Results of the public consultation on Audiovisual Media Services

The European Commission (DG Connect) recently published the results of their public consultation on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), which was launched last summer. The consultation's aim was to gather the views of interested parties on how to make Europe's audiovisual media landscape fit for purpose in the digital age.

A total of 434 replies were collected altogether, 62 of which came from individuals with the remaining 372 respondents replying as organisations. The evidence and views collated will inform the Commission about the effectiveness of the AVMSD and its revision in 2016, as announced in the EU Digital Single Market strategy.

Preliminary trends observed 

The Commission has drawn out three initial observations from the study:

  • Overall agreement regarding the need for possible changes to the rules on the scope of application of the AVMSD, as well as the independence of national regulators;
  • Support for maintaining the status quo regarding the country of origin principle, must-carry/findability, accessibility for persons with disabilities, listed events, short news reports and right of reply;
  • No clear consensus on commercial communications, protection of minors and promotion of European works.

Next steps

The Commission will carry out an in-depth analysis of the responses to the public consultation and a full report will be published online. The results will then feed into the evaluation of the AVMSD for the following year.