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 Advocate General says article 17 of Copyright Directive is compatible with freedom of expression
19 July 21 Olha Hruba

The Advocate General considers that article 17 includes sufficient safeguards to make it compatible with freedom of expression and should not be annulled.

The Dominican regulator consults on new rules for digital terrestrial television
16 July 21 Carolina Limbatto

Indotel is consulting on new rules for the transition to digital terrestrial television (DTT), including technical rules, obligations of digital stations and the transition roadmap to implement the analogue switch-off and release 700 MHz band for mobile services.

Digital Services Act proposal: European Parliament Industry committee discusses draft opinion
16 July 21 Jerome Dheur

The debate showed that negotiations between the different political parties are making progress, although some topics are contentious.

European Parliament committee discusses the future of media with journalists and the European Commission
15 July 21 Olha Hruba

The European Commission gave more details on its upcoming recommendations on the safety of journalists in September 2021 and on a possible EU Media Freedom Act.

Digital Services Act proposal: Comparison between draft reports/opinions of European Parliament committees (now includes Legal Affairs)
14 July 21 Laura Sboarina

Cullen International updated its comparison of the draft reports/opinions published by the rapporteurs in the lead and non-lead EP committees to include Geoffroy Didier’s draft opinion for the Legal Affairs committee. The most interesting amendments seek to extend the scope of the DSA to search engines, live-streaming (sharing) and messaging services while also adjusting the country of origin principle to explicitly give intervention powers on the authorities of the country of destination.

European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) makes proposals to improve the Digital Services Act
13 July 21 Jerome Dheur

The recommendations aim in particular to optimise the interplay between the DSA and the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and to strengthen ERGA's powers.

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