Competence of the Council in the Field of Electronic Mass Media

31.08.2012 12:19
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(1) The National Electronic Mass Media Council shall:

1) maintain a register of the issued broadcasting permits and retransmission permits;

2) collect, compile and analyse information regarding the operations and development of the electronic mass media;

3) co-operate with the European Commission, and with institutions of other states that are concerned with matters regarding the operation and development of the electronic mass media;

4) commission such sociological and other studies of issues concerning the operations and development of the sector as are necessary to facilitate the functions of the Council in the field of electronic mass media;

5) listen to, analyse and compile suggestions, complaints and other information submitted by viewers and listeners regarding the operations of the electronic mass media;

6) record the programmes of the electronic mass media, or request such recordings from the electronic mass media;

7) request documents from the electronic mass media confirming their compliance with the provisions of Articles 46, 47 and 48 of this Law.

8) carry out monitoring of the electronic mass media and compile the results;

9) ensure the efficient and useful use of the State budget resources that have been allocated in the interests of the public;

10) promote the competitiveness of the electronic mass media under the jurisdiction of Latvia in the European and world market;

11) create equal operational conditions for all the electronic mass media under the jurisdiction of Latvia;

12) promote media literacy;

13) promote electronic mass media policy that is appropriate to the national interests of Latvia;

14) ensure the participation of the public, representatives of the mass media industry and educational institutions in the preparation of the public service remit and supervision of its fulfilment, as well as in the drafting of the National Development Strategy of the Electronic Mass Media Sector;

141) approve the list of the television programmes distributed to end-users via digital terrestrial broadcasting free of charge. The criteria for the inclusion of electronic mass media programmes in the list of the television programmes distributed to end-users via digital terrestrial broadcasting free of charge, shall be defined in the National Development Strategy of the Electronic Mass Media Sector;

15) perform other activities prescribed by the relevant laws and regulations.

(2) The National Electronic Mass Media Council shall control the observance of this Law:

1) by listening to and examining complaints;

2) by controlling the registration of the programmes of the electronic mass media; and

3) by performing random examinations of the content and quality of the distributed programmes.

(3) The National Electronic Mass Media Council shall develop and approve, by the use of laws and regulations, the National Development Strategy of the Electronic Mass Media Sector. The National Development Strategy of the Electronic Mass Media Sector shall be an external legal act.

(4) In approving the National Development Strategy of the Electronic Mass Media Sector and in performing other functions specified in this Law, the National Electronic Mass Media Council shall promote competition within the electronic mass media market.