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In Austria, legislation concerning public film screenings and the protection of youth is delegated to regional authorities, therefore the nine Länder have their own specific rules on the issue of film classification. In the absence of a unified system a central rating board has been created, which has recently been reformed in order to include new electronic media within its field of activity (Austrian Board of Media Classification, ABMC). Regarding the broadcasting landscape, a clear division exists between the public broadcaster ORF and private TV networks. ORF channels have established an internal code of conduct for the protection of minors against harmful TV content, and they themselves manage the implementation of the code’s rules. On the contrary, private TV operators, including cable and satellite channels, are submitted to the monitoring and control of an independent regulatory authority, KommAustria. KommAustria is part of RTR, the Austrian board for regulation and control in the field of communications (telecommunications and broadcasting), a convergence authority set up on the model of Italian AGCOM. 1. Film, Video and Video games 1.1 Applicable legislation 1

Year: 2003
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