Yesterday a committee of the European Parliament voted on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive. This is the Directive which threatens the future of internet TV stations like 18DoughtyStreet - obviously a subject close to my heart. Tory MEP Christopher Beazley sits on this committee. See HERE. When he last corresponded with me he indicated that he would be voting with the EPP line and supporting the Directive, with all its unnecessary regulation.
I have been trying to find out today whether he did vote in favour of it or not. Astonishingly, votes in these Committees are not recorded. I have emailed him, but last time it took three weeks to get a reply, so I am not holding my breath.
I know I have a number of readers in the European Parliament. Would anyone know the answer to my question?
UPDATE: I have just received this email from Christopher Beazley. Words fail me. His last paragraph is just plain deluded.
The Committee voted unanimously (with the exception of one, believed to be UKIP) after a marathon session to accept the Rapporteur's compromise proposals which incorporated as much as possible of the Industry, Internal Market and associated Committee's proposals.
As I outlined to you in our previous correspondence my amendment to safeguard OFCOM's continuing responsibility in the UK and the 30 minute rule pertaining to advertising slots of Independent TV have been approved.
Blogs, private websites, internet applications whose primary purpose is not audiovisual are all excluded from the Daft Directive.
Internet based TV (non linear services), as anticipated will fall under the scope of the Directive which guarantees to the public the same level of consumer and legal protection as they currently expect from linear TV services. Your individual concerns for the future of your internet based service would appear to be allayed as the Draft Directive, as it stands, in no way threatens its future success.