Archive for the ‘Media regulation’ Category

Irish media literacy conference

Monday, September 17th, 2007

I recently got a mail calling for proposals for a symposium on "Media | Literacy | Education" to take place 3rd November in Dublin. Proposals are due by 28th September:We are specifically looking for people to contribute to A) parallel breakout sessions and B) general assembly presentations. The facilitated parallel breakout sessions ...

Funding for Irish TV productions

Friday, September 7th, 2007

It's always interesting to consider the difference in scale between the costs of radio and television programming. Today the BCI announced €8.7m in funding for television programming, spread across 54 projects (out of 121 applications). With over €150k on average being provided for each project, one of the figures released by ...

End of analogue TV in Netherlands

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

News from various sources about the ending of analogue television in the Netherlands, the first country in the world to make the move.

BCI conference on broadcasting coming up

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

The BCI have just announced a conference on Irish Broadcasting - themed around identity and relationships - for 7 and 8 November, in the Conrad Hotel in Dublin. There are some interesting speakers promised, but I'm somewhat disappointed by the fact that it seems completely composed of plenary sessions and ...

Broadcasting Bill response

Friday, October 6th, 2006

A new Broadcasting Bill is currently being considered in Ireland, and a number of issues bear comment: The Oireachtas committee dealing with the Bill mandated an internet-based consulatation. Unfortunately, I was travelling when I became aware of the process, and though I registered, I wasn't able to set aside time to ...

New media legislation for Ireland

Wednesday, July 5th, 2006

The Irish government has announced proposals for new legislation governing defamation and privacy. The old question of the difference between libel and slander will become moot as both torts will be abolished and replaced with an offence of defamation. A new Press Council will be established - to be appointed ...

iTrips to be legalized in Ireland

Monday, May 29th, 2006

Word from Comreg via Openspectrum and the Sunday Business Post is that a new European standard may soon legalize the use of iTrip-style devices in Ireland (and presumably elsewhere in Europe). Given that this new European standard will presumably be custom-crafted for micro-transmitters, I wonder how it will compare to ...

Comreg shuts church-run ‘public address’-style pirate radio stations

Monday, May 8th, 2006

Long time funferal readers may recall that last year, under the Scagaire moniker, I authored a submission to Comreg on spectrum management. So much, so wonky. However, one of the main issues I concentrated on in that document was Comreg's proposed response to the existance of pirate broadcast operations based ...

BCI consultation on programme standards

Friday, March 24th, 2006

The BCI has just launched the second stage of their consultation process on the proposed Code of Programme Standards. Responses should be sent to by 16 May. In the previous stage they asked which issues should be covered by the code; here they ask what specific guidelines should be ...

Policy change could spell woe for community radio in France

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

Liberation is reporting that community radio is in danger in France due to a plan to phase out the current funding support that the station receive. At present the stations are automatically entitled to financial support (which comes from a tax on the advertising receipts of commercial stations) as long ...