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Belgian CSA and French INA engage in twinning project with Tunisian HAICA
posted on 18 December, 2018   (public)
Ambitious twinning project to support strategic and technical evolution of young Tunisian regulator On 13 December 2018, the Belgian "Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel" (the audiovisual regulator of the French speaking Community in Belgium - CSA) and the...
Diversity in the Broadcasting Sector: Creative Diversity Network publishes second report
posted on 17 December, 2018   (public)
While progress is apparent on-screen, changes seem to be happening more slowly behind the camera The Creative Diversity Network (CDN), a forum which brings together member organisations across the UK TV industry, and creates a common standard for monitoring diversity across...
Austrian study on Children, adolescents and young adults in the age of VOD provides background for lively debates
posted on 17 December, 2018   (public)
Outcomes of KommAustria/RTR event: "What do we believe: Living in a web of communications, commerce and artificial intelligence" Panel "Freedom of expression and ensuring diversity: what can we expect of regulation in the age of algorithms?" © David...
Comparing AVMSD provisions: updated legal tool
posted on 11 December, 2018   (public)
EMR updates Synopsis of Audiovisual Media Services Directive As previously reported, on 28 November 2018, the consolidated text of the revised Directive (EU) 2018/1808 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 November 2018 amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the...
New composition for the Moroccan audiovisual regulator
posted on 10 December, 2018   (public)
New composition for the Moroccan audiovisual regulator On 3 December 2018, the Moroccan King Mohammed VI appointed Ms. Latifa Akharbach as President of the "Haute autorité de la communication audiovisuelle" (HACA) who took over the position from Ms. Amina...
Austrian regulator organises event on future of regulatory policy based on new research findings
posted on 05 December, 2018   (public)
KommAustria/RTR event: "What do we believe: Living in a web of communications, commerce and artificial intelligence", Vienna 5 December The Austrian Regulator KommAustria is organising with RTR Media Division an event titled "Living in a web of communications,...
EAO reports on Brexit impact on the European audiovisual market
posted on 03 December, 2018   (public)
Legal report highlights Brexit's impact on  flow of persons, goods, services and funds The United Kingdom is by far the largest European audiovisual market and its withdrawal from the European Union would have a profound impact on the entire sector. It is against this...
Revised AVMSD: publication in the Official Journal of the EU
posted on 28 November, 2018   (public)
Member States will have until 19 September 2020 to transpose the text On 28 November 2018, the consolidated text of the revised Directive (EU) 2018/1808 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 November 2018 amending Directive 2010/13/EU on the coordination of...
Assessing Media Pluralism across Europe: MPM2017 results published
posted on 27 November, 2018   (public)
This year's MPM edition highlights a general trend of stagnation and even deterioration On 26 November 2018, the European University Institute's Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) in Florence has released the 2017 edition of the Media Pluralism...
Hate speech Council of Europe Conference: presentations and conclusions now available
posted on 26 November, 2018   (public)
National audiovisual media regulatory authorities should play an important role in promoting democracy, a culture of tolerance and diversity The Council of Europe, in partnership with the Croatian Agency for Electronic Media organised a regional conference on "Addressing...
Transparency of media ownership and opinion-forming power: OFCOM launches monitoring tool
posted on 19 November, 2018   (public)
Analysis for 2017 shows a sufficiently diversified market and no media with a dominant position On 13 November 2018, the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) launched the Swiss Media Monitoring, an interactive Website which aims to document the degree of influence of the...
EAO reports on localised, targeting and language media offers in Europe
posted on 24 October, 2018   (public)
One third of all AV media services established in the EU exist as locally adapted versions On 16 October 2018, the European Audiovisual Observatory issued its annual report based on data gathered in the MAVISE Database. This year’s edition is entitled “Audiovisual...
Media developments in Denmark: Summary and Discourse 2018
posted on 24 October, 2018   (public)
Shift in media use points to Danes' acceptance of new media and adaptability to new ways to access media content In early October 2018, the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces published the fifth edition of its annual Report on media development in Denmark. The Summary...
Licensing systems for AVMS in EU-28: in-depth analysis by the EAO
posted on 27 September, 2018   (public)
Reinforced cooperation between NRAs is crucial given the variety of licensing procedures The European Audiovisual Observatory published a Mapping of licensing systems for audiovisual media services in EU-28 on 26 September 2018. This very comprehensive study, the first...
Addressing Harmful Content Online: Ofcom's contribution to the online regulation debate
posted on 26 September, 2018   (public)
Broadcasting content frameworks cannot be transferred wholesale to the online world even though principles from broadcasting regulation could be relevant On 18 September 2018, Ofcom published a discussion document examining the area of harmful online content.  Intended as...
Combatting hate speech in the media: OIF publishes practical guide
posted on 20 September, 2018   (public)
A comprehensive instrument of particular relevance for broadcasting regulators On the occasion of the International Conference for the Dialogue of Cultures and Religions, held in Fez, Morocco, from 10 to 12 September 2018, l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie...
CoE issues comparative analysis and recommendations on "Media regulatory framework and the online media - the Macedonian case"
posted on 22 August, 2018   (public)
Submitting online media to audiovisual media regulation is not compliant with European practice On 20 August 2018, the Media and Internet Division of the Council of Europe has published a study titled "Media regulatory framework and the online media - The Macedonian case...
French CSA study highlights disruption in the advertising market
posted on 31 July, 2018   (public)
Study identifies turning point for the advertising sector On 25 July 2018, the French Ministry of Culture and the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA) the French regulatory authority for the media have jointly published a study titled "Media and online...
Ofcom's New Reference Publication unveils decline of Pay TV revenues
posted on 26 July, 2018   (public)
High level of investment in original content is a key driver On 18 July 2018, Ofcom published the very first edition of Media Nations 2018, a comprehensive study of major trends in the UK’s television, radio and audio sectors. Media Nations is a reference publication...
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...

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...