Date & time: Thursday, 5 February 2015, 10:00 – 17:30

Venue: CEPS Conference Room
1, Place du Congrès 1000
Brussels, Belgium

The LSE Media Policy Project, in collaboration with the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), is holding a conference on The Future of Audiovisual Media Services in Europe on 5 February 2015 at the CEPS premises in Brussels.

One of the important policy tasks confronting the new European Commissioners is the review of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). Previous rounds of policy discussions leading to the current version of the AVMSD were largely dominated by voices from the larger, longer-standing EU member states. Research and evidence from the media environments of the new member states and smaller countries is needed to expand discussions and give voice to their interests and concerns.

The conference will bring together scholars, policymakers, industry and activists on three key topics:

  • Content and Convergence: What are the consequences of convergence for content production? How can EU policy encourage content production and distribution? Does the country of origin principle still work in media service? In which ways is audiovisual content consumed currently? Is this changing, and if so, how?
  • Independence of Regulation: What are the challenges to the independence of regulators? What changes could or should be made to EU policy to ensure independence?
  • Media Plurality and Diversity: What is the state of plurality of ownership and diversity of views in the region? What could or should be done at the EU level to encourage media pluralism? How are diverse audiences using and relating to media?

Scholars from across Europe will present policy papers at the event, and there will be an opportunity to engage with high-level European Commission representatives, MEPs and other stakeholders. Policy papers will be published and disseminated to policy makers and stakeholders following the conference.

The event is free to attend. Please register via the CEPS website.