The evolution of the free-to-air broadcasting battle in Europe
Under European Union (‘EU’) law (Art. 14 of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive), Member States have the right to designate events said to be of such major importance for society that they must be broadcast on free-to-air television channels reaching a substantial proportion of the public. EU Member States have to notify the European Commission of their list of designated events and the Commission then verifies the compatibility of the Member State’s list with the relevant provisions of EU law.
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- Tags: Audiovisual Media Services Directive | Belgium | Broadcasting | Europe | FIFA | Football | UEFA | United Kingdom (UK)
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About the Author
Katrien Lefever holds a Phd in law from the KU Leuven, Belgium and now works as a company lawyer at the main commercial Flemish broadcast group VMMa. She is also affiliated researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre of Law and ICT (iMinds-ICRI) at the KU Leuven. She is the author of New Media and Sport: International Legal Aspects (Springer, 2012), and has published widely on media sports law.
Dr. Ben Van Rompuy is a senior researcher and consultant at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut, Asser International Sports Law Center (The Hague) and senior associate researcher at iMinds-SMIT (Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels).