The media environment is currently changing at a very high speed particularly under the effects of the digital transformation but also because of the emergence of new technologies making content more easily accessible than ever. Today citizens divide their attention between a variety of platforms and devices, from news websites and aggregators to connected TVs, tablets and mobile apps, in order to access all kinds of media content. This new digital context, where the distribution of media content is converging towards the same platforms and devices, would have accordingly blurred the lines between the different media markets. Yet, historically, media regulations developed distinctively in each Member State. It is indeed notable that the regulatory framework in place continues to apply distinct rules irrespective of this increasing technical convergence and despite a minimum harmonization at EU level. Against this background, and as the European Commission announced in the Digital Single Market Strategy that it will consider “a media framework for the 21st century” , this Future Media Lounge conference aims to triggering a debate about the need for deeper regulatory convergence in the media sector.

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FUTURE MEDIA LOUNGE

A media framework for the 21st century: is regulatory convergence necessary?

  • 18:00-20:00, 16 February 2016.
  • European Parliament, Brussels

Event Description

The media environment is currently changing at a very high speed particularly under the effects of the digital transformation but also because of the emergence of new technologies making content more easily accessible than ever. Today citizens divide their attention between a variety of platforms and devices, from news websites and aggregators to connected TVs, tablets and mobile apps, in order to access all kinds of media content. This new digital context, where the distribution of media content is converging towards the same platforms and devices, would have accordingly blurred the lines between the different media markets. Yet, historically, media regulations developed distinctively in each Member State. It is indeed notable that the regulatory framework in place continues to apply distinct rules irrespective of this increasing technical convergence and despite a minimum harmonization at EU level. Against this background, and as the European Commission announced in the Digital Single Market Strategy that it will consider “a media framework for the 21st century” , this Future Media Lounge conference triggered a debate about the need for deeper regulatory convergence in the media sector.

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About the Future Media Lounge

The Future Media Lounge is a spin-off of the Future Media Lab., a think tank initiative at the interface of media innovation and media policy. The Future Media Lounge format is a way to bring all relevant stakeholders — i.e. media professionals, journalists, technology companies, academics, politicians and consumers — together in an intimate environment to tackle a specific issue shaping the future media landscape. Since May 2015, the Future Media Lounge sessions are organized around one of the policy issues set out in the EU Digital Single Market Strategy. This is a recurring event that takes place in the European Parliament on a regular basis, usually every 6-8 weeks. This innovative format allows for:


  • In-depth discussions with policy makers on the cutting edge of media innovation and media policy topics that are kicked-off by experts in the field;
  • Knowledge exchange in an intimate environment with key leaders from media, journalism, technology companies and academics;
  • Networking between MEPs, European Commission officials, Member States representatives and key stakeholders from media, journalism, technology companies and academics

Moderation and Host

This session was moderated by Karen Massin, CEO of Burson-Marsteller in Brussels and hosted by the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) on behalf of Andrew Lewer, MBE MEP.

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