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Media 01-04-2022

French senators push to strengthen media independence

The French Senate has put forward proposals to strengthen the independence of the French media, which are held by a limited number of large groups and governed by rules that have become "obsolete" with digital technology and the strong competition from American platforms.
Media 01-12-2021

France debates merger that would lead to media colossus

The announcement that France's two leading television groups, TF1 and M6, would merge to face US giants like Netflix or Amazon Prime is raising major concerns about competition and media ownership being concentrated among just a few players in the country. EURACTIV France reports.
Media 19-11-2021

French Senate to look at country’s concentration of media ownership

The state of media concentration in France, how the situation evolved, and what lessons can be drawn will be analysed by a new commission of inquiry established by the French Senate on Thursday (18 November). EURACTIV France reports.
Technology 05-11-2021

Digital Brief powered by Google: DSA centralised, Data Act leak, political chips, digital footprints

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We will be careful not to go the extra mile in decreasing the freedom of speech.” -Věra Jourová, Vice-President...
Technology 18-08-2015

Does independent journalism have a future in the EU?

Bulgaria's harsh media landscape should serve as a warning about declining press freedoms in Europe, writes Kadrinka Kadrinova.
Technology 24-07-2015

Japanese media group Nikkei buys the Financial Times

British publisher Pearson announced on Thrusday (23 July) it had agreed to sell its salmon-pink business newspaper the Financial Times to Japanese media group Nikkei for £844 million (€1.2 billion).
#Media4EU event, 29 January 2015
Technology 02-02-2015

As it happened: Six to-dos for sustainable European media

How can independent media survive across Europe? EURACTIV releases six recommendations in January 2015 for a more effective EU strategy towards media and the fourth estate.
Technology 09-07-2014

Mr Juncker: pick one Commissioner for communications, another for the media sector

In the coming weeks, Jean-Claude Juncker faces the challenge to match profiles, portfolios and country ambitions with the needs of EU citizens. One is to communicate the EU message better; another is to ensure a sustainable industry strategy for the fragile media sector. Mr Juncker shouldn’t confuse these two, writes Christophe Leclercq.
Central Europe 03-05-2013

Press freedom index marked by downgrades for Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria

As the United Nations marks World Press Freedom Day, a watchdog organisation has published its annual report today (3 May) showing that three EU countries - Hungary, Greece and Bulgaria - saw a dramatic decline in press freedom.
Languages & Culture 08-02-2010

EU lawmakers to tackle media concentration, funding

The EU should pay more attention to the content placed in the media and take into account concentration issues and financial support for filmmakers, argues French MEP Jean-Marie Cavada. The chair of the European Parliament's newly-established media intergroup spoke to EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Public Affairs 14-05-2008

Survey: PR people ‘wasting journalists’ time’

Professional "communicators" of all kinds are wasting their time trying to pitch stories to the European press, concluded APCO consultants in a survey carried out in co-operation with Journalists at Your Service (J YS), a help centre for Brussels-based reporters.
Public Affairs 04-03-2008

Journalists sound alarm over press freedom in Europe

Journalists throughout Europe, both east and west, are faced with a growing pattern of censorship and pressure including physical violence and intimidation, according to a survey by the Association of European Journalists (AEJ). What's more, the EU is failing to stand up for them, the AEJ adds.
Languages & Culture 23-02-2006

Media ownership in Europe: the bigger picture

A new report by the European Federation of Journalists highlights the problems of the growing concentration of the media in the EU and beyond - a call for action to protect media plurality. 
Languages & Culture 19-12-2005

The publishing industry [Archive]

DG Information Society has made boosting the competitiveness of the European print industry a priority. To this end, the Commission held, in autumn 2005, a consultation to gather stakeholders' views on the policies needed for the industry. 
Languages & Culture 12-10-2005

European TV getting dumber and dumber, study says

A hard-hitting report by the Open Society Institute criticises dumbing down and trivialisation of TV content throughout Europe, as a result of ineffective regulation and insufficient funding of high-quality public service TV. 
Technology 29-09-2005

Commission to smooth the way for publishers

DG Information Society has begun a consultation to define its policies to boost the competitiveness of the European print industry. 
Technology 07-09-2005

EP backs careful revision of ‘TV without frontiers’

Parliament has proposed only minor changes to the Television without Frontiers (TVWF) directive, in a report on promoting works made in Europe and by independent producers.
Technology 11-04-2005

Call for EU rules on media concentration and pluralism

MEPs and media stakeholders are petitioning for new EU rules on media concentration. Lack of specific competence on the issue has so far prevented the EU from taking action.
Public Affairs 19-11-2004

New Commission pledges “improved co-operation” with media industry

An innovation following Viviane Reding's appointment as 'co-ordinator for relations with the media' will be the creation of a 'one-stop-shop' for the press as an industry. The rise of the internet could provide a case for EU action due to cross-border implications.
Technology 16-07-2004

Journalists blow whistle over media concentration in France

The European Federation of Journalists has warned the Commission about the possible consequences if the leading French TV group TF1 were to acquire a stake in the written press.
Technology 23-04-2004

Italy under fire in Parliament report on media pluralism

An EP report calling for EU-wide legislation to safeguard media pluralism has been approved by a crushing majority despite apparent attempts by centre-right MEPs to block the vote.

MEPs want to safeguard media freedom and cultural pluralism in the EU

During a conference on 13 November, MEPs from different parties stated that they want to ensure media freedom and cultural pluralism in the EU.

IFJ and Commission pay tribute to excellence in journalism

On 15 November, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Commission will announce the five winners of the 2002 Lorenzo Natali Prize for Journalism, which is presented to the best reporters on human rights, democracy and development.

Media Pluralism [Archived]

Against the background of restructuring of the global and European media industry and technological changes which blur the distinctions between communications and media sectors, the EU is particularly concerned about media pluralism as a cornerstone of democracy.