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Sarajevo conference calls on European institutions to support public media in digital transition for South East Europe

SARAJEVO , 15 October 2010 – Broadcasters and government officials pledged to ensure a smooth digital transition in South East Europe and called on European institutions for financial support in the interests of European cohesion.

This was a key message of a two-day roundtable conference entitled Addressing Europe's Digital Divide: Towards Sustainable Public Service Media in South East Europe . Organized by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretariat and the Geneva-based European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the meeting was attended by more than 50 directors general, media experts and government, broadcaster and regulatory officials.

In a “way forward to 2020” signed by EBU Vice-President Claudio Cappon and RCC Secretary General Hido Biscevic, the conference participants agreed:

  • To establish an enduring cooperation to ensure the sustainability of all public service broadcasters in South East Europe by 2020;
  • To promote the values and principles of public service media, as recognized by the Council of Europe and the European Union;
  • To call on the European Union to support these goals politically and financially under its aim to guarantee European cohesion.

The conference highlighted the need for the public broadcasters, relevant ministries and regulators in South East Europe to join forces to ensure that the region does not lag behind the rest of Europe in meeting deadlines for digitalization and analogue switch-off.

The participants agreed that the region's public broadcasters in the digital era need to remain key actors in the evolving knowledge society, provide reliable information, quality educational, cultural and entertainment programmes, and be motors for regional development and investment in the creative industries.

Speaking at the conference, Minister of Communications and Transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina , Rudo Vidovic, told the conference that digitalization would create a “free and open media market. This momentum needs to be seized.”

Mr Biscevic said sustainable public service media were vital for the countries of South East Europe as a whole – and for the European Union they hope to join. But he said their role was threatened by a lack of investment in infrastructures “and also in human capital”.

In an opening keynote speech, EBU Director General Ingrid Deltenre said public service broadcasters needed to play a leading role in the digitalization process in South East Europe, as they have played elsewhere on the continent.

Conference speakers included Peter Karanakov, Executive Director, MKRT; Nataša Vučković Lesendrić, Assistant Minister for the Media, Ministry of Culture of Serbia; Marija Nemcic, Deputy HRT General Manager for International Relations; Bledar Meniku, Ministry for Innovation, Information Technology and Communication of Albania; Maria Luisa Fernandez Esteban, Directorate General for the Information Society and the Media, European Commission; and Oliver Vujović, Secretary General of the South East Europe Media Organisation.

The participants comprised senior representatives of governments, broadcasters and regulators from Albania , Bosnia and Herzegovina , Croatia , Greece , Moldova , Montenegro , Serbia , Slovenia , The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey , as well as the EU and other relevant institutions.

 The conference conclusions and other event documents are available at the websites of the Regional Cooperation Council ( www.rcc.int ) and the EBU ( www.ebu.ch ).


International Conference on Digitalization and Sustainability of Public Broadcasting Services Has Been Opened

October 14th, 2010

Today, the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Mr. Hido Biščević and the Minister of Communications and Traffic of Bosnia and Herzegovina , Mr. Rudo Vidović opened a two-day international conference on digitalization and sustainability of public service media in South-East Europe . This gathering named “Avoiding Digital Division of Europe: Towards Sustainable Public Service Media in South-East Europe” initiates a number of relevant issues with the aim of removing the threat of digital division in Europe, as well as better understanding the importance of securing sustainability and independence of public service media in the region, prior to the planned switch-off of the analogue signal throughout Europe in the year 2012.

Minister Rudo Vidović underlined the need for switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting, which is in accordance with the international agreements, noting that mid last year, the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina adopted the switchover strategy and that the conducting of the digitalization project will commence in the upcoming days. The conference has been organized under the auspices of the RCC Secretariat and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and has gathered the officials of the governments of the countries of South-East Europe and European Union, senior representatives of the public service broadcasters, regulatory agencies, and other relevant institutions.

The Head Director of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Ms. Ingrid Deltenre, considers that the digital gap is unacceptable in modern day Europe, as well as that there are differences in opinion within Europe on the need for sustainable public service media. It is estimated that the most common obstacles to digital switchover are the absence of political decision and relevant legislation, the inexistence of linked strategy, and the lack of political will and funds to implement the legislation and strategies where they do exist.

Source: www.bljesak.info

 


Decision on the Surplus Revenue of Communications Regulatory Agency Adopted

July 27 th , 2010

Upon the proposal of the Ministry of Communications and Transport, the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina issued a Decision on the use of the portion of funds of accumulated excess of revenues over expenditures of the Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the financing of the Project of Digitization of Microwave Links of Radio, Television Public Services of Bosnia and Herzegovina and transmitters to cover the areas of Sarajevo, Banja Luka, and Mostar with digital signal.

