European agency objects to TV licensing law


The Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT), representing stations in 37 countries, said a controversial Greek bill overhauling licensing procedures for television broadcasters that MPs are due to vote on on Saturday is in violation of European regulations.

“We are very concerned with the recent developments in Greece, a country where the broadcasting industry has been hit hard by recession,” the ACT said on Friday. “The legislative proposal of the government will have a further adverse impact on the industry, will create more insecurity and is fundamentally flawed in its approach on content licensing.”

It added that the measures adopted would limit the freedom of content circulation, pluralism and access to information and news.