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Issue no. 284 - 21 September 2003
- UK - Labour orders BBC shake-up
The BBC is to be subjected to the most wide-ranging review of its role in its 80-year history, amid a growing clamour for the abolition of the licence fee and a curb in the powers of the corporation's governors. Tessa Jowell, the culture secretary, signalled the start of a 'root and branch' review of the BBC's purpose and funding with a guarantee that its independence from government would be preserved. see also BBC 'in deep trouble' over licence renewal.
Issue no. 281 - 31 August 2003
- UK - Amount of children's TV programming has tripled since 1997
There are now more children's programmes on television than at anytime over the last eleven years, according to What Children Watch, new research by the Broadcasting Standards Commission and the Independent Television Commission.
- UK - BBC chief warns over Murdoch dominance
The BBC will be left to fight a lone battle against Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB if the government does not intervene to prevent the collapse of ITV as a public service broadcaster, the corporation's director general Greg Dyke warned. Mr Dyke warned of BSkyB's dominance of the digital TV world, and said five years of management failure at ITV had allowed the satellite broadcaster to forge ahead, opposed only by the BBC. He expressed concern about Sky's position as simultaneously a provider of Britain's biggest satellite television system; provider of programmes on that system; and controller of the price paid by other broadcasters who want to use it.
Issue no. 279 - 17 August 2003
- DE - Revision der EG-Fernsehrichtlinie: DLM fordert Inhalterichtlinie
Mit zahlreichen Vorschlägen für eine Optimierung der Richtlinie „Fernsehen ohne Grenzen“ (EG-Fernsehrichtlinie) hat sich in dem laufenden Überprüfungsverfahren jetzt die Direktorenkonferenz der Landesmedienanstalten (DLM) zu Wort gemeldet. Die EG-Fernsehrichtlinie sollte zu einer Inhalterichtlinie erweitert werden. Erforderlich ist dafür ein funktionaler Rundfunkbegriff, der nicht auf den Übertragungsweg oder die Kategorien Verteil- oder Abrufdienst abstellt, sondern alle audiovisuellen Dienste in den Onlinemedien umfasst, also auch das Internet. DLM-Stellungnahme.
- EU - Television without Frontiers Directive Review - Written Contributions
Written Contributions to the Public Consultation for the review of the « Television without Frontiers » Directive.
Issue no. 278 - 10 August 2003
- EU / DE - DLM will Verbesserung der EG-Fernsehrichtlinie
Mit zahlreichen Vorschlägen für eine Optimierung der Richtlinie 'Fernsehen ohne Grenzen' (EG-Fernsehrichtlinie) hat sich in dem laufenden Überprüfungsverfahren jetzt die Direktorenkonferenz der Landesmedienanstalten (DLM) zu Wort gemeldet.
- UK - Encryption row delays BBC talks on showing US films
The BBC is trying to placate the concerns of Hollywood film studios at its decision to broadcast TV channels unencrypted. The concerns have stalled negotiations with the studios as the BBC seeks to secure broadcasting rights for Hollywood films.
Issue no. 277 - 30 July 2003
- EU / DE - Commission refers Germany to Court over allocation of radio spectrum
The European Commission has decided to refer Germany to the Court of Justice over media law in the "Land" (region) of Rheinland-Pfalz, which in the Commission's view is discriminatory and infringes the principle of freedom of establishment. The Commission believes that some provisions of this law and the way the authorities apply them give preference to local terrestrial radio broadcasters in the granting of licences and thus discriminate against broadcasters from other EU countries
Issue no. 276 - 23 June 2003
- EU - Television Without Frontiers: MEPs concerned with increasing media concentration
MEPs urged a complete overhaul of the "Television Without Frontiers" Directive. The Parliament's Culture Committee believes that the increasing concentration in the media industry throughout Europe presents a major threat to integrity and pluralism, and thus it seeks to establish EU-wide rules on ownership of television media. The Committee called on the Commission to monitor levels of media concentration in Europe and to draft an updated Green Paper on this issue by the beginning of 2004. MEPs also urged the Commission to support the establishment of a working group of national regulators and representatives of public and private broadcasting systems who would be in charge of swapping best practice on all forms of regulation, including co-regulation and self-regulation in the area of advertising and consumer protection.