This decision means that the excess of revenues over expenditures of the Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the year 2008, in the amount of 4,232,000.00 KM will be used to finance part of the Project. This will be conducted as follows: 3.000, 000.00 KM will be used for the digitization of microwave links between Sarajevo and Banja Luka and Sarajevo - Mostar, while 1,232,000.00 KM will be used for the transmitters to cover the areas of Sarajevo , Banja Luka , and Mostar with digital signal. The Ministry of Finance and Treasury and the Ministry of Communications and Transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina are in charge of implementing the Decision.

 

The Decision on the Project of Digitization Adopted

July 14 th , 2010

Upon the proposal of the Ministry of Communications and Transport, the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina issued a Decision on the adoption of the Project of Digitization of the Microwave Links of Radio, Television Public Services of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the aim of introducing new technologies in line with the EU regulations in the field of electronic media.

The project aims at building a new modern system that will be able to provide both analog and digital broadcasting of radio and television programs in accordance with the requirements of public broadcasting, increasing the capacity of the network for the exchange of radio and television programs bilaterally and multilaterally for all public service broadcasters and communication systems with microwave links intended for the diffusion of radio and television programs in neighboring countries, and ensuring a high level of system reliability. The Public Broadcasting System of Bosnia and Herzegovina is in charge of conducting this project, which should be implemented in two years.


Project SEE Digi.TV for Southeast Europe

The digitalization project, which was prepared by and for which the Agency for Mail and Electronic Communications of the Republic of Slovenia has applied, has passed the first stage and is awaiting final approval. The objective of the project is to make the digitization process faster, easier, and more successful, especially for countries of Southeast Europe which are still not members of the European Union ( Bosnia and Herzegovina , Croatia , Serbia , and Montenegro ). In addition to these countries, the following EU member states are also involved in the project: Austria , Italy , Hungary and Slovenia , which manages the project. It is expected that the EU delegation will approve the proposed package called SEE Digi.TV within which the main objectives and the work plan have already been defined. The work plan includes the four main stages aimed to address the legal, technical, economic, informational, and promotional issues in accordance with the European standards for the digitalization process.

Through an exchange of experiences and the development of a common plan, the project allows the regulators in the telecommunications field from the entire region to harmonize the standards and activities critical for a successful digitalization in the countries in the region, with the aim of making the most efficient solution. Each country will invest a portion of the funds in this project, which total budget amount is estimated at 1,750,462.50 euros. The advantage of such a project is reflected in the fact that the process of digitalization has never before been implemented at the regional level.

Source: http://www.southeast-europe.net/en/


RAK HAS ISSUED A DECISION ON HOW TO USE THE MULTIPLEX FOR TERRESTRIAL DIGITAL TELEVISION BROADCASTING IN BiH IN TRANSITIONAL PERIOD

20/04/2010

Communications Regulatory Agency (RAK) has issued a Decision on how to use the Multiplex A (MUX A) for terrestrial digital television broadcasting in BiH in transitional period.

The Decision establishes the terms and conditions for usage of Multiplexes A for digital terrestrial television broadcasting of Public RTV service: Radiotelevizija Bosne i Hercegovine (BHRT), Radiotelevizija Federacije Bosne i Hercegovine (RTV FBiH) and Radiotelevizija Republike Srpske (RTRS).

The Decision provides public RTV services with the right and obligation to broadcast their own television programmes via digital terrestrial signal covering the whole BiH territory, through shared building and use of synchronic networks in digital areas.

Passing such Decision, the Agency confirms its determination to meet its obligations anticipated by the BiH Law on Communications, BiH Law on Public RTV System and Strategy on the switch-over from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting, in a timely and successful manner. The Agency expresses optimism that other participants in the process of digitalisation will also conduct necessary activities in order to meet their obligations, primarily in order to protect interests of the end users.

This Decision enters into force the eight (8) day after being published in the “BiH Official Gazette”.

Further information: Amela Odobašić at 033 250 600 or info@rak.ba  

 

DTT FORUM HELD ITS REGULAR SESSION


31/03/2010

DTT Forum held today its regular session in BiH Ministry of Transport and Communications premises. On his own as well as on behalf of other Council members, Chairman of the DTT Forum Council Minister Rudo Vidovic used this opportunity to congratulate Ms Dunja Mijatovic on the occasion of her appointment to the position of the OSCE Representative for the Media, pointing out that Bosnia and Herzegovina should be proud that its candidate was appointed.

