Future of the media (EU) – issue briefing

Future of the media (EU)

Issue briefing

That media around the world have been in a state of decline for years is well known. The diminishing coverage of Brussels and EU affairs by major news chains across Europe is just one aspect of this decline.

EU politicians and policymakers started to become increasingly concerned about declining media coverage in around 2008, and in April 2010 the European Commission launched an official public consultation on “the future of cultural and creative industries”. The Commission requested input on the issue from journalists, publishers and broadcasters and their intervention over the ‘crisis in journalism’.

Shortly afterwards the European Parliament issued a report in July 2010 on “Journalism and New Media”. The report noted that a failure to communicate political decisions creates huge obstacles in the legitimisation of the Union.It also saw the decrease in the number of Brussels correspondents as “extremely worrying”. The EP called on EU institutions “to display greater openness” towards journalists and to facilitate accreditation. Voting on this EP report was noteworthy – 24 in favour and 3 against, with 1 abstention.

For the three continental-Europe branches of the NUJ, the issue came to a head at a Continental European Council (CEC) meeting in Brussels (June 2010). The resulting submission from the CEC to the European Commission – see below – examined the crisis and presented ideas on how the situation could be improved.

The key relevant documents are listed below.

Relevant documents

European Commission launches public consultation on the future of the cultural and creative industries, 27 April 2010.

European Parliament report – “On journalism and New Media”, 02 July 2010.

NUJ CEC submission to the Commission public consultation, “Death of journalism – more than just a loss of jobs”, 01 August 2010.

See also:

NUJ brief “Shaping the Future”, December 2007.

© Philip Hunt, 2010