Austria: Regulatory Authorities

Österreichischer Presserat (Austrian Press Council)

The Austrian Press Council sees itself as a modern, self-regulating device in the press, which serves the editorial quality, and ensures the freedom, of the press.

Journalism has an essential democratic political significance as a result of its particular responsibility in handling information and its dissemination. The Press Council, therefore, created a code of honor for the Austrian press (principles for journalistic work), containing rules for good and responsible journalistic behavior and ethical guidelines for the media. This code is the basis for the decisions of the Senate of the Press Council. A key task of the Press Council is to identify and counter shortcomings in journalism.

The Press Council is an association whose supporters are the most important journalists and publishers’ associations in Austria.

Österreichischer Presserat
Verein zur Selbstkontrolle der österreichischen Presse, Franz-Josefs-Kai 27, 1010 Wien, Austria
Tel.: +43 – (0)1 – 23 699 84 – 11
Fax: +43 – (0)1 – 23 699 84 – 99
E-Mail: info@presserat.at
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Österreichischer-Presserat/196820707024486
Twitter: http://twitter.com/Presserat



The Austrian Communications Authority, also known as KommAustria, is the regulatory authority for electronic audio media and electronic audiovisual media in Austria. Since early April 2004, the authority has been headed by Michael Ogris, who also became its Chairman on October 1, 2010, when KommAustria was transformed into an independent panel authority which is not subject to instructions from any other authority. In all of its activities, KommAustria is provided with operational support by RTR’s Media Division.

Since its establishment under the KommAustria Act in 2001, KommAustria has been responsible for issuing licenses to private television and radio stations, managing broadcasting frequencies, handling the legal supervision of private broadcasters, as well as preparing and launching digital broadcasting in Austria.

Since January 2004, KommAustria has also been in charge of administering the Austrian federal government’s press and journalism subsidies. In August of the same year, KommAustria also assumed responsibility for monitoring compliance with Austrian advertising regulations in broadcasts of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) and private broadcasters.

Since October 1, 2010, KommAustria has also been responsible for legal supervision of ORF and its subsidiaries, for the legal supervision of private providers of audiovisual media services on the Internet, and for certain tasks under the Austrian Act on Exclusive Television Rights.

Mariahilfer Straße 77-79, 1060 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 580 58-0
Fax: +43 1 580 58-9191
Email: rtr@rtr.at

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