Almost two thirds of EU television time is Made in Europe
July 25th, 2008

More than 63% of Europes television broadcasters programming time is devoted to European works and over 36% to works by independent European producers. These new figures come from the European Commissions eighth report on effectiveness of EU rules on the promotion of European works, which covers the period 2005-2006.

This report which is published every two years is based on information provided by the EU Member States and monitors the promotion of European works on European TV screens under the Television without Frontiers Directive. For the first time, broadcasters in the new EU-10 Member States are fully analysed in this report, and the report shows that they show today as much European content as those in the EU-15.

The new report on the implementation of these provisions in the 25 EU Member States, adopted by the Commission today, shows that the EU-wide average broadcasting time for European works has increased from 63.52% in 2005 to 65.05% in 2006. The Commission report also shows that in the medium term (2003-2006), the broadcasting of European works has stabilised at above 63%.

(Source: European Commission)