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Third Public Meeting Held

Skopje, 28 September 2017 – Yesterday, the Agency held its Third Public Meeting in 2017. Agency Director Zoran Trajchevski presented the activities the Agency had carried out in the past quarter, such as supervisions over the broadcasters, the operators of public electronic communication networks and the print media publishers; the measures it had imposed; the analyses prepared; activities in the field of international cooperation, and the activities related to monitoring media coverage of the local elections. Also presented at the meeting was the Agency’s new website, upgraded with additional features. These new features will significantly facilitate access to information for persons with total or partial vision impairments and colour blindness. The new software used makes it possible for persons with total loss of vision to hear the entire contents of the website by pressing certain buttons on the keyboard – and this, in the Macedonian, English and Albanian languages. At the same time, persons with partial vision loss have an option to zoom in the contents, while the colour-blind users can use the option with black-and-white contrast and colours that they can see.

Those present at the meeting also had an opportunity to hear the results of the Analysis of the Market of Audio and Audiovisual Media Services in 2016, prepared by the Agency, which presented data about the number of broadcasters and their economic operations in 2016, as well as data about the television stations’ viewership and radios’ listenership.
In the context of the 2017 Local Elections, the media representatives were reminded again about the rules for media coverage of the forthcoming elections that apply during election campaigns and election silence – the obligation to report in a fair, balanced and unbiased manner; the rules to publish public opinion poll results related to the participants in the electoral process; the rules for paid political advertising, etc. It was also pointed out to them that they should be particularly vigilant when it comes to observing the professional principles with regard to the use of “hate speech”, i.e. that they should not be the source of “hate speech”.




Agency Imposes Warning Measure against KANAL VIS TV

Skopje, 25.05.2017 – In the course of an ad hoc supervision over the work of the TRD TV-KANAL VIS DOOEL Strumica, the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Servicesestablished that, contrary to  Article 49 of the Law on Audio and Audiovisual Media Services (LAAVMS) this broadcaster had shown the feature film Furious 7 (2015) – the seventh sequel of the series of action movies titled Fast and Furious, without having first provided a transmission rights contract with the rights’ holder.

Due to this violation, the Agency issued a Decision to Take Warning Measure against this broadcaster, and enjoined it to harmonize its wprl with the legal provisions immediately after the Decision’s receipt.

The imposed measure is available at the link below: TRD TV-KANAL VIS DOOEL Strumica




Counselling on the subject “ Protection of copyright and related rights in carrying out the activities/ operations of cable retransmission”

Bitola 13 February 2014 – The Academy for Judges and Public Prosecutors organised a counselling on the subject “ Protection of copyright and related rights in carrying out the activities/ operations of cable retransmission”, which was held on 13 February 2014 (Thursday ), at the Court of Appeal in Bitola.

The President of the Intellectual Property Coordination Body, the expert on copyright and related rights of FON University and representatives from the Department of piracy and protection of copyright and related rights of the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services were speakers.

The purpose of the counselling was to provide an overview of the legal framework for the implementation and protection of copyright and related rights in the performance of the activities/operations of cable retransmission and exchange of views and experiences between representatives of relevant institutions on the subject.

At the counselling, particular attention was paid to the competence of the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services in terms of protection of copyright and related rights and the procedure for supervision over the operators of public electronic communication networks and the criminal liability of legal entities and individuals under Article 157 – of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Macedonia , with practical examples.

The presentation of the competence of the Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services in terms of the protection of copyright and related rights in the implementation of the activities/operations of cable retransmission can be downloaded here.




Rulebook on the technical, spatial, staffing and financial requirements on obtaining a license for performing a broadcasting activity

The Broadcasting Council of the Republic of Macedonia on the extension of 55th session, held on November 8, 2013 adopted the Rulebook on the technical, spatial, staffing and financial requirements on obtaining a license for performing a broadcasting activity (download in .pdf)




May 28, 2013 Press Conference – Digitisation

Skopje, May 28, 2013 –  On the topic “Digitalisation of TV stations” a joint press conference was held of the Ministry of Information Society and Administration, the Broadcasting Council, the Agency for Electronic Communications and the One operator.

 

The Minister, Ivo Ivanovski, the President of the Broadcasting Council, Zoran Trajchevski, the CEO of ONE, Cyril Kafol, and the Director of the Agency for Electronic Communications, Robert Ordanovski, emphasised the benefits to the citizens of the digitisation of the television signal, informed on the number of television stations that have signed a contract with ONE to broadcast through a multiplex and the packages offered by ONE to the citizens, purchasing of set top boxes.

What is particularly important, as indicated by the President of the Broadcasting Council, Zoran Trajchevski, is that citizens are informed about the transition to digitisation, for the purpose of which the Broadcasting Council organised an intensive informative / educational campaign within which a television clip was filmed and broadcasted, flyers were inserted in daily newspapers, representatives of the Council participated in radio and television programmes on national, regional and local media.




