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Loudness on TV: French CSA report
posted on 06 September, 2012   (public)
On 5 September 2012, the French regulator CSA published its first report to Parliament on loudness levels on television. This report derives from Article 177 of Law No. 2010-788 of 12 July 2010, which requires that channels ensure an equal loudness level during...
New President and new Board for the Catalan Authority
posted on 26 July, 2012   (public)
The Catalan Authority, Consell de l'Audiovisual de Catalunya (CAC), has a new President and a partly renewed Board. Roger Loppacher i Crehuet began his term of office as President on July 9, 2012. He replaces Mr Ramon Font, who resigned from his position to facilitate...
Ofcom's Communications Market Report 2012
posted on 26 July, 2012   (public)
On 18 July 2012, Ofcom published its 9th Communications Market Report on the UK’s TV, radio, broadband, telecoms and mobile industries. This year’s report shows that viewers watched television an average of four hours per day in 2011 – up from 3.7 hours in...
New President and new Board for the Italian AGCOM
posted on 26 July, 2012   (public)
The constitutive meeting of the new Board of the AGCOM, the Italian regulator in charge of broadcasting and telecommunications, took place on 26 July 2012 at the authority's headquarters in Naples. The new President is Angelo Marcello Cardani who replaces Corrado...
Looking beyond the AVMS Directive: the challenge of Connected TV, Limassol, 25-26 October
posted on 25 July, 2012   (public)
The European Commission and the Cyprus Radiotelevision Authority are organizing a conference entitled Looking beyond the AVMS Directive: the challenge of Connected TV in Limassol, Cyprus, on 25-26 October 2012.  The aim of the meeting is to stimulate thought and action...
Prominence of European works on VOD: Assessment by Belgian CSA
posted on 09 July, 2012   (public)
On 3 July 2012, the CSA of the French speaking Community of Belgium handed over to Parliament a global assessment report of its policy measures on the promotion of European works and works of the French Community of Belgium on VOD services. The CSA Recommendation of 24 June...
PSB funding changes in Finland
posted on 27 June, 2012   (public)
On 20 June 2012, the Finnish Parliament approved legislation on the new public service broadcasting tax. According to the new Acts, as of 1 January 2013, the activities of the Finnish public service broadcaster Yleisradio (YLE) will be funded from the state budget. The...
Access and disability: CSA study on DTT devices with voice features
posted on 24 June, 2012   (public)
The French CSA published on June 22 the results of the Mediatvcom study on the DTT devices with voice features. The study was commissioned by the CSA after the associations for the blind and visually impaired had stated that no DTT device designed for blind people existed in...
Commission asks ECJ to fine Poland for not fully implementing AVMS Directive
posted on 21 June, 2012   (public)
European Commission has decided to refer Poland to the European Court of Justice for failing to fully implement the Audiovisual Media Services Directive. Poland has partially implemented the Directive but not the provisions concerning on-demand services. The Commission...
Media Pluralism: ECHR judgment in Centro Europa 7 and Di Stefano case
posted on 19 June, 2012   (public)
The European Court of Human Rights delivered the judgment in the case of Centro Europa 7 S.R.L. v. Italy and Di Stefano v. Italy on June 7. The case concerned an Italian TV company’s inability to broadcast for nearly ten years, despite having a broadcasting licence, due...
Measuring Plurality across platforms: Ofcom report
posted on 19 June, 2012   (public)
In October 2011, the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport asked Ofcom to provide advice on the feasibility of measuring media plurality across platforms. On 19 June 2012, Ofcom published a report  giving an answer to the five questions raised by...
Compensation for the use of short extracts - ECJ
posted on 19 June, 2012   (public)
The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice, Mr. Yves Bot, issued on June 12 a legal opinion in the case Sky Österreich GmbH v Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF). The case concerns compensation payable by Austrian public broadcaster ORF to the holder of...
Belgian CSA workshop: "New Screens, new Regulation" - Brussels, 5-6 July
posted on 13 June, 2012   (public)
On 5 and 6 July 2012, the CSA of the French Community of Belgium and the MEDIADEM project jointly organise a workshop entitled "New screens, new regulation". This conference on the future of television, which will revolve around issues such as Connected TV, social...
