Redefining media: a study by Portuguese Regulator ERC

by Eric Munch (Observer) 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 Europe adopted Recommendation CM/Rec(2011)7 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on a new notion of media on 21 September 2011.

On 17 November 2015, ERC, the Portuguese broadcasting regulatory authority published a study entitled "On the redefinition of media organisation" following the measures detailed in the 2011 Recommendation. The document aims to identify current regulatory challenges and provides responses, in the interest of both the free flow of information and citizen protection (as content consumers and actors in a new public media space).

The main achievements of the study are:

  • Redefine the concept of media organisation
  • Define different levels of regulation, depending on the nature of each media organisation
  • Identify the parts of the current legal framework that need to be changed
  • Draw attention to the interaction between content producers and users, with a focus on user-generated content.

This study has recently been translated into English and is available on the website of the ERC.

Source: ERC's Website