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.

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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

Argentina postpones analogue TV switch off to August 2021
15 March 19 Carolina Limbatto

The Argentinian government postponed by two years the deadline for the analogue TV switch off, designated Enacom to lead the transition and the government Chief of Staff to approve the policy for digital audiovisual communications services.

European Parliament non-lead committee adopts amendments to proposal on the removal of terrorist content online
13 March 19 Jerome Dheur

The Culture and Education committee has not made outstanding changes to the Commission's proposal. It mainly requires that platforms remove illegal terrorist content (or disable access to it) "without undue delay" following the receipt of the removal order.

Members of European Parliament lead committee divided on proposal on removal of terrorist content online
12 March 19 Laura Sboarina

Members of the European Parliament lead Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) committee seem divided on very substantial points of the Commission’s proposal. They also disagree on whether the committee should speed up discussions to adopt a negotiating position during the current mandate or take more time to ensure a deeper assessment of the proposal.

European Parliament (non-lead) committee adopts opinion on removal of terrorist content online
05 March 19 Laura Sboarina

The committee requires certain platforms to take proportionate and specific measures to protect their services against terrorist content but these measures should not include automated content filters. When platforms receive a removal order they must expeditiously comply with it, but competent authorities cannot set deadlines which would be shorter than 8 hours. Longer deadlines must be set for micro-entreprises in some conditions.

European Commission holds meeting with stakeholders to prepare guidelines on the implementation of the new AVMS directive
01 March 19 Michele Ledger

The European Commission hosted a stakeholder meeting to prepare for a set of non-binding guidelines to help member states implement certain areas of the new Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive

Brazilian competition authority conditionally approves Disney/Fox merger
01 March 19 Andre Moura Gomes

The Brazilian competition authority CADE conditionally approved the acquisition by the Walt Disney Company of most assets owned by 21st Century Fox on 27 February 2019.

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