New Commissioner-designate for Education, Culture, Youth & Citizenship

Update: Live-Streaming of the Hearing (1st of October, 6pm Brussels time):
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/de/committees/video?event=20141001-1800-COMMITTEE-HEARING2014TN

CMFE’s Pieter de Wit wrote a letter to Ms. Helga Trüpel, member of the European Parliament, to express concerns regarding the new Commissioner-designate’s opinion on Community media and media pluralism:

Dear Ms Trüpel,
Next Wednesday, 1 October, the CULT Committee will hear Mr Tibor Navracsics, the Commissioner-designate for Education, Culture, Youth & Citizenship.

We know you as a member of the European Parliament with great concerns for media policy items as media pluralism, independence and concentration issues. So we hope you are prepared to share our concerns with the Commissioner-designate Mr Navracsics, who was also responsible for the Hungarian media policy in where media pluralism and media independence is
under threat and where community media have to stop their activities.

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Belfast’s Local Television Channel, NVTV, launches.

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Belfast’s local television channel, NVTV, begins broadcasting today, Monday September 29th, via Freeview channel 8 and Virgin Media Cable 159. NVTV, which has a twelve-year license, will broadcast local news, current affairs, documentaries, arts and culture, music, local history, business and sports.

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CMFE General Assembly 2014 – Save-the-date

Dear Members,

CMFE will be convening its 2014 ordinary General Assembly on Friday, 7th November 2014 at 2pm at Freiland Potsdam, Friedrich-Engels-Straße 22, 14473 Potsdam, in conjunction with the Congress of the German Free Radio Association BFR (Bundesverband Freier Radios).

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European Day of Languages

For some years now, the 26th of September is a day for celebrating languages. Community media is very important as a space of multilingual exchange and all over the world, community media enclose broadcasts and media products in a wide variety of languages. CMFE is also member of initiatives to foster multilingualism within the EU (i.e. poliglotti.eu).

Androulla VASSILIOU, Member of the European Commission for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, talks about Why languages matter: European and national perspectives on multilingualism

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Belgian CSA: Local radio weekend event

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The Belgian Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) on the occasion of the 100 anniversary of radio and with the support of the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, is organising a local radio event « Studio sur rue » (Studio on the street). On the weekend of 26, 27 and 28 September 2014, 20 independent local radio stations from Wallonia and Brussels will open their studios for the public or present themselves on the city’s streets.

There are 78 independent radio stations, better known as “local radios”, in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels. These radios, licensed by the CSA, are characterised by the fact that they focus on a specific territory and aim to be close to the local communities.

- See more at: http://studiosurrue.be/programme [in French, source Belgian CSA]

Report on the Future of UHF

On 1 September 2014 Pascal Lamy, chair of the UHF High Level Group, presented the report on the future of the UHF band to Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission, responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe. The report is about how to use the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) spectrum (the 700 Megahertz (MHz) band) most effectively in the coming decades. The UHF band represents “prime real estate” in terms of use, capacity and reach.
Christer Hederström and Pieter de Wit, board members, represented CMFE. On behalf of CMFE we stressed to address European citizens instead of consumers, taking into account the specific role community (and public) media play in providing platforms for democratic participation in open societies. The specific needs for digital terrestrial video frequencies for community media are mentioned in the Inventory Report and Community Media is recognized as relevant player next to other broadcasting and telecommunication (broadband) players.
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Time for community media in Central and Eastern Europe

CEJC_Spring2014While the community media sector may be reported as established and well developed in Western Europe, it has grown considerably more slowly in almost all countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The knowledge about the condition and possibilities for development of the sector in the region is also limited. Urszula Doliwa (CMFE Board Member, University of Warmia and Mazury, Poland) and Larisa Rankovic (Belgrade University, Serbia) in the article “Time for community media in Central and Eastern Europe” (Central European Journal of Communication Volume 7 No. 1 (12) Spring 2014) try to look at the problem of community media in Central and Eastern Europe in general and present the specific problems of the community media development in this region from the Eastern perspective.
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German Community Media Associations Join Forces

30 Jahre Bürgerfunk in Deutschland: Bundesverband Bürger- und Ausbildungsmedien (bvbam) und Bundesverband Offener Kanäle (BOK) vereinbaren Kooperation

New cooperation of German association of open channels (bok) and association of citizen and educational media (bvbam) announced. After 30 years of community / citizen radio in Germany, this cooperation will strengthen the role of community media as a platform for local media pluralism, space of media pedagogy and of professional qualification. A common newsletter is planned, to inform the public on new developments and events of the sector in Germany. The new cooperation was announced by chairmen Armin Ruda (BOK) and Dr. Wolfgang Ressmann (bvbam).

Further Information (in German): www.bok.de or www.bvbam.de

New Report on Future Platforms for Community Radio

FM, DAB/DAB+, DRM30, DRM+, DVB-T2 Lite, Broadband, 5G… What’s in for local radio in 2022?
The retention of FM radio is strongly defended and a transition to the DAB system should be avoided by Europe’s approximately 9.000 small-scale broadcasters. A complete stand-alone DAB+ structure cannot survive on a free market without significant public funding (taxes or TV license income) in most European countries. A new report – a green paper – has been presented to the Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE) looks into the future, questions the credibility of DAB system, highlights the preference of DRM+ as a digital choice and with DVB-T2 Lite as a possibility as well as the importance of online listening for future radio.

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Symposium about low-cost DAB/DRM+ transmitter

If digital radio transmitting could be done on a low cost level, this would been probably interesting for local and community radio. The University of Kaiserslautern in Germany recently developed a new portable digital radio transmitter for DAB and DRM+  in VHF band III, based on commercially available low-price components and open-source software. To present the set-up publicly, the State Media Authority of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, (LMK),  the University of Kaiserslautern and the University of Applied Science (FH) Kaiserslautern are organizing the symposium: “The Way to Digital Broadcast by DAB and DRM+ for Local Radio and Community Media” on thursday, 3rd July 2014. 

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