Our international strategy for content policy aims at ensuring that the interests of UK citizens and consumers are represented in discussions about content regulation at the international level. We achieve this by:
We are active members of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) and have been participating in the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services since its creation in 2014.
EPRA is a regional network of audiovisual media regulators established to facilitate the exchange of information and best practices between members. EPRA’s members include 47 authorities from all member states of the Council of Europe. We play an active role in EPRA’s programme of work and hosted the network’s plenary session in Edinburgh in 2017.
EPRA produces regular reports and updates on European media policy developments, including comparative studies of regulatory practice among its members. These can be accessed at www.epra.org or you can contact the International team if you are looking for a specific resource.
ERGA is an advisory body to the European Commission comprised of the audio-visual regulator responsible for the AVMS Directive, in every Member State of the European Union. It was established primarily to assist in the implementation of the AVMS Directive and to provide expert advice to the Commission on content regulatory issues. We contribute to ERGA working groups on a range of important issues including media plurality and the protection of minors in a converged media environment.
Implementation of the current Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive.
A Review of the AVMS Directive accounting for changes in the media landscape was completed on 6 November 2018.
In addition on non-legislative initiatives on issues such as online protection of minors and content regulation, media literacy, media pluralism, competition, independent media regulation, media freedom and elections oversight:
The International team has been working to understand the implications of the UK’s planned exit from the EU on our stakeholders, including through discussions with our European counterparts. In addition, while we cannot comment on UK government policy, Ofcom’s Broadcast Licensing team has produced some FAQs (PDF, 211.0 KB)that might be helpful to broadcasters and video on demand providers who currently provide services to the EU.
Any additional questions should be directed to BrexitBroadcastingEnquiries@ofcom.org.uk