Considering that Dunja Mijatovic was a member of DTT Forum Council, it was decided that the new member of the Council will be Ms Amela Odobasic, Head of the RAK Public Affairs Department.

Also DTT Forum Council have made a decision to sent a letter asking Council of Ministers to urgently issue a Decision on establishing an expert commission, in order for it to commence its work, aiming to speed up implementation of activities related to Strategy on transferring from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting in BiH.

Further information: DTT Forum Secretariat at dttforum@rak.ba

 

THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA ADOPTED THE STRATEGY ON THE DIGITAL SWITCH-OVER WITHIN THE FREQUENCY BANDS OF 174-230 MHZ AND 470-862 MHZ


Bosnia i Herzegovina
17/06/2009
In the 91st session held on June 17th, 2009, the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina adopted the Strategy on the digital switch-over within the frequency bands of 174-230MHz and 470-862MHz in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Strategy determines optimal solution for fast and efficient switch-over to digital terrestrial broadcasting. The Strategy is based on the principles of promotion of development of information society in Bosnia and Herzegovina, encouragement of further development of competition, stimulation for creating conditions for continuous development of media freedom and interest protection for all users and operators in the communication sector of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This comprises non-discrimination approach, quality and price of services.
By accepting this Strategy, a new chapter in the digital switch-over process in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be opened. We have a period ahead when the work on designing the Action plan for task realization concerning implementation and successful switch-over Strategy in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be done.


75th CONFERENCE OF THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS

Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina has adopted the Statement of Expert group for following the digitalisation projects with the analyses of possible solutions of digital radio-reley connection of Public RTV system in B&H, on the 75th conference held in Sarajevo on February 5 2009.The public RTV system of B&H is in charge of delivering detailed project of digital-relay connections of the Public RTV system of BIH, with the evaluation of expences and time of realization, through the Ministry of Transport and Communication.
The Council of Ministers of BIH has charged the Public RTV system of BIH, that in cooperation with Communication Regulatory Agency, ensures all necessary agreements and permissions that are needed for realization of this project. The Council of Ministers of B&H will, based on the delivered project and gathered opinions, bring the decision on conduction of project of digitalisation of transmission system JRTVSBIH and the manner of its financing in accordance with the Law on RTV system and Policy of the broadcasting sector, taking care on international obligations and deadlines which Bosnia and Herzegovina as a member of the International Telecommunication Unity (ITU) and European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT)  is due to respect.
The Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina has adopted, on a Ministry of Transport and Communication's suggestion, the Instruction on creating and maintenance of the official internet pages of the Bosnia and Herzegovina institutions.


LOGOSOFT SUPER TV

Bosnia i Herzegovina
11/03/2009

Logosoft d.o.o., began with the providing services of IP television under the name SUPER TV. SUPER TV is the television of new generation and presents the IP television which is based on xDSL technology, introduces broad interactivity and high personalisation of television contents. The SUPER TV activity reflects in possibilities of creating its own content and variety of choice for usefull extra services.
Source: https://www.lol.ba/v4/PrivatniKorisnici.aspx?usluga=b6a46910-6226-4a08-b460-de38d266c701

 

RATIFICATION INSTRUMENT

Bosnia and Herzegovina
18/02/2009

The ratification instrument of the final acts of the Regional conference on radio communications for the planning of a digital terrestrial broadcasting service in parts of Regions 1 and 3, within the frequency band of 174-230 MHz and 470-862 MHz (RRC-06), was deposited with the ITU Secretary General on 16 January 2009, and it entered into force on the same day with regards to Bosnia and Herzegovina. This fully concluded the adoption procedure which now obligates Bosnia and Herzegovina to act in compliance with the said agreement.

