RCS&RDS hit by fine

05.18 Europe/London, October 12, 2011 By Chris Dziadul

RCS&RDS has been fined RON10,000 (€2,313) by Romania’s National Audiovisual Council (CNA) for refusing to distribute the sports channel GSP TV.
Quoted by ZF, RCS&RDS spokesman Mihai Dinei argued against the decision by saying Article 82, governing the term ‘must-carry’ and incorporated into Romanian law, fails to take into account the views of the European Court of Justice.
This has said that the principal of must carry should take into account cultural, social and educational values – something that had not happened in Romania.
CNA countered by saying that it cannot change Article 82. The regulator will discuss a separate dispute between RCS&RDS and the Antenna Group this Thursday.