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

Release windows system: overview in 11 European countries
20 May 22 Jerome Dheur

New benchmark providing an overview of the rules on release windows.

EU Commission refers five EU member states to the EU’s court of justice for failure to transpose the Audiovisual Media Services Directive
20 May 22 Olha Hruba

The EU Commission referred the Czech Republic, Ireland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain to the Court of Justice of the EU for failing to provide information about the transposition of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive.

Copyright Directives: European Commission sends further warnings to member states that have not yet notified transposition
20 May 22 Olha Hruba

The Commission announced that it has sent reasoned opinions to member states that have so far failed to notify a complete transposition of two recent directives on copyright.

Media Europe Podcasts: What’s in the final agreement on the DSA?
19 May 22 Laura Sboarina

Listen to Cullen international's media experts discussing the final agreement on the Digital Services Act (DSA) which will be formally approved in the coming weeks.

US Congress seeks to limit excessive advertising audio volume on video streaming services
16 May 22 Jose Jehuda Garcia

A bill was introduced in the US Congress to forbid video streaming services from transmitting commercial advertisement audio at a volume louder than that of their video programming content.

EU Commission puts forward new proposed regulation to require online intermediaries to detect, report and remove online child sexual abuse
15 May 22 Virginie Alloo

The European Commission has published a new proposed regulation to prevent and combat child sexual abuse online. Under the proposal, all providers of hosting and interpersonal communication services (including private messaging services) would be required to assess and mitigate the risks of misuse of their services and, where needed, to detect, report and remove online child sexual abuse material (CSAM) and grooming cases. App stores would also have to take measures to protect children while Internet access providers could also be asked to disable access to CSAM.

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