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Issue no. 234 - 11 May 2002
- EU - Brussels moves on advertising rules in France
France's "cultural exception" has come under attack from the European Commission, which has taken action against a French law banning retail groups from television advertising. The Brussels authorities are concerned that the law, which is aimed at protecting the press and small businesses, imposes illegal restrictions on the activities of foreign advertising agencies
Issue no. 232 - 28 April 2002
- EU - Kulturgut Film, Wirtschaftsgut Film
was kann die Europäische Gemeinschaft für den europäischen Film tun? Viviane Reding Mitglied der Europäischen Kommission, verantwortlich für Bildung und Kultur, CINEROPA Berlin, 19 April 2002
Issue no. 231 - 14 April 2002
Issue no. 230 - 7 April 2002
- EU - The New Communications Directives and their benefits for the Audiovisual Sector
Mr Erkki Liikanen, Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society, European Voice Conference "Television without Frontiers". Brussels, 21 March 2002
- EU - The Review of the Television without Frontiers Directive
Viviane Reding Member of the European Commission responsible for Education and Culture, European Voice Conference on "Television without Frontiers", Brussels, 21 March 2002.
- UK - Media turmoil as owners pull plug on ITV Digital
ITV Digital, the world's biggest and most expensive digital terrestrial TV project, was forced into administration, throwing government broadcasting policy into turmoil and the future of lower league football into doubt. Granada and Carlton Communications said they were "throwing a lifeline" to their loss-making pay-TV platform, by putting the business in the hands of administrators at Deloitte & Touche.
Issue no. 228 - 17 March 2002
- UK - BBC's Davies has a bad week at the office
The BBC chairman's remarks about middle-class viewers have brought unflattering reviews.. This week, Mr Davies suggested the BBC should pay less heed to the "white, middle-class, middle-aged and well educated" people who complain that the BBC is "dumbing down" and pour a little more of its energies into entertaining "the Asian teenager on the streets of Leicester".
Issue no. 225 - 24 February 2002
Issue no. 223 - 10 February 2002
Issue no. 222 - 2 February 2002
Issue no. 221 - 26 January 2002
- France - Messier and messier
Little did Jean-Marie Messier, head of a French media giant, Vivendi Universal, and currently the best-known French businessman in America, realise what he was stirring up when he declared that "the Franco-French cultural exception is dead" - in plain American, that French culture is (a) very special and (b) entitled to special protection. But unwittingly he has reignited a fierce debate in France - and also exposed the delicacy of French commercial expansion in the cultural field.
- France seeks ruling on Vivendi ownership
The French government is to ask the country's highest administrative court to rule on whether Vivendi Universal's rising number of US shareholders could put it in breach of national media legislation. Vivendi, the world's second largest media group, is interpreting the move as an escalation of the month-long row that started when its chief executive Jean-Marie Messier said to a French journalist at a New York press conference: "The Franco-French cultural exception is dead".
- UK - Government approves BBC's new commercial unit
The BBC has been given the go-ahead to launch a new £80m company, BBC Broadcast Ltd, that will offer branding, management and promotion expertise for multi-media platforms.
Issue no. 217 - 16 December 2001
Issue no. 216 - 8 December 2001
Issue no. 213 - 11 November 2001
- Oftel reviews Conditional Access Guidelines for digital television
A review of the guidelines under which broadcasters purchase conditional access services to offer channels on digital television platforms has been launched by Oftel. The review will look at current arrangements for pricing, terms and conditions and whether public service broadcasters should be charged at rates different from commercial broadcasters.
- EU - Konflikt um Rundfunkgebühren auf EU-Ministerrat erneut aufgeflammt
Der Streit um die deutschen Rundfunkgebühren ist beim Rat der EU-Kulturminister in Brüssel erneut aufgeflammt. Die Vertreter Deutschlands, Kulturstaatsminister Julian Nida-Rümelin und Bayerns Ressortchef Hans Zehetmair, beharrten am Montag am Rande des Treffens darauf, die Gebühren seien nicht als staatliche Beihilfen anzusehen. Dem widersprach EU-Kulturkommissarin Viviane Reding.
Issue no. 209 - 1 October 2001
Issue no. 207 - 18 September 2001
- UK blocks BBC digital entertainment channel
Greg Dyke, director-general of the BBC, received conditional clearance from the UK government to begin implementing his £300m ($440m) digital expansion plan. But a central plank of the UK public service broadcaster's proposal - an entertainment station aimed at 16 to 34-year-olds - was rejected by Tessa Jowell, culture secretary.
- EU - La circulation des oeuvres cinématographiques européennes
Mme Viviane Reding, Membre de la Commission européenne responsable de l'Education et de la Culture 58ème Festival de Venise Venise, le 7 septembre 2001.
Issue no. 206 - 3 September 2001
- BBC chiefs attacked over 'commercial vortex'
The BBC's board of governors cannot be trusted to prevent the publicly-funded broadcaster from "sliding into the commercial vortex". David Liddiment, director of channels for ITV, the UK's principal commercial broadcaster, used the keynote MacTaggart speech at the Edinburgh television festival to call for the BBC to be independently regulated.