REFRAM meets in Portorož at the eve of EPRA meeting
posted on 30 May, 2012   (public)
On the eve of the 35th EPRA meeting and with the support of the International Organization of la Francophonie, the seven broadcasting regulators that are also members of REFRAM, the network of French speaking media regulatory authorities, met on 29 May in Portorož (Slovenia)...
Pan-European Forum on Media Pluralism and New Media: Brussels, 27 June
posted on 22 May, 2012   (public)
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn (UK), University of Leuven (Belgium) and the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (Italy) are organising the Pan-European Forum on Media Pluralism and New Media. The event will take place on June 27 at the premises of the...
Consultation on revision of Swiss Radio and Television Act
posted on 16 May, 2012   (public)
The Federal Council of Switzerland has opened a consultation procedure concerning the revision of the Radio and Television Act. The partial revision of the Act focuses on the replacement of the current reception fee by a universal radio and television fee. Today, when smart...
First report on the application of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive
posted on 07 May, 2012   (public)
The European Commission today presented a report on the application of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). This is the first application report on the AVMSD and covers the period 2009-2010. The first part of the report looks retrospectively at the...
New audiovisual media services under the jurisdiction of Luxembourg
posted on 07 May, 2012   (public)
The Conseil national des programmes (CNP), the regulatory authority in Luxembourg, has been informed by the Department of Media and Communications of the Government that the following audiovisual media services now fall under the jurisdiction of the Grand Duchy: Broadcast...
Study on the implementation of the AVMS Directive - Promotion of European works
posted on 07 May, 2012   (public)
The European Commission today published the Study on the implementation of the provisions of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive concerning the promotion of European works in audiovisual media services. The study provides an analysis of national legal measures...
Freedom of press : OIF calls for vigilance
posted on 02 May, 2012   (public)
On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, celebrated on May 3, Mr. Abdou Diouf, Secretary General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF), states that the legal guarantees and effectiveness of freedom of press have improved in a number of French-speaking...
Irish BAI publishes Ownership and Control Policy (2012)
posted on 27 April, 2012   (public)
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) published its new Policy on the ownership and control of broadcasting services on April 26. The policy reflects the contents of the BAI Strategy Statement 2011-2013 and the legislative provisions of the Broadcasting Act 2009 which...
French CSA consults on short extracts of sport events
posted on 18 April, 2012   (public)
On 17 April 2012, the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA), the French regulatory authority, has launched a public consultation on the right to make available to the public, by way of electronic communication, short extracts of sport events’...
COE Recommendations to protect human rights on search engines and social networks
posted on 16 April, 2012   (public)
The Council of Europe adopted two Recommendations on the protection of human rights, notably freedom of expression, access to information and the right to private life, with regard to search engines and social networking services on 4 April 2012. The Committee of Ministers...
Irish BAI consults on draft general and children's commercial communications codes
posted on 04 April, 2012   (public)
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has launched a public consultation on a new Draft Children’s Commercial Communications Code and a new Draft General Commercial Communications Code on 30th March 2012. Under existing rules, commercial communications which are...
AVMS scope: Recommendation of Belgian CSA
posted on 30 March, 2012   (public)
In order to ensure full legal certainty for market players - notably on the internet - with regard to legal provisions which may be applicable to them and with the view of providing a level playing field, the CSA of the French Community of Belgium adopted a ...
Ofcom - Adults: media use and attitudes report published
posted on 29 March, 2012   (public)
Ofcom, the UK’s independent communications regulator, has today published its latest report on adults’ media use and attitudes. The report covers the use and attitudes of UK adults across the key platforms of the internet, television, radio, games and mobile...
French CSA selects six new HD channels for DTT network
posted on 28 March, 2012   (public)
Further to the call for tenders of 18 October 2011 with the view of launching of six  HD channels on the DTT network,  the  Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA), the French regulatory authority, has selected, on 27 March 2012,  the...
Protection of Minors & Media Convergence: Report of French CSA
posted on 27 March, 2012   (public)
The French CSA (Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel) has just published a report  on the protection of minors in the era of converging audiovisual media and the internet. The report was prepared at the request of Mrs Claude Greff, Secretary of State for...
Ofcom invites contributions to its review of its Designation of ATVOD
posted on 26 March, 2012   (public)
Ofcom is inviting contributions to its review of its Designation of ATVOD (the Authority for Television on Demand) as co-regulator of editorial content included in video-on-demand (VOD) services. The Designation, which came into force in March 2010, is subject to formal...
