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Title: Recommendation CM/Rec(2007)3 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the remit of public service media in the information society
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Publisher: Council of Europe
Files: Recommendation CMRec(2007)3.doc
Abstract: This recommendation, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 31 January 2007 at the 985th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies, follows up on i.a. the 7th European Ministerial Conference on Mass Media Policy in Kyiv in 2005, where an Action Plan was adopted that called for an examination of how the public service remit should be adapted to suit the new digital environment. The recommendation notes the increasing importance of new media and communication services and stresses that the role of public service media is all the more relevant in the information society. Especially in light of the difficulties commercial broadcasters find to maintain the public value of their programming and the effects of the growing horizontal and vertical concentration of privately-owned media, the recommendation stresses the role public service media play in promoting the democratic values, human rights and political pluralism. The document therefore recommends member states to "guarantee the fundamental role of the public service media in the new digital environment, setting a clear remit for public service media, and enabling them to [..] adapt to rapid changes in the current media and technological landscape"; include provisions in their legislation/regulations specific to the remit of public service media, covering in particular the new communication services; and provide "a secure and appropriate financing and organisational framework" for public service media. The recommendation includes a set of guiding principles concerning the public service remit in the information society, which outline the appropriate legal, technical, financial and organizational conditions required and define the remit of public service media in the information society. Their remit, it states, should include constituting a reference point for all members of the public, with universal access offered; a factor for social cohesion and integration of all individuals, groups and communities; a source of impartial and independent information and comment; and an active contributor to audiovisual creation and production that highlights the diversity of the European cultural heritage.
Publication/ adoption date: 2007-01-31
Language: English