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EU confirms post-Brexit broadcast licensing will NOT be in a Free Trade Deal

The EU has now published its negotiating position for future trade talks with the UK. In a direct reflection of the position envisaged in the Chequers White Paper, these type of cultural services are specifically excluded (Paragraph 33). So, now we know that the UK government isn’t seeking mutual recognition of broadcast services, and nor is the EU. That means any proposal that suggests and Ofcom licence will continue to be of use to pan-European broadcasters after the end of 2021 is based on an expectation of a delay in the end of the transitional period, and not any analysis of the future.

An Ofcom-licensed channel on Sky that appears on the EPG in Ireland, will need a new licence, as the UK and the EU will operate under different regimes once the transitional period is over.

So which regime will work for which broadcaster? Our team has already helped more than 20 channels find a home for their European licences, and we have assessed the pros and cons of every EU and EEA jurisdiction.

We have also explained why suggestions that broadcasters could rely on the European Convention on Transfrontier Television are fraught with problems.

For an informal chat about the future of pan-European broadcast licensing, contact EMP on 010 7766 5269 or email

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Mar 31, 2021

I have to share the information of Brexit and its effects on this page that has been updated on the reason for the agreement on the new cooperation between the European Union and the United Kingdom. Brexit was the other name for "British exit" from the European Union, the economic & policy union that the united kingdom had been a member of since 1973. and that changed on June 23, 2016, when the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. Four of the residents decided that the advantages of free trade were not sufficient to balance the costs of free movement of immigration. While European Union law no longer put into the United Kingdom, the latter will cooperate wit…

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