Political advertising - ECtHR hearing in the case of ADI v. United Kingdom
posted on 08 March, 2012   (public)
The European Court of Human Rights ECtHR held a Grand Chamber hearing on 7 March in the case of Animal Defenders International v. the United Kingdom. The case concerns the complaint by a non-governmental organisation that it has been denied the possibility to advertise on TV...

Archived Regulation News

INDIREG study on independence of regulators published at last
posted on 15 November, 2011   (public)
The long-awaited final version of the study on "Indicators for independence and efficient functioning of audiovisual media services regulatory bodies for the purpose of enforcing the rules in the AVMS directive" was published on 14 November 2011. This very...
UK media regulators launch parents website
posted on 11 October, 2011   (public)
On 11 October 2011, UK media regulators launched ParentPort, a new website aimed at helping parents make their views heard on issues relating to programmes, adverts, products and services. ParentPort has been set up to make it easier for parents to complain about material...
EU Commission establishes a high-level group on freedom and pluralism of the media
posted on 11 October, 2011   (public)
On 11 October 2011, the European Commission announced the creation of an independent high-level group which will draw up a report for the respect, protection, support and promotion of media freedom and pluralism in Europe. The group convened by Neelie Kroes will be chaired...
Digital Agenda: further action needed to safeguard children - Commission report
posted on 13 September, 2011   (public)
In a report presented on 13 September, the European Commission reviewed how Member States are implementing EU Recommendations ensuring that children can enjoy the digital world confidently and safely. Member States and industry are increasingly making efforts to implement EU...
Connected TV : proceedings of CSAs conference
posted on 18 August, 2011   (public)
The regulatory authority in France (CSA) has organised a conference on connected television in April 2011. The proceedings of the conference are now available on the CSAs website. The development of connected television, as well as its economic, social and cultural...
Survey on the business models for the on-demand audiovisual media services which are active in the French market
posted on 18 August, 2011   (public)
The French audiovisual regulator (CSA) published a report on the business models for on-demand audiovisual media services that are active in the French market. The survey deals with the cost and revenues models, as well as contracting practices binding the various...
CJEU: The Italian subsidy for DTT receivers constitutes State aid
posted on 17 August, 2011   (public)
The Court of Justice of the European Union, by its judgment dated 28 July 2011, confirmed that the Italian subsidies for the purchase of digital terrestrial decoders in 2004 and 2005 constitute State aid which is incompatible with the common market. Specifically, by its...
Survey on the business models for the on-demand audiovisual media services which are active in the French market
posted on 22 July, 2011   (public)
The French audiovisual regulator (CSA) published a report on the business models for on-demand audiovisual media services that are active in the French market. The survey deals with the cost and revenues models, as well as contracting practices binding the various...
OSCE Report on Freedom of Expression on The Internet
posted on 10 July, 2011   (public)
In 2010, the Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media of the OSCE commissioned a report to assess Internet regulation among its Member States. Considering the global nature of the Internet, as well as the lack of harmonisation at international level, many States...
CJEU ruling on surreptitious advertising - Case C-52/10
posted on 09 June, 2011   (public)
On June 9, 2011, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on an issue concerning surreptitious advertising, following a preliminary ruling from the Greek Council of State in the proceedings of "Eleftheri tileorasi AE Alter channel and Konstantinos Giannikos,...
Belgian CSA consults on the scope of the regulation of AVMS
posted on 12 May, 2011   (public)
Public consultation opened until 1 September On 6 May 2011, the CSA of the French Community of Belgium launched a public consultation on the scope of regulation applicable to Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS), i.e. in addition to traditional television and radio services,...
French CSA organises a conference on connected TV
posted on 03 May, 2011   (public)
The French regulatory authority, the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel, organised a conference on connected TV on 28th April, bringing together the major players and stakeholders of the French audiovisual area. All texts and presentations (including videos) are...
Internet-Connected and Hybrid Television : EBU adopts core Principles
posted on 15 April, 2011   (public)
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) adopted on 15 April Principles for Internet-Connected and Hybrid Television which, if applied, could deliver lower costs, greater choice and a better viewing experience for consumers. The principles are also meant to allow broadcasters...
CJEU: Advocate General gives opinion on advertising case
posted on 12 April, 2011   (public)
Case C-281/09: Commission v Spain On 7 April 2011, Advocate General Yves Bot delivered his opinion in case C-281/09: Commission v Spain on the notions of "advertising spots" and "other forms of advertising" under the Television without Frontiers...
