Comecon Media is preparing to move to a new platform

Comecon Media is preparing the relaunch of its company website. We shall soon move to a new web platform that provides more possibilities for presentation and interaction. The new platform shall also reflect the shift Comecon Media has been going through, in the past two years. While we are still advising other media companies in the process of M&A, post-merger integration, portfolio development, our profile has diversified to growing fields, such as direct Internet operations, digitisation of business processes, a little bit of programming, and modern information-based management technologies. As we have almost 100 web visitors per month, we hope to keep you visiting our portal. Maybe, we are soon going to find some common grounds for cooperations. Stay tuned to get our updates. Best regards Joachim O. Weidemann

Recovery and future transformation of Europe’s media and audio-visual sectors - EP Committee on Culture and Education

Source:  Recovery and future transformation of Europe’s media and audio-visual sectors - Committee on Culture and Education During its committee meeting on the 27 May, the CULT Committee held an exchange of views on an own-initiative report (INI) recommending ways towards recovery and deep transformation of the media and audio-visual sectors in Europe. During the exchange of views following the presentation of the draft report, questions were put forward to experts who prepared an accompanying research commissioned by Policy Department B at the European Parliament. In December 2020, the Commission launched its Action Plan to support the recovery and transformation of the media and audio-visual sectors-particularly hardly hit by the coronavirus crisis. The CULT Committee has decided to draw up an INI report to give its political priorities to the executive ahead of the implementation of the Action Plan. In her draft report, Ms Melbārde (ECR) proposes an analysis of the underpinning caus

Directive on television and radio programmes - EU Commission Q&A

Source: Brussels, 4 June 2021 What were the challenges for online transmission and retransmission of television and radio programmes that the new Directive on television and radio programmes is addressing? Broadcasters  are increasingly offering their broadcasts online (for instance through their simulcasting or catch-up services). However, such online programming often remained unavailable in other Member States, even if there was interest abroad to access it. The ‘clearance of rights' for such uses can be particularly burdensome: a broadcaster needed to obtain authorisations from various rightholders, for different categories of works and other protected content, and separately for every Member State, where the programme would be available online. Retransmission services  aggregate TV and radio channels into packages. These are increasingly provided using technologies other than cable (for example IPTV), but the

Questions and Answers on the new EU copyright rules - EU Commission

Source: Brussels, 4 June 2021 What is the new Copyright Directive about? Digital technologies have transformed the way creative content is produced, distributed and accessed. The  Copyright Directive  is a new piece of EU legislation that brings the copyright rules up to date with those changes and with the online world. It aims to create a comprehensive framework, which will benefit a wide range of players acting in the digital environment: internet users, artists, journalists and the press, film and music producers, online services, libraries, researchers, museums and universities, among many others. To achieve this goal, the Copyright Directive focuses on three main objectives: Wider opportunities to use copyrighted material for education, research and preservation of cultural heritage: the exceptions allowing these uses have been modernised and adapted to the technological changes, to allow uses online and across borders.

Two media consortia to receive EU support to enrich data-driven news around EU affairs

Source: EU Commission 4 March 2021 Following an open Call for Proposals in 2020, two media consortia will receive support to enrich coverage around EU affairs from multiple perspectives. Concretely the support is given for the production and dissemination of information and content, while respecting complete editorial independence. Two consortia (the European Data News Hub and the European Data Journalism Network) will expand existing projects with new partners. European Data News Hub News agencies Agence France-Presse (AFP), Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA), Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA) and Romanian press agency AGERPRES have joined forces again in the European Data News Hub , which now also includes ANP (Netherlands) and Swedish news agency TT. The project aims to increase the use of data in coverage of European affairs through infographics, video, audio, podcasts and text stories in nine languages (English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Hungarian, Dutch and S

The EU Commission launches call for tenders to map rules and approaches in support of media plurality and cultural diversity

