2Satellite Broadcasting: The Regulatory Issues in Europe

Rosemary Hughes

Principles of Regulation

The historical reasons for the regulation of broadcasting are based on a number of principles, which are interdependent and which have been extended to control satellite broadcasting:

  • TV has always been seen as a politically important medium —not least as a cypher for social persuasion
  • technically, it has been necessary to control frequencies, to avoid interference with other parts of the radio spectrum
  • 'new media', ie cable and satellite, have assumed a special importance for reasons of industrial strategy, and thus must be made to fit into policies on employment, exports, etc
  • the original link with telecommunications authorities, for licensing ...

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