State Aid - Media Rules
Repurposing rules for the digital age is, at best, a tedious, time consuming job. But necessity is the mother of regulation. The media sector is particularly susceptible to digital anxieties in the midst of competition unforeseen only a few years ago, or moments, as the case seems to be. Those designing new media rules are sensitive to this. Competitive advantage is always suspect, though not well understood.
State Aid - Media Rules – new
National authorities have at their disposal a variety of economic measures to stimulate, develop and improve competitive market sectors. Sometimes they miss the big picture or have special circumstances. Within the European Union an executive branch of the European Commission stands ready to clarify the rules of each and every game. State Aid rules are developing as the playing field gets bigger. 35 pages, PDF (September 2016)
The digital dividend continues to chill the journalistic air. Online services give too much or too little, attract too many people but far less revenue. Search engines and aggregators are the new street corner kiosks. Libraries store newspapers for hundreds of years or until the paper disintegrates. Nobody goes there in the smartphone age. They go online where nothing is lost or forgotten.
Copyrights - Media Rules
The future is digital, everyone likes to chant in asymmetrical rhythm. Nobody wants to skip a beat lest storms and tides sink the boat. While the technology-blessed surf the waves to greater and greater riches, legacy media operators fear being stranded, friendless and penniless, on islands no longer safe havens, tax or otherwise. Rules, however, are like life preservers, buoyancy confused for safety.
Court separates free online access from copyright infringement
Your password, please
Consumers held hostage in war of flashing pixels
the future is digital
The lasting effect of pointing fingers
“not a pretty picture”
ftm Radio Page
Radio in Belgium
Radio in France
Radio in Poland
Online radio and streaming
The air between traditional and new media is both rousing and scary. One is powered by legacy, the other by change. These are strong instincts, in their own right. Different languages are spoken, time measured by the clock or the deal. Asset value descends from the great void rather than shelf life.
Social Media Matures
The great robot un-friending
“Not today, and not in the future”
Robots, drones and algorithms make trending simple
Digital technology is unforgiving. Ones and zeros. Digital technology business is ruthless. The ones take all, no sharing. The zeros leave no trace, filtered out. Woe be onto those who expect a different outcome.
Media in Greece
Social Media Matures (...believe it or not...)
Hundreds of millions use social media, billions even. It has spawned revolutions, excited investors and confounded traditional media. With all that attention a business model remains unclear or it's simply so different many can't see it. What is clear is that there's no turning back. 114 pages, PDF (July 2016)
Media owners, big and otherwise, are being challenged to put-up or shut-up, sometimes literally. Austerity economics mixed with a side of populism has opened the door for every government to think of broadcasting as a revenue opportunity. Then, too, accountability is a bigger issue than ever.
Media in Ukraine
Activists remove barricades from TV channel building
news editor reportedly removed, too
Media in Turkey
TV interview goes sour, diplomatic incident ensues
hand over that chip
No let-up in media purges
- Turkey - Major Media - Publishers (August 2016)
print/online, ownership, management, circulation trend
- Turkey - Market Data (August 2016)
population, GDP, GNI, ad spending, internet and mobile users, social media, press freedom, corruption
Media in the Middle East and North Africa
Hopes rise for media independence in the most difficult neighborhood
“a public good”