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22. 02. 2006

Television across Europe: Regulation, Policy and Independence

The pivotal role of television in supporting democracy in Europe is under threat. Public service broadcasters are compromising quality to compete with commercial channels, and many of them depend on Governments or political parties. Meanwhile, ever-larger concentrations are developing in the commercial sector, often with clear political affiliations. These developments jeopardize broadcasting pluralism and diversity, with the new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe most at risk.

These are the main findings of the monitoring report Television across Europe : regulation, policy and independence , released on 11 October 2005 in Brussels . The report covers 20 European countries - EU members, candidates and potential candidates - from the UK to Turkey , and from Romania to France . At 1662 pages, it is the largest ever comparative survey of its kind. The report analyses broadcasting across the continent and addresses policy recommendations to national and international authorities and groups.

The monitoring has been carried out in cooperation with the Media Program of the Open Society Institute and in collaboration with national expert reporters and partner organisations in each country.

EUMAP summary report (pdf)
EUMAP Serbia report (pdf)

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