AVMSD Implementation
posted on 31 March, 2011   (public)
Commission seeks information from 16 Member States The Commission has finished a preliminary analysis of measures notified by 16 Member States to implement the AVMS Directive in their national law. On the basis of this analysis, the Commission is sending follow-up...
Belgian CSA meets new Tunisian authorities
posted on 29 March, 2011   (public)
The Belgian CSA accompanied a delegation of the Communauté Wallonie Bruxelles (French Community of Belgium) in Tunisia on 22 and 23 March to show support for the democratic transition underway in Tunisia. Composed of different personalities of the CSA, the delegation...
Digital radio in L band: consultation of the French CSA
posted on 24 March, 2011   (public)
In order to have a better insight into the projects and expectations of the French market stakeholders and with the aim to possibly launch a call for applications for the service providers, the French CSA has just launched a public consultation on the broadcasting of digital...
Latest report of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
posted on 24 March, 2011   (public)
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic, delivered her second regular report on the status of media freedom within the OSCE region to the OSCE Permanent Council on 17 March 2011, one year after assuming the post. The 22 pages document contains many...
Council of Europe consults on search engines and social networking services
posted on 06 March, 2011   (public)
The Council of Europe's expert committee on new media is preparing draft recommendations of the Committee of Ministers to its 47 member states on the protection of human rights with regard to search engines as well as on measures to protect and promote the respect of...
BAI announces decision to permit paid product placement on Irish Television
posted on 01 March, 2011   (public)
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has recently announced the decision to permit paid product placement on Irish television. So far, only placement of significant value but without payment (Free Placement) was permitted in all programming in Ireland.This decision...
Events of major importance: key rulings by General Court
posted on 17 February, 2011   (public)
On 17 February 2011, the General Court delivered two long-awaited rulings in cases T-385/07, T-55/08 and T-68/08 (FIFA and UEFA v Commission) which dealt with the UK and Belgian lists of events of major importance for society. The Court confirmed that Member States had a...
Ofcom launches logo for Product Placement
posted on 14 February, 2011   (public)
Following the footsteps of the broadcasting regulators in Belgium and France, Ofcom just launched the logo that TV channels must use to signal to viewers when a UK-produced programme contains product placement on 14 February. Product placement will be allowed in UK...
Revision of the ECTT officially discontinued
posted on 04 February, 2011   (public)
In a letter addressed to Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Neelie Kroes, vice-President of the European Commission, recently confirmed the position of the European Commission with regard to the draft second amended protocol to the...
On-demand services: Decision of French CSA concerning the protection of minors, ethics and accessibility of programmes
posted on 05 January, 2011   (public)
The Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA), the French regulatory authority, has recently adopted a decision concerning the protection of minors, ethics and the accessibility of programmes on audiovisual media services on demand. The decision extends the...
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media New Report published
posted on 03 January, 2011   (public)
The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatović, delivered her regular report on the status of media freedom within the OSCE region to the OSCE participating States on 16 December 2010. The 23 pages document contains many references to media regulation and...
Abridged report of the 13th CDMC meeting
posted on 20 December, 2010   (public)
The Steering Committee on Media and New Communication Services of the Council of Europe met from 16-19 November 2010. The main discussion revolved around the lack of progress in the implementation of the Declaration on measures to promote the respect of Article 10 of the...
VOD on DTT: French CSA launches call for tender
posted on 28 November, 2010   (public)
On 26 November 2010, the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel, the French media regulatory authority, launched a call for tender for one or more on-demand services (either encrypted or free-to-air) to be broadcast on digital terrestrial television. The deadline for...
REFRAM meets in Fes for a seminar on political pluralism
posted on 27 November, 2010   (public)
REFRAM, the Network of French-speaking media regulatory authorities, is holding a seminar on political pluralism during and outside the election period on 29-30 November in Fes at the invitation of the Moroccan regulator HACA. The agenda is available here: ...
Ofcom revokes Bang Media licences
posted on 26 November, 2010   (public)
On 26 November, Ofcom, the communication regulator in the UK, has revoked four TV broadcast licences owned by Bang Channels Limited and Bang Media (London) Limited following serious and repeated breaches of the Broadcasting Code. The breaches for the broadcast material...
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...