Volume 9 Issue 1 of the Competition Law Review on Media Markets

Competition Law Review

The latest issue of the Competition Law Review has just been published. This issue centres on the theme of Media Markets and has an excellent collection of papers and an Editorial by Andrew Scott of the LSE.

The first paper, by Ben Van Rompuy and Karen Donders, looks at the EBU Eurovision system in relation to sports broadcasting rights, not the infamous Song Contest, and the impact of the CJEU judgements in Case C-403/08 FAPL V QC Leisure and Case C-429/08 Murphy v Media Protection Services. The sports broadcasting market is of ever increasing importance and the article examines the competition problems that continue.

The second paper, by Nicolo Zingales, looks at market definition in the online search and advertising market. The paper considers two challenges: (1) the peculiarities of two-sided markets; and, (2) the key role of user data in online search and advertising.

The final paper, by Konstantina Bania, looks at merger control in the broadcasting sector and media pluralism. The paper argues that it would be unlawful for the Commission to conduct a politically contentious assessment and ban a merger operation on pluralism grounds, but that it is also true that European competition law does not operate in a vacuum but rather as an apparatus used for the realization of the European project.

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