The media landscape is changing rapidly. New, vertically integrated global players are able to leverage vast resources and reap economies of scale, which are very difficult to replicate for European public service media (PSM). The financing of our Members has been an ongoing challenge in times of austerity. However, it is crucial that governments find ways to provide their broadcasters with the support they need to serve the public.

Competition law needs to take into account of the full impact of new global media players on the European media landscape, and allow PSM to innovate and develop new services and content.

Sufficient, stable and sustainable funding

Despite the challenging economic environment in recent years, public service media (PSM) must be able to provide the level of service that their audiences rightly expect and deserve. It is essential for PSM  to have sufficient funding to provide high-quality and relevant content to the broadest possible audience. Lack of stable and sustainable funding impacts the quality of programming and news in particular, leaving our Members vulnerable to commercial and political influence, and reducing their capacity to invest in new offerings, technologies and talented people.

Give public service media freedom to innovate

PSM are the source of outstanding innovation in both technology and content. Viewers want and deserve new choices which we endeavour to provide.

Competition law and state aid rules must allow European broadcasters to innovate and work together in order to compete fairly with non-European competitors in the provision of new media and over-the-top (OTT) services.

Support the European dual broadcasting system

The European dual broadcasting system - public service and commercial broadcasting - is the cornerstone of the European media landscape. It should continue to be supported. This system ensures that public and private broadcasters compete effectively to provide high quality media content to the European public. We are constantly innovating in order to offer a full range of media services across all platforms and address the consumer tendency to engage in a multiplatform environment. For example, audiences often watch PSM programming via our on-demand services.

08 Sep 2020
EBU response to the European Commission’s public consultation on the New Competition Tool
In this response to the European Commission’s public consultation, the EBU makes recommendations for what a New Competition Tool needs to contain to address structural competition problems involving online...
08 Sep 2020
The EU Digital Services Act: Recommendations from Public Service Media
A snapshot view of the EBU's recommendations to the European Commission for the Digital Services Act package. 
08 Sep 2020
EBU response to the European Commission public consultation on the Digital Services Act
As the EU prepares to make new rules on online platforms in its landmark Digital Services Act, the EBU has given detailed input to the European Commission’s consultation on how those rules should be shaped. ...
08 Sep 2020
The proposed New Competition Tool: Why do we need it and how should it work?
This document provides a snapshot of the EBU's response to the European Commission consultation on the New Competition Tool.  The full consultation response is here.
28 Apr 2020
EBU Position on reforming Competition Law to promote Fairness in Digital Media Markets
This position paper is about the ongoing process of reform of competition law. At a time when online platforms act as bottlenecks for how consumers can access products and services including PSM content,...
12 Feb 2020
EBU Reply to the European Commission’s Consultation on Horizontal Cooperation Agreements
The European Commission published a public consultation to assist in its evaluation of two Horizontal Block Exemption Regulations. The aim of the evaluation was to determine whether the Commission should...
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