On November 4, 2008, the European Commission published a press release and draft communication on the rules it intends to apply to state funding of public service broadcasting, with comments due by January 15, 2009. The Commission also indicated that it would issue a revised communication on broadcasting in the first half of 2009. The previous broadcasting communication was adopted in 2001. The Commission wants to update and modernize that communication, as well as recognize the mission of public service broadcasters and fair competition.
The press release seems to indicate more discretion for the Member States in this area, which has been perennially difficult for the Commission due to political pressure fomented by public broadcasters. It says "the draft also suggests increased flexibility for public service broadcasters to build up reserves to help them deliver on their public service mission and to withstand cost fluctuations. At the same time, the suggested rules would require reinforced control mechanisms at the national level to avoid overcompensation and cross-subsidisation of commercial activities."