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Agreement on "Television without frontiers"

The European Parliament and Council, meeting in conciliation committee, have reached agreement on the revision of the "Television without frontiers" Directive.

The Directive lays down rules for the internal market in broadcasting, in particular for cross-border broadcasting. ...
The European Parliament and Council, meeting in conciliation committee, have reached agreement on the revision of the "Television without frontiers" Directive.

The Directive lays down rules for the internal market in broadcasting, in particular for cross-border broadcasting. The agreement reached settles three major points:

- Member States are to recognize lists of major events, drawn up by each government, which cannot be transmitted in coded form only in that Member State. This applies in particular to major sporting events, which MEPs wanted to ensure that the general public would have access to without having to subscribe to particular channels, or on a "pay-per-view" basis;

- A definition of "small independent producers" is to be drawn up, based on criteria such as ownership and quantity of programmes supplied to one broadcaster;

- A study will be carried out, within one year of the adoption of the Directive, on the possible introduction of a violence filter, which would allow parents to automatically limit the programmes watched by children.

The agreement now has to be ratified by both Parliament and Council within six weeks. Following this, the Directive will enter into force, and will apply to broadcasters based in the EU.

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