During the autumn the new rules for audiovisual media services proposed in May by the EU Commission were debated in the Council and the European Parliament’s Culture Committee. The role of national regulators, advertising rules and the new “quotas” for European works in on-demand services seem to be tricky issues. This is reported in the latest issue of Nordicom's European Media Policy newsletter.
NordMedia 2017 conference is coming soon. Next summer media reseachers will meet again, this time in Finland. The School of Communication, Media and Theatre at the University of Tampere is honored to organize the next biannual NordMedia conference.
News consumption online is increasing. At the same time, print media revenues are falling, and media politicians at are trying to come up with solutions. Read more in the new issue of Nordicom’s Nordic newsletter.
In 2015, five media companies, all Nordic, reached a turnover of one billion euros on the Nordic markets. The largest by far is the Swedish Bonnier group, followed by Norway's Schibsted Media Group and the Swedish Stenbeck sphere (MTG/Viasat).
In a new proposal, the European Commission suggests identical rules for value-added tax (VAT) on print and digital papers and books. Norway abolished VAT on digital news in March this year, but what is the situation in the other Nordic countries? Nordicom has mapped the VAT rates for the media sectors in the five Nordic countries.
Next year, nationwide radio in Norway will go fully digital. The FM transmissions will be closed down county by county, starting in January 2017. Most local radio stations will be able to continue on the FM network until 2022.
Internet freedom around the world declined for the sixth consecutive year in 2016, according to a report by Freedom House. Iceland, the only Nordic country in the study, is rated as a global leader in free speech.
A new report reveals Danish citizens’ sources of knowledge and news. Among other things, it shows that TV remains the main provider of news, that nearly one in four Danes does not actively seek news, and that there is a relationship between higher news consumption and having discussed politics in one’s family while growing up.
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