The media regulators from the SEE Digi.TV project consortium took part in the 37th EPRA meeting in Kraków, where they talked over the common issues of broadcasting regulation with other regulatory authorities from all across Europe and beyond. From 8 to 10 May, over 150 representatives of 49 regulatory authorities from 45 countries and territories as well as invited experts dedicated most attention to the impact of new media and the connected media environment on the regulation of protection of minors and public service media. Other topics included political communication in the media; local and community media; and the accessibility of audiovisual media services to persons with disabilities.
The lead article of the April issue of the DigiTAG’s newsletter presented the idea and results of the SEE Digi.TV project. The article stressed that such regional initiatives that allow regulators and other stakeholders in the digital switchover process to share their experiences and best practices can only be beneficial. Namely, while national administrations are responsible for the management of digital switchover, the outcome impacts neighbouring countries. The availability of frequencies, and their potential re-assignment for non-broadcast services, can provide opportunities for a full region. According to the author Natalie Mouyal the regional coordination is not only useful in terms of economies of scale but could be a first step towards wider integration.
The third and last SEE Digi.TV international conference was held on 17-18 April 2013, in Budapest, Hungary. The conference brought together more than 110 participants, representing media and electronic communication regulatory authorities, industry, international organisations, academia and civil society. The event was organised by IVSZ, the ICT Association of Hungary, in cooperation with the SEE Digi.TV project partners.