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A miracle cure for insomnia

"On 17 September 2008, the European Parliament will launch on the Internet its own webTV channel: Europarltv. From that moment, anyone in the world with Internet access will be able to watch a regularly changing set of programmes based around the life of the Parliament". EUPravda. (It isn't live yet, and tells you you have 'invalid credentials' if you attempt to access it)

And there's more:

"Who controls the channel?

The channel is governed by an Editorial Charter that lays down the principles on which the channel is based. It underlines, in particular, that

- "the channel shall be governed by the principles of public service to meet informational and educational purposes"; and

- "the channel shall ensure that the plurality of opinion in the European Parliament is reflected, with due respect to the relative strengths of the political groups, in accordance with a neutral, non-partisan editorial policy".

So, presumably, fascists, greens and the rest of the extreme left will get a platform... We will wait in vain, doubtless, for much information on the EU's accounts, inter alia.

What will be on the channel?

Europarltv is not a single channel but rather is split into four channels, each directed to a different audience:

  • Your Parliament, aimed at those with a particular interest in politics at the EU level: informed citizens, industry groups, social partners, lobbyists, academics as well as those working in the EU institutions.
  • Your Voice, conceived for the general public and providing the possibility of featuring user-generated content. C'mon UKIP, I dare you.
  • Young Europe, aimed particularly at school-aged children, high users of the Internet and the European electorate of the future. That is a cruel and unusual punishment. Are heavy interent users presumed to have the mentality of small children, do you suppose, or is this just a lousy sentence construction?
  • Parliament Live provides continuous coverage of live events in the Parliament, notably debates in the plenary sessions, with a link to the audiovisual archives of previous sessions, as well as in the coming months, the activities of the committees.

How much will it cost?

The annual budget foreseen for the channel is € 9 million. The largest part is devoted to programme production and translation, with smaller amounts foreseen for hosting and developing the website and for marketing the channel.

Not that outrageous a figure, ATC.

As a footnote, am I alone in missing 18 Doughty St?

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Blogger Prodicus said... 3:18 pm

You are not alone.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 6:41 pm

Just the two of us then...  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 9:15 pm

So many channels and yet so little to watch!

Can you imagine anyone in their right minds wtaching any of this??  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 5:21 am

I supppose we can now look forward to lots of EU-logising over this further waste of our cash.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 7:11 am

MtD - Yup, a sort of euro freeview with acres of filler. I think a sort of subsidy shopping channel would be fun though.

N - Groan... I am less thn EUphoric.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 11:09 am

You are not alone in missing 18 Doughty St, although some of the presenters were hardly supermodels. Donal Blaney particularly made me look away.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:18 am

I do not think I would meet too much argument if I suggested Zoe was the easiest on the eye.  

Blogger The Daily Pundit said... 4:59 pm

Re: Doughty Street. I was thinking the same, particularly when Labour MPs started resigning last week.  

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Blogger Croydonian said... 6:16 am

Shut the door behind you, Orlena.  

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