Epra Barcelona

Although the popularity of reality and talent shows is constantly on the rise, these formats are also highly controversial, especially when they involve teenagers and appear to promote alcohol abuse or promiscuity. Does a code of ethics need to be drawn up for the producers of these shows? This was one question raised at the 43rd meeting of EPRA, the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities, which was held from 25 to 27 May 2016 in Barcelona.

One working group looked at big data and the influence that these huge volumes of information can have on the programmes that the public watch. Is big data an opportunity for European works to carve out a privileged position in the catalogue of video-on-demand services? Or is it responsible for an ongoing loss of diversity because the algorithms constantly encourage providers to offer the same types of programmes?

The event was attended by some 175 representatives from over 45 countries, who also analysed the future of free-to-view television and compared the various regulatory regimes in Europe.

The next EPRA meeting will be held in autumn 2016 in Yerevan, Armenia.