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EBU elects BBC director general Tony Hall as next president

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has appointed BBC director general Tony Hall as its next president, with France Télévisions CEO, Delphine Ernotte Cunci, to serve as vice-president. Hall and Cunci will take up their new roles from January 1, 2019 for a two-year period, following their election by an absolute majority at the EBU’s 80th General Assembly […]

European parliament committee approves controversial copyright reform

The European Parliament’s legal affairs committee this week approved controversial plans for copyright reform that have attracted substantial criticism from media industry groups. MEPs on the committee voted for the controversial article 13 provision that will require internet platforms such as Google and Facebook to prevent users from uploading copyrighted material, and for article 11, […]

EBU names first female chair of technical committee

Public broadcasters organisation the EBU’s technical assembly has elected Judy Parnall (pictured centre), the BBC’s head of standards and industry, as chair of the new EBU technical committee. Parnall, who becomes the first female chair in the history of the EBU’s technical governance body, was already a member of the technical committee and will be […]

EBU concerned about Montenegrin pubcaster chief dismissal

Public broadcasters’ organisation the EBU has expressed strong concern about the dismissal of Andrijana Bulatovic Kadija, the director-general of Montenegrin public broadcaster RTCG at the end of last week. The EBU had already raised concerns about changes to the broadcaster’s supervisory council last year, when the country’s parliament initiated procedures against some members of the […]

Public and commercial broadcasters divided over revised audiovisual directive

Public and commercial broadcasters are divided over the merits of the final political agreement on the EU’s revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive, with public broadcaster organization the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) welcoming the result of the final review and commercial broadcaster group the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) slamming it as “a missed […]

EBU names Eutelsat’s Arcidiacono as director of innovation

European public broadcasters group the EBU has named Antonio Arcidiacono as director of innovation and technology. He will take up his post on September 1, replacing Simon Fell, who left the organisation earlier this year. Arcidiacono has served as director of innovation and a member of the management committee at Eutelsat since 2008, with responsibility […]

Industry stakeholders slam European Council copyright reform draft

Both public broadcaster organisation the EBU and a group representing authors of audiovisual works have expressed dissatisfaction with different aspects of the compromise position agreed by the European Council on copyright reform in the EU. The Council’s permanent representatives committee, Coreper, agreed a position on the draft directive at the end of last week that […]

EBU reports record year for Eurovision Song Contest

This year’s Eurovision Song Contest from Lisbon was seen by 186 million viewers globally, according to public broadcasters organisation the EBU. The total audience for the event encompassed viewers of the three live shows on May 8, 10 and 12. The Grand Final on May 12 achieved an overall audience share of about 35.8%, about […]

Piksel names former EBU technology chief to board

OTT TV technology outfit Piksel has named former EBU director of technology and innovation Simon Fell to its board. Fell, led the team spearheading developments in broadcast, media technologies and innovation at the EBU. Before jointing the EBU he served as CTO at Heathrow Airport and worked with UK digital terrestrial platform Freeview on the […]

EBU concerned about Ukrainian media law change

Public broadcasters organisation the EBU has expressed concern about proposed changes to Ukraine’s public media law that it believes would threaten the independence of public service media in the country, and urged the Ukrainian parliament to reject the planned amendments. According to the EBU, the planned amendment would oblige public broadcaster UA:PBC to provide 20 […]