EUROPE: MORE CHANNELS, LESS INDEPENDENCE
The Open Society Institute announces
the publication of a major new monitoring report on television in Europe. With an Overview chapter defining the main trends
across the region, as well as recommendations addressing policymakers, media and
activists, the report seeks to bring about change where it is
The report confirms that television,
which should be a pillar of democracy and open societies, is changing at
breakneck speed. Patterns of production, transmission, consumption, marketing,
financing and ownership - these are all in flux. On the content side,
Europe is witnessing the rapid rise of program
formats and the slow suffocation of public service
The report focuses on the latest
changes in nine countries: Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech
Republic, Italy, Lithuania, the Republic of Macedonia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. These countries also
featured in the OSI's original Television across Europe project (2005), which covered 20 countries. The new
reports are sequels.
* Public service broadcasters (PSBs)
suffer from mounting politicization and pressure, flawed funding models, and
* Broadcast regulators are also
increasingly politicised. Only a few have taken initiatives to let a more
diverse range of operators enter the market.
* Public service content has not
been boosted by incentives or obligations.
* Transparency of commercial media
ownership remains a major problem.
* Although debate on media policy
and reform has intensified, civil society is rarely consulted in a meaningful
* There has been no concerted effort
to promote media literacy. Where this happens at all, it is carried out mainly
The country reports and the regional
overview are available at www.mediapolicy.org . They are all
available in English while single country reports are also available in
translation. Printed copies are also available in limited numbers, and may be
ordered using the form available at www.eumap.org/puborder .
For further information, contact:
(Mark.Thompson@osf-eu.org) or Marius
Dragomir (Marius.Dragomir@osf-eu.org). To stay informed about
related reports and new content on the mediapolicy.org website, and to provide
your own feedback directly, please register on the website and subscribe to the
mailinglist: www.mediapolicy.org/join_form .
The report is a project of EUMAP, the EU Monitoring and Advocacy Program of the
Open Society Institute, and of the Media Program of the Open Society Foundation.
For further information on EUMAP see
for further information on the Media Program see www.soros.org/initiatives/media .