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Manx Seat at Broadcasting Conference 26 May 2004

The Isle of Man will be represented in its own right for the first time at the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA), a forum for European broadcasting regulators, next week in Stockholm.

Anthony Hewitt, Director of the Communications Commission, is to attend the two-day gathering. The Swedish Broadcasting Commission and the Swedish Radio and TV Authority are hosting the meeting on 3 and 4 June 2004.

The EPRA currently has a membership from 38 countries across Europe, from the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland in the west to the National Council of TV and Radio Broadcasting of the Ukraine in the east, and from the Norwegian Mass Media Authority in the north to the Malta Broadcasting Authority in the south. It is not an EU body, although both the EU and the Council of Europe send observers.

Set up in 1995 in Malta, the EPRA provides a forum

  • for discussion and exchange of views between regulatory authorities in the broadcasting field
  • for exchange of information about common issues of national and European broadcasting regulation
  • for discussion of practical solutions to legal problems regarding interpretation and application of broadcasting regulation.

The EPRA is currently chaired by Michael O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland. The Isle of Man Communications Commission is taking over a seat at the EPRA vacated by the UK when the UK Office of Communications (Ofcom) subsumed 3 previous UK broadcasting regulatory bodies at the end of 2003.

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