Is Twitter broadcasting?

Munich based video pod­cast Isar­runde has applied for being accept­ed as a legit­i­mate Ger­man broad­cast­ing chan­nel with their Twit­ter channel.

Michael Prae­to­rius hand­ed over the the offi­cial form to Mar­tin Gebrande, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the Bay­erische Lan­deszen­trale für Neue Medi­en BLM — a fed­er­al state media author­i­ty. The appli­ca­tion does not refer to Isar­run­de’s video or audio con­tent but to it’s Twit­ter chan­nel, exclu­sive­ly .

As seen in the video, Mr Gebrande promised to check whether Isar­run­de’s Twit­ter chan­nel qual­i­fies for a broad­cast­ing out­let. If the BLM rat­i­fies this appli­ca­tion, Isar­runde will be charged a EUR 5,000 fee.
Accord­ing­ly, the BLM would have to act as a media watch­dog and watch Isar­run­de’s Twit­ter Chan­nel close­ly. Should Isar­runde vio­late Bavari­a’s broad­cast­ing reg­u­la­tions, the BLM would have to take appro­pri­ate steps against Isarrunde. 

The rea­son for Isar­run­de’s appli­ca­tion is to clar­i­fy whether Inter­net chan­nels with a real­time approach have to be seen as a broad­cast­ing pro­gramme. This had been indi­cat­ed by Bavari­a’s Prime Min­is­ter, Mr Horst See­hofer, who told the audi­ence in his open­ing address of Medi­en­t­age München, a media con­fer­ence, that the inter­net has to be seen as broad­cast­ing. Mr Gebrande qual­i­fied Mr See­hofer­’s claim dur­ing a panel dicus­sion: broad­cast­ing is a lin­ear media with a sug­ges­tive effect. Addi­tion­al­ly, online out­lets as web radios or webTV sta­tions only qual­i­fy as broad­cast­ers if they reach 500 or more users via their streams. In con­se­quence, Isar­run­de’s Twit­ter chan­nel — as well as every other Twit­ter chan­nel with more than 500 fol­low­ers — would qual­i­fy as a broadcaster.

By apply­ing for the sta­tus of a broad­cast­er, Isar­runde ful­fills its duty as a poten­tial broadcaster.
Isar­runde is a pro­duc­tion of Michael Prae­to­rius, Dr. Benedikt Köh­ler, Michael Reuter, Christoph Elzer and Ana­tol Lock­er.

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