SMIT researchers discussing the future role of VRT at the Flemish Parliament

As part of the discussions on the renewed management contract negotiated between the Flemish Government and the VRT, several hearings were organized at the Flemish Parliament by the Commission Culture, Youth, Sports and Media.

The hearings started off on Wednesday May 7th (video) with a session devoted to acquiring insights from media experts and representatitives from both the European Broadcasting Union and iMinds. Dr. Tim Raats sketched some of the trends and discussions on Public Service Media policy and practice, highlighting the importance of the articulation, but also protection of the distinctive role of public broadcasters.

Professor Dr. Pieter Ballon then proceeded to discuss the pitfalls and prospects of innovation strategies and highlighted some remarks for VRT’s own innovation strategy.

On June 15th (video), Raats also presented the results of a large-scale stakeholder inquiry. The research was commissioned by the Sector Council for Media and Department of Culture, Media, Youth and Sports, and conducted by iMinds-SMIT-VUB in collaboration with iMinds-MICT-UGent.
The research gives an overview of more than 140 stakeholders’ views and priorities regarding the next management contract of the VRT.
Together with the results of a public survey conducted by University of Antwerp, the study served as input for the advice of the Sector Council for Media.

The advice was presented by its chairman Simon Delaere, who is also senior researcher at iMinds-SMIT.
The advice of the Flemish Sector Council and the stakeholder inquiry can be found here.

We returned to the Flemish Parliament on June 22nd (video) with senior researcher Olivier Braet, who was invited as an external expert for his opinion on the forthcoming legislation on a regulated book price in Flanders.
You can download his presentation here.

Created by Elias Van Dingenen on 25/06/2015