Commentary

110 Council Directive (EU) 2010/13: the Audio-visual Media Services Directive (codified version)

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| Commentary

110 Council Directive (EU) 2010/13: the Audio-visual Media Services Directive (codified version)

| Commentary

110 Council Directive (EU) 2010/13: the Audio-visual Media Services Directive (codified version)

The Audio-visual Media Services Directive1 is divided into eleven chapters. Chapter I contains definitions. Chapter II contains general provisions. Chapter III contains provisions applicable to all audio-visual media services. Chapter IV contains provisions applicable only to on-demand audio-visual media services. Chapter V contains provisions concerning exclusive rights and short news reports in television broadcasting. Chapter VI contains provisions relating to the distribution and production of television programmes. Chapter VII contains provisions relating to television advertising and teleshopping. Chapter VIII contains provisions relating to the protection of minors in television broadcasting. Chapter IX contains provisions relating to a right of reply in television broadcasting. Chapter X constitutes a co-ordinating contact committee. Chapter XI relates to co-operation between the regulatory bodies of member states and Chapter XII contains final provisions.

Chapter II requires all European Union member states to ensure that all audio-visual media services comply with the legislation applicable to audio-visual media in that state2. The Directive requires member states to ensure freedom of reception, and not to restrict the retransmission on their territory of audio-visual services from other states unless specifically permitted by the derogation provisions of the Directive3. Member states are free to require media service providers under their jurisdiction to comply with more detailed or stricter rules provided that such rules are in compliance with European Union

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