CABLE CONGRESS – AMSTERDAM. Certain European member states still believe their markets are different and require special legislation. That’s the view of Cable Europe vice president Manuel Kohnstamm, addressing a press briefing at the Cable Congress in Amsterdam.
Kohnstamm said that Cable Europe was working with the European Commission, where it could, in order to redress the balance. “Some European states have their own view on how must carry rules should be applied and we’re looking for harmonisation in that area.”
Kohnstamm was referring to some of the German states where the local media authorities have insisted that any DTT channel is automatically granted must carry status on local cable systems. There have also been concerns raised with the media authorities in Hungary and the Netherlands. “We need a string voice in Brussels so that we can be heard and express our rights. We’re pleased that the Commission is open to a level playing field in this competitive market,” he said.