August 5, 2019
Turkey introduces license requirement for online broadcasting and amends regulation on commercial communication revenue audits
On 1 August 2019, Turkey introduced new Regulations with respect to online broadcasting in the Official Gazette No 30849. The provisions are summarized below.
According to the Online Broadcasting Regulation, media service providers wishing to provide radio, television and on-demand broadcasting solely on online platforms will need to obtain an online broadcasting license (separate from the regular broadcasting license) from the RTÜK.
Pursuant to the aforesaid regulation, the online broadcasting license will be issued to joint stock companies (JSC) established in accordance with the Turkish Code of Commerce, with respect to the provision of radio, television and on-demand broadcasting on online platforms.
Platform operators transmitting these online broadcasts will also need to obtain a license from RTÜK and such operators can be in form of JSC or limited company. Online broadcasting licenses and broadcast transmitting licenses are subject to annual fees.
Media service providers and online broadcasting platform operators are obliged to:
With the Audit of Commercial Revenue Regulation, the percentage of RTÜK shares (obliged to be paid by online television, radio, and on-demand service providers) has been reduced to 1.5% from 3%.
For additional information with respect to this Alert, please contact the following:
Kuzey Yeminli Mali Müsavirlik ve Bagimsiz Denetim A.S. Istanbul