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
  • 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 ownership and pluralism
  • Fake news
  • Media literacy
  • Protecting minors
  • Must carry and findability
  • Public service broadcasting
  • Quotas
  • Fighting online piracy
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

Italy: recent developments in the media sector
03 March 24 Laura Sboarina

This report covers developments that have taken place since the end of December: the Digital Service Coordinator launched consultations on the certification of trusted flaggers and alternative dispute resolution bodies under the Digital Services Act; court suspends rules on the fair remuneration of publishers by platforms for using their works; Parliament debates amendments to the audiovisual code, including investments into EU works; and more.

EU Presidency holds conference on online influencers
03 March 24 Olha Hruba

Policymakers and industry discussed how to support online influencers and whether additional rules are needed to contribute to responsible influencing.

EU Digital & Media Weekly Report
03 March 24 Javier Huerta Bravo

This report gathers policy and regulatory developments at EU level covered by Cullen International’s Digital Economy and Media services during last week. It also lists events taking place this week.

Germany: recent developments in the media sector
01 March 24 Michele Ledger

This report covers developments that have taken place since the end of December: possible reform of the film funding system, including for non-national providers; ongoing discussions on the reform of public service broadcasting; the dispute on the carriage fee between ARD and cable operators finally settled.

Court of Justice of the EU fines Ireland for failure to fully transpose the Audiovisual Media Services Directive
01 March 24 Jerome Dheur

The court imposed a €2.5m fine and a daily penalty fine of €10,000 on Ireland until the directive is fully transposed.

Spain: recent developments in the media sector
29 February 24 Jerome Dheur

This report covers developments that have taken place since the end of December: government approves a draft bill on cinema and audiovisual culture; government adopts a decree to require influencers on video-sharing platforms to register; Spain adopts measures to protect minors online; ministry of culture publishes guide on good practices for AI use in cultural sector; and more.

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