Media Concentration: How Much of a Threat to Pluralism and Independence ?

<CENTER>European Parliament

3 March 2005, 2pm


14.00 Welcome and introduction:


Member of the European Parliament

Vice-Chairman of Committee on Culture and Media

14.15 Focus on New Member States

Sandra B. Hrvatin

Peace Institute and Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

"Media Concentration and Citizens Rights in New EU Member States - Policy Failures, Consequences and Possible Solutions"


Beata Klimkiewicz:

Institute of Journalism and Social Communication, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

"Media Markets in New EU Member States: Trends and Cases of Regional, National and Transnational Media Concentration".


Followed by Discusssion

15.30 Ownership and Quality in the Media in Europe

Granville Williams

Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, UK

“Media Concentration in Europe and Public Service Values”


Michael Klehm

Deutscher Journalisten Verband, Germany

“Western standards, Western failures”


Followed by Discusssion

16.45 Conclusions - The way forward : what role can the EP and other EU institutions play on media ownership, quality journalism and public service values?

17.00 End of Meeting

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