- Support for digital television in Europe
On Friday, 17th August 2001 the European Commissioner for the Information Society, Erkki Liikanen, the President of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Arne Wessberg, and the Chairman of the Co-operative of Public Broadcasting Organisations in Germany (ARD), Fritz Pleitgen, met in Helsinki to discuss the necessary steps to support digital television in Europe on a common basis. Commissioner Erkki Liikanen voiced his support for the digital television industry to migrate towards Multimedia Home Platform (MHP) based on open standards. See also Digital-TV-Standard MHP bekommt EU-Unterstützung (Heise)
Issue no. 204 - 27 July 2001
- Austria - L'Autriche réforme son paysage audiovisuel
La nouvelle loi conçue par la coalition conservatrice entre en vigueur le 1er août. Elle autorise la création de chaînes privées et instaure la"dépolitisation" des télévisions publiques. Mais, selon les journalistes, leur indépendance n'est toujours pas garantie.
- Germany - Berliner Kammergericht: "Fernsehfee" ist zulässig
Im Kampf gegen die so genannte Fernsehfee, die die Werbung aus dem Programm ausblenden kann, haben die privaten TV- Sender eine weitere juristische Niederlage erlitten. Das Berliner Kammergericht (Oberlandesgericht) entschied, dass Geräte zur automatischen Ausblendung von Werbung zulässig sind.
Issue no. 203 - 19 July 2001
Issue no. 202 - 5 July 2001
- BBC executive warns of radical funding shake-up
A BBC executive has cast doubt on the long-term viability of the licence fee, warning that the annual payment may not guarantee unlimited access to the corporation's content. Ashley Highfield, director of new media, said the heavy cost of distributing broadband content on the internet could lead to limits on the amount of BBC content licence fee-payers could access.
Issue no. 201 - 26 June 2001
- ARD und ZDF online: "Eindeutig rechtswidrig"
Als eindeutig rechtswidrig hat der Bundesverband Deutscher Zeitungsverleger (BDZV) die Expansion von ARD und ZDF im Internet bezeichnet
- Brazilians Argue Over Digital TV Format
(New York Times)
Later this year, the Brazilian telecommunications regulatory agency, Anatel, is expected to select the digital technology standard for the future of broadcast television in Brazil.
- Public service broadcasting
Council meeting (Culture) Luxembourg, 21 June 2001. The Council took note of information from Commissioner REDING on the latest developments regarding public service broadcasting. Following several complaints tabled by commercial TV channels, the Commission has decided to draw up a communication which would lay down the rules for the application of the provisions of the Treaty, in particular Art. 86 §3 on competition.
Issue no. 198 - 28 May 2001
- BBC1 joins text message mania
The BBC is launching a search for rude text messages, jokes and stories for a BBC1 theme night devoted to the growing phenomenon of mobile phone text messaging.
Issue no. 197 - 21 May 2001
Issue no. 196 - 15 May 2001
- Statement on Oftel Review of Conditional Access Services
Oftel has announced that its forthcoming review of the current arrangements for public service broadcasters’ access to conditional access services will also look at the principles of tariff construction for these services.
- UK - BBC cleared of commercial bias
The BBC was cleared of abusing its role as a public service broadcaster through its growing commercial activities. Chris Smith, the culture secretary, and competition law expert Professor Richard Whish, said the BBC's guidelines on fair trading ensured there was no distortion of competition in the commercial sector. The guidelines are overseen by the board of governors.
- Taste of TV to come
The television authorities have always policed zealously the distinction between editorial and commercial messages on television. Taste CFN, a new television channel devoted to all things foody and the Wellbeing Network, a channel devoted to health and beauty are TV channels owned by advertisers.
Issue no. 193 - 3 April 2001
Issue no. 191 - 19 March 2001
- EU - Eurotica Rendez-Vous Television v. Commission
Judgment of the Court of First Instance (Second Chamber) 13 December 2000 ('Television Without Frontiers directive - National restrictions on the retransmission across frontiers of television broadcasts - Finding by the Commission that those restrictions are compatible with Community law - Action for annulment - Admissibility) Case T-69/99, Danish Satellite TV (DSTV) A/S (Eurotica Rendez-Vous Television) v Commission of the European Communities
Issue no. 190 - 12 March 2001
- Kirch heads for World Cup talks
German media group Kirch is heading for crunch talks with the UK government over World Cup broadcasting rights. It wants to sell the rights to the 2002 and 2006 tournaments to the highest bidder. Such an auction threatens to exclude free-to-air broadcasters such as the BBC or ITV. However, a DCMS spokeswoman said the competition is protected by the 1996 Broadcasting Act. The act states that a free-to-air station must be allowed to screen the entire tournament.
- ITV quality outstrips BBC1
New ratings show that ITV has outstripped the BBC in terms of the calibre of its viewers. Usually regarded as the populist pap channel running behind the superior quality of the BBC, it now boasts the most professionals and people from managerial positions tuning in, including those from the highly regarded ABC1 channel.
- New life for movie industry
The US cinema industry is coming rapidly back to life thanks to a combination of theatre closures, higher ticket prices and soaring admissions.
Issue no. 187 - 17 February 2001
Issue no. 186 - 3 February 2001
- Industry, Government Butt Heads Over BBC Ad Site
In a lively 30-minute exchange, the House of Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport and members of the British Internet Publishers Association debated whether the BBC was unfairly trampling on the competition in Britain's online media sector.
Issue no. 185 - 27 January 2001
- UK - One TV watchdog? We'll ITC to it
The Independent Television Commission has published the biggest consultation exercise on public service broadcasting (PSB) ever undertaken. The ITC's initiative was an impressive contribution to the debate on the Government's communications White Paper. The vast majority of respondents, including those with pay-TV, believed strongly in the key principles of PSB and felt they were still valid in the multi-channel age.
One regulator in broadcasting
- Television takes a tumble
The retreat of new-media upstarts has brought no joy in television land. The Internet was supposed to kill television. Instead it saved it, at least for a while
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