Football Radio

Not all are the London Olympics in August. It also starts the Spain Football League. For this reason, the Commission of the market of telecommunications (CMT) has decided to adopt an injunction allowing peacefully start the football season in Spain, where the conflict between the League of professional football (LFP) and the broadcasting organizations concerned. The conflict between the LFP and the radios comes from afar. In effect, the law 7/2010 of 31 March General Audiovisual Communication (ACL), regulated in section 3 of chapter II of title II, hiring exclusively of the broadcast on television of audiovisual content, in order to protect the fundamental right to information and to ensure full and adequate protection of the interests of viewers. However, the ACL only regulated the emission of audiovisual content via television without making any mention of the sound broadcasting.

This omission of the ACL caused the LFP to consider entitled to prevent the radio access to football stadiums, thus resulting the initial conflict. In order to put an end to this discrimination, which violated the right of radios to communicate and receive information, recognized in article 20.1 (d)) of the Spanish Constitution, a few months ago was adopted the Royal Decree-Law 15/2012, of April 20, which, together with the modification of the system of administration of the Corporacion RTVE, sets the modification of article 19 of the ACL, which happened to be drafted, on radios, in the following terms: radio audiovisual communications service providers will have free access to the stadiums and venues to broadcast live sports events that take place in them, in exchange for economic compensation equivalent to the costs generated by the exercise of such right. The amount of the compensation shall be determined by agreement of the parties. In case of discrepancy on such This amount, shall be responsible to the Commission for the telecommunications market resolve the conflict through binding resolution, at the request of any of the parties and after hearing them.

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