EU needs to do more for digital market

The EU urgently needs to complete work to create a digital market in broadcasting, according to the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education.

At a public hearing organized by the committee this week, Giacomo Mazzone, in charge of member relations for southern European and Mediterranean countries at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), said that the audiovisual “should not be purely governed by the market: social cohesion, high quality, accessibility and education are also very important, and this is where European public service broadcasters must play a fundamental role.” Mazzone called for a new copyright regime that could facilitate moves towards non-linear viewing, “such as collective licensing or the European digital passport”.