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)
Europe (Data sheet)

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

Mexican regulator suspends Disney’s deadline to divest Fox Sports due to COVID-19
08 April 20 Carlos Castellanos

Following a suspension of three months, the new deadline for the divestiture is 3 August 2020. The measure does not affect the other conditions that the Federal Institute of Telecommunications imposed when it conditionally cleared Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of parts of 21st Century Fox in March 2019.

Parliament discusses artificial intelligence in the audiovisual sector
02 April 20 Olha Hruba

The European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee discussed for the first time a draft opinion on AI in education, cultural and the audiovisual sector. The draft opinion suggests introducing a ban on automated content filtering by platforms.

Prominence/discoverability of audiovisual media services of general interest: overview in 14 countries
31 March 20 Jerome Dheur

The research shows that only two countries out of the fourteen covered are discussing the adoption of rules on prominence, while the others have not introduced such rules in their national legislation, or have not yet taken a clear position.

Mexican senate’s commissions approve draft on quotas for domestic content over OTT audiovisual platforms
30 March 20 Carlos Castellanos

The obligation of over-the-top (OTT) audiovisual platforms, whether national or foreign, to include 30% of national content in their catalogues was approved by the Mexican Senate’s commissions of finance and public credit and legislative studies. The draft targets among others Netflix, Amazon Prime, Claro Video, Blim and HBO.

COVID-19: measures addressing providers of audiovisual and social media services in Europe
25 March 20 Laura Sboarina

COVID-19 has revealed the importance of providing citizens with access to scientifically authoritative medical information and accurate information on the spread of the epidemic and the health emergency measures taken by governments in the different EU countries. This report covers some of the measures taken by governments and regulators to ensure that citizens have access to essential/ specific content and to mitigate some of the negative effects of the pandemic on the media industry.

COVID-19: ICT policies and operator initiatives in the Americas
22 March 20 Carolina Limbatto

The outbreak of COVID-19 has triggered quarantine and isolation policies, increasing reliance on home-office and teleworking. As a result, the use of telecommunications networks is intensifying and, consequently, some governments are adopting policies to guarantee service provision for the population. Government also adopted initiatives on privacy issues and to prevent disinformation. This report covers telecommunications and ICT-related policies adopted in the Americas as a result of the current emergency situation, including initiatives taken by operators.

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