Broadcasting offers a fascinating example of a sector where private companies compete with publicly funded entities.
The European Commission has been trying to find the right balance between competition and public funding in the broadcasting sector.
Today it issued a revised Draft Communication on the Application of State Aid Rules to Public Service Broadcasting, for a quick consultation of four weeks.
The reason for the new consultation round seems to lie in reactions from the EU member states, anxious to provide room for their public broadcasters, and the Commission indicates that it has taken some of these concerns on board.
An overview of the situation and links to relevant documents are provided in the press release State aid: Commission launches new consultation on revised rules for state funding of public service broadcasting (Brussels, 8th April 2009; IP/09/564), available in English, French and German.
Stakeholders have until 8 May 2009 to submit their comments.