State aid - Case 1

State aid in broadcasting

Compatibility of online services with European State aid rules. Pursuant to a revision of German state broadcasting laws, all publicly financed broadcasting stations have to conduct a three-tiered test for existing and forthcoming online services. The test includes an assessment of the online-services' compatibility with European State aid rules. In this context the market effects of these online services have to be analysed. We were commissioned by several state broadcasting stations to review external expert opinions by other consulting firms regarding these market effects. We were to judge the soundness of the methodologies used and the conclusions drawn.