The Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania

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The Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania is an independent body accountable to the Seimas (Parliament), which regulates and supervises the activities of radio and television broadcasters, on-demand audiovisual media service providers falling under the jurisdiction of the Republic of Lithuania, re-broadcasters carrying their activities in the territory of Lithuania and other legal bodies providing distribution services of radio and television programmes on internet for the users in the territory of Lithuania. The Commission participates in the formation of national audiovisual policy. It is an expert body for the Seimas and the Government on audiovisual issues. When performing its functions and taking decisions on issues within its remit, the Commission acts independently.

The Commission is a public legal entity and a state budgetary institution headed by the chairman of the Commission. It consists of 11 members: two members are appointed by the President of the Republic, three members (one of them from the opposition political groups) are appointed by the Seimas, three members are appointed by the Lithuanian Artists’ Association, one member – by the Lithuanian Bishops’ Conference, one member – by the Lithuanian Journalists’ Union, and one member – by the Lithuanian Journalists’ Society. The members of the Commission are appointed to serve for a period of four years and may not serve more than two successive terms of office.

The chairman and the vice-chairman are appointed by the Seimas for a period of four years from among the members of the Commission for no longer than two successive terms of office. They can be dismissed only by the Seimas.

Meetings are the main form of work of the Commission; they are open to the public.

The Commission’s activity is financed by 0.6% of the income of the regulated audiovisual media market players (except for the public service broadcaster) received from audiovisual commercial communications, advertising, subscription fees and other activities related to their services.

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Last updated: 10-01-2020