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Reuters Institute News Digital Report 2019: news’ consumption in times of political polarisation
posted on 25 June, 2019   (public)
While tech giants are forced to face more responsibilities and on-demand formats are becoming the new business model, concerns arise about quality journalism, for the benefit of more trusted news brands and radio podcasts The new edition of the annual Reuters Institute Digital...
New Ofcom - ICO research: Internet users’ concerns about and experience of potential online harms
posted on 24 June, 2019   (public)
Personal data and bullying identified as major concerns for Internet users A recent report released in May 2019, commissioned by Ofcom with advice from the ICO (Information Commissioner's Office), intends to quantify concerns and experiences of Internet users, grouped...
UK age-verification for online pornography: entry in force delayed
posted on 11 June, 2019   (public)
Balancing privacy concerns with the need to protect children from inappropriate content According to new measures coming into force on 15 July 2019*, commercial providers of online pornography will have to implement a robust age checking system, in order to keep minors from...
North Macedonia: AAAMS adopts Media Literacy Policy Paper
posted on 29 April, 2019   (public)
New Media Literacy Policy based on general and comprehensive concept for a sustainable approach taking into account recent changes in the media ecosystem After having conducted a public hearing, the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services has adopted a Media Literacy...
JUFREX: new regional publication on regulators and protection of minors in South-East Europe
posted on 23 April, 2019   (public)
Transnational cooperation, self and co-regulation and media literacy are key pillars to establish adequate level playing field regarding protection of minors In April 2016, the three-year Joint Programme “Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the...
EAO's Key Trends of Audiovisual Sector for 2018/2019
posted on 10 April, 2019   (public)
European market still a mosaic of national realities while weight of US-based companies increases The European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) has published in April 2019 its Key Trends from the Observatory’s Yearbook 2018/2019. This report - publicly available on the EAO...
OSCE-HCNM issues Guidelines on National Minorities and the Media in Digital Age
posted on 02 April, 2019   (public)
Tallinn Guidelines call on States to ensure sustainable and effective pluralistic media landscape enhancing national minorities’ representation Building on the 2003 Broadcast Media Guidelines, the Tallinn Guidelines were issued by the OSCE High Commissioner on National...
New President for the Turkish regulator RTÜK
posted on 14 March, 2019   (public)
Ebubekir SAHIN succeeded Ilhan YERLIKAYA as of 23 January 2019 Following the recent resignation of Prof. İlhan Yerlikaya from his position of President of the Radio and Television Supreme Council of Turkey and as required per Article 36 of Law No. 6112 on the Establishment of...
New President for the Swiss Independent Complaints Authority
posted on 13 March, 2019   (public)
Mascha Santschi Kallay succeeded Vincent Augustin as of 1 January 2019 Following her appointment on 7 November 2018 by the Swiss Federal Council, since 1 January 2019 Mascha Santschi Kallay is the new President of the Independent Complaints Authority (ICA). She succeeded ...
Estonian regulator changes name further to merger with Consumer Protection Board
posted on 13 March, 2019   (public)
The Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority started operations since 1 January 2019 As of 1 January 2019, further to the proposition of the Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, the Estonian Technical Regulatory Authority (TRA) and the...
Online safety and AVMSD’s transposition: Ireland announces public consultation for a new law
posted on 06 March, 2019   (public)
Ireland intends to make online service providers responsible for the protection of minors, under the control of an Online Safety Commissioner On 4 March 2019, Minister Bruton, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment in Ireland, launched a six-week ...
EAO reports on national rules for the promotion of European works in Europe
posted on 04 March, 2019   (public)
Mapping highlights fragmented European approaches Within the context of the on-going discussions around the implementation of the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), the need for comparative data and analysis on the different initiatives and rules in support...
Artificial Intelligence: CoE looks at impacts on human rights, democracy and the rule of law
posted on 25 February, 2019   (public)
Human rights should remain at the centre of artificial intelligence designs The Council of Europe is addressing the impacts of Artificial Intelligence on human rights, democracy and the rule of law through an inclusive multi-stakeholder process...
New composition for the French CSA
posted on 18 February, 2019   (public)
Roch-Olivier Maistre took over the Presidency from Olivier Schrameck Following the proposal of the French President Emmanuel Macron and the endorsement by the National Assembly and the Senate, Roch-Olivier Maistre was appointed as President of the Conseil supérieur de...
Children’s Media Literacy: Ofcom’s Media Use and Attitudes Report 2018
posted on 06 February, 2019   (public)
Report reveals shift in media habits towards individual viewing via Netflix and YouTube as children increasingly own their own devices  On 28 January 2019, Ofcom published its Annual Report on Children and Parents Media Use and Attitudes. It provides detailed evidence...
EAO reports on Media Law Enforcement in 8 countries
posted on 31 January, 2019   (public)
Effective law enforcement increasingly dependent on complex multidisciplinary approach The way the Internet and new communication technologies revolutionised the dissemination of audiovisual content across borders has resulted in a digital cyberspace that is overwhelmed with...
Belgian CSA issues positive assessment: PSB fulfilled public service mission
posted on 28 January, 2019   (public)
RTBF encouraged to diversify sports broadcasts and boost off-screen diversity Further to Art. 136, 5° of the Coordinated Decree on audiovisual media services, the Belgian Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA) is responsible for delivering an opinion on how...
Belgian study maps out investment obligations of on-demand AVMS providers in the EU
posted on 22 January, 2019   (public)
Study reveals highly fragmented approach in Member States The Free University of Brussels (Université libre de Bruxelles) published in December 2018 a study on the Obligations on on-demand audiovisual media services providers to financially contribute to the production...
Identifying Media Literacy projects to support quality journalism: Council of Europe MSI-JOQ survey
posted on 15 January, 2019   (public)
EPRA members are warmly encouraged to participate in the CoE survey on Media Literacy projects In Bratislava, members of the EPRA MIL Taskforce have agreed to help identify stakeholders and partners that are working on MIL projects in order to assist the Committee of Experts...
Media Literacy - CoE publishes analysis on best European practices
posted on 15 January, 2019   (public)
Involving a large variety of stakeholders to share and exchange knowledge and resources is key for sustainable MIL projects On 20 December 2018, the Media and Internet Governance Division of the Council of Europe presented a study on “European practices of the Regulatory...
Reminder: EPRA Work Programme for 2019
posted on 14 January, 2019   (public)
Provide your final comments & get involved in an exciting WP! This is to kindly remind you that the deadline for submitting your valuable input for the draft Annual Work Programme, which lays out EPRA’s priorities and anticipated work for 2019, by assembling your...
Irish BAI Consults on draft Media Plurality Policy
posted on 19 December, 2018   (public)
Draft provides clarification on definition of Media Plurality and on framework of action for Irish regulator On 11 December 2018, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) launched  a public consultation on a new draft Policy on Media Plurality. The Mission in...
Finnish Regulator to change name and merge with traffic safety authority
posted on 19 December, 2018   (public)
Finnish Transport and Communications Agency starts operations on 1 January 2019 As of January 1, 2019 FICORA, the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority, will merge with Finnish traffic safety authority and certain functions of the Finnish Transport Agency to form...
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...

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...