UNESCO: Community Media Sustainability: Strengthening Policies and Funding

logo_unescoUNESCO’s international seminar on community media sustainability provided a knowledge exchange platform to strengthen community media and pluralistic media institutions in September 2015 in Paris.This seminar brought together experts and participants from multi-stakeholder communities including broadcasting regulators, community radio networks, academia, and NGOs, as well as from intergovernmental, and international and UN organizations. Good practice case studies and concept papers were be showcased and debated through moderated panels. Continue reading

European Symposium on Media Policy

On 20th of November 2015, the first European Symposium on Media Policy took place at the Center for interdisciplinary Media Research at Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus, organized by Arne H. Krumsvik and his colleagues. Judith Purkarthofer attended on behalf of CMFE.

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Community Radio – Official Status in French Speaking Belgium

Via CSA of the French speaking Community of Belgium: On the occasion of the UNESCO seminar of 14-15 September in Paris on “Community Media Sustainability”,the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel, the media regulator of the French speaking Community of Belgium, has submitted a contribution outlining the main features of the official status of Community Radio under its jurisdiction.

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Swiss voters approve change in licence fee model

More funding available for digital transition and training in community radios
UNIKOM welcomes the strenghtening of smaller and local voices and media pluralism in Switzerland: Link (in German)

EPRA reports: On 14 June, Swiss citizens voted by referendum on the partial review of the Federal Radio and TV Act (RVTA), which was approved by a very narrow margin (Yes: 50.1%, No: 49.9 %).

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CMFE in Strasbourg: CDMSI

Board members Lyacout Haicheur and Nadia Bellardi are attending the 8th meeting of the Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg:

The Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) meets in Strasbourg between Tuesday 16 and Friday 19 June.
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Press release: Coexistence of DAB+ and DRM+ standard in Wallonia, Belgium?

CRAXX Logo + PackageThe “Coordination des Radios Associatives et d’Expression de la Communauté Française (CRAXX – http://www.craxx.be/cms/) and Association of Francophone Independent Radios (GRIF – , which collectively represent independent and community radio stations), advocate the coexistence of DAB+ and DRM+ standard, more modern and much better adapted to local broadcast coverage.

For more information: see their press message 21 May 2015 “Digital transition: DAB / DAB+ are not the mandatory cure! “ [in English] [en Francais]