TV Without Frontiers

When Sweden’s first commercial TV station started in 1987, social democratic parliamentarians proposed banning satellite dishes. TV stations not controlled
by the government were unthinkable to some politicians back then. Many of the
regulations in the European Union’s 1989 audiovisual Directive, TV without Frontiers,
stem from the same fear of unregulated broadcasters. Now, as the Commission has started the process to update the Directive, the same fears surface. The national governments are uneasy with cross-border information flows that they can’t control, and the European Parliament sees its chance to force EU-approved values into TV productions.

Read more in the march issue of the European Journal