TVN24 licence renewal up in the air as PiS seeks greater media control in Poland

A Polish news station could see its efforts for a renewed licence thwarted due to foreign ownership rules.  TVN24 is the country’s most-watched news channel, and its broadcasting licence expires on September 26. The channel’s parent company, TVN, has been owned by Discovery since 2015 via a standalone business registered in the EU which meets […]

DCMS committee calls for regulation of online platforms

A compulsory code of ethics, overseen by an independent regulator, should be brought in to monitor online platforms like Facebook and bring an end to self-regulation, according to a UK parliamentary report. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee’s damning final report on ‘Disinformation and ‘fake news,’’ published today after an 18-month inquiry, recommended […]

Google: YouTube should not be regulated like a broadcaster

Google’s European president Matt Brittin has said it is “appropriate” that YouTube is not subject to the same regulations as broadcasters and newspapers. Speaking at an RTS event in London this week, Google’s president of EMEA business and operations rejected the idea that YouTube is essentially broadcaster and should be treated as such in the […]

AT&T chief pours cold water on CNN sale

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has hit out at suggestions that his company could sell CNN and poured cold water on reports that the US Department of Justice was calling for a disposal of the news channel as the price for giving a green light to AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner. Stephenson, attending the New York […]

Telenet protests plan to regulate cable broadband access

Liberty Global-backed Belgian cable operator Telenet has filed an objection to a plan to impose new regulations on the country’s fixed internet access market. Telenet said that the plan by the Belgian telecom and media regulators to regulate cable broadband access goes against the policy of the Belgian federal government and the European Commission to […]

Fox’s Sky takeover set for UK watchdog probe

21st Century Fox’s £11.7 billion (€13.2 billion) takeover of European pay TV operator Sky is likely to be referred to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority. The UK government’s secretary of state for culture, media and sport, Karen Bradley, made the surprise announcement earlier today after consulting with media regulator Ofcom. She pointed to “material […]

Cable Europe calls for ‘investment-friendly’ connectivity regulation

Cable Europe has called for an investment-friendly and predictable regulatory environment, following last week’s discussions on the Electronic Communications Code. Telecoms ministers from the EU member states last week discussed the Maltese Presidency’s progress report on legislation designed to help Europe’s transition to a ‘gigabit society’. Cable Europe said that while it broadly welcomes the […]

NAB: FCC chief promises bonfire of ‘outdated’ regulations

Outdated rules will be cast down as part of the FCC’s review of current media regulations, according to FCC chairman Ajit Pai. Speaking at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Pai said that media regulations – including those relating to broadcast, cable and direct broadcast satellite – need to be revised and out-of-date rules thrown […]

Ukraine’s 1+1 secures new broadcasting licence

Ukrainian TV channel 1+1 has been granted a new analogue broadcasting licence, despite fears that could have been forced off air. In a statement to DTVE, a spokesperson for 1+1 confirmed that the National Council for TV and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine had renewed the licence – after 1+1 sounded the alarm at the end of […]

Russia law could place 20% limit on foreign OTT video ownership

The Russian government has given a positive reception to a new bill proposed by Duma deputies that could see foreign media ownership restrictions extended to OTT TV service, but has asked for clarification on a number of points. The bill, sponsored by deputies Andrei Lugovoi – best known abroad as a suspect in the poisoning […]

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