- UK - Government unsure of uses for analogue signal
New broadcasting minister Lord McIntosh admitted the government was unclear about the potential future uses of the analogue television signal. Attempting to justify the decision to press ahead with the UK's conversion to digital TV, he conceded it was "premature" to predict the full range of benefits the freed-up spectrum would provide. Apart from the financial benefit to the Treasury from spectrum auctions, he was only able to cite the ability to broadcast clear TV pictures to mobile receivers - dubbed "video Walkmans" - as one of the possible future uses of the analogue spectrum.
Issue no. 273 - 1 June 2003
- CoE - Options for the review of the TV Convention
(Council of Europe)
Dr. Andreas Grünwald, consultant on the impact of convergence on the European Convention on Transfrontier Television, has delivered a report covering the possible options to review the Convention. Suggestions on how to define new media services are made in the report, as is the question of whether such new services should fall under the scope of the Convention. The report also points to the need to reconsider or re-interpret many of the substantive provisions in the Convention in the light of market and technological developments. Comments can be addressed to the Media Division by 15 September 2003.
- FR - Le CSA encadre plus strictement la diffusion d'émissions pornographiques et violentes
par Etienne Wery. Le Conseil Supérieur de l'Audiovisuel a arrêté les nouveaux principes qui guident la diffusion des films violents ou pornographiques.
Issue no. 272 - 24 May 2003
- Clear signals for digital radio
The success of digital radio has been predicted at regular intervals over the past three years by both makers of radios and backers of the technology. But 2003 could be the year that the technology really takes off. So says Annika Nyberg, head of the World Forum for Digital Audio Broadcasting, the international forum set up to drive development of the technology and tell broadcasters and listeners what it can do for them.
- CSA - Communiqués de presse - TNT : les conventions des chaînes sont signées
(Communiqué de presse)
Le Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel a pris acte avec satisfaction de la signature par chacun des éditeurs sélectionnés pour la télévision numérique terrestre (TNT) de leur convention relative à la diffusion du service de télévision par voie hertzienne terrestre en mode numérique. Ces conventions sont au nombre de 23 (20 nouvelles conventions et 3 avenants aux conventions existantes de TF1, M6 et Canal ). Chaque convention décrit les règles applicables à la diffusion du service, les caractéristiques générales du programme prévu, ainsi que les engagements pris par l'éditeur, notamment en matière de production et de diffusion d'oeuvres audiovisuelles et cinématographiques.
- EU - EP Report on Television without Frontiers
Draft Report on the application of Directive 89/552/EEC "Television without Frontiers" Committee on Culture, Youth, Education, the Media and Sport. Rapporteur: Roy Perry
- FR - Diffusion sans convention de Tfou : le CSA demande l'arrêt de la chaîne
Un courrier a été adressé au président de la société TF1 Entreprise, éditrice de la chaîne Tfou, dans lequel le Conseil exprime son vif regret que le lancement commercial de la chaîne ait précédé son conventionnement, en infraction à l'article 33-1 de la loi du 30 septembre 1986 modifiée. Le Conseil a demandé à la société d'interrompre sans délai la diffusion de la chaîne afin qu'il puisse examiner le dossier de conventionnement, en particulier les problèmes que pose l'imbrication entre un programme de télévision et des jeux interactifs directement accessibles par l'intermédiaire de ces programmes.
- US - FCC Travel Routinely Funded by Industry
Over the past eight years, Federal Communications Commission officials have taken 2,500 business trips to global tourist spots, most of which were paid for by the media and telecommunications companies the agency oversees, according to a study by the Center for Public Integrity in Washington,
- US - Murdoch Defends DirecTV Takeover
News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch sought to assure lawmakers that his proposed acquisition of DirecTV, the nation's largest satellite television provider, would not harm competition or limit consumer choices. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing was the latest in a series on media consolidation held while the FCC considers whether decades-old ownership restrictions still reflect a market altered by satellite broadcasts, cable television and the Internet. The commission is to vote June 2 on overhauling the rules.
