Wednesday, 27 May 2009

[creative-radio] Digest Number 2640

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1a. Re: Austrian Parliament passes legislation on Community Media
From: sajan venniyoor
1b. Re: Austrian Parliament passes legislation on Community Media
From: Salvatore Scifo


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1a. Re: Austrian Parliament passes legislation on Community Media
Posted by: "sajan venniyoor" venniyoor@gmail.com sajanvenniyoor
Date: Tue May 26, 2009 2:58 pm ((PDT))

'Non-commercial broadcasters' are not necessarily community broadcasters.
The proviso that these stations should, "in particular contribute to the
promotion of the Austrian Culture, the Austrian and European identity, the
information and education of the Austrian population" makes it sound like
the legislation was drafted by the House of Habsburg.
If the Indian government were to come out with similar legislation, to set
up radio stations "for the promotion of Indian Culture, the Indian and South
Asian identity, the information and education of the Indian population",
we'd say they were talking about the public service broadcaster, not
community radio.

It seems like a perfectly decent definition of 'non-commercial media', but
if they are thinking community media, the Austrian government needs to go
back to the drawing board. The I million € per year sounds good, though.

Sajan

On Tue, May 26, 2009 at 4:24 PM, Salvatore Scifo
<salvatore.scifo@communitymedia.eu> wrote:

> -------- Original Message --------
> Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 11:23:10 +0200
> From: Otto Tremetzberger <otto.tremetzberger@frf.at>
>
> Dear Colleagues,
>
> afters 2 years of negotiating (and many more of lobbying) the Austrian
> Parliament finally passed a legislation on Community Media last week.
>
> The legislation includes:
>
> 1) a "fund for noncommercial broadcasters (Radio, TV)" with 1 Million
> € per year, administered by the Austrian Media Regulator RTR and financed
> from parts of the broadcasting fees;
>
> 2) a legal definition of non-commercial Radio and Television
> as specific form of broadcasting media.
>
>
> ### A rough and shortened translation of the legislation follows:
>
> Fund for the Promotion of non-commercial broadcasting:
>
> To encourage the private noncommercial broadcasting and its contents
> the Austrian Broadcasting regulator receives RTR 1 million euros per
> year from revenues from broadcasting fees.
>
> The fund is intended to promote the non-commercial broadcasting within
> the Austrian media landscape and its support in the provision of
> diverse and high-quality programs, which in particular contribute to
> the promotion of the Austrian Culture, the audstrian and european
> identity, the information and education of the austrian population.
>
> Grants may be used for production costs, financial support of
> projects that lead to production or broadcasting of programmes,
> training offers, reseach, surveys.
>
> Noncommercial broadcasters are those that are no profit-oriented,
> whose program contains no advertising and who provide open access to
> the public.
>
> See the full German version (page 4):
> http://www.parlament.gv.at/PG/DE/XXIV/I/I_00113/fname_156085.pdf
>
>
> Kind Regards
>
> Otto Tremetzberger
>
>
> ###
>
> Mag. Otto Tremetzberger, MBA
> Geschäftsführer
>
> Freies Radio Freistadt auf 107,1 & 103,1 MHz
> Freier Rundfunk Freistadt GmbH
> Salzgasse 25, 4240 Freistadt
>
> Mobil: 0043 (0) 664 9201325
> E-Mail: otto.tremetzberger@frf.at
> Internet: http://www.frf.at
>
> ## Antenne: 103,1 und 107,1 MHz im Bezirk Freistadt, teilweise Linzer
> Zentralraum
> ## Kabel-TV: Im Kabel TV Freistadt, Lasberg und Gutau auf 107,1 MHz
> ## MP3-Livestream: http://develop.servus.at:8000/frf
> ## Sendungsarchib zum Nachhören:http://cba.fro.at
> ## Facebook:
> http://de-de.facebook.com/pages/Freistadt-Austria/Freies-Radio-Freistadt-auf-1071-MHz-und-1031-MHz/59948846982
> ## Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/84796545@N00/
> ## Twitter: http://twitter.com/radiofreistadt
>
>
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1b. Re: Austrian Parliament passes legislation on Community Media
Posted by: "Salvatore Scifo" salvatore.scifo@communitymedia.eu salvatorescifo
Date: Tue May 26, 2009 5:45 pm ((PDT))

Dear Sajan,
I understand your concern, but I have been in Austria several times,
visiting stations there and I can assure you that they are community
radio stations 100%.

Please note that the translation for German has been done perhaps not
thoroughly and, despite the fact that it might sound so formal, this is
a great step for a sector that has been operating without a proper
legislative framework for over a decade. Been recognised as distinct
from public and commercial broadcasting, and have been assigned a €1
million fund will be surely benefitting the further development of the
sector. Non-commercial is a definition (I guess a sort of compromise) of
the regulation. In fact the sector describes it self a Free Radio: the
umbrella organisation is called Federation of Austrian Free Radios (VFRÖ
- Verband Freier Radios Österreich, website in German at
http://www.freie-radios.at/ ).
The stations there have been very active in projects of multicultural
programming and cross-cultural dialogue as well as active participant in
FERL (the European Federation of Free Radio born in 1986 and active
until the mid 1990s) and in the Community Media Forum Europe
(www.cmfe.eu), organising meetings that have provided valuable occasion
from community media activists to meet and share experiences as
CivilMedia (www.civilmedia.eu).

