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Michael Libertus:

Essential Aspects Concerning the Regulation of the German Broadcasting System. Historical, Constitutional and Legal Outlines,

Köln, im September 2004, ISBN 3-934156-87-8

19 S., Schutzgebühr 2,50 €

In this paper, the author, lawyer, legal advisor at the legal department of Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln, and lecturer for Broadcasting law and Broadcasting Economics at the University of Düsseldorf explains essential aspects concerning the regulation of the German broadcasting system: Its constitutional basis (I), the competence to regulate broadcasting, new media and telecommunications (II), the German "dual system" of broadcasting (III), the legal framework for public broadcasting (IV), its financing (V), the control of media concentration (VI), the licensing procedure for analogue terrestrial broadcasting (VII), digital terrestrial broadcasting (VIII), the licensing for the provision of cable television (IX), and satellite broadcasting (X). He concludes with a small chapter on future policy implications and demands of German broadcasting regulation.

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction

2. Historical Development
2.1. The Development until World War II
2.2. The Development in Western Germany after World War II
2.3. The Development in Eastern Germany after World War II

3. Essential Aspects Concerning the Regulation of the German Broadcasting System
3.1. Constitutional Basis
3.2. Competence to Regulate Broadcasting, New Media and Telecommunications
3.3. The Dual System of Broadcasting
3.4. The Legal Framework for Public Broadcasting
3.5. Financing
3.6. Control of Media Concentration
3.7. Licensing Procedure for Analogue Terrestrial Broadcasting
3.8. Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting
3.9. Licensing for the Provision of Cable Television
3.10. Satellite Broadcasting

4. Future Policy Implications and Demands on German Broadcasting Regulation