Licence to provide a media service from Luxembourg

In order to be able to broadcast a Luxembourg audiovisual or audio service, applicants must first obtain a licence.

The Communications and media service (Service des médias et des communications) processes licence applications for:

  • services broadcast over the air (terrestrial radio);
  • services by cable in Luxembourg;
  • services via satellite in Luxembourg.

The Independent Luxembourg broadcasting authority (Autorité luxembourgeoise indépendante de l'audiovisuel - ALIA) processes licence applications for the following Luxembourg broadcast services:

  • local radio stations, and;
  • radio transmission networks.

Who is concerned

All natural or legal persons can apply for a licence for:

  • a Luxembourg service broadcast over the air, or;
  • a Luxembourg service by cable.

All Luxembourg companies can apply for a licence for:

  • a Luxembourg service via satellite;
  • a radio transmission network, or;
  • a local radio.

Preliminary steps

If the programme is of a commercial nature, applicants must hold a business permit or have applied for one to the Ministry of the Economy.

How to proceed

Radio broadcasting over the air

Barring exceptions, licences for broadcasting over the air are granted after a public call for proposals which states:

  • the available frequencies and slots, with their respective characteristics;
  • the information to be provided by applicants and the selection criteria of the beneficiaries;
  • the conditions to be met by the beneficiary and the service proposed;
  • the deadline for the submissions.

In order to obtain a licence, applicants or their representatives must send an application to the Communications and media service in 2 copies or an electronic version, including:

  • the application form for the service broadcast over the air (the form will be published after the public call for proposals);
  • all the supporting documents requested in the call for proposals.

Service distributed by cable

In order to obtain a licence, applicants or their representatives must send an application to the Communications and media service in 2 copies or an electronic version, including:

  • the application form for a service distributed by cable (TV and radio);
  • all the supporting documents requested in the form.

Service broadcast via satellite

In order to obtain a licence, applicants or their representatives must send an application to the Communications and media service in 2 copies or an electronic version, including:

  • the application form for a service broadcast via satellite (TV and radio);
  • all the supporting documents requested in the form.

Local radios and radio transmission networks

Barring exceptions, permits for local radios and radio transmission networks are granted after a public call for proposals which indicates:

  • the available frequencies and slots, with their respective characteristics;
  • the information to be provided by applicants and, where applicable, the selection criteria of the beneficiaries;
  • the conditions to be met by the beneficiary and the service proposed;
  • the deadline for the submissions.
 Permits which are granted as a replacement for an existing one, can be granted without a public call for proposals.

In order to obtain a permit, applicants or their representatives must send an electronic application to the Independent Luxembourg broadcasting authority (Autorité luxembourgeoise indépendante de l'audiovisuel - ALIA), including:

  • the application for an audio broadcasting service;
  • all the supporting documents requested in the form.

Specifications

Every licence comes with specifications stating the operating conditions to be respected.

They contain, among others, provisions on:

  • Royalties to be paid to the Public Treasury and the cultural services to be ensured for the country's interest, where applicable;
  • the surveillance of the content by the Independent Luxembourg broadcasting authority (ALIA);
  • limitations regarding advertising messages;
  • the obligation to keep the facilities at the disposal of the State for free for the dissemination of official statements or information relating to human safety and police needs.
Specifications vary depending on the type of licence obtained.

Validity of the licence

The licence can be used for one or more services and can, if needed, include exclusive elements for a limited duration.

It is personal, not transferable and of limited duration.

It may be renewed for the same beneficiary without a new call for proposals. In such case, the provisions of the new licence may vary from the ones that applied previously.

The authorities can withdraw the licence at any time if:

  • either the conditions required to obtain the licence are no longer met;
  • or the specifications are no longer respected;
  • or it is not used on a regular basis.

Forms / Online services

Request For a Concession for the Provision of a Media Service from Luxembourg

To complete your application, the information about you collected from this form needs to be processed by the public administration concerned.

That information is kept by the administration in question for as long as it is required to achieve the purpose of the processing operation(s).

Your data will be shared with other public administrations that are necessary for the processing of your application. For details on which departments will have access to the data on this form, please contact the public administration you are filing your application with.

Under the terms of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, you have the right to access, rectify or, where applicable, remove any information relating to you. You are also entitled to withdraw your consent at any time.

Additionally, unless the processing of your personal data is compulsory, you may, with legitimate reasons, oppose the processing of such data.

If you wish to exercise these rights and/or obtain a record of the information held about you, please contact the administration in question using the contact details provided on the form. You are also entitled to file a claim with the National Commission for Data Protection (Commission nationale pour la protection des données), headquartered at 1, Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

By submitting your application, you agree that your personal data may be processed as part of the application process.

Demande de concession pour la fourniture d'un service de média à partir du Luxembourg

Les informations qui vous concernent recueillies sur ce formulaire font l’objet d’un traitement par l’administration concernée afin de mener à bien votre demande.

Ces informations sont conservées pour la durée nécessaire par l’administration à la réalisation de la finalité du traitement

Les destinataires de vos données sont les administrations compétentes dans le cadre du traitement de votre demande. Veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée par votre demande pour connaître les destinataires des données figurant sur ce formulaire. Conformément au règlement (UE) 2016/679 relatif à la protection des personnes physiques à l'égard du traitement des données à caractère personnel et à la libre circulation de ces données, vous bénéficiez d’un droit d’accès, de rectification et le cas échéant d’effacement des informations vous concernant. Vous disposez également du droit de retirer votre consentement à tout moment.

En outre et excepté le cas où le traitement de vos données présente un caractère obligatoire, vous pouvez, pour des motifs légitimes, vous y opposer.

Si vous souhaitez exercer ces droits et/ou obtenir communication de vos informations, veuillez-vous adresser à l’administration concernée suivant les coordonnées indiquées dans le formulaire. Vous avez également la possibilité d’introduire une réclamation auprès de la Commission nationale pour la protection des données ayant son siège à 1 Avenue du Rock'n'Roll, L-4361 Esch-sur-Alzette.

En poursuivant votre démarche, vous acceptez que vos données personnelles soient traitées dans le cadre de votre demande.

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