- US - Promoting the Public Interest in the Digital Era
by Henry Geller. In my view, it is time now to acknowledge that we no longer should care whether or not the commercial broadcaster plays in the public service field - that instead we want the commercial broadcaster to pay for its use of the public spectrum so that public broadcasting can be enabled to make a needed maximum contribution to educating and informing children and the electorate. The motto should be: Play if you want, but pay you must.
- US - Unlikely Alliances Forged in Fight Over Media Rules
The Federal Communications Commission's likely action to relax major media ownership rules is forging some unexpected political alliances. If the FCC votes to ease ownership rules, several organizations - left and right-- fear they will lose access to the public airwaves. For instance, for the first time a group known as "CodePink, Women for Peace" finds itself on the same side of a fight as the National Rifle Association.
Issue no. 271 - 18 May 2003
- DE - Hamburgisches Mediengesetz wird neu gefasst
Mehr Selbstkontrolle, Eigenverantwortung und Medienpraxis. Der Senat hat eine weitgehende und grundlegende Novellierung des hamburgischen Medienrechts beschlossen. Die gesetzlichen Rahmenbedingungen gerade am Medienstandort Hamburg werden für die privaten Rundfunkveranstalter endlich auf die praktischen und rechtlichen Erfordernisse des für die Bundesrepublik typischen dualen Rundfunksystems zurückgeführt. Eigenverantwortung und Selbstkontrolle der privaten Sender sollen an die Stelle veralteter Vorschriften treten.
- EU - Cannes Film Festival 2003: European Day
The Cannes Film Festival and the European Commission are joining forces to organise for the first time this year a European Day, which will bring together Ministers of Culture and cinema professionals from the 15 existing Member States and from the new Member States to discuss ways and means of promoting European cinema and intensifying relations with other world cinemas. European Day on 15 May will close with the award of the fourth edition of the EU's MEDIA Prize, set up to reward film distribution within the spirit of the MEDIA programme. Fifteen films with MEDIA support are in the running this year at Cannes.
- EU - Member States differ over review of Television Without Frontiers Directive
Based on a document from the Presidency, the Council held an exchange of views on the Commission's plans to review the Television Without Frontiers Directive on 6 May. During their latest review of the Commission's Television Without Frontiers (TWF) Directive, the ministers of culture of the 15 current and 10 new EU Member States discussed the key issues of: access to events of major importance (i.e., that such events should be broadcast free and cannot be tied to exclusive pay television rights); television advertising and the need to adapt associated regulations to new technologies; ways to make television coverage of major events accessible to all viewers (i.e., exclusive rights holders would be obliged to provide "brief extracts"). By the end of 2003, the Commission will publish a Communication on future audiovisual policy. The Commission will stage another public hearing on the TWF Directive on 23-25 June 2003 The focus of the hearing will be the promotion of cultural diversity and of competitiveness of the European programme industry; the protection of minors and public order; the right to reply; and the application of the relevant regulations. Minutes of 2503rd Council meeting - EDUCATION, YOUTH AND CULTURE - Brussels, 5 and 6 May 2003
Issue no. 269 - 6 May 2003
- UK - BBC channels may share listings with TV porn
The BBC has warned that its regional channels BBC Wales and BBC Scotland will be demoted to positions on the Sky on-screen guide alongside porn channels such as Playboy if TV watchdogs don't intervene. The corporation claimed BSkyB has threatened to relegate BBC1 and BBC2 to slots 214 and 215 on Sky's electronic version of the Radio Times, which 6.6 million subscribers must use find and tune into channels. The threat was made after the corporation decided to go it alone and not pay BSkyB for encryption and its slots on the programme guide. Viewers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would have to trawl through hundreds of channels to find their local versions because they would be listed in the 900s next to adult channels such as Playboy TV and Fantasy TV.
Issue no. 268 - 28 April 2003
- DE - DocuWatch Digitales Fernsehen
Eine Sichtung ausgewählter Dokumente und wissenschaftlicher Studien. Das Hans-Bredow-Institut sichtet im Auftrag der Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Landesmedienanstalten (ALM) Dokumente von Regulierungsinstanzen, in- und ausländischen sowie supranationalen Organisationen und Verbänden sowie aus dem wissenschaftlichen Bereich und erstellt Zusammenfassungen, die auf die für die Arbeit der Landesmedienanstalten relevanten Fragen fokussiert sind. Im Mittelpunkt stehen dabei neben inländischen Institutionen solche aus den USA, Kanada, Großbritannien und Frankreich. Daneben wird die am Institut gesammelte wissenschaftliche Literatur ausgewertet.
Issue no. 267 - 21 April 2003
- EU - Commission proposes extending the Culture 2000 and MEDIA programmes up to 2006
The European Commission is making a proposal to the Council and the European Parliament to extend the existing Community programmes on culture and the audiovisual industry unchanged until the end of 2006. The MEDIA Plus and MEDIA Training programmes provide support for audiovisual creativity and the audiovisual industry in Europe. The "Culture 2000" programme provides support for collaborative projects with a view to highlighting Europe's cultural diversity and helping bring about a shared cultural area in Europe.
Issue no. 264 - 23 March 2003
Issue no. 256 - 18 January 2003
- EU - Work programme for reviewing the "Television without frontiers" Directive
What changes will be made to the Community's audiovisual policy? The Commission has adopted a report on the application of the "Television without Frontiers" (TVSF) Directive, together with a work programme for 2003 aimed at reviewing the Directive. The 2003 work programme will consist of a series of consultations with a view to arriving at operational conclusions on the relevance bearing in mind economic and technological developments of the existing Community rules, in particular concerning matters such as access to events of major importance to society, the promotion of cultural diversity, television advertising and the protection of minors. 4th report on the application of Directive 89/552/EEC "Television without Frontiers", COM(2002)778
- UK - Ofcom to review public service remits
The government's wholesale review of the way the BBC is funded will be preceded by a detailed investigation into public service broadcasting by new media and telecoms super-regulator, Ofcom. Culture secretary Tessa Jowell says the review will be one of Ofcom's first tasks when it officially takes over from existing regulators in autumn this year. see also Come clean on 'mission creep', BBC told Mark Thompson's controversial speech to the Oxford Media Convention, in which he accuses the BBC of 'mission creep' over its public service remit. see complete text.
Issue no. 254 - 15 December 2002
- UK - Government report blasts 'failing' BBC
The BBC board of governors has come under fierce attack in a government report that has accused them of failing to act independently and inferring they have been unprofessional in the way they handled the launch of the corporation's 24-hour rolling news channel. Former Financial Times editor Richard Lambert's report accuses the governors of acting as management poodles and says they have paid "perfunctory" attention to the channel in the five years since launch.
Issue no. 252 - 30 November 2002
Issue no. 251 - 24 November 2002
- UK - Masterplan for the media
The government's eagerly awaited shake-up of media ownership was finally revealed after months of consultation with the industry, consumers and regulators. The communications bill sets out a blueprint for the future of the media sector, which will overseen by a new super-regulator - the office of communications. As an amalgamation of five bodies, Ofcom will have an unprecedented range of powers and be given the task of regulating broadcasting and telephony's three great powers: the BBC, BT and BSkyB. see also UK - Labour urged to clip BBC's wings (Guardian ). The government is facing parliamentary pressure to bring the BBC fully under the control of the new media regulator, Ofcom, as it published wide-ranging new legislation for the broadcasting industry.
Issue no. 250 - 17 November 2002
Issue no. 249 - 10 November 2002
- EU - Television broadcasters increase proportion of European works
Television broadcasters are devoting an average of 62% of their transmission time to European works, and steadily improving the "quotas" provided for in the "television without frontiers" Directive. The European Commission adopted a Communication on the implementation in 1999 and 2000 of Articles 4 and 5 of the "television without frontiers" Directive to promote the broadcasting of European works, including those of independent producers. The average broadcasting time for European works was 60.7% in 1999 and 62.2% in 2000 for the fifteen Member States. The average broadcasting time for independent producers' works, especially recent ones, was 37.5% in 1999 and 40.5% in 2000, i.e. well above the threshold of 10% laid down by the Directive. COM (2002) 612.
