EU Commission updates EU audiovisual rules and presents Communication on online platforms

EU Commission updates EU audiovisual rules and presents Communication on online platforms

The EU-Commission today proposed an update of EU audiovisual rules which contains the following changes and proposals: 

Platforms which organise and tag a large quantity of videos will have to protect minors from harmful content (such as pornography and violence) and protect all citizens from incitement to hatred

The Directive shall now ensure that regulatory authorities are truly independent from governments and industry

The Commission wants to oblige on-demand providers to ensure at least 20% share of European content in their catalogues. 

The revised Directive gives broadcasters more flexibility as to when ads can be shown – the overall limit of 20% of broadcasting time is maintained between 7 am and 11 pm, but instead of the current 12 minutes per hour, broadcasters can choose more freely when to show ads throughout the day. Broadcasters and on-demand providers will also have greater flexibility to use product placement and sponsorship, while keeping viewers informed. 

Furthermore the EU-Commission published today a Communication on online platforms.

Please click here for press release and proposals

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