EPRA Work Programme for 2017 adopted

Further to a consultation phase, the EPRA Executive Board approved the final Work Programme at the end of January 2017 in Brussels.

This Annual Work Programme, which lays out EPRA’s priorities and anticipated work for 2017, was prepared by assembling member authorities’ suggestions collected further to a call for topics.

The two plenary meetings in 2017 will take place on 17-19 May in Edinburgh (hosted by Ofcom) and 11-13 October in Vienna (hosted by KommAustria/RTR).

One key EPRA goal is to provide members with tools to increase the understanding of wide-reaching contextual changes in broadcasting regulation and to offer an opportunity to highlight and debate the impacts in a non-combative, politically-neutral forum. This implies being future-oriented in the choice of topics on the EPRA agenda to explore innovative means of regulating and analysing the audiovisual sector.

Three additional considerations were taken into account when drafting this programme: the desire to add value for members and other stakeholders; the wish for complementarity with other audiovisual networks to achieve the best use of resources and the willingness to develop a collaborative approach with external organisations (e.g. industry, academia, sectoral interest groups) to gain additional insight and perspectives.

Against this background, the plenary sessions in 2017 will address News in the Digital Age (Plenary 1) and Promises & Challenges of Digital Disruption (Plenary 2).

The biannual working groups will illustrate the great variety in the missions of media regulators by focusing on” Media Literacy” and on “Licensing & Authorisation Procedures”.

The two ad-hoc groups will focus on: “The Future of Radio“ (spring 2017) and “The Relationship between Citizens & Regulators” (autumn 2017).

As recently stated in its Three-Year Strategy Statement 2017-2019, EPRA is keen to develop a collaborative approach with external organisations (e.g. industry, academia, sectoral interest groups) to gain additional insight and perspectives.

 

AMARC and CMFE will be working together to ensure that the community media sector can input into EPRA’s work programme.