Members of the Wider Spectrum Group responded to the European Commission's consultation on the Lamy report. The closure of the Consultation marked the formal launch of the Wider Spectrum Group. The contribution of members pointed to their shared vision for a wider debate on spectrum. A vision to strengthen growth and jobs in line with the European Commission's priorities within a holistic approach that places spectrum as a pillar and vital asset of an industrial strategy for Europe's creative and cultural sector.

Access WSG and member contributions below

An approach that pitches industries against each other and portrays the issue as a choice to make between mobile telecommunications and DTT gives at best an incomplete picture of the role of spectrum allocation policy and its impact, notably towards creative and cultural industries.
— Johannes Studinger, Head of UNI MEI

Joint Press Release by members of the Wider Spectrum Group following the closure of the European Commission's consultation on the Lamy report

Shared vision - Common declaration of Wider Spectrum Group - A fresh start for Europe: building an industrial strategy for creative and cultural industries based on growth innovation and jobs

About the Wider Spectrum Group: The WSG represents the voices of workers and businesses in the field of audiovisual, radio, programme making and special events. WSG members share a common view on the need to ensure European and national policies regarding frequency allocation preserves the potential for European growth, innovation, diversity, plurality and sustainable employment. www.widerspectrum.org 

Contact | Team WSG | Coordinator | widerspectrumgroup(AT)yahoo.com

Response to Consultation

About the Association of European Radios: The Association of European Radios (AER) is a Europe-wide trade body representing the interests of over 4,500 private/commercial radio stations across the EU27 and in Switzerland. AER's main objective is to develop and improve the most suitable framework for private commercial radio activity. AER constantly follows EU actions in the fields of media, telecommunications and private radio transmission, in order to contribute, to enrich and develop the radio sector. www.aereurope.org 

Contact | Vincent Sneed | Manager | vincent.sneed(AT)aereurope.org

BEIRG (UK member) Response to Consultation

About the Association of Professional Wireless Production Technologies: The APWPT promotes, on an international level, the efficient and demand-driven provision and use of production frequencies for professional event productions, as well as safeguarding such production frequencies for professional users, in the longer term. www.apwpt.org

Contact | Alan March | Co-President | AMarch(AT)Sennheiser.co.uk

BNE Response to Consultation

About Broadcast Networks Europe: BNE is a trade organisation for Terrestrial Broadcast Network Operators for Radio and TV in Europe based in Brussels. BNE’s 16 members operate in 21 European countries. Members are Abertis (Spain), Arqiva (UK), České Radiokomunikace (Czech Republic), Digea (Greece), Digita (Finland), ETV (Serbia), Elettronica Industriale (Italy), Norkring (Norway), OiV (Croatia), ORS (Austria), Swisscom Broadcast (Switzerland), Radiocom (Romania), Rai Way (Italy), RTENL (Ireland), TDF (France) and Teracom (Sweden). In addition Terrestrial Network Operators in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, and Monaco are represented by their respective parent (and BNE member) company. www.broadcast-networks.eu

Contact | Lars Backlund  | Secretary General | lars.backlund(AT)broadcast-networks.eu

EBU Response to Consultation

About European Broadcasting Union: The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is the world’s foremost alliance of Public Service Media, providing television, radio and online services. The EBU has 73 active members in 56 countries in Europe and beyond. The organisation provides technical expertise in order to drive media innovation and coproduction across every entertainment genre and advocate the values of Public Service Media organisations. www.ebu.ch

Contact | Catherine Hardy  | Senior Communications Officer | hardy(AT)ebu.ch

EFJ Press Release

About the European Federation of Journalists: The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is the largest organisation of journalists in Europe, representing over 320.000 journalists in 60 journalists’ organisations across 39 countries. The EFJ was created in 1994 with the aim to fights for social and professional rights of journalists working in all sectors of the media across Europe through strong trade unions and associations. www.europeanjournalists.org

Contact | Ricardo Gutiérrez  | General Secretary | ricardo.gutierrez(AT)ifj.org

UNI MEI Response to Consultation Introduction

UNI MEI Response to Consultation Questionnaire & Annex

About UNI MEI: UNI MEI represents 170 national unions & guilds affiliating more than 375 000 creators, technicians and other workers in the media, entertainment and arts worldwide. Media and entertainment workers and their trade unions affiliated to UNI MEI believe that the European Union needs to strengthen its commitment to social inclusiveness and cultural diversity. European citizens need a European Union with a progressive policy blue print that invests in people, ensures solidarity, respects and cherishes their cultures and puts quality employment at the heart of a sustainable growth agenda. http://www.uniglobalunion.org

Contact | Johannes Studinger  | Head of UNI MEI  | johannes.studinger(AT)uniglobalunion.org

VLV Response to Consultation

About VLV - The Voice of the Listener & Viewer (VLV) enables the voice of the citizen and consumer to be heard by broadcasters and those concerned with broadcasting policy. It strives to promote and maintain diversity and plurality in public service broadcasting in order to maintain local and national democracy, our cultural and democratic traditions. It supports the independence, integrity and secure funding of the BBC and the work of broadcasters and programme suppliers who demonstrate commitment to public service broadcasting. It promotes the broadcasting of first-rate programmes that meet the demands of listeners and viewers for more high quality content than the market can provide. It believes every citizen should benefit from the enormous potential to deliver digital resources to people across the UK and seeks to ensure that citizens are not disadvantaged by technological developments. Mindful of the need to protect programme quality it encourages public service broadcasters to build relationships and a feeling of shared ownership with listeners and viewers. http://www.vlv.org.uk

Contact | Colin Browne | Chairman | colin(AT)colinbrowne.com