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

EU Digital Services Act: Special focus on the tasks and powers of Digital Service Coordinators
01 August 22 Olha Hruba

This report provides a detailed overview of the tasks and powers of Digital Service Coordinators that must be designated by member states under the Digital Services Act.

Cullen International's cheat sheet on the Digital Services Act
18 July 22 Laura Sboarina

Cullen International's cheat sheet on the Digital Services Act

European Commission 2022 rule of law report: key findings and recommendations on media pluralism
15 July 22 Jerome Dheur

The report welcomes the efforts made by some member states on rule of law reforms but also highlights remaining concerns, such as the lack of independence of public service media, insufficient resources allocated to media regulators and the absence of transparency of media ownership.

Proposed regulation on political advertising: discussions in European Parliament
13 July 22 Michele Ledger

Overview of discussions in Parliament on the proposed regulation on political advertising

Video-sharing platforms: overview of market access requirements in 14 European countries
11 July 22 Jerome Dheur

A new benchmark has been published showing which European countries impose a notification or registration requirement on video-sharing platforms, and where applicable the procedure, the authority in charge and whether supervision fees must be paid.

Child sexual abuse online: European Commission discusses recent proposal with industry and civil society
07 July 22 Laura Sboarina

The main takeaways of the debate are that the proposed regulation addresses a complex area because the scanning of private communications to detect child sexual abuse material and grooming could impinge on fundamental rights. Details will have to be carefully worked out but doing nothing is not an option.

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