The European Commission plans a Regulatory Fitness (REFIT) exercise for the Audiovisual Media Services Directive in 2015. The LSE Media Policy Project has partnered with the Centre for European Policy Studies to discuss the future of audiovisual media services regulation in Europe. This seminar will bring together scholars, policymakers, industry and activists. In particular, to broaden the debate, scholars from across Europe and particularly from smaller European countries and newer EU member states have been invited to contribute their findings and evidence-based ideas to the policy debate related to the audiovisual media industry and the review of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive.
The seminar will be organized in three sessions:
- Content and Convergence: What are the consequences of convergence for content production? How can EU policy encourage content production and distribution? Does the country of origin principle still work in media service? In which ways is audiovisual content consumed currently? Is this changing, and if so, how?
- Media Plurality and Diversity: What is the state of plurality of ownership and diversity of views in the region? What could or should be done at the EU level to encourage media pluralism? How are diverse audiences using and relating to media?
- Independence of Regulation: What are the challenges to the independence of regulators? What changes could or should be made to EU policy to ensure independence?
This event is exceptionally free of charge. A light lunch will be served, and the event will be followed by a cocktail.