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Issue no. 184 - 20 January 2001
Issue no. 182 - 20 December 2000
Issue no. 181 - 10 December 2000
- Net faces 10-year Olympic shutout
Websites will be banned from using or showing video clips of Olympic events for the next decade. The restriction, which is being imposed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), is designed to protect the substantial investments made by national broadcasters who do not want their television and radio audiences undermined by internet coverage. The Olympic committee says the net will be prevented from carrying video and audio streams until websites can guarantee that only those people in the same country as the site can view the content. see also Could a Video Napster Hurt the Games? (Industry Standard).
Issue no. 180 - 3 December 2000
- EU - Adoption par le Conseil Culture du programme Media Plus
Le Conseil du 23 novembre 2000 a permis de dégager un accord sur le programme Media Plus (2001-2005) avec un budget de 400 millions d'euro comme proposé par la Commission.
- EU - Community Audiovisual Policy in the 21st Century Content Without Frontiers?
Mrs Viviane Reding, Member of the European Commission responsible for Education and Culture, British Screen Advisory Council (BSAC) London, 30.11.2000
- BBC wins football radio
The BBC took another step towrds restoring credibility in its sports coverage on Tuesday when it beat its commercial rivals to win the radio rights to English Premier League football with a bid of £42m ($59.6m).
- Spanish Netizens Get Onramp in Digital TV
The Spanish government granted digital television licenses this month to Veo TV and Net TV, both the property of major national newspaper groups. Quiero TV, which won a license in June of last year, began broadcasting on November 15. The advent of "terrestrial digital television" puts Spain in the vanguard, along with Sweden and United Kingdom, of a technology offering multichannel news and entertainment programming, internet access, e-commerce and other multimedia interactive services through television sets.
Issue no. 179 - 26 November 2000
- EU - European Commission participation in the European Audiovisual Observatory
On 16 November, Commissioner Viviane Reding, in charge of Community policy in the audiovisual sector, communicated to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe the intention of the European Commission to formalise in the form of an exchange of letters the participation of the European Community in the European Audiovisual Observatory.
Issue no. 173 - 15 October 2000
Issue no. 171 - 1 October 2000
Issue no. 169 - 16 September 2000
- EU - Community audiovisual policy in the digital age
On 6 September, the European Parliament adopted in plenary session a resolution on the Commission Communication "Principles and guidelines for the Community's audiovisual policy in the digital age" (COM(1999) 657) Rapporteur: Valter Veltroni, Culture, youth, education, media, sport Committee. PE Report and link to minutes (text of resolution) : A5-0209/2000.
- French distributors join "movie-pass" battle
The Gaumont circuit and the independent MK2 chain of cinemas joined battle with the giant UGC over a subscription system that allows film-goers to see as many films as they want, whenever they want, for just 98 francs (13 dollars) a month. Having appealed in vain to the government to outlaw the UGC scheme, Gaumont and MK2 have announced they will issue their own joint pass.
Issue no. 168 - 9 September 2000
Issue no. 167 - 6 August 2000
Issue no. 166 - 30 July 2000
Issue no. 165 - 22 July 2000
Issue no. 164 - 15 July 2000
- European audiovisual policy in the digital age
The European audiovisual industry in the digital age must be able to compete at international level while also guaranteeing pluralism, cultural diversity and consumer access to networks and content, said the European Parliament Culture Committee.
Issue no. 163 - 9 July 2000
Issue no. 162 - 2 July 2000
Issue no. 160 - 17 June 2000
- France - Pub sites internet: demande d'annulation de la décision du CSA
Le commissaire du gouvernement Frédéric Salat-Baroux a invité le conseil d'Etat à annuler la décision du CSA, ouvrant la publicité télévisée aux sites internet de la presse, du cinéma, de l'édition et de la distribution, secteurs interdits de petit écran.
- UK - Digital radio - does it have a future?
Following cold on the heels of digital television, digital radio is struggling to raise its profile. On June 14 Chris Smith, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, leads a "summit" on the matter in an attempt to kick start the nascent industry into action and raise the public's awareness of it.
Issue no. 159 - 11 June 2000
Issue no. 158 - 4 June 2000
Issue no. 153 - 1 May 2000
- French watchdog to issue rules on web site ads
France's national broadcasting watchdog, the CSA, will issue details of the rules covering television adverts for Internet sites belonging to industries normally barred from TV ads.
Issue no. 152 - 15 April 2000
- Australia - Government expected to delay digital legislation
The federal government's digital broadcasting legislation is likely to be delayed until next month after a backlash from media players over draft regulations. Communications Minister Richard Alston said the government was still working through feedback on its proposed legislation, which is designed to back up digital broadcasting rules announced last December. see also Restrictions 'risk the failure of digital TV'.
- UK radio rules to change
The Radio Authority has moved to modernise its "nonsensical" internal rules governing contact between its members and the companies it regulates. It was one of six initiatives to increase openness and transparency. Radio Authority to increase openness and transparency (Press Release).
- BBC allows pop sponsors
The BBC has taken the unprecedented step of allowing a commercial sponsor for the pop chart on its radio and television programmes. Under a three-year deal, Top of the Pops, BBC1's weekly chart programme, and Sunday's Top 40 countdown on Radio One will be broadcast courtesy of Worldpop, the media co mpany founded by former presenter Peter Powell. The programmes will not carry corporate logos, but Worldpop is to receive credits
Issue no. 149 - 26 March 2000
- France - L'Assemblée vote la réforme de l'audiovisuel
L'Assemblée nationale a adopté en deuxième lecture, le projet de réforme de l'audiovisuel qui vise à renforcer la place du secteur public et à définir un cadre juridique pour le développement de la télévision numérique hertzienne. Il doit être transmis au Sénat pour une deuxième lecture.
Issue no. 148 - 18 March 2000
Issue no. 146 - 4 March 2000
- Internet: le CSA surseoit à sa décision sur la pub télévisée
Le Conseil supérieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA) a décidé de surseoir à la décision d'autoriser la publicité télévisée de tous les sites internet, y compris pour les secteurs jusque-là interdits de petit écran (distribution, presse, cinéma, édition...), qui avait provoqué la colère de certaines organisations professionnelles.
- UK - Soccer clubs get TV rights
England's top football clubs will be able to broadcast delayed coverage of their Premiership games on their own television channels after the league's new media deal is signed this summer.
Issue no. 145 - 26 February 2000
- UK - BBC digital levy decision applauded
Commercial television broadcasters and digital television operators celebrated the decision by the culture minister not to allow the BBC to adopt a digital levy. Instead he offered the public service broadcaster an initial £3 ($4.80) increase in the general licence fee to £104.
Issue no. 144 - 19 February 2000
- UK - Channel 5 raises regulation issue
CLT-Ufa, United News & Media and Pearson moves to increase their stakes in Channel 5, the terrestrial UK television broadcaster could have regulatory repercussions.
Issue no. 142 - 5 February 2000
Issue no. 141 - 30 January 2000
Issue no. 139 - 16 January 2000
- UK - Hague launches attack on digital TV fee
William Hague launches an aggressive Conservative campaign against a proposed digital licence fee, with a passionate attack on mis-spending and waste at the BBC. As the government moves close to a decision on whether to levy a £24 annual supplement on digital subscribers, the opposition leader described the plan as "obnoxious".
Issue no. 138 - 9 January 2000
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