Programme

As the MCRMC 2013 approaches we will update the programme page with speakers and presentations.  Below is the programme from MCRMC 2012 with reviews from past participants.

“I really enjoyed the class because we were able to share experiences”
Tseliso Mokela, Ministry of Communication-Lesotho

“I think the Course has put me in a better and wider context of dealing with my duties as a Content regulator. Thank you indeed!!!!”
Dr Amos Odea Muzkilasa, Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority

“There was ample opportunity provided to ask questions and raise issues and this is very useful”

Eneng Faridah Iskandar, Malaysian Communications and Media Commission


Media and Communications Regulation Masterclass 23-25 May 2012

Day 1 – Wednesday 23 May

9:00 – 9:30:  Registration & Welcome with tea and coffee

9:30 – 10:30:  Introduction of staff and delegates  Keynote Address from Lord Guy Black

10:30 – 10:45:  Introduction to scenario and explanation of simulation and group assignments

10:45-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30:  Presentation and Discussion – Democratic Governance of Media and Communications
Presenters: Dieter Loraine and Douglas Griffin

• General principles of communications regulation
• Requirements of International law
• Questions of Jurisdiction
• Regional issues
• Democratic purposes
• Cultural and consumer protection reasons
• Economic purposes
• legal frameworks used for regulation

12:30 – 13:30:  Lunch

13:30 – 14:15:  Inject / Group work (how to set up a regulator in Country)

14:15 – 15:00:  Presentation and Discussion – Independence and Best Practices of Regulation
Presenters: Dieter Loraine and Douglas Griffin

• Proportionality
• Accountability
• Consistency
• Transparency
• Targeting
• Importance of independence
• Ensuring independence while maintaining proper accountability
• Role and functions of responsible policy-making and implementing agencies
• Real life examples of conflicts and resolutions between agencies
• Communicating with Stakeholders, Government and Licensees
• Public service broadcasting

15:00-15:15 Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:00:  Inject / Group work (ensuring independence amidst contestation, setting up a PSB)

16:00 – 17:30:  Presentation and Discussion – Liberalisation and Privatisation of
Emerging Communications Markets

• Examples from Latin America
• Economic reasons for liberalisation

17:30 – 19:00:  Pre-dinner drinks

19:00:  Dinner

Day 2 – Thursday 24 May

9:00 – 9:15:  Introduction to the day- outlying questions; discussion

9:15 – 10:00:  Inject/ Group work (privatisation and opening the markets in Country)

10:00 – 10:15 Coffee Break

10:15 – 11:30:  Presentation and Discussion – Digitalisation
Presentation:  Michael Starks

• What is digitization? Convergence of broadcasting, telecommunications and computer technologies
• Spectrum strategy: digital TV switchover’s connection to mobile telephony
• Competition for mobile telephony spectrum as a source of revenue
• The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) framework. Why extend, or reinvest in, analogue terrestrial transmission?
• How can analogue terrestrial be switched off? Political nightmare?
• Multi-platform issues, technology choices and spectrum planning
• Cost Benefit analysis
• Launching digital terrestrial TV: simulcasting, multiple new channels, receivers
• Migration of existing users: minimising compulsion
• The role of (and sources for) subsidy
• Timing analogue switch-off
• Communications, persuasion and help
• Securing the ‘digital dividend’
• Convergence of TV, mobile telecommunications and the Internet

11:30 – 12:30:  Inject / Group work (Country comes into money and wants to amp up technology)

12:30 – 13:30:  Lunch

13:30 – 15:00:  Presentation and Discussion – Convergence and what this means for regulation.

15:00-15:15: Coffee Break

15:15 – 16:30:  Presentation and Discussion – Complaints, Regulator as Negotiator, International Issues (EU case study)
Presentation:  Helen Keefe

16:30 – 17:30:  Inject (bringing in all issues discussed today, especially convergence and international convergence and how the regulator deals with it)

 Day 3 – Friday 25 May

9:00-9:30:  Introduction to the day

9:30 – 10:45:  Presentation and Discussion – Long Term Solutions for Media Regulation
Presenter: Dr. Katrin Nyman-Metcalf

• Licensing
• Violations of code of conduct
• Revising code of conduct
• Freedom of speech issues

10:45-11:00: Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30:  Last inject about long term solutions for Country

12:30-13:00: Lunch

13:00 – 14:30:  De-brief and presentations

14:30-15:30: Sweep up

 

3 Responses to Programme

  1. Mr Caiphus Moletsane says:

    I’m interested in the course. My position at Botswana Telecomms Authority is Head of Media and Content overseeing the regulation of Broadcasting Services in Botswana.

    I once enquired but did not get feedback on whether there was a possibility of having your organisation coming over to Botswana to conduct such a course here and how much would that cost? Thanks.

  2. I am quite interested to attend the training. I am the Head of the Government Communication Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Tanzania.

  3. Dear sir/Madam,
    delighted of your progeramme, please, would like your programme to address more on the entire spectrum of telecommunications, as it to the improvement of humanity, and presently your case study is on EU, are we welcome from Africa, its my question,regards to you all.
    Thank you for your respected kind attention, its appreciative.
    thank you.
    Yours sincerely,
    Oyekunle B. Ajayi,5N7MBA.

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