Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2177)

Seán Sherlock


2177. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the implications of a hard Brexit for UK opt-out television channels broadcasting to Ireland under the television without frontiers directive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31847/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Television Without Frontiers Directive has been replaced by the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD).

The AVMSD is based upon the country of origin principle which means that TV broadcasters that obtain regulatory clearance in one Member State can make their services available in all Member States, without having to obtain separate regulatory clearances.

A number of broadcasters have established their businesses in the UK and obtained regulatory clearance there, which enables them to make their services available in other Member States, including Ireland. If the UK leaves the EU, it will be the responsibility of a broadcaster that wishes to continue to make its services available within the EU to obtain the correct regulatory clearance in an EU Member State.

Question No. 2178 answered with Question No. 2168.