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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Diversity Inclusiveness in European Media – a Conference Report

IMG_4428“How to create an inclusive and diverse approach for your media content?” That was one of the leading questions at a european media meeting in Split in Croatia in the end of April 2014. 40 media maker, mainly journalists from various EU countries, attended the 3 day meeting, organized by CMFE, together with our member CenzuraPlus from Split and the CoE MEDIANE team. This meeting was a follow up from two former Encounter in San Sebastian and Groningen in September last year and was related to the joint CoE and EU programme “MEDIANE – Media in Europe for Diversity Inclusiveness”, with CMFE as one of the programme partner.
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Lobbying for the upcoming EU elections

CMFE asks for your support with our lobbying across the European Union and in particular in lobbying MEP candidates for the upcoming EU parliament election. We wrote a letter to outline CMFE postions and the importance of community Media across Europe. Please use your contacts, networks and members to contact your local candidates with the attached letter. This approach may yield favourable results when the new MEPs are elected and will help us when working to get the community media message on the various agendas. Feel free to translate the letter. Please let us know how you get on and send us on any replies you get.

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World Press Freedom Day, 3rd of May

top_banner_wpfd2014_en-300x50UNESCO and AMARC are calling for contributions to this special occasion: “Every year, May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.” (UNESCO)  Continue reading

CMFE Responds to the Public Consultation on the EU Copyright Rules

CMFE has responded to the ‘Public Consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules’ as published 5 December 2013. In her response CMFE calls for “Community Media (CM) around Europe face difficulties in acquiring licenses for on line services (e.g. on demand, archive, added programming, live streaming) because license holders refuse to differentiate tariffs between commercial, consumer directed services and non-commercial, citizens directed services. License holders don’t take into account that CM are meant to serve specific groups of citizens, mostly on a small scale base, often directed to a specific local area (e.g. city, region, municipality, neighbourhood).   Continue reading