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, violence or terrorism (Article 26bis of the Amended Law of 27 July 1991 on Electronic Media).

The Authority constantly monitors television programmes for any violent, erotic or pornographic content and ensures 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 evolution of the audiovisual market (and in particular the question of the difference between the rules imposed on television and radio services versus the Internet) is one of the main concerns at European level. It is therefore in order to adapt as best as possible to the many technological advances that the Council adopted, on November 6, 2018, an updated version of the AVMS Directive. Effective since September 2020, it extends its scope to video-sharing platforms (VSPs).

Last updated: 11 October 2021