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 […]

EBU teams with Ateme and Nevion for CA extension to BISS

European public broadcasters organization the EBU has teamed up with technology outfits Ateme and Nevion to update its royalty-free, interoperable stream protection standard BISS by delivering a conditional access extension – BISS-CA. According to the EBU, BISS-CA will enable real-time entitlement management for content streams over any network. The BISS-CA mode is based on symmetric […]

Lithuanian pubcaster names new CEO

Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT has named Monika Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė as its new CEO. Garbačiauskaitė-Budriené was appointed by the LRT Council for a five-year term from a field of 11 candidates. She replaces Audrius Siaurusevičius, who has headed the broadcaster for two consecutive terms and reportedly had wanted to continue in his role. Garbačiauskaitė-Budrienė, a journalist, was […]

EBU names Vanessa O’Connor as member relations chief

European public broadcasters organization the EBU has named former Eutelsat corporate communications director Vanessa O’Connor as director of member relations and communication. O’Connor headed Eutelsat’s communications activity for close to three decades, playing a key role in the satellite operator’s development from ntergovernmental organisation into a private company and the expansion of Eutelsat’s global activities […]

EBU launches new on-demand platform for European Championships

Public broadcasters’ organisation the EBU’s commercial arm Eurovision Media Services (EMS) has launched a new on-demand video platform to enable broadcast partners and rightsholders to download and share broadcast quality video content related to multi-sports event the 2018 European Championships. EMS’s 2018 European Championships channel is now available as part of the existing Eurovision Sport […]

EBU names business arm chief

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has named Marco Tinnirello as CEO of Eurovision Media Services (EMS), the public broadcasters’ organisation’s business arm. Tinnirello previously worked as managing director for Encompass Digital Media in the APAC and EMEA regions where he led teams in both Singapore and Europe. At the EBU he replaces Graham Warren who […]