Welcome to a new issue of our European Media Policy newsletter. Read about the new EU Commission’s tough approach to tech giants, vows to fight disinformation, planned regulations for digital services, and more in this Open Access newsletter.
This year’s Swedish media economics report, Medieutveckling — Medieekonomi 2019, is produced by Nordicom in collaboration with the Swedish Press and Broadcasting Authority. It shows that commercial radio and TV are performing well, while the daily press has been hit hard by new competition in the media market.
In Finland, the total value of the media market remained unchanged from 2017 to 2018. But for the media sectors, there were both ups and downs. While for example newspapers and magazines showed a weakened position, the TV industry grew, boosted by pay-TV and video-on-demand services.
The latest Freedom House report notes that global Internet freedom has continued its decline for nine consecutive years. Unregulated social media has been exploited for political and societal manipulation, and these tactics are being adopted around the globe. Iceland, however, maintains the integrity of their internet freedom with a top ranking of 95/100.
The Nordic Agency for Cultural Policy has launched a research anthology, providing new insights into the leisure culture among Nordic children and youth. Digital media, smart phones, and online gaming are among the trends highlighted in the report.
The use of traditional media is decreasing and the use of social media is levelling out. At the same time, the use of digital streaming services for video and sound is increasing. This is stated in the report The Swedes and the Internet 2019, presented by the Internet Foundation in Sweden on October 15.
In 2018, more Danes accessed a news site daily than read a printed daily newspaper. During the same year, half the newspaper titles in Denmark lost more than ten per cent of their readers. These are some of the trends shown in the Media Development in Denmark 2019 report.
Nordicom is now looking for a full-time assistant director. The assistant director will work with Nordicom's director and participate in the strategic and day-to-day management of Nordicom's operations.
The Nordics are high performers in digitisation in European and global comparisons. As for media use, there is a continuous shift to digital consumption, but age gaps are increasing. These are some of the themes covered in this newsletter, all with a focus on the Nordic countries.
Over the course of just a decade, all the Nordic countries now have – or are on their way to having – shifted to tax-based funding of public service media. Still, the models chosen are not totally alike. We have mapped the similarities and differences in the different countries.
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