911th meeting – 12 January 2005

    Appendix 5
    (Item 5.1)

    Specific terms of reference of the Group of Specialists
    on public service broadcasting in the Information Society (MM-S-PSB)

    1. Name of Group:

    Group of Specialists on public service broadcasting in the Information Society (MM-S-PSB)

    2. Type of Group:

    Group of Specialists

    3. Source of terms of reference:

    Steering Committee on the Mass Media (CDMM)

    4. Terms of reference:

    Under the authority of the CDMM, and following the Political Declaration and Resolution on cultural diversity and media pluralism in times of globalisation to be adopted at the 7th European Ministerial Conference on Mass Media Policy (Kyiv, March 2005), the MM-S-PSB will:

    - examine how the public service remit should, as appropriate, be developed and adapted by member states to suit the new digital environment, and study the legal, financial, technical and other conditions needed to enable public service broadcasters to discharge it in the best possible manner;

    - monitor the implementation by member states of Recommendation No. R (96) 10 of the Committee of Ministers on the guarantee of the independence of public service broadcasting, with a view, if necessary, to providing further guidance to member states on how to secure this independence;

    - examine strategies with the aim of encouraging public service broadcasting organisations to assume an increased role in promoting a wider democratic participation of individuals, inter alia with the help of new interactive technologies;

    with a view to proposing appropriate action by the CDMM.

    In doing so, the MM-S-PSB will take into account the existing Council of Europe texts regarding public service broadcasting and the results of the work of the MM-S-DB relating to public service broadcasting in a digital environment, as well as work under way on the same issues in other international fora.

    Upon request by the CDMM, the MM-S-PSB shall provide advice and assistance to the CDMM and/or its subordinate bodies on the issues related to the regulation and practices in the field of public service broadcasting in the Information Society and carry out any ad hoc assignments given to it by the CDMM.

    5. Membership of the Group:

    The MM-S-PSB shall be composed as follows:

    Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Slovenia, United Kingdom.

    a. The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one specialist from each of the above countries for attendance at meetings of the Group of Specialists.

    Other member states expressing an interest in the work of the Group may designate, at their own expense, specialists to participate in meetings of the Group.

    b. The Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe may send representatives to meetings of the Group without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

    c. The European Audiovisual Observatory may send a representative to meetings of the Group without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

    d. The European Commission may send representatives to meetings of the Group without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

    e. The following observers with the Council of Europe may send a representative without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses to meetings of the Group:

    Canada;
    Holy See;
    Japan;
    Mexico;
    United States of America.

    f. The following observers with the MM-S-PSB may send representatives, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses to meetings of the Group:

    European Broadcasting Union;
    Association of Commercial Television in Europe;
    European Federation of Journalists;
    European Association for the Viewers' Interest.

    6. Qualification expected from the experts:

    The members of the MM-S-PSB shall be appointed on the basis of their expertise in the field of public service broadcasting, in particular on the above-mentioned issues.

    7. Working structures and methods:

    The MM-S-PSB shall undertake the necessary research and consultations with relevant parties. Where necessary, the MM-S-PSB may organise hearings and/or colloquies.

    8. Duration:

    These terms of reference shall be reviewed before 31 December 2006.



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