The Media Diversity Commission
The Media Diversity Commission was established in September 2015, and will present its report (Green Paper) to the Norwegian Ministry of Culture by 1 March 2017. The Ministry of Culture established the Commission to assess the impact of digitalization, globalization and media convergence on the Norwegian media industry and media policy.
The media sector has experienced a fundamental shift because of digitalisation, and the changes have challenged the business models of legacy media. At the same time, the public's access to information and different media has never been greater. The effects of these changes on media diversity are unclear. The Media Diversity Commission will assess these.
The Media Diversity Commission's mandate is, in short, to assess the goals of the state on media diversity, and how the Government's economic measures, including the license fee for the public service broadcaster NRK and press subsides, best can be used to promote and uphold media diversity in Norway. The Commission will also examine models that can finance other state contributions to a vital democracy and a diverse media sector, such as public service broadcasting on radio, press subsidies, subsidies for local broadcasting, Sami newspapers, scholarships and the like.
USD 372 780 (NOK 3, 191 million NOK) for the Media Diversity Commission and USD 163 551 (NOK 1,4 million) for the Secretariat.