media regulation

Understand, track and monitor the changing face of media regulation with Cullen International. Derived from trusted sources, our expert analysis and benchmarks help organisations across Europe and the Americas stay informed on the latest developments and act with confidence in a fast-moving environment.

general topics covered

(Social) media platforms

The rise of platforms and services like YouTube, Netflix, Spotify and Facebook has created a host of new challenges for regulators, government and industry. We help you stay informed on the latest developments, understand the context of different national and international reforms, and grasp their implications.

  • The EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive
  • Video sharing platforms
  • Pay TV platforms
  • Social media platforms
  • Music streaming websites
Public policy objectives

Get a global perspective on how public policy objectives are translated into regulation with our independent Media intelligence service. Understand the agenda, track and compare different national regimes, and anticipate change. Topics covered include:

  • Media pluralism
  • Fake news
  • Media literacy
  • Protecting minors
  • Must carry and findability
  • Public service broadcasting
  • Quotas
  • Impartiality
  • Subtitling, audio description, sign language
Funding the creative industries

A more diverse media landscape is driving new and more complex forms of funding and investment. We provide expert intelligence and insight on the regulatory opportunities, risk factors and barriers to growth for the content and communications industries and policy makers in the 21st century, covering topics such as:

  • Special taxes
  • Advertising, sponsorship, product placement
  • Copyright
Media distribution

Get access to structured information on rules on content acquisition and media distribution in different territories, as well as unbiased intelligence on the competition issues arising from premium content and exclusivity arrangements. Topics covered include:

  • Premium content
  • Sports rights
  • Media chronology

geographical coverage

Americas (Data sheet)
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We’re trusted across the globe for our wide-ranging expertise in media regulation. See our datasheets for more information on our services’ geographical coverage, including the full list of countries, organisations, and topics we report on.

latest intelligence

Audiovisual Media Service Directive: EU Parliament committee discusses own-initiative report on national implementation
04 October 22 Laura Sboarina

Two years after the deadline one country has not transposed the directive yet. The debate on the implementation of rules across the member states is likely to focus on the promotion of EU works.

Panama to complete phase I of the analogue switch-off  in January 2023
23 September 22 Jose Jehuda Garcia

Three of Panama's provinces will switch-off analogue television on 16 January 2023, therefore completing the first phase of Panama's analogue switch-off (ASO). With three more phases to follow, this is the effective take-off of the ASO in Panama. However, there is no final date for the ASO completion nationwide.

European Commission unveils proposed European Media Freedom Act
18 September 22 Michele Ledger

The proposed regulation is aimed to protect media pluralism and the independence of media services. It includes many new rules which will have an impact on public and commercial media services, online platforms, governments and media regulators.

EU Timeline
14 September 22 Javier Huerta Bravo

This edition of Cullen International’s EU Timeline highlights key regulatory developments foreseen at EU level until the end of 2022.

Majority of the political groups in the European Parliament seem to favour a total ban on targeting of political ads
08 September 22 Olha Hruba

The non-lead Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee of the European Parliament discussed the proposal regulation on political advertising on 5 September 2022. The S&D, the Greens, the Left and the ECR groups seem to favour a total ban on the targeting of political ads based on all personal data, while the EPP’s group position is close to the Commission proposal.

European Parliament non-lead committee inclined to limit proposed regulation on political advertising to online advertising
06 September 22 Olha Hruba

While the three largest political groups in the European Parliament would like to limit the scope of the proposal to online advertising, the Greens are opposing a complete exclusion of offline ads.

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