenda coverage.  The guidelines are...
CoE Recommendation on the roles and responsibilities of internet intermediaries
posted on 20 March, 2018   (public)
Creating a safe and enabling online environment where stakeholders know their rights and obligations is the key to a better content moderation The Council of Europe adopted on 7 March 2018 policy guidelines on the roles and responsibilities of internet intermediaries such as...
CoE adopts guidelines on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership
posted on 20 March, 2018   (public)
States are encouraged to develop strategies for increasing sustainability of media and to support quality journalism, whilst respecting editorial and operational autonomy On 7 March 2018, the Council of Europe has issued guidelines aimed to promote media pluralism,...
French CSA reports on women's representation on TV and Radio in 2017
posted on 08 March, 2018   (public)
The presence of women in audiovisual media is slightly higher in 2017, mainly thanks to public service media On the occasion of International Women's Day and for the third consecutive year, TV and radio broadcasters have provided the French Conseil supérieur de...
The concept of audiovisual media service: CJEU, “Peugeot Deutschland” C-132/17
posted on 08 March, 2018   (public)
Promotional videos on YouTube are excluded from the AVMSD scope In its judgment “Peugeot Deutschland” of 21 February 2018 (C-132/17), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) was requested for a preliminary ruling on the question whether promotional videos...
CoE reports on role of community media for refugees and migrants
posted on 07 March, 2018   (public)
The study aims at identifying the needs of refugees and migrants and highlights possible responses by community media The Council of Europe published a report entitled “Spaces of Inclusion - An explorative study on needs of refugees and migrants in the domain of media...
Recent EAO publications of potential interest for EPRA members
posted on 07 March, 2018   (public)
The TV content available on VOD and a new methodology measuring what share of the population of a given country has access to a cinema are part of the highlights A series of reports prepared by the European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) for the European Commission and that...
Informing the debate ahead of the no-Billag Vote in Switzerland
posted on 21 February, 2018   (public)
Swiss regulator OFCOM provides in-depth information on impact of upcoming vote on the initiative to abolish radio/TV licence fees A public vote on the “No-Billag Initiative”, proposing to abandon all forms of public funding of Swiss TV and radio stations, will...
A New Chairwoman for the German DLM
posted on 15 February, 2018   (public)
Under their regime of rotating responsibilities in a biennial rhythm, Cornelia Holsten, President of the Media Authority of Bremen (brema), took over the chair of the Conference of Directors (Direktorenkonferenz der Landesmedienanstalten) on 1 Jan. 2018, succeeding Siegfried...
Live TV resilient despite growth in VoD services according to Ofcom's ICMR
posted on 19 December, 2017   (public)
 Ofcom releases 12th edition of International Communications Market report On 18 December 2017, Ofcom, the converged regulator in the UK, published its twelfth International Communications Market Report (ICMR) which provides comparative international data on the...
New Chair and Board for Portuguese ERC
posted on 18 December, 2017   (public)
New Chair and new Board for Portuguese ERC On 14 December 2017, the President, the Vice President and three members of the Board of the Entidade Reguladora para a Comunicação Social, the Portuguese Regulatory Authority for the Media, took office in front of the...
Council of Europe´s Report identifies strategies to tackle disinformation
posted on 11 December, 2017   (public)
Recently published CoE report provides conceptual framework and structure for dialogue about information disorder "Information Disorder: Toward an interdisciplinary framework for research and policy making", which was published on 31 October 2017 by the Council of...
Mediterranean network of regulators commits to objectives of social cohesion for 20th anniversary
posted on 04 December, 2017   (public)
MNRA celebrates 20th anniversary in Marseilles and commits to a regulation fostering social cohesion within the digital environment The 19th Plenary Assembly of the Mediterranean Network of Regulatory Authorities (MNRA) met in Marseilles on 16 and 17 November 2017 at the...
Ofcom's newest Children Media Literacy research reveals differentiated media use among age groups
posted on 29 November, 2017   (public)
Children’s Media Literacy: Ofcom’s media use and attitudes report 2017 On 29 November 2017, Ofcom published its Annual Report on Children and Parents Media Use and Attitudes. It provides detailed evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among children and...
EAO Report on Commercial Communications provides practical insight on AVMS implementation
posted on 28 November, 2017   (public)
EAO Report on Commercial Communications provides practical insight on AVMS implementation The European Audiovisual Observatory has published a IRIS Plus report titled “Commercial communications in the AVMSD revision” in October 2017. The objective of this...

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...
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...