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1 The revision of theTelevision without frontiers directive : Broad overview Etienne Wery Partner at Ulys Law Firm (Brussels-Paris)

2 I.Introduction : modernisation of the directive II.Calendar III.Content of the updated directive (in view of the 1st reading of the E.P and the amended proposal of the Commission) IV.Conclusion

3 I. Introduction : modernisation of the TVSF directive Dubble aims - Modernisation taking into account the technological progress including the digital « convergence » - Will to « beter regulate »

4 Core issues - Extension of the scope of the TVWF Directive to the non linear services - Simplifications of the advertising rules (+ new forms of directive are taken into account) - Improvement of the country of origin principle - Promotion of the independent and european production - Extension of the means of access to the « short extracts

5 II. Calendar 13 December 2005 : Proposal of the Commission 13 November 2006 : General approach of the Council 13 december 2006 : Parliament : adoption of the 1st reading of the Hieronymi report 12 february 2007 : Informal council prepared the ground for adoption of a common position on the directive on 24 May March 2007 : Commission : adoption of an amended proposal

6 II. Content of the updated directive A.Extension of the scope of the directive to all the audiovisual services (both linear and non-linear) B.New advertising rules C.Promotion of the cultural diversity in the audiovisual media

7 A. Extension of the scope of the tvsf directive 1. Introduction Broad consensus about the extension of the scope of the directive to ALL audiovisual media services Amended proposal (recital 5) : « It is necessary (…) to apply to all audiovisual media services, both linear and non linear, a basic tier of coordinated rules »

8 2. Scope of the audiovisual media services directive a. What covers the notion of « audiovisual Media Services » ? a.1. Covers the use of mass media to inform, entertain and educate Excludes any form of private correspondence examples : s Excludes services that contain some audiovisual content if this content is ancillary to, and is not the principal purpose of the service examples : travel agency showing a clip of a holiday resort on its website

9 a.2. Covers TV-like services Excludes : electronic versions of newspapers or magazines, web sites without audiovisual media content, mere audio transmissions or radio a.3. Covers linear and non linear services

10 Non linear services (= on demand services) : « any audiovisual media service where the user decides upon the moment in time when a specific programme is transmitted on the basis of a choice of content selected by the media service provider » Criteria : the choice and the control that the user can exercise The distinction depends on who decides when a specific programme is transmitted and whether schedules exist b. Distinction between linear and non linear services

11 Other services of electronic communications Services that contain audiovisaul content if this content is not the principal purpose of the service Private correspondence Radio Electronic versions of newspapers or magazines Electronic communications Linear services: televisual broadcasting Non linear services : On demand services Audiovisual media services Pay per view Classical television SVOD Video on demand Scope of the new audiovisual media services directive Exclusion of the scope

12 3. Basic tier of rules for linear and non linear services a. Concerns : - extension of the « country of origin » principle - protection of minors - prohibition of incitement to hatred - identification of the media service provider - identification of commercial communication - prohibition of surreptitious advertising - clear rules on product placement and sponsoring - qualitative restrictions on advertising

13 b. For other issues : application of the eCommerce Directive to non linear services Distinction between : - audiovisual media services - information society services Definition of information society services : any service normally provided for remuneration, at a distance, by means of electronic equipment for the processing (including digital compression) and storage of data, and at the individual request of a recipient of a service So : exclusion of the televisual broadcasting services (Mediakable Case law)

14 c. Content of the minimum common principles c.1. Extension of the « country of origin » principle This principle states that, where an action or service is performed in one country but received in another, the applicable law is the law of the country where the action or service is performed In the TVSF directive : the country of origin principle is only applicable to the linear services The AVMS directive extents the principle to ALL the services, both linear and non linear

15 c.2. Minors protection Appropriate measures to ensure that the audiovisual media services are not made available in such a way that might seriously impair the physical, mental or moral development of minors c.3. Prohibition of incitement to hatred Appropriate measures to ensure that AMS and audiovisual commercial communications do not contain any incitement to hatred based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation

16 d. Adjustement of the rules applicable to the linear services d.1. Reinforcement of the rules to fight against abusive relocations Principle : A member state may in order to prevent abuse or fraudulent conduct, adopt appropriate measures against a media service provider established in another member state that directs all or most of its activity to the territory of the first member state

17 Conditions -The receiving member state asks the member state in which the media service provider is established to take measures -The latter member state does not take such measures -The first member state notifies the Commission and the member state in which the media service provider is established of its intention to take such measures -The Commission decides that the measures are compatible with Community law

18 d.2. Precision of the rules on the determination of the Member state competent for the extra community channels A media service provider shall be deemed to be under the jurisdiction of a Member State in the following cases: - they use a satellite up-link situated in that Member State - although they do not use a satellite up link situated in a Member state, they use a satellite capacity appartaining to that Member State

