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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...
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...
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...
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...
Major Events: Serbian REM adopts new list
posted on 28 March, 2018   (public)
At its session held on 14 March 2018, the Serbian Regulatory Authority of Electronic Media (REM) adopted a new list of Major Events in the Republic of Serbia pursuant to Article 64, paragraph 2 of the Law on Electronic Media (“Official Gazette of the RS”, No....
Irish BAI updates guidelines in respect of referenda coverage
posted on 27 March, 2018   (public)
Emphasis is on how fairness, objectivity and impartiality can be achieved rather than mathematical allocation of airtime On 13 March 2018, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has published updated guidelines in respect of referenda coverage.  The guidelines are...
CoE adopts guidelines on media pluralism and transparency of media ownership
posted on 20 March, 2018   (public)
States are encouraged to develop strategies for increasing sustainability of media and to support quality journalism, whilst respecting editorial and operational autonomy On 7 March 2018, the Council of Europe has issued guidelines aimed to promote media pluralism,...
CoE Recommendation on the roles and responsibilities of internet intermediaries
posted on 20 March, 2018   (public)
Creating a safe and enabling online environment where stakeholders know their rights and obligations is the key to a better content moderation The Council of Europe adopted on 7 March 2018 policy guidelines on the roles and responsibilities of internet intermediaries such as...
The concept of audiovisual media service: CJEU, “Peugeot Deutschland” C-132/17
posted on 08 March, 2018   (public)
Promotional videos on YouTube are excluded from the AVMSD scope In its judgment “Peugeot Deutschland” of 21 February 2018 (C-132/17), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) was requested for a preliminary ruling on the question whether promotional videos...
French CSA reports on women's representation on TV and Radio in 2017
posted on 08 March, 2018   (public)
The presence of women in audiovisual media is slightly higher in 2017, mainly thanks to public service media On the occasion of International Women's Day and for the third consecutive year, TV and radio broadcasters have provided the French Conseil supérieur de...
Recent EAO publications of potential interest for EPRA members
posted on 07 March, 2018   (public)
The TV content available on VOD and a new methodology measuring what share of the population of a given country has access to a cinema are part of the highlights A series of reports prepared by the European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) for the European Commission and that...
CoE reports on role of community media for refugees and migrants
posted on 07 March, 2018   (public)
The study aims at identifying the needs of refugees and migrants and highlights possible responses by community media The Council of Europe published a report entitled “Spaces of Inclusion - An explorative study on needs of refugees and migrants in the domain of media...
Informing the debate ahead of the no-Billag Vote in Switzerland
posted on 21 February, 2018   (public)
Swiss regulator OFCOM provides in-depth information on impact of upcoming vote on the initiative to abolish radio/TV licence fees A public vote on the “No-Billag Initiative”, proposing to abandon all forms of public funding of Swiss TV and radio stations, will...
A New Chairwoman for the German DLM
posted on 15 February, 2018   (public)
Under their regime of rotating responsibilities in a biennial rhythm, Cornelia Holsten, President of the Media Authority of Bremen (brema), took over the chair of the Conference of Directors (Direktorenkonferenz der Landesmedienanstalten) on 1 Jan. 2018, succeeding Siegfried...
Live TV resilient despite growth in VoD services according to Ofcom's ICMR
posted on 19 December, 2017   (public)
 Ofcom releases 12th edition of International Communications Market report On 18 December 2017, Ofcom, the converged regulator in the UK, published its twelfth International Communications Market Report (ICMR) which provides comparative international data on the...
New Chair and Board for Portuguese ERC
posted on 18 December, 2017   (public)
New Chair and new Board for Portuguese ERC On 14 December 2017, the President, the Vice President and three members of the Board of the Entidade Reguladora para a Comunicação Social, the Portuguese Regulatory Authority for the Media, took office in front of the...

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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...