Westminster Media Forum

Revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive - funding and prominence, consumer protection, and the UK’s position post-Brexit

TO BE PUBLISHED February 2020

This conference focuses on the implementation of the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) in the UK - with discussion on:

  • The likely impact on stakeholders;
  • Provisions for protecting children and other consumers of audiovisual media; and
  • The UK’s regulatory position post-Brexit.


  • Luboš Kukliš, Chair, European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services;
  • Kathleen Stewart, Head of International Broadcast Policy, DCMS;
  • Tony Close, Director, Content Standards, Licensing and Enforcement, Ofcom; and
  • Helen Keefe, Head of International Policy, BBC.

The agenda

  • The AVMSD: key objectives of the revision and next steps for implementation;
  • Where next for audiovisual media policy in the UK;
  • The way forward for the regulation of video-sharing online - proportionality, effectiveness, and enforcement;
  • Assessing the potential impact of the Directive:
    • European works and the UK - production, access, funding and prominence;
    • A sustainable future for the independent film and television production sector;
    • New obligations to protect consumers from harmful content;
    • Commercial communications and the protection of minors;
  • Monitoring interpretation and application of the Directive and new developments in the audiovisual sector; and
  • The UK’s regulatory position post-Brexit - the degree of alignment between domestic regulation and the Directive, and the implications of divergence.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Media Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates