08 April 2009

EU: Commission launches new consultation on state funding of public service broadcasting

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on a revised draft for a new Communication laying down the rules that it intends to apply to state funding of public service broadcasting. Member States and stakeholders have the opportunity to submit their views on the proposed text by 8 May 2009 at the latest. On the basis of the comments received, the Commission intends to adopt a modernised Broadcasting Communication later this year. Main changes compared to the previous draft concern clarifications on the principles of technology neutrality and editorial independence, an increased focus on the key principles with enhanced flexibility for implementation at Member State level and more clarity on holding public service reserves.