15 May, 2018
Key challenges for democracy will feature on EPRA's agenda
The detailed Agenda for the 47th EPRA meeting, which will take place on 23-25 May in Luxembourg, is now available. This closed event, hosted by ALIA, the audiovisual regulatory authority in Luxembourg, will gather about 160 delegates representing 51 member authorities, permanent observers and invited media experts who will discuss current issues pertaining to audiovisual media regulation in Europe and exchange on topics of common interest.
Further to the EPRA Work Programme, the plenary sessions in 2018 will focus on key challenges for democracy by addressing “the future of public service & public interest content in the digital age” (Plenary 1) and “the regulation of political communication and the challenges of social media” (Plenary 2).
Plenary Session 1, on 24 May, will shed light on the acute challenges that stakeholders currently face in the provision, distribution and delivery of public service and public interest content. The session will feature presentations from Florence Hartmann, EBU-Media Intelligence Service; Matthias Künzler, University of Chur; Tomas Myrbostad, TV2 Norway and Mika Rahkonen from Yle Finland.
Plenary Session 2, on 25 May, will open with a keynote by Prof. Dr. Damian Tambini of the London School of Economics on social media and election legitimacy. A panel composed of Stephanie Comey, BAI (Ireland); Elfa Ýr Gylfadóttir, IMC (Iceland) and Francesca Pellicanò, AGCOM (Italy) will share case studies of recent interaction with global social media companies in the context of elections and referenda.
Three parallel working groups will also allow regulators to actively exchange experience and best practices:
WG I: on "Commercial communications 2.0: mapping changes" will look at the continuous development of new advertising techniques and the consequences for regulators and consumers. We are expecting a lively session with input from Bruno Martins, Union luxembourgeoise des consommateurs; Conor Murray, EGTA and Heiko Zysk, ProSiebenSat.1.
WG II: on “Achieving greater diversity in broadcasting” will identify and share best practice and experience relating to improving gender diversity in broadcasting. EPRA members will report on gender representation and portrayal on-screen, across programming and advertising content. A panel discussion will also discuss gender representation off-screen across the broadcasting industry.
WG III: On the day of enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the group on "New challenges for Privacy" will discuss current issues of concern for broadcasting regulators with regard to privacy matters in the linear and non-linear world. This ad hoc group will provide an opportunity to experiment a new form of interaction within EPRA, the interactive World Café format.
EPRA provides an independent and transparent forum for 52 audiovisual regulators in wider Europe to share relevant information, best practice, experience and expertise. It explores innovative means of regulating and analysing the audiovisual sector and sharing that with a wider audience of stakeholders.
Source: EPRA Secretariat