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)
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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

New AVMS Directive transposition across 14 countries – Progress Report February 2021
25 February 21 Laura Sboarina

Since the last report, the French-speaking community of Belgium (Wallonia) has transposed the directive.

European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs committee debates proposed Digital Services Act with Commissioner Verstager
24 February 21 Jerome Dheur

Committee members mainly discussed targeted advertising and the measures that very large online platforms would have to take to mitigate the systemic risks coming from the use of their services.

EU proposed Digital Services Act: Lead committee in Parliament kick-starts what is set to become a heated debate
23 February 21 Laura Sboarina

Banning personalised advertising, requiring the disclosure of algorithms, limiting removals (following a user’s notice) to cases of most obvious illegal content, and verify the identity of users on social media. These are some of the proposals put forward by members of the European Parliament Internal Market committee (individually, not as a committee) during an exchange of views with European Commission Vice President Margrethe Vestager.

Mexican regulator outlines media sector priorities for 2021
15 February 21 Carlos Castellanos

The Mexican regulator (IFT) published its 2021 work plan which includes the completion of its second-round review of the asymmetric obligations imposed on Televisa, the main market player in the broadcasting sector.

Colombia announces a national alert system for missing children
04 February 21 Carlos Castellanos

The Colombian converged regulator (CRC) announces a national alert system for missing children. Mobile network operators (MNOs) will be required to fulfill a set of specific obligations after 12 months following the date on which the CRC informs them that the implementation steps have started. The CRC has not defined this date yet.

EU Commission provides further clarifications on proposed Digital Services Act
04 February 21 Laura Sboarina

It will be up to member states to decide which authority will become the Digital Service Coordinator but “it should be the one representing the views of all the authorities that are responsible in this field”. This is one of the clarifications provided by Irene Roche Laguna of the European Commission during a web conference organised by its Connect University on 28 January 2021.

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