In the Prime Minister’s ‘Mansion House speech’ of March 2018 on the future economic relationship between the UK and the European Union, the regulation of broadcasting was singled out as an area of special interest. Noting that ‘we cannot have exactly the same arrangements with the EU as we do now’, she called for creative options (including mutual recognition) to be explored, ‘recognising the enriching role that British broadcasters and programme makers play, not only in British - but more broadly in our common European - culture’. This is an important question, but one that does not have a straightforward answer. In this note, I summarise the current EU (and Council of Europe) dimension to the regulation of broadcasting, and the impact that the relevant instruments have had within the UK. I then review the various options available for the parties as they consider future arrangements.
|Publication status||Published - 20 Dec 2018|