Regulation Made Simple

Seminar on the Financing and Governance of Public Service Broadcasters

11-09-2013 | Brussels

Organizer : Cullen International

The seminar provided a platform for public service broadcasters, media regulators, governments and ministries to discuss and share best practice on the various models of financing and governance of public service broadcasters in Europe.

Format: panels with regulators and PSBs sharing experience and best practice, with time for discussion with participants.

Topics for discussion were introduced by Cullen International (based on research done over the last three years).

General introduction by Jean-Francois Furnémont, Chairman of EPRA

Financing Panel:


  • general models
  • licence fee (including collection)
  • advertising (restrictions, differences of treatment with commercial television)
  • taxes to compensate loss of revenue from removal of advertising


  • Celene Craig, Deputy Chief Executive, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI)
  • Susanne Lackner, Member of the Board of Directors, Austrian Communications Authority (KommAustria)
  • Marina Österlund-Karinkanta, Senior Media Analyst, Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company
  • Renate Dӧrr, EU Public Affairs Office, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)

Governance Panel


  • internal governance (strategic guidance, general management, rules on appointment and dismissal)
  • external supervision (role of media regulators, supervision by government, accountability)


  • Jean-Francois Furnémont, General Director CSA Belgium
  • Daniel Wilson, Head of International Policy, BBC
  • Roland Husson, Deputy Director for Audiovisual, Directorate General of Media and Cultural Industries, French Ministry of Culture and Communication
  • Jocke Norberg, Strategy advisor, SVT

For more information, contact Michèle Ledger