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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...
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...

Archived Regulation News

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...