About: media pluralism

Digital 24-10-2016

Edwy Plenel: Europe needs participative media against populism

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker must  operate in a participative democracy if he wants to carve a proper plan to re-launch the European construction. That is true also for the media, Edwy Plenel said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.

European Parliament expresses concern over media pluralism in France

Media freedom and pluralism in several EU countries is degrading, according to a European Parliament report, which focussed on France and six other countries. EURACTIV France reports.

Digital 02-09-2016

Only four Greek TV channels get licences, eight to close

Greece cut sharply today (2 September) the number of television channels operating in the country, awarding just four broadcasting licences to an industry which authorities say is mired in mismanagement and corruption.

Languages & Culture 18-11-2015

Media freedom and plurality is struggling in Eastern Europe

The European Union must do more to tackle endemic corruption and the lack of media pluralism in Central and Eastern Europe, writes Juan Garcia.

A scene from Puccini’s opera Turandot
Digital 10-03-2015

Should Europe boldly go into the media battleground?

Media policy is a tough challenge facing the new Commission, writes William Horsley. He advocates greater guarantees against interference, and also new business models.

Screenshot of Blendle, tipped as game changer on media innovation
Digital 20-01-2015

7 experts on Europe’s biggest media innovators

The media's search for new business models and the potential of new and social media has brought about a wave of enterprises and entrepreneurs across EU member states. What are Europe’s most innovative news applications and initiatives? EURACTIV asked the experts.

Robert Madelin, director-general at the European Commission's directorate-general for information society and media, speaks at The 2011 Digital Agenda Summit, hosted by the Lisbon Council [Photo: Lisbon Council/Flickr]
Digital 05-09-2014

Robert Madelin: EU ‘not putting its money where its mouth is’ on broadband

Europe is lagging behind on super-fast internet connections, warns Commission director general Robert Madelin, in charge of digital matters. In a broad interview with EURACTIV, he also speaks about emerging issues for the incoming Juncker Commission.

Smiljana Vukoji?i? Obradovi?, EURACTIV Serbia
Digital 11-06-2014

Media freedom in Serbia is under threat, EU Commission must act

The repression of journalists and media organisations in Serbia has worsened in recent months, as journalists are summoned and websites are blocked. The EU Commission drew attention to the issue before; now it is time to push for regulation, writes Smiljana Vukoji?i? Obradovi?.

Languages & Culture 02-11-2012

A Google tax to support the ailing press?

Closing the loopholes in tax laws that unfairly benefit Google must be clearly distinguished from the discussion of possible support to the ailing press, writes Jan Malinowski.

Central Europe 23-12-2010

EU speechless over Hungary’s contentious media law

The European Commission took a cautious stance Wednesday (22 December) over a controversial "media constitution" in Hungary that has been heavily criticised for restricting press freedom in the country taking up the EU's rotating six-month presidency. EURACTIV.hu contributed reporting from Budapest.

Languages & Culture 09-06-2010

MEPs call for EU law to defend media pluralism

National governments and the European Commission should do more to protect media pluralism and press freedom in Europe, argued a cross-party group of MEPs yesterday (8 June), calling for financial support to help the European media sector survive the crisis. 

Public Affairs 23-10-2009

Parliament votes down EU moves on press freedom

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi this week (21 October) avoided official condemnation by the European Parliament, highlighting divisions among MEPs over what some see as a purely national issue.

Languages & Culture 04-03-2009

Euronews to launch Turkish service in 2010

TV channel Euronews will launch its ninth language version - Turkish - in January 2010, in partnership with Turkey's national public broadcaster, TRT. Philippe Cayla, president of the executive board of Euronews, gave EURACTIV more details yesterday (3 March).

Digital 25-02-2009

Media regulation in the Internet age

The fast-moving world of Web-based media has long been defined by a lack of regulation, but as legislators and industry begin to grapple with reigning in the Internet, issues of state aid, freedom of expression and intellectual property have come to the fore.

Public Affairs 07-01-2009

Why is Britain Eurosceptic?

The British Eurosceptic press constitutes a "serious problem" for any British government that tries to engage with the EU, argues Charles Grant, director of the London-based Centre for European Reform, in a December 2008 paper.

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.

Public Affairs 17-01-2007

Media pluralism ‘lifeblood’ of EU democracy

In proposals presented on 15 January 2007, Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding and Commission Vice President Margot Wallström announced three steps towards greater media pluralism in the EU.

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. 

Digital 30-01-2006

Co-Regulation Measures in the EU Media Sector

This study, commissioned by DG Infsoc from the Hans Bredow Institute for Media Research in Hamburg, and the Institute of European Media Law in Saarbrücken, (Germany)  aims at providing a complete picture of co-regulatory measures taken to date in the media sector in all 25 EU Member States and in three non-EU-countries, as well as of the research already done in this field.

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. 

Digital 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. 

Digital 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.