Source: EU Commission The European Commission has launched a call for tender s to map existing rules and approaches in support of media plurality and cultural diversity, notably related to the prominence of general interest content.  The study will provide the Commission, Member States and national regulators with a comprehensive analysis that could support common approaches on the prominence of general interest content, as announced in December in the Media and Audiovisual Action Plan and the European Democracy Action Plan .  The study will also provide a detailed overview of the distribution of advertising revenues related to media content, both online and offline, between the various actors of the value chain. It will propose possible methodologies for assessing and measuring media plurality and suggest measures to address shortcomings.  This initiative is part of wider efforts to support media freedom and pluralism across the EU. It builds on the findings of the Media Pluralism M

EU Commission publishes additional State aid guiding template on support to digitalisation of news media

Source: EU Commission  The European Commission has today published an additional State aid guiding template to assist Member States in the design of their national recovery and resilience plans in line with EU State aid rules, with respect to support to the digitalisation of news media.  This follows the publication of eleven State aid guiding templates in December 2020 . Under the Recovery and Resilience Facility , each national Recovery and Resilience plan will have to earmark a minimum level of 20% of expenditure to support the digital transition. Supporting the digital transformation of news media is essential in order to develop the viability of the sector and support the long-term development of online media and electronic publishing.  The Commission's Annual Sustainable Growth Strategy 2021 underlines that particular attention should be paid to supporting sectors which play a key role for our democracies, especially the media sector, where support should be provided in a w

EU Commission launches consultation on the transparency of political advertising

Have your say Published initiatives Transparency of political advertising Public consultation About this consultationFeedback period22 January 2021 - 02 April 2021 (midnight Brussels time)TopicJustice and fundamental rightsTarget audienceThis open public consultation covers an essential part of our democratic process which raises important questions for citizens, political actors and the businesses which offer services in this area. The Commission is inviting all interested stakeholders, including the general public, academics, digital companies and other businesses, associations, civil society, media organisations, public authorities and political parties, to contribute to this consultation. Why we are consultingThe European Democracy Action Plan announced a legislative proposal on the transparency of sponsored political content as well as support measures and guidance for Member States and other actors, such as national political parties and competent authorities.  This initiative a

Press publishers voice concerns about platform and selection criteria of the European Democracy, Audiovisual and Media Action Plans

ENPA, the European Newspaper Publishers’ Association, and EMMA, the European Magazine Media Association, representing tens of thousands of press publications across Europe welcome that the Commission is looking into the challenges of media and journalism in Europe, especially as the sector has been severely hit by the COVID-19 crisis. The European Democracy Action Plan and the Audiovisual and Media Action plan released today propose legislative and non-legislative measures that apply among others to the press sector. Regarding the European Democracy Action Plan, EMMA-ENPA do not believe that an extension of the Commission's existing code of practice on disinformation is the way forward. Overall, press publishers are concerned that the EU, Member States, gatekeeper platforms or third parties such as fact-checking organisations like the Journalism Trust Initiative would decide which publications are trustworthy and promoted on gatekeeper platforms and which ones pushed to irrelevance

Broadcasters call for Media & Democracy Action Plans to ensure investment in content, media pluralism & trustworthy news

BRUSSELS, 3 DECEMBER 2020. Commercial Broadcasters welcome the opportunity to engage with the Commission’s European Democracy Action Plan (EDAP) and Europe’s Media in the Digital Decade Action Plan (EMDDAP). Both proposals have at their heart the desire to sustain and grow Europe’s media ecosystem, an objective shared by broadcasters and the European creative economy as a whole. Legal certainty on the business drivers and a commitment to a level playing field should be the priority for any recovery strategy. As commercial broadcasters, our core business is to serve customers across Europe and the world. Our members have actively developed in the past decades hundreds of linear, non-linear, OTT, VOD and catch up services in and across Europe. We are proud to be one of the key sectors to drive investments in digital transformation; financing this drive on our own revenues while facing severe and unprecedented anti-competitive conducts in the online environment. As fully regulated busines