Creative industries urge EU to safeguard their spectrum allocation

Leading voices from the media, technology and arts sectors have called on EU decision-makers to develop a strategy for the future of spectrum that will sustain the vitality of Europe’s creative and cultural industries.

The call follows a meeting in the European Parliament involving senior representatives of organisation such as the Association of European Radios (AER); Broadcast Networks Europe (BNE); the European Broadcasting Union (EBU); the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and UNI MEI, which represents 170 national unions and guilds affiliating more than 375 000 creators, technicians and other workers in the media, entertainment and arts worldwide

They view Europe’s existing radio and audiovisual model as a major asset for the continent’s competitive position in the digital world and make clear that spectrum allocation is a key foundation for content production and distribution.

These senior representatives from the cultural and creative sectors reminded EU policy-makers that their sector is a leader in terms of GDP and jobs and urged them to build a digital strategy that reflects their importance. A key policy they advocate is guaranteed access to spectrum for services that sustain their industry.

Olivier Huart, chairman of Broadcast Networks Europe, said: “We are urging European policy makers to preserve and enhance the European audio-visual model. In this regard, the decisions on the allocation of frequencies between the audio-visual and telecommunications sectors are crucial as they impact the ability to create and deliver the contents, the plurality of the media and the economics of a sector which represents 14 million jobs and 860 billion euro turnover in Europe.”

The consensus among representatives is that the EU must tackle the future of spectrum with a robust industrial policy that enshrines Europe’s competitive creative and cultural sectors.

Johannes Studinger, head of UNI-MEI, said: “Regulation of radio frequencies can weaken or strengthen the balance of the ecosystem. Thus, it is not a technical issue, it is an industrial issue, it is a cultural issue. It is time for the EU to turn to an industrial strategy. We ask for a strategy that seeks to achieve a sustainable, diverse, fair and inclusive digital single market.”

This latest lobbying comes ahead of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) to be held in November.

DTG Staff  |  30.01.2015

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