Euro TV restrictions voted

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The European Parliament approved a number of restrictions to the proposed new TV Without Frontiers directive, and voted to include new media such as the Internet and teleshopping channels within the scope of the directive. It also voted to reduce the amount of advertising on TV from 20% to 15% of net program time, and to give member states more legal ammunition to ward off advertising from other countries. The amended directive now goes to the Council of Ministers, which is known to oppose many of then new amendments. If a common position is not reached between the two groups, revision of the directive may be scrapped altogether, leaving the 1989 version as it is.

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