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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...
Ofcom launches consultation on the future of Public Service Media
posted on 11 December, 2020   (public)
Public Service Broadcasters: a valued institution in search of a new model   On 8 December 2020, Ofcom published the findings from Small Screen: Big Debate (SS:BD) – its review of public service broadcasting. The publication brings together findings from its...
Public Interest Content and discoverability: a new study from the Council of Europe
posted on 07 December, 2020   (public)
Defining the context, scrutinising the practices and identifying potential threats: this new report highlights ‘policy needs and potential avenues for interventions’     Prepared within the context of the work of the Committee of Experts on Media...
VSP regulation: Ofcom UK launches first round of consultation
posted on 04 December, 2020   (public)
Video-sharing platforms and self-assessment: who needs to notify to Ofcom? As was announced in a recent EPRA news item, on 21 October 2020, UK converged regulator Ofcom released a short guide with the aim to assist stakeholders to understand the newly...
Ofcom publishes new research on international perspectives on PSB
posted on 26 November, 2020   (public)
Report provides insights into perceptions of the UK PSM as well as other countries’ approaches As part of its review of Public Service Broadcasting (PSB), Ofcom has launched ‘Small Screen: Big Debate’, a nationwide forum to facilitate conversations...
Update on diversity and gender equality: four reports and a workshop
posted on 24 November, 2020   (public)
Still a long way to go At a time when democracy is facing significant challenges in Europe and levels of trust in media sources vary greatly at the country level, the topic of diversity and gender equality, enhanced by recent social movements, remains more important than...
Media literacy days 2020 in North Macedonia
posted on 19 November, 2020   (public)
"Test every news with no excuse" is motto of event supported by North Macedonian regulator    The second Media Literacy Days (MLD) in the Republic of North Macedonia were held from 26 October to 2 November 2020. They were organized by the Media...
Ofcom (UK): A guide to the new requirements on VSPs
posted on 03 November, 2020   (public)
Ofcom’s approach: providing guidance and engaging with video-sharing platforms The UK Government has transposed the legal framework of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive related to the video-sharing platforms (VSPs) further into Part 4B of the Communications Act...
EU German presidency focus session on Artificial Intelligence and quality journalism: With great potential comes great responsibilities
posted on 09 October, 2020   (public)
Experts emphasise the great benefits of using AI in journalism but highlight the need for heavy investments and an ethics-by-design approach           The last focus session of the German EU Presidency related to Media in the Digital...
Spanish CNMC launches public consultation on the application of audiovisual regulation to media service providers supported on VSPs
posted on 08 October, 2020   (public)
Public consultation on the application of the Spanish audiovisual framework to media service providers supported on video-sharing platforms On 1 October 2020, CNMC, the Spanish converged regulator, launched a public consultation on the application of the Spanish audiovisual...
A brand new Board for the Italian AGCOM
posted on 02 October, 2020   (public)
The relationship with Europe and with various bodies bringing together national regulators will be crucial states President Lasorella On 2 October 2020, President Giacomo Lasorella and Commissioners Laura Aria, Antonello Giacomelli, Elisa Giomi and Enrico Mandelli...
OFCOM-Switzerland: Susanne Marxer appointed new head of Media division
posted on 02 October, 2020   (public)
On 1 October 2020, the President of the Swiss Confederation, Simonetta Sommaruga, appointed Susanne Marxer as Deputy Director and Head of the Media Division of the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM).   Picture courtesy © OFCOM-CH The 56-year-old lawyer will...
MK: New study on pluralism of media ownership
posted on 28 September, 2020   (public)
The future of the media ownership legal framework: more flexibility for more sustainability? The  Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services, the regulatory authority of North Macedonia, published a study titled "Pluralism of media ownership in the new media...
Visions of a coherent EU Information and Media Order: Key Findings of EU Presidency webinar
posted on 23 September, 2020   (public)
Session highlights great complexity of European regulatory framework impacting the media, calls for more coherence and for systematically taking media freedom into account  The first focus session of the German EU Presidency, titled "Visions of a coherent...
French Law against information disorder: first assessment by the regulator
posted on 17 September, 2020   (public)
While welcoming the willingness of online platforms to cooperate, the CSA calls for more data to assess effectiveness [news item updated on 17/09/20 with the addition of the link to the English version of the report] Since the adoption of the Law on the fight against...
