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Ofcom publishes International Communications Market Report 2013
posted on 13 January, 2014   (public)
Ofcom publishes International Communications Market Report 2013 On 12 December 2013, Ofcom, the converged regulator in the UK, published its eighth International Communications Market Report. The report examines the availability, take-up, price and use of TV, radio,...
Prospects for commercial DTT in Ireland - BAI review published
posted on 09 January, 2014   (public)
Prospects for commercial DTT in Ireland - BAI review On 7 January 2014, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) published the findings of a review undertaken regarding the future prospects for the licensing of commercial Digital Terrestrial Television further to Section...
Polish regulator decides to establish Digital Library of Public Media
posted on 29 November, 2013   (public)
Polish regulator decides to establish Digital Library of Public Media On 18 November 2013, the National Broadcasting Council of Poland (Krajowa Rada Radiofonii i Telewizji) and 19 public media companies signed a letter of intent establishing the Digital Library of Public...
EU Council stresses need for reinforced cooperation between independent regulators
posted on 28 November, 2013   (public)
EU Council stresses need for reinforced cooperation between independent regulators The Council of the European Union, which gathered on 25 - 26 November 2013 in Brussels in its Education, youth, culture and sport configuration, adopted key Conclusions on media freedom and...
Major Events: Report submitted to the Swedish government
posted on 25 November, 2013   (public)
Major Events: Report submitted to the Swedish government On 15 November 2013, the Swedish Broadcasting Authority (SBA) submitted a Report on a List of designated events considered to be of major importance for society to the government. In February 2013, the SBA was...
French CSA launches TV campaign on protection of minors
posted on 22 November, 2013   (public)
French CSA launches TV campaign on protection of minors As of 20 November 2013, a new media campaign on the protection of minors was launched on French television channels. The campaign was initiated by the French Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA). TV...
Gender Equality - CoE Strategy refers to image and participation of women in media
posted on 21 November, 2013   (public)
Gender Equality - CoE Strategy refers to the image and participation of women in media refers also to the image and participation of women in media - See more at:...
Representation of women in media - outcome of Catalan regulator's assessment
posted on 14 November, 2013   (public)
Representation of women in media - outcome of Catalan regulator's assessment The Audiovisual Council of Catalonia (CAC) published in April 2013 a detailed Report on the representation of women on television. The report is based on the analysis of different types of TV...
Three new Resolutions adopted at CoE Ministerial Conference
posted on 14 November, 2013   (public)
Three new Resolutions adopted at CoE Ministerial Conference The Council of Europe, in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, organised  in Belgrade on 7 - 8 November a Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and...
Television news channels: A European Overview
posted on 08 November, 2013   (public)
Television news channels: A European Overview The European Audiovisual Observatory published on 6 November a new report on the TV news market in Europe covering 38 countries. The report provides an overview of the types of channels both national and international, the...
Media Literacy: German LfM reports on 2012/13 activities
posted on 05 November, 2013   (public)
Media Literacy: German LfM reports on 2012/13 activities On 31 October 2013, the Media Authority of Northrhine Westphalia (LfM) published the Media Literacy Report for 2012/13. The Report offers a comprehensive overview of the promotion activities carried out in the field of...
Archiving Scheme: Irish BAI unveils successful applications
posted on 05 November, 2013   (public)
Archiving Scheme: Irish BAI unveils successful applications The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) announced on 4 November 2013 an award of funding totalling €1.5 million to seven successful applicants under the first round of the new BAI Funding Scheme for the...
Digital TV switchover completed in Hungary
posted on 04 November, 2013   (public)
Digital TV Switchover completed in Hungary On 31 October 2013, Hungary turned off the analogue television signal. The television services are now fully digital. Hungary had been in a phase of simultaneous broadcasting since October 2012. The North-Western and South-Eastern...
Independence of NRAs: Regulators' Responses to the Commission's Public Consultation
posted on 31 October, 2013   (public)
Regulators' Responses to the Public Consultation on the Independence of the Audiovisual Regulatory Bodies The Public Consultation on the Independence of the Audiovisual Regulatory Bodies launched by the European Commission in March 2013 closed at the end of June 2013....
Young People and Media - outcome of Belgian CSA assessment
posted on 29 October, 2013   (public)
Young People and Media - outcome of Belgian CSA assessment On 24 October 2013, the Regulatory Authority of the French speaking Community of Belgium (CSA) published a study entitled "Baromètre jeunes" (Young People’s Barometer) analysing the image and...
