This course looks at EC audio-visual policy and how it has developed from being an aspect of free movement of services to an area of policy which highlights cultural diversity and protection of fundamental expression rights. It also focuses on particular aspects of audio-visual policy, many of which highlight the tension between economic objectives and social, cultural and political concerns. In doing so, the course will consider how audio-visual policy interrelates with other EC policies and affects Member States’ freedom in this area. This course looks at the broadcast media in context, that is, the rapidly changing digital environment, with some emphasis on practical examples of problems.
Although there is no pre-requisite for this course, students may find it helpful to have studied the free movement of services or issues relating to media or Internet regulation (whether at post-graduate or undergraduate level).