Connected TV market: a Mediatique study for Ofcom (UK)
posted on 26 August, 2020   (public)
The battleground of prominence: report highlights the bargaining powers of global players At the request of UK regulator Ofcom, Mediatique, an advisory firm specialised in media and communications industries, conducted a review of the connected TV market dynamics in...
Covid-19 and gender equality: analysis of the CSA (FR) and the CAC (ES)
posted on 20 August, 2020   (public)
An under-representation of women on-screen reflecting today´s society The French Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA) and the Catalan Audiovisual Council (CAC), have both released a report focused on gender equality issues during the Covid-19...
Self-regulation in Ukraine: joint agreements to protect children
posted on 04 August, 2020   (public)
A joint working group with the industry and the public to develop self-regulatory broadcasting rules Since 2014, the National Council of TV and Radio Broadcasting (NCTR) has undertaken initiatives aimed at encouraging the development of broadcasting standards in Ukraine. In...
Data protection: European Court of Justice invalidates Privacy Shield agreement
posted on 03 August, 2020   (public)
News Focus: THE FULL PICTURE - Understanding Adjacent Regulatory sectors US legal system does not provide effective judicial protection On 16 July 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) invalidated the Privacy Shield agreement which had been in...
Media Pluralism Monitor 2020: measuring the impact of the digital environment
posted on 28 July, 2020   (public)
New indicators highlight the challenging impact of online platforms on media pluralism On 23 July 2020, the Centre for Media Pluralism and Freedom has released the third version of its Media Pluralism Monitor, an EU-funded project initiated in 2013. Based on the analysis on...
EAO mapping report on the nationality of audiovisual works
posted on 22 July, 2020   (public)
Report highlights the need for a pan-European database and improved cooperation between NRAs and film agencies In July 2020, the European Audiovisual Observatory  (EAO) published a mapping report of the legal frameworks and current practices in the European Union to...
Ofcom´s new Online Nation report 2020: a picture of online consumption and online industry in the UK
posted on 13 July, 2020   (public)
The Covid-19 crisis has emphasised the shift to digital services while undermining online advertising revenues and highlighting a generation gap Published on 24 June 2020, this yearly online nation report, released for the first time in 2019, aims at better understanding ...
Online gambling advertising and self-regulation: a pan-European Code of conduct
posted on 10 July, 2020   (public)
A self-regulatory code to promote responsible online gambling advertising with a particular focus on minors and social media   On 28 April 2020, the European Gaming and Betting Association, EGBA, has published the first pan-European Code of Conduct on responsible...
Online hate in France - the ‘Avia Law’: the end of an intensive legislative saga
posted on 08 July, 2020   (public)
The risk raised by online harm cannot justify disproportionate restrictions of the freedom of expression In recent months, there have been intensive debates in France around the draft Law aimed at fighting online hate content - better known as the ‘Avia...
AVMSD: Long-awaited EU Commission guidelines published at last
posted on 08 July, 2020   (public)
Shedding light on key concepts relating to European works and video-sharing platform services On 2 July 2020, the European Commission published guidelines related to European works and video-sharing platforms. The publication of these guidelines, which had been eargerly...
A new Chairperson for the Spanish National Authority for Markets and Competition
posted on 01 July, 2020   (public)
Cani Fernández, new Chairwoman at CNMC Ms Cani Fernández Vicién has been appointed as the new Chairwoman of the CNMC from 17 June onwards.  A lawyer and expert in European Union Competition Law, she used to advise companies,...
Key findings from the Reuters Digital News Report 2020
posted on 22 June, 2020   (public)
Impact of Covid-19 crisis on news: serious economic threats but also opportunities to reinvent relationship with audience The latest edition of the Reuters Digital News Report, which was published on 16 June 2020, is based on surveys completed in January...
Bernard Maissen appointed as new Director of the Swiss OFCOM
posted on 02 June, 2020   (public)
Currently Deputy Director and Head of the Media Division of OFCOM, he will take up his position as Director of the authority as of 1st July A trained journalist with background in management, Bernard Maissen has worked for several media providers and was the editor in...
OFCOM (CH): new comic strip stories to encourage a safe use of digital technologies
posted on 15 May, 2020   (public)
Raising  awareness about online harms through comics Building on the successful series of stories published in 2010 and 2015 as part of a national prevention campaign to highlight the dangers of digital life, the Swiss regulator OFCOM has released 12 new comic strips...

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...