1st December 2014: Here is a paper on Public Service Broadcasting written by Eric in 1987: Agressive Defence - read it!
Almost five years have passed since my last news! Well I am still working with mediaadministration/regulation in Denmark. Recently (1st Feb. 2008) the Mediasecretariat was merged by the Ministry of Culture with the bigger Agency for Libraries, now called Agency for Libraries and Media. It gets a staff of about 70 persons including the 11 from the Mediasecretariat. I am no longer a director but a senior consultant, still with responsibility for the content of our work, but not for personnel and finance anymore. I alreday told you in 2003 that management is not my strongest hand or talent, so in fact I am happy with the change. My 8-year contract finishes March 2009, and before the merge I envisaged to go into (very) early ritirement at that date, when I am only 63 years old. Now this change from director to consultant happens one year earlier and I can then continue until I am 65 in 2010.
It is hard to imagine leaving my very interesting field of work. Just this spring we are deciding by beauty contest who shall have the role as "gatekeeper" for the commercial part of DTT in Denmark (the tender material is available here http://www.mediesekretariatet.dk/bilag/dttudbud/dttudbud_udbudsmateriale_eng.pdf), and we shall also tender a big information campaign about the close of ATT (31. Oct. 2009 - which happens to be my 64th birthday) at a 7 mio Euro cost.
The work with public service is not the biggest part of my job. I must follow a decline of DR, financially and in some respects also in quality with no real instruments of controlling it. DR is moving into a new DR-City - a fully digital production centre for integrated radio, tv, web etc. It is partly the cost of this building that broke the economy of DR. - The complex cases about TV 2 and EU state aid are still pending in Luxembourg.
Since November 2007 I am the Danish member of the council of the Observatory in Strassbourg. It smells a bit of research, and I meet interesting people there, as I do in EPRA.
I am always happy to get greetings from old colleagues at Christmas or any other time. I am still available by mail or in person, if you come to Copenhagen.
In a few month we shall move to the merged Agency and have new e-mail etc. - then I will write you again.
Danish Media Secretariat - cf. http://www.mediesekretariat.dk/english/english.htm