ALIA focuses on programmes that are broadcast by traditional linear methods, whether by cable, satellite or over the airwaves.

Television programmes must not contain any incitement to hatred based on race, sex, opinion, religion or nationality (Article 26bis of the Amended Law on Electronic Media).

The Authority constantly monitors television programmes for any violent, erotic or pornographic content and to ensure both respect for human dignity and the protection of children from programmes that may impair their physical, mental or moral development. The Grand-Ducal Regulation on the protection of minors with regard to television programmes and on-demand audiovisual media services lays down the categories and symbols to be used for licensed television services in Luxembourg.

The Amended Law of 27 July 1991 on Electronic Media provides that on-demand audiovisual media services fall within the scope of ALIA’s responsibility. Operators of these services are bound by some of the obligations applicable to operators of conventional television services, especially with regard to ethics, the protection of minors and the promotion of European works. ALIA is responsible for overseeing the effective application of these obligations.

The development of the audiovisual market (including differences in the rules applied to TV and radio services and those applied to the Internet) is a major concern at EU level. The Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) dating from 2009 is currently open for review. The Commission has invited the Member States to evaluate the costs and benefits of the AVMSD. Other topics to be examined include commercial communications, the promotion of European works, the protection of minors and the extension of the directive’s scope to include video-sharing platforms.

Last updated: 06 May 2021