Television without frontiers?: report with evidence, 3rd report of session 2006-07

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The Stationery Office, 2007 M02 5 - 219 pages
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The draft Audiovisual Media Services (AMS) Directive, published in December 2005, was met with some alarm. It sought to extend the existing 'Television without Frontiers' Directive to new services which were seen to be competing for audience and revenue. In doing so it would have introduced inappropriate regulation on the new media sector. There have now been some changes to the original draft and a tightening of the definition of "television like" services. Although an improvement, the Committee is concerned that there is still not enough legal certainty. They are also worried about the need to defend the 'Country of Origin' approach to single market legislation and reject the idea that regulators should act to preserve the market dominance of existing players from new entrants. They are also unconvinced of the need for any quantitative restriction on advertising.

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Written Evidence 42
Department for Culture Media and Sport
Supplementary Written Evidence
Oral Evidence 30 October 2006
Oral Evidence 6 November 2006
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