"Neutral" EBU promises to support lobbying for DAB-system
WorldDMB – the organization promoting DAB radio – had its 2013 General Assembly in Amsterdam November 6th. On CMFE assignment Ruud Vader, media technology consultant, filed a report about issues of interest community radio. Of major interest was the session "Small scale solution for local broadcasters". Dissapointingly the DAB+ based solution do not solve the prime problem of how to run a local mux efficiently with only one or two programs, the remainder of the mux being empty. The challenge that is addressed is rather how to design and implement small-scale coverage areas for transmission of DAB+ muxes.
The Danish radio and tv authority is announcing 38 concessions for non-commercial local television in 8 regional DTT (digital terrestrial television) areas (Mux 1). The new amendments in the media law set stronger terms of local programme content and local NGO ownership.
Only registered associations can apply for concessions. There is detailed list of requirements as well as a list of advantage considerations - a "beauty contest". - This year the government has funded non-commercial local television with 3,9 million euro via the tv license fee .
Statement from management committee cites issues of sustainability related to changes in support from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The wind down of the station begins immediately, with cessation of broadcast scheduled for February 2014. Click the "read more" button for the full statement from DCTV.
Community Media was represented by the CMFE board members Ciaran Murray and Pieter de Wit at the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society, held in Belgrade on November 7-8, and at the Meeting of the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on November 6 2013.
Titled “FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND DEMOCRACY IN THE DIGITAL AGE, Opportunities, Rights and Responsibilities” the Conference addressed developments in the media field that are relevant to human rights and democracy.
OSCE says higher prison sentences for defamation may restrict media freedom in Hungary
BELGRADE, 6 November 2013 – Increased prison sentences for defamatory video or sound recordings are another potential threat to freedom of expression and freedom of the media in Hungary, Dunja Mijatović, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media said today.
“These amendments to the penal code can further restrict media freedom. The penalties for publishing defamatory recordings are disproportionate and may lead to the silencing of critical or differing views in society”, Mijatović said.
A strong stand in Brussels by pan-european community radio organisations against an FM switch-off. DRM+ is seen as the preferred digital alternative to DAB+
CMFE and Amarc Europe were invited to contribute to the meeting on 23 October 2013 in Brussels of the "Working Group on Communications Broadcast Issues (CBISS)", part of Communications Committee (COCOM) of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Communications Networks. This working group prepares the ground for consistent interpretation and “best practice” across Member States of the European Union, amongst others on Transmission of Audio Broadcast services. "Digital transmission of audio broadcast services has been introduced in several European countries or is still planned to be introduced. The CBISSwill assist exchange of good practice on implementation between Member States, and for identifying orientations for the future of terrestrial radio transmission given that receiver penetration has increased and new technologies have hit Member States’ markets." (see also http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/connect/)
CMFE is one of the main partner organisations for the european programme MEDIANE - Media in Europe for Diversity Inclusiveness. This autumn we implemented two thematic Encounters for 70 participants. One in San Sebastian, Spain with local support from Pausumedia and another Encounter in Groningen, the Netherlands with support from OOG Radio & TV. The roundtable discussions, workshops, speed dating sessions and other activities were focussed on how to include Diversity in the Media better. The participants build pairs of co-production with colleagues from other EU countries, to producing an inclusive media report together.
Brno ´13 Media Diversity for Democracy 4-6 October, 2013
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Community media activists, academics and policy makers from 26 European countries met in Brno at the CMFE Annual Conference to discuss the role of community radio and community television as agents for change in democracies. The state of community media in CEE countries was a central focus, together with recent developments in the community TV sector and special panels on participation in the media, gender equality policies and Community TV youth initiatives. Legislation and technological developments (including open source initiatives) formed another core of content.
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