If you, or indeed any one else, are interested in know further about
Austria, please visit
http://www.communitymedia.eu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=18
where you can download
-10 Years of Community Radio in Austria. An Explorative Study of Open
Access, Pluralism and Social Cohesion. (10 Jahre Freies Radio in
Österreich: Offener Zugang, Meinungsvielfalt und soziale Kohäsion),
written by Brigitta Busch, Petra Pfisterer and Judith Purkarthofer from
the Center for Intercultural Studies, University of Vienna.
- Community Media in Europe: Legal and economic contexts of the third
broadcast sector in 5 countries (Community Medien in Europa: Rechtliche
und wirtschaftliche Rahmenbedingungen des dritten Rundfunksektors in 5
Ländern), has been written by Otto Tremetzberger and Helmut Peissl

I agree this is not the best possible definition (and I guess our
Austrian colleagues might share this thought), but that's a first good
step forward....

All the best,

Salvo


sajan venniyoor wrote:
> 'Non-commercial broadcasters' are not necessarily community broadcasters.
> The proviso that these stations should, "in particular contribute to the
> promotion of the Austrian Culture, the Austrian and European identity, the
> information and education of the Austrian population" makes it sound like
> the legislation was drafted by the House of Habsburg.
> If the Indian government were to come out with similar legislation, to set
> up radio stations "for the promotion of Indian Culture, the Indian and South
> Asian identity, the information and education of the Indian population",
> we'd say they were talking about the public service broadcaster, not
> community radio.
>
> It seems like a perfectly decent definition of 'non-commercial media', but
> if they are thinking community media, the Austrian government needs to go
> back to the drawing board. The I million € per year sounds good, though.
>
> Sajan
>
> On Tue, May 26, 2009 at 4:24 PM, Salvatore Scifo
> <salvatore.scifo@communitymedia.eu> wrote:
>
>
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 11:23:10 +0200
>> From: Otto Tremetzberger <otto.tremetzberger@frf.at>
>>
>> Dear Colleagues,
>>
>> afters 2 years of negotiating (and many more of lobbying) the Austrian
>> Parliament finally passed a legislation on Community Media last week.
>>
>> The legislation includes:
>>
>> 1) a "fund for noncommercial broadcasters (Radio, TV)" with 1 Million
>> € per year, administered by the Austrian Media Regulator RTR and financed
>> from parts of the broadcasting fees;
>>
>> 2) a legal definition of non-commercial Radio and Television
>> as specific form of broadcasting media.
>>
>>
>> ### A rough and shortened translation of the legislation follows:
>>
>> Fund for the Promotion of non-commercial broadcasting:
>>
>> To encourage the private noncommercial broadcasting and its contents
>> the Austrian Broadcasting regulator receives RTR 1 million euros per
>> year from revenues from broadcasting fees.
>>
>> The fund is intended to promote the non-commercial broadcasting within
>> the Austrian media landscape and its support in the provision of
>> diverse and high-quality programs, which in particular contribute to
>> the promotion of the Austrian Culture, the audstrian and european
>> identity, the information and education of the austrian population.
>>
>> Grants may be used for production costs, financial support of
>> projects that lead to production or broadcasting of programmes,
>> training offers, reseach, surveys.
>>
>> Noncommercial broadcasters are those that are no profit-oriented,
>> whose program contains no advertising and who provide open access to
>> the public.
>>
>> See the full German version (page 4):
>> http://www.parlament.gv.at/PG/DE/XXIV/I/I_00113/fname_156085.pdf
>>
>>
>> Kind Regards
>>
>> Otto Tremetzberger
>>
>>
>> ###
>>
>> Mag. Otto Tremetzberger, MBA
>> Geschäftsführer
>>
>> Freies Radio Freistadt auf 107,1 & 103,1 MHz
>> Freier Rundfunk Freistadt GmbH
>> Salzgasse 25, 4240 Freistadt
>>
>> Mobil: 0043 (0) 664 9201325
>> E-Mail: otto.tremetzberger@frf.at
>> Internet: http://www.frf.at
>>
>> ## Antenne: 103,1 und 107,1 MHz im Bezirk Freistadt, teilweise Linzer
>> Zentralraum
>> ## Kabel-TV: Im Kabel TV Freistadt, Lasberg und Gutau auf 107,1 MHz
>> ## MP3-Livestream: http://develop.servus.at:8000/frf
>> ## Sendungsarchib zum Nachhören:http://cba.fro.at
>> ## Facebook:
>> http://de-de.facebook.com/pages/Freistadt-Austria/Freies-Radio-Freistadt-auf-1071-MHz-und-1031-MHz/59948846982
>> ## Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/84796545@N00/
>> ## Twitter: http://twitter.com/radiofreistadt
>>
>>
>>
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