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12/11/2015 : Press release - European Audiovisual Observatory launches its Yearbook Online Service!

Top 12 European audiovisual players take 62% of turnover on Europe’s markets

Twelve European companies feature in the 2014 ranking of the top 50 major world audiovisual groups. Five of these are Public Service Broadcasters (ARD, BBC, France Télévisions, RAI and ZDF). Even if top European companies do get a limited fraction of their revenues outside Europe, their cumulated turn-over already accounts for an increasing share of the European market, in the range of 62%, leaving the rest to US-based players and smaller European groups.

This intelligence has just been published in the European Audiovisual Observatory’s newly launched Yearbook Online Service - now available as a fully searchable digital service on line.

Data is searchable by topic, country or thematic tag. Market analysis is available in PDF form and the data sets as downloadable excel files.

Our information is supplied in three different sections:

  • Pan-European data sets
  • Country profiles
  • Key trends

40 European countries are covered by the Yearbook Online Service: all EU member countries plus Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Morocco, Norway, Russia, Switzerland, “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and Turkey.

Take a tour of this major new comparative intelligence source on the television, cinema, video and on demand markets here.

29/10/2015 : Press release - European Audiovisual Observatory launches its free AVMSDatabase

What’s the difference between advertising alcohol on the TV in Greece and Sweden? What do the different EU countries class as pornography on screen and when is their famous ‘watershed’? And how many minutes of free football coverage should we get in TV news?

The answers can be found in our AVMSDatabase (accessible free of charge here). This new database shows exactly how each EU country has transposed the various rules contained within the AVMS Directive (the principal legal text regulating audiovisual media services in Europe) into national legislation. The AVMSDatabase makes it possible, in a few clicks, to research:

  • How a certain article of the directive is implemented in a specific country

  • How countries A, B and C have implemented a specific article (comparative approach)

  • How certain articles of the directive have been implemented in countries A, B and C (multi layered research).

Take a tour now!

13/10/2015 : Press release - Question: What do Caroline of Monaco, Linford Christie and Gerhard Schröder have in common?

Answer: their names have all figured in important European case law concerning journalistic freedom of speech and the media.


All of these important media cases feature in IRIS Themes – Freedom of Expression, the Media and Journalists – downloadable free of charge here. This 400 page report by the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, offers an unparalleled overview of 240 different high profile court cases based on or around article 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights – guaranteeing freedom of speech and information. Links to the full transcription for each case are provided.

This publication has been authored by Dirk Voorhoof (Ghent and Copenhagen Universities) and edited by Tarlach McGonagle of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law (IViR).

In the times of whistleblowers, hate speech, data protection, good and bad “buzz”, this new publication provides vital background analysis of the European legislation which gives us a right to speak… or not…

21/09/2015 : Press release - Online activities of public service media: remit and financing - European Audiovisual Observatory publishes new IRIS Special report

ITV recently announced that they will fight UK government’s plans to modernise the licence fee to cover public service broadcast catch-up TV. This means that UK citizens will need to buy a TV licence to watch catch-up services provided by ITV, Channel 4 or Channel Five even if viewers do not consume BBC content. And of course the BBC itself is financed by this licence fee… The difficulty in deciding which online services receive public funding due to a public service remit is one of the major issues currently being tackled by EU governments. The European Audiovisual Observatory has just published a major new report giving invaluable background reading on the subject of Online activities of public service media: remit and financing.

This latest IRIS Special report has been prepared by the Saarbrücken-based Institute of European Media Law and brings together contributions from various authors.

A must-read analysis of the challenges currently facing PSM in their development of new on-line services

This latest Observatory publication can be purchased in our on-line shop here.

14/09/2015 : Press release - Territoriality and its Impact on the Financing of Audiovisual Works

- European Audiovisual Observatory publishes new IRIS Plus legal report

Free to download here

This new Observatory report  focuses on territoriality and its effects on financing the production and distribution of films and TV programmes in Europe. Undoubtedly one of the hottest legal topics at the moment, territoriality of copyright is creating a major media buzz in Europe as the EU’s disputed Digital Single Market initiative aims at freeing up barriers to the consumption of content. In the same report, the Observatory examines the territoriality issues surrounding the revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive. The current EU legal structure which allows international majors to set up where they wish, respecting the national legislation of the country of establishment due to the country of origin principle, while distributing content on a pan-European basis, is being challenged. Authored by Observatory Experts and Analysts, Maja Cappello, Francisco Cabrera-Blázquez, Sophie Valais and Christian Grece, this brand new report is clearly an essential “back to school” read…

17/06/2015 : Focus on Animation Report now free on line

The European Audiovisual Observatory presented the first results of the Mapping of the Animation Industry in Europe study, funded by Creative Europe, during the MIFA workshop held on 17 June 2015 and co-organised by the Observatory and the European Commission. The Focus on Animation report which results from the first phase of this research is now available free on line on the site of the European Commission HERE.

Link to press release HERE.

10/06/2015 : Press release - “Honey, I scared the kids…” The Protection of minors in a converged media environment

European Audiovisual Observatory releases first ever free IRIS plus report.

A recent EU Kids Online survey found that children from 9 to 16 spend an average of 88 minutes surfing the internet every day. But given that the web has distinctly dubious qualities as a babysitter – one may ask “just who’s taking care of the kids?” Even the new YouTube Kids application, well intentioned though it may be, has been recently found guilty of serious bloopers as content including swear words and references to drugs, violence and suicide was made available to children through this channel. High time, then, that the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, brought out a major new free report, The protection of minors in a converged environment, to look at the protection mechanisms in place across the various content delivery channels. Get this free report HERE.

An extensive annotated bibliography complete with links to all reference texts which are all free to download accompanies this publication. Download it here.


From now on all new IRIS plus publications will be available free on line !