Welcome to our new website
A word from our Executive Director
"The trend of transparency is back with arrogance, it is one of the most fascinating and mysterious concepts, just because transparency reveals what we don't have."
Transparency is certainly more than the leitmotif of the Observatory, it is actually its raison d'être as you may read in our statute here. Transparency is also what the audiovisual industry in Europe needs to conduct its business successfully. And contrary to the blog's credo, this new Observatory website will prove that we do have a lot on offer: information that we can and do happily share with you on this brand-new platform.
Our information is ordered like the structure of the Observatory. There is the legal information part and the industry guide which leads you through the various segments of the market. Those of you looking for country specific information are equally well served through our country guide pages combining legal and market information. Various databases and other electronic services are at your disposal as is a complete list of all Observatory publications and other material released by the Observatory.
In the spirit of transparency, we'd also like to reveal the Observatory team responsible for the collecting and processing of the information that you find here. The staff smiling at you in the photo are of course supported by our European-wide network of partners, correspondents and other information suppliers without which our work would be impossible. You will find information about us and them on this website.
Nevertheless and despite all our best efforts, this website will implicitly reveal what information we don't have, what remains "mysterious" going back to the quote. Obviously, transparency in the audiovisual sector like elsewhere depends on the availability of information. The two major obstacles here are the complexity of collecting data and the secretiveness of those who have the relevant information. The Observatory tries to mitigate both factors as much as possible to gradually fill in the gaps.
This new website goes hand in hand with our hope that for everyone transparency will not just be a temporary fashion fad but a lifestyle choice with a common goal of better information sharing in order to promote a viable and culturally rich audiovisual industry in Europe.
IRIS Themes - Freedom of Expression, the Media and Journalists: Case-law of the European Court of Human Rights
This e-book provides valuable insights into the European Court of Human Rights' case-law on freedom of expression and media and journalistic freedoms. It summarises over 200 judgments or decisions by the Court and provides hyperlinks to the full text of each of the summarised judgments or decisions (via HUDOC, the Court's online case-law database). More
The European Audiovisual Observatory has just published a new report on the TV news market in Europe (covering 38 countries). This report provides an overview of the types of channels both national and international, the balance between public and private, and the dominant languages of news channels in Europe. It sources mainly data from the Observatory's MAVISE database on TV and on-demand audiovisual services and companies in Europe . More