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31 Jan 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, 0 Comments

Broadcasting regulations to govern online video?


As of now, German regulators stick to a rather arbitrary – though informal – definition of what qualifies an online service as broadcasting. This is somewhat absurd.

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29 Jan 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, 0 Comments

Risk management in media policy (5): Balancing stakeholders


Most of the currently existing rules still tend to probe in a relatively simplistic way into concentration of ownership or audience shares. Clear-sighted, media-minded politicians have consequently been calling for a fundamental reform.

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17 Jan 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, 0 Comments

Risk management in media policy (4): Dealing with complexity


How conclusive and straightforward is the connection between pluralism and its empirically observable descriptors? Which amount of uncertainty remains despite all efforts? Can circumstantial and contextual influences be factored into a comprehensive framework for evaluation?

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11 Jan 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, 0 Comments

Risk management in media policy (3): The challenges of diversity


While it is desirable to encourage the transfer of funds and knowledge into less developed media landscapes, there are strong concerns that entire cultures and political systems come under the influence of foreign shareholders with little or no interest at all in public value and local needs.

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07 Jan 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, 0 Comments

Risk management in media policy (2): The context of EU politics


Risk-based regulation might well turn out to be appropriate for the EU: consistently maintaining high standards (such as media pluralism), yet in such a way that innovative developments and competition are stimulated and the autonomy of the member states is retained.

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03 Jan 2008, Posted by Eric Karstens in Media Policy, 0 Comments

Risk management in media policy (1): The concept of risk


The European Union would like to come up with no less than a universal mechanism to make sure that the news media effectively support the public sphere while not being at odds with either commercial freedom or the diverse national media landscapes.

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