19 B. New advertising rules 1. Introduction Simplification and liberalization of the rules on inserting advertising in TV programmes and on new advertising techniques Aim ? Stimulate competition Widen consumer choice Promote economic growth

20 2. Qualitative Rules in force Framework of advertising’s broadcasting : - Television advertising has to be readily recognizable as such - Isolated advertising “exceptionally” authorized - Banning of subliminal techniques. - Banning of surreptitious advertising Banning of advertising for : - tobacco - medicinal products and medical treatment Advertising on alcohol authorized in specific conditions Rules concerning the protection of children under 18

21 Minors protection : specific rules in force Advertising must not cause moral or physical detriment to minors; Advertising may not directly exhort minors to buy a product or service by exploiting their inexperience or credulty; Advertising may not directly encourage minors to persuade their parents or others to purchase the goods or services being advertised; Advertising may not exploit the special trust minors place in parents, teachers or other persons; Advertising may not unreasonably show minors in dangerous situations

22 3.Qualitative rules : latest discussions Broad consensus : no additional bans on alcohol, food, etc… BUT suggestion by the Parliament (Amendments 114 and 225) accepted in the amended proposal : adoption of a « code of conduct » by the service providers regarding children’s programming containing or being interrupted by advertising, sponsorship or any marketing of unhealthy and inappropriate foods and drinks such as those high in fat, sugar and salt of alcoholic beverages

23 4. Quantitative rules : latest discussions a.Insertions of advertising and interruptions of programmes a.1. Daily limitation of advertising : advertising + teleshopping : 20% advertising alone : 15% measure supressed in the amended proposal a.2.Limitation per hour of advertising advertising + teleshopping : 20% measure kept as itself in the amended proposal

24 a.3. General rules on advertising interruptions - Advertising may be inserted during programmes in such a way that the integrity and value of the programme and the right of the rights holders are not prejudiced - Modified in the amended proposal : Member states shall ensure that the intergity of the programmes and the rights of the right holders are not prejudiced

25 In programmes consisting of autonomous parts, or in sports programmes and similarly structured events and performances comprising intervals, advertisements shall only be inserted between the parts or in intervals suppressed in the amended proposal At least 20 minutes between 2 interruptions suppressed in the amended proposal General rules on advertising interruptions

26 -Rules in force : rules for films and features films : Once interruption each 45 minutes during the first 90 minutes A 3d interruption is allowed if the programme lasts more than 110 minutes rules for children’s programmes, news and current affairs programmes, documentaries No interruption if the programme lasts 30 minutes At least 20 minutes between 2 interruptions if the programme lasts more than 30 minutes a.4. Specific rules on advertising interruptions

27 -Modifications proposed No more distinctions between the different programmes : common rules for all programmes Proposal of the Commission : interruptions allowed once for each 35 minutes Amended proposal : Once for each scheduled period of at least 30 minutes

28 b. Product placements Definition : any form of audiovisual commercial communication consisting in the inclusion of or reference to a product, a service or a trade mark thereof so that it is featured within audiovisual media services, normally in return for payment or for similar consideration Proposal of the Commission : banning of product placement and sponsoring for news, current affairs programmes, children’s programmes, documentaries and programmes of advice; reinforcement of the rules on public’s information and on identification of the programme

29 Parliament amendment 227 (accepted but reworded in the amended proposal : - new article for product placements (different from sponsoring) - admissibility of the product placements in cinematographic works, films and series made for television and sports broadcasts - insertion of an obligation to inform the viewer every 20 minutes during the programme

30 C. Promotion of the cultural diversity in the audiovisual media 1. Linear services a. Rules in force (not changed in the proposal) Member states shall ensure that : - broadcasters reserve for European works a majority proportion of their transmission time (article 4 TVSF directive) - broadcasters reserve at least 10% of their transmission time and at least 10% of their programming budget for European works created by producers who are independent of broadcasters (article 5 of the TVSF directive)

31 2. Non linear services Proposal of the Commission : « Member states shall ensure that media service providers (…) promote, where practicable and appropriate means, production of and access to European works (…)» (article 3 f of the AVMS directive) So the directive does not preview any concrete measure for the european production and its promotion : article 3 f is exclusively an incitement

32 Parliament : amendment 108 : addition of measure concerning the promotion of European works for non linear services Amended proposal : rewording of the amendment 108: addition of the following words: « Such promotion could relate, inter alia, to the financial contribution made by such services to the production and rights acquisition of European works or to the share and/or prominence of European works in the catalogues of programmes proposed by the directive »

33 IV. Conclusion

34 & c OMMENTS Q UESTIONS Etienne Wery Partner at Ulys law firm


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