Conference on
“Digital television in Europe:
What prospects for the public?”

Rome, 3 November 2003

 Scuola Superiore della Pubblica Amministrazione

Via dei Robilant 1


 9:00     Opening address

Giancarlo INNOCENZI, Undersecretary of Communications (Italy)

Enzo CHELI, Chairman of the Italian Communcations Regulatory Authority (Italy)

Alexander Vladychenko, Director, Directorate General of Human Rights, Council of Europe

 9:20     Short overview of the work of the Steering Committee on the Mass Media (CDMM) of the Council of Europe

Alessandra Paradisi, Chairperson of the CDMM

 9:30     Key-note speech : Leonardo CHIARIGLIONE, founder of Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG)

9:45     Overview of the developments of digital television in Europe

Presentation of the technical advantages of digital television: development of new services and channels

Carlo SARTORI, Project Leader RAI DTT and Chairman of RAI Sat

Presentation of the state of development of digital television in Europe  

André Lange, European Audiovisual Observatory

 10:20   Discussion

 11:15   Coffee break

 11:30   SESSION I : Promoting democracy and social cohesion in the digital era: what public interest objectives must be secured and how?

Chair : Alessandra Paradisi, Chairperson of the CDMM

Short presentation of the Recommendation on measures to promote the democratic and social contribution of digital broadcasting

Presentations by 3 national experts:

Giuseppe RICHERI, Professor at the University of Lugano (Switzerland)

Evelyne Lentzen, Chairperson of the Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel of the French community (Belgium)

Catherine SMADJA, Director of the digital television project, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (United Kingdom)

 12:30   Discussion

 13:00   Lunch

 14:30   SESSION II : Securing access to diverse services and content on digital television platforms

Chair : Karol Jakubowicz, Vice-Chairperson of the CDMM

Presentations by 2 broadcasters

Ismo Silvo, Director of Programmes TV 1, YLE Teema (Finland)

Sabine Christmann, Media Policy Department, Premiere (Germany)

15:10   Panel discussion with broadcasters representing terrestrial, cable and satellite digital television services

15:45   Coffee break   

 16:15   Continuation of the panel discussion

 17:30   Conclusions by the Chairperson of the CDMM

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 The Conference is hosted by the High School of Public Administration of Rome, thanks to Mr Angelo Maria PETRONI, to whom the Secretariat is sincerely grateful for his hospitality.