Content (international work)

22 October 2019

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:

  • engaging with European institutions in developing and implementing European legislation that impact upon our duties and responsibilities as the UK regulator
  • contributing to non-legislative initiatives in support of our policy objectives
  • cultivating constructive relationships with regulators and other stakeholders from around the world, both bilaterally and through the networks we are part of
  • maintaining Ofcom’s strong reputation for evidence-based enforcement and policymaking, and contributing to best practice in media regulation around the world.

Our Networks

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.

European Platform of Regulatory Authorities

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.

European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Service (ERGA)

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.

EU Legislation

Implementation of the current Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive.

  • We provide technical advice to the UK Government (DCMS) and work closely with the European Commission and other national regulators to help ensure a consistent application of the EU regulatory framework.

A Review of the AVMS Directive accounting for changes in the media landscape was completed on 6 November 2018.

Other issues

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:

Brexit

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