- UK - 'BBC gets anything it wants' claims Murdoch
Rupert Murdoch has launched a scathing attack on the government, accusing it of being too cosy with the BBC and of fostering anti-competitive behaviour on the part of the corporation. The BSkyB chairman has long objected to the BBC's expansion into multichannel TV but was clearly enraged what he saw as the corporation's recent empire building, which included the launch of two children's TV stations, BBC3 and BBC4 plus a history channel in a joint venture with a cable company.
Issue no. 248 - 27 October 2002
- FR - La TNT en chantant
Le CSA a tranché. Il y aura 33 chaînes de télévision numérique terrestre, dont 16 gratuites et plusieurs musicales. Le voilà enfin le PAF de demain, dévoilé par le Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA) au bout de quatre mois de réflexion : 33 chaînes, dont 16 gratuites et plusieurs chantantes. Sur les cinq chaînes non payantes annoncées, les 11 autres sont des reprises des chaînes existantes et deux et demi sont en effet consacrées à la musique : M6 Music, iMCM et NRJ TV (dont la musique représente 50 % du temps de diffusion).
Issue no. 246 - 29 September 2002
- US - Hearings Set on Measure to Promote Digital TV
(New York Times)
The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold hearings on a bill intended to spur the development of digital television. It would render most current televisions obsolete by 2007 and require the Federal Communications Commission to support copy-protection technology designed to prevent consumers from copying and redistributing digital television programs.
Issue no. 244 - 7 September 2002
- CoE- Draft Recommendation on digital broadcasting
(Council of Europe)
The Group of Specialists on digital broadcasting has decided to invite the public to comment on a draft Recommendation on the democratic and social impact of digital broadcasting FR. Please send your comments (maximum two pages and preferably in the form of drafting proposals) to the Media Division email@example.com by 18 September.
Issue no. 242 - 30 July 2002
- Porn producer fights ban of 'precious cultural asset' from French TV
In an eloquent open letter published in the daily Libération, France's best-known pornography producer mounted a passionate defence of his industry yesterday in the face of increasing threats from conservative politicians and the broadcasting standards authority to ban x-rated films from the nation's television screens.
Issue no. 241 - 24 July 2002
- UK - BBC breaks independent programming quota
Independent producers have urged the government to crack down on the BBC after the corporation admitted it had broken a key programming quota. The BBC must commission 25% of its programmes from the independent sector but revealed it expected to "just miss" the target for the period April 1 2000 to March 31 2001.
Issue no. 240 - 14 July 2002
- UK - BBC/BSkyB scoop digital licences
A BBC and BSkyB coalition has been awarded the digital terrestrial broadcast licences left vacant by the collapsed ITV Digital network. The decision is certain to attract fierce criticism from commercial broadcasters, who believe the corporation is making a cynical "digital land-grab" by teaming up with BSkyB to launch a non-pay service. See also Dyke promises 'more normal TV' (BBC).
Issue no. 239 - 30 June 2002
- DE - Jugendschützer nehmen MTV aufs Korn
Die Medienwächter haben bei mehrere Folgen der MTV-Kultsendungen "Jackass" und "Freak Show" schwere Verstöße gegen die Jugendschutzbestimmungen des Rundfunkstaatsvertrags ausgemacht.
Issue no. 236 - 8 June 2002
- Study on the development of new advertising techniques and their regulatory implications
The European Commission has just received a report by independent experts on the development of new advertising techniques. The study, which does not necessarily reflect the Commission's views, is part of a wider evaluation of the "television without frontiers" directive that will figure in a report to be adopted by the College by the end of 2002. This evaluation report will be backed up by a work programme designed to prepare the ground for a subsequent revision of the directive. The independent study confirms the reasons that led Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner in charge of audiovisual policy, to opt for a pre-revision work programme rather than an immediate revision of the TWF directive.
- UK - Ministers set to reject BBC funding shake-up
Calls for a radical shake up in the way the BBC is funded are set to be rejected by ministers in a move that will see the world's largest public service broadcaster financed by the licence fee for at least another 15 years. see also Candour and caution from culture secretary.
Issue no. 235 - 20 May 2002
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