 

ANNOUNCED RESTORATION AND DIGITALIZATION OF THE B&H FILM MATERIAL

Sarajevo
20/01/2009

The B&H “Kinoteka“ and the Ministry for Culture and Sports of the Sarajevo Canton, announced the beginning of the project on restoration and digitalization of the B&H short, documentary, feature-length and animated films and film journals, as an invaluable B&H's film inheritance.  
The condition for the beginning of the project realization was the assurance of necessary conditions for storage of film material. The Manager of the film archive of the B&H “Kinoteka“ Mrs. Delveta Filipović-Hamzabegović, said that the big problem of the B&H film material was in the fact that it had been scattered through the neighboring countries. Its biggest part is kept in the Belgrade's Yugoslav “Kinoteka“and in the “Jadran film“Zagreb, but also it is in a private possession of film makers in Sarajevo. She also added that conditions for forwarding that material to Sarajevo had been created with the restoration of the mentioned space in Mejtaš. The Film Art house will encompass a part of film material, which refers to the monthly publications and film journals from the period from 1946 to 1949.  Those short films show the reconstruction of Sarajevo and B&H after the World War II. Documentary films made after the year 1952, as well as those from the last war from 1992 to 1995, will be placed in this house.
It is about the project which will last ten years at least until total digitalization of complete film fund is finished.
Complete article can be read on: http://www.rtvfbih.ba/loc/template.wbsp?wbf_id=37&id=21629


ISTANBUL, TURKEY

2/12/2008
The European Commission, Council of Europe, and Turkey organized a two-day seminar on the subject of modernization of European audiovisual policy. The seminar has been held in Istanbul on the 1st and 2nd of December, 2008 under the title “The Audiovisual Media Services Directive in the Context of Digitalization: A New Era for Europe's Audiovisual Media Regulation”.
The representatives of the Western Balkan countries and Turkey: Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina participated at the seminar.
The representatives of the Communications Regulatory Agency presented the state of affairs in this area in Bosnia and Herzegovina and indicated the challenges of switch-over to digital terrestrial broadcasting.
The seminar that was held in Istanbul focused on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and on the process of switchover from analogue to digital television as the most salient elements of the modernization of European audiovisual policy. 


THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE „PROGRAM CONTENT IN DIGITAL BROADCASTING“

26/11/2008

The Communications Regulatory Agency (CRA) and the DTT Forum of Bosnia and Herzegovina organized the second international conference concerning “ Program Content in Digital Broadcasting” in Sarajevo.  Over 100 representatives of the audiovisual sector participated at the conference, and the event itself had been opened by Her Excellency Maryse Berniau, the Ambassador of Republic of France to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Distinguished international experts in this field, the experts from the Communications Regulatory Agency, and the experts from the working groups of the DTT Forum of Bosnia and Herzegovina presented at the conference.

Her Excellency Maryse Berniau commended the Communications Regulatory agency and other relevant participants on their realization of the project of introduction of digital television in Bosnia and Herzegovina, expressing her hope that the experiences presented by the experts from the French regulatory body would be significant for the development of the Strategy for Switchover from Analogue to Digital Broadcasting in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her Excellency Ambassador Berniau also expressed her support for the accomplishments the Agency achieved in the international field, despite the problems it is faced with on an everyday basis.

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The second international conference “Program Content in Digital Broadcasting” in Sarajevo


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BIHTEL 2008

The VII International Symposium on Telecommunications „BIHTEL 2008“, under main theme: „Implementation and Exploitation of New Communication Technologies, Applications and Services“, has been held in Sarajevo. “BIHTEL” is the traditional international symposium on telecommunications organized biannually by the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Sarajevo in collaboration with „IEEE Bosnia and Herzegovina“ and „IEEE Communications Chapter“. In addition to the forty scientific and expert papers presented by the symposium participants, who were mostly from the countries of Southeastern Europe, the experts from CRA and DTT Forum also participated at the BIHTEL.

Source: http://bihtel.etf.unsa.ba/bih/index.html


30/10/2008.
DUBLIN – THE EUROPEAN PLATFORM OF REGULATORY AUTHORITIES (EPRA)

The Results of the Research of Switch-Over from Analogue to Digital Broadcasting of the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) At its last meeting held in Dublin in October 2008, attended by 150 participants from 41 country, within the framework of the working session Digital TV Regulations, the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA) presented the results of the research of switch-over from analogue to digital broadcasting. In addition to this topic, the participants also discussed about the implementation of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, the role of regulators in the regulation of Public TV Broadcasters, media and political pluralism, as well as the implementation of principles of self-regulation and co-regulation as a regulatory model. Since May 2007, the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities is chaired by Ms. Dunja Mijatović, the Assistant to the Director of Broadcasting of the Communications Regulatory Agency.

Source: http://www.epra.org/content/english/index2.html


22/10/2008.
THE VISIT TO THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA

The delegation of the DTT Forum of Bosnia and Herzegovina visited the Republic of Slovenia. At the meetings with the representatives of the Post and Electronic Communications Agency of the Republic of Slovenia, useful information and experiences of the two countries related to the introduction of digital television have been exchanged.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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