06 July 2009

EU: State aid: Commission updates rules for state funding of public broadcasters

The European Commission has adopted a new Communication on state aid for the funding of public service broadcasters. The new Communication replaces the Commission’s 2001 Broadcasting Communication. The main changes include an increased focus on accountability and effective control at the national level, including a transparent evaluation of the overall impact of publicly-funded new media services. The main changes in the new Communication concern: the ex ante control of significant new services launched by public service broadcasters (balancing the market impact of such new services with their public value); clarifications concerning the inclusion of pay services in the public service remit; more effective control of overcompensation and supervision of the public service mission on the national level. See Communication from the Commission on the application of state aid rules to public service broadcasting. See also State TV new media ventures under EU scrutiny (EurActiv).