On-demand Services: Made in the Likeness of TV?
posted on 22 October, 2013   (public)
On-demand Services: Made in the Likeness of TV? The European Audiovisual Observatory published recently in its IRIS plus 2013-4 the article entitled: On-demand Services: Made in the Likeness of TV? by Francisco Javier Cabrera Blázquez analysing the difficulties...
Conference of Council of Europe Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society
posted on 21 October, 2013   (public)
Conference of Council of Europe Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society The Council of Europe is organising - with Serbia as the host - the Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society on the theme: “FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND...
REFRAM meets in N’Djamena and publishes activity report for 2012-2013
posted on 17 October, 2013   (public)
REFRAM meets in N’Djamena and publishes activity report for 2012-2013 The REFRAM, the  network of French speaking regulatory authorities, met on 14-15 octobre 2013 in N’Djamena, Chad, for its third general assembly to address the issue of the governance of...
Regulators' Responses to the HLG Report on Media Freedom and Pluralism
posted on 15 October, 2013   (public)
Regulators' Responses to the HLG Report on Media Freedom and Pluralism The Public Consultation on the Independent Report from the High level Group (HLG) on Media Freedom and Pluralism launched by the European Commission in March closed at the end of June 2013. The...
Ofcom reports on disabled consumers’ use of communications services
posted on 26 September, 2013   (public)
Ofcom has published its most comprehensive study into disabled consumers’ use of communications services. The research shows that younger disabled people are taking advantage of the benefits of being online. Among the youngest age group (15-34), levels of internet...
Digital Radio: Ofcom unveils 2013 Report
posted on 25 September, 2013   (public)
On 25 September Ofcom has published its Digital Radio Report for 2013 as part of the Digital Radio Action Plan announced by the Government in July 2010. In the report ‘digital radio’ is used in its broadest sense to include all platforms and technologies that...
First Country Ranking of Community Media in Europe
posted on 12 September, 2013   (public)
The Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE), an international non-profit organisation which provides a common platform for networks, national federations and projects active in the "third media" sector, has completed the first Country Ranking of Community Media in...
Ofcom publishes its 10th Communications Market Report
posted on 01 August, 2013   (public)
Ofcom’s 10th Communications Market Report, which was published on 1 August 2013, reveals that people are still coming together to watch TV in the living room with 91% of UK adults view TV on the main set each week, up from 88% in 2002. However, people are increasingly...
Council of Europe addresses role of regulators on gender equality in the media
posted on 31 July, 2013   (public)
On 10 July 2013, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a Recommendation on gender equality and media. In its preamble, the recommendation emphasises that: Gender equality is an indispensable condition for the full enjoyment of human rights; Genuine...
Short extracts: French CSA consults on the implementation of new rules
posted on 23 July, 2013   (public)
On 17 July 2013, French broadcasting regulator Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA) opened a public consultation on the implementation of recently introduced rules concerning the broadcast of short extracts of sports events. The new rules were set by a decision...
Assessing PSB funding: Irish regulator publishes recommendations
posted on 22 July, 2013   (public)
On 18 July 2013, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has published recommendations in respect of the required levels of funding for the public service broadcasters (PSBs), TG4 and RTÉ, over the next five years. The recommendations are based on a 248 page report...
EIGE reports on gender equality in decision-making in media organisations
posted on 11 July, 2013   (public)
Advancing gender equality in decision-making in media organisations, EIGE Report   On 21 June 2013, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) published a report entitled "Women and the Media - Advancing gender equality in decision-making in media...
What Future for DTT Platforms: French Ministry opens a consultation
posted on 10 July, 2013   (public)
The Direction générale des médias et des industries culturelles (DGMIC) of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication launched on 2 July 2013 a public consultation on the future of DTT platforms, further to the work currently conducted by the French...
Macedonia completes analogue terrestrial switch off
posted on 20 June, 2013   (public)
As planned, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia switched off the analog terrestrial television signal on 31 May 2013, at midnight after a five-year period of simulcasting. The two regulatory authorities in charge, the Broadcasting Council and the Agency for Electronic...
Update on media freedom issues: new report of the OSCE - RFOM
posted on 20 June, 2013   (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 Permanent Council on 13 juin 2013, three months after she was re-elected for a second mandate. The 36 pages report,...

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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...