The new Media benchmark reviews the extent to which public service broadcasters (PSBs) are allowed to launch new online services and if there are any specific limits to the launch of (text-based) news services in different EU member states.
This matter is to a large extent for member states to decide, except that EU state aid rules can come into play.
Our research shows a split situation between countries that have set up an ex ante screening procedure (called public value test) to evaluate if these new services can be part of the service remit, and those which do not have this public value test.
Among the countries that do have a public value test, the test is usually carried out by the media authorities, but in the Netherlands the test is done by the Ministry of Culture and in Germany by the PSBs themselves.
20 November 18
New benchmark on the “electronic communications exclusion” for voice-based services in the PSD2
Our new benchmark looks at guidelines on the threshold calculation method used to exclude electronic communications services providers from being subject to the EU Payment Services Directive (PSD2) in relation to voice-based services.
14 November 18
New benchmark on obligations/quotas to promote children's programmes in Europe
Our new benchmark shows if commercial broadcasters and public service broadcasters are subject to requirements on the promotion of programmes or channels aimed at children.
12 November 18
Our coverage of Central American and Caribbean countries is increasing with Cuba and Guatemala
Cullen International’s Americas Telecoms Country Profiles provide the key facts about the telecoms sector, including the main policy priorities, in 20 countries in the region - now also covering Cuba and Guatemala.