European Audiovisual Observatory announces Strasbourg conference

written by: Richard Kastelein

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Just who is controlling sound and vision in the digital age? The challenges of media concentration in the 21st century, both from a market and legal point of view, are the focus of the European Audiovisual Observatory’s 20th anniversary celebratory conference to take place in Strasbourg this autumn. The conference, entitled

Towards Transparency 2.0 - Focus on Media Concentratio

will bring together key speakers in order to look at the level of media concentration in Europe in the various media markets as well as the challenges for European and national regulators. This access free conference will take place at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France on 7 November from 16:00 to 18:30. It will be followed by a drinks reception in the Council building. Invitation and registration information here.  Deadline for registration : Monday 22 October 2012

The conference will be opened by Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe. Bernard Miyet, former President of the SACEM (French Society for Authors, Composers and Editors of Music) will outline the major developments in the media industries over the past 20 years. A panel discussion, moderated by the Observatory’s Experts André Lange and Susanne Nikoltchev, will then look at the challenges of media concentration as well as analyzing possible solutions. Ben Keen of Screen Digest will focus on the development of the world digital market, illustrating the emergence of new digital platforms and the impact they have on concentration. Bernd Malzanini of the German Commission for Media Concentration (KEK) will present a specific national model for dealing with media concentration issues, before Roberto Mastroianni, professor of EU and Media Law from Naples University, takes the debate to a European level to look at EU regulation of media concentration. Andrei Richter of the OSCE’s Office of the Representative on Freedom of the Media will look at media concentration issues in the ‘greater Europe’ (outside the EU).

Wolfgang Closs, Executive Director of the Observatory said of this conference:

“Europe needs to know who’s controlling its networks. The European Audiovisual Observatory has been promoting transparency of information on the audiovisual industries for 20 years now. It’s logical that we celebrate our anniversary by looking at who controls what. We’re looking forward to some frank and open debate on the subject.”

This conference is free to access for all the Observatory’s interest groups.


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