February 28, 2013 A delegation of the Independent Media Commission in Kosovo visiting BC

SKOPJE, February 28, 2013 – Delegation of the Independent Media Commission in Kosovo visited the Broadcasting Council today. The aim was to strengthen the cooperation between the two regulatory bodies in the area of broadcasting, with special emphasis on the transition to digital television.




February 28, 2013 Workshops with broadcasters on the rules for media coverage of the election campaign

Today the Broadcasting Council (February 28, 2013) held a workshop dedicated to media coverage during the campaign for the local elections 2013. At the workshop, together with representatives of broadcasters at the national and regional level, the Rulebook on equal approach in media presentation during the election campaign was discussed, as well as the monitoring methodology of the Council.

Today’s meeting was the last in a series of regional meetings which over the past month were held in Kumanovo, Stip, Strumica, Kavadarci, Kicevo, Bitola and Ohrid, and to which representatives of local media gravitating to the regions of these cities were invited.

 

The key topics discussed at all workshops were, as follows: how to achieve balance in reporting on the campaign in the news, rules for interviews, debates and other special information programmes, paid political advertising, free representation and rules of electoral silence.

 

Presentation on the rules for media coverage in the election campaign (download the ppt presentation).




December 28, 2012 Promotion of the Module for monitoring and professional supervision over the operators of public communication networks

The Broadcasting Council together with the Agency for Electronic Communications developed a web application that is an additional module of the “system for electronic register of public communications networks”. This is a project that is a result of the Memorandum of Cooperation between BC and AEC signed in June 2012.

The web application will serve for: technical supervision of the operators of public communication networks, in terms of programme services and programme packages they retransmit, access to data via the Internet at any time and from any place through the existing GIS platform in AEC, visualisation of the territory on which programme services are broadcasted, thus creating conditions for further analysis of the data on using the services of operators by end-users, as well as, spatial mapping of performed professional supervisions, so that the professional supervision will be consistently represented throughout the whole territory of Republic of Macedonia.

” The cooperation between BC and AEC in the development of the web application enables joining of the capacities of both institutions, redundancy of data was avoided and implementation of an extremely important project was enabled. The collaboration between the two institutions is based on the principle that data are created and updated by the competent institution, while other entities have access to the required data via web services. BC and AEC will continue the cooperation on projects that are important for the development of the Republic of Macedonia, ” agreed the heads of BC and AEC, PhD Zoran Trajchevski and Mr. Robert Ordanoski.

The implementation of this project also encourages other institutions to develop electronic data exchange via web services and to contribute to building the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI), which is particularly important for the development of the Republic of Macedonia.




December 28, 2012 Presentation of a module for monitoring and professional supervision over the operators of public communication networks

The Broadcasting Council and the Agency for Electronic Communications, during the forthcoming day (December 28, 2012), will organise a presentation of the additional module of the software for electronic register of public telecommunication networks.

The electronic register contains data on underground and overhead telecommunication lines and infrastructure, of all operators, which provides protection from damaging during construction works, easier access to information and publication of data on free capacities.

Given that the software enables communication with other public institutions, and within the longstanding cooperation between the Broadcasting Council and the Agency for Electronic Communications, an additional module for monitoring and professional supervision over the operators of public communication networks was created for the needs of the Council.

The event will be held at the “Holiday Inn” hotel at 11:00 hrs.

 




June 16, 2012 Successful public debate on the future of the media regulation

Skopje, June 16, 2012 – Over 80 representatives from the media, the state institutions and from the civil sector have participated in the public debate on the future of media regulation and the regulation of the new media, which was organized by the Broadcasting Council.

Addressing the media representatives, the President Zoran Trajchevski, has accentuated the new possibilities for development of the classical media in the domain of the new technologies as a chance for qualitative enrichment of the media pluralism: ‘’ The new manners of distribution of the audio-visual contents are a possibility for growth and progress for yours media businesses. We cannot expect that the media that do not have stabile finances, that survive from one election campaign to another, to contribute in terms of the quality towards the enrichment of the media pluralism. It is only an illusion. Our country needs a quality media forum for exchange of ideas and points of view, and not media that are accompanying businesses and quasi commercials companies of the main business of the media owners.’’

The rule of law is one of the main pillars of democratic societies. Unselective application of the laws is the BC’s obligation as a regulatory body – Trajchevski said, by reinsuring the broadcasters that: ‘’ we as a regulatory body have the tasks to create working conditions for you, to direct you, to educate and support you… It has to be clear to all of us that the rule of law and its unselective implementation is a distinction of the prosperous world.’’

In the following course of the public debate, the regulation on advertising and the reform that the EU Directive on audio-visual media services envisages were discussed in more details.

Subject of the discussion were also questions regarding the regulation of the new media, if and what type of regulation do they need and also, the nonlinear media services and how to protect and nourish the media pluralism in the new media surrounding.

Documents for download:


The speech of the President Zoran Trajchevski

The presentation of the reform of the regulation on the commercial communications
The presentation of the regulation on the new media
The presentation of the media concentration in the new media surrounding