Monday 20th May 2013, Florence,
EUI (Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana) from 2 to 5:30 p.m.
CMPF Academic Seminar:
Pluralism, competition and market definitions in converging media
A fair market competition that prevents the existence of dominant players has always been considered to be a fundamental condition to achieve media pluralism and media freedom. A less concentrated market is also related to a more pluralistic and democratic society. In this respect, a proper definition of the media markets becomes crucial. As all the traditional media formats - the press, the radio, and the television - have moved to the Internet, and the new Internet-native business arises, the boundaries between the different activities in the online environment become increasingly unclear. A particularly important question is to what extent media can substitute each other, considering both the supply and the demand side. All national media regulators are currently dealing with this challenging issues, leading the debate about the definition of the relevant markets and trying to build a new and up-to-date regulatory framework, in order to keep on safeguarding media pluralism and freedom, even in the converging media era.
This very important and current topic is discussed by representatives of three relevant National Regulatory Authorities:
- Marco Delmastro, Head of the Media Market analysis unit at Agcom (Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni)
- Miriam van der Burg, Strategy, Policy and Research at CVDM (Commissariaat voor de Media)
- Ingrid Kools, Market Analysis Advisor at VRM (Vlaamse Regulator voor de Media)