By David Levy
Europe's electronic Revolution assesses the influence of electronic broadcasting on regulatory practices in Europe. the present roles and obligations of country states and the ecu must reply to quick technological and industry advancements. Levy considers how those tasks usually are divided sooner or later, and that are the rising concerns and difficulties.
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In a famous 1971 decision the Court argued that: broadcasting has become one of the most powerful means of mass communications, which, because of its wide-reaching effect and possibilities as well as the danger of misuse for one-sided propagandizing, cannot be left to the free play of market forces. (quoted in Noam 1991:80) The Court has argued that intervention is necessary to ensure that broadcasting is independent both of state and private interests. The aim is to: ensure that an overall range of broadcast material is available in which the plurality of opinion which is the hallmark of free democracy can find expression….
Humphreys 1996:136) This closed political-administrative culture was reflected in the ownership structure of the French broadcasting industry which is dominated by a high degree of cross-ownership between relatively few firms, most of whom either have or have had close relations with highly placed political personalities, are former nationalised companies, are highly dependent on government contracts, or bring together a combination of these elements. Utilities like Compagnie Générale des Eaux (CGE) and Lyonnaise des Eaux and former state companies such as Havas dominate the shareholding structures.
Thompson 1997:7) Yet one should not confuse the arrival of new ways of enhancing the uses to which the TV screen can be put, or indeed of new ways of delivering TV services, with the death of TV itself. The mass access to the Internet that will become a possibility via a TV screen will increase pressures for the Internet and the World Wide Web to move beyond the ham radio phase and become more reliable and predictable environments, where ordinary consumers know what to expect, will be able to find what they want relatively speedily, and can assume a relatively high level of consumer protection and technical reliability: in short to become more like the TV experience.