Tuesday, October 17, 2006

TV rules different for Internet content

The BBC is reporting a debate in the UK Parliament. Members of the House of Lords were told trying to impose new rules on audio-visual internet providers - like the YouTube site - could stifle new broadcasters.

Internet broadcasters should not be subject to the same rules which govern television, peers have been told.

The cost of complying with new rules could deter new would-be Internet entrepreneurs, the committee heard.

And it would prove difficult to get TV regulation to fit online services, as well as impose any rules on such fast-changing technology.

Each point is valid and the debate should be enjoined by the PR profession as well.