Promoting the interests of
public service media

73 Members in 56 countries from Europe and beyond come together to make up the
European Broadcasting Union, the world's leading alliance of public service media.

About the EBU

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is the world’s leading alliance of public service media (PSM). We have 73 Members in 56 countries in Europe, and an additional 34 Associates in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Our Members operate over 1,800 television and radio channels together with numerous online platforms. Together they reach audience of more than one billion people around the world, broadcasting in more than 120 languages. The EBU operates Eurovision and Euroradio services.

EUROVISION and EURORADIO

Eurovision is the media industry’s premier distributor and producer of top-quality live news, sport, entertainment, culture and music content. Find out more at Eurovision.net.

Euroradio enhances public service radio with music and news exchanges, professional networking, and by promoting digital and hybrid radio. Find out more at Euroradio.net.

Facts and figures

The EBU has:

73 Members organizations in
56 countries operating
781 TV services and
1049 radio services in
123 languages to a potential audience of
1.03 billion people.

 

 

Our mission

The European Broadcasting Union is devoted to making public service media indispensable. We support and strengthen public service media, provide first-class media services and offer our Members a centre for learning and sharing.

Our strategy

Learn more about our strategic objectives for the 2016-2018 period in the 'Vision2020: Connect, Grow and Influence' publication.

 

Our Services

Member Support

We empower society by defending the interests of public service media. We act as an authoritative and collective voice, and provide the following services and activities.

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MEDIA SERVICES

We offer world-class media services with reliable, innovative broadcast networks, collective rights agreements and high-quality content exchanges.
 

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LEARNING AND NETWORKING

We provide the largest forum for media professionals to share ideas, learn, cooperate, co-develop and co-produce outstanding audio and visual content.

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The management

"Public service media are a crucial ingredient of democracy. This is why we, the managers and staff, work hard every day to make sure our broadcasters are able to fulfil their public service mission, now and in the future to come."

Ingrid Deltenre
DIRECTOR GENERAL

 

Governance

The governance structures of the EBU provide Members with the opportunity to become actively involved in the activities of “their” organisation and to provide valuable input to the Management of the EBU.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is the supreme governing body within the EBU and possesses all powers necessary for accomplishing the Union’s objective including the definition of the organization’s strategy and approval of its finances.

It meets twice a year: the summer session is open for all Members and is hosted by an Active Member organization; the December session is limited to Active Members and is held in Geneva.

Executive Board

The Executive Board is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the EBU’s strategy and policies as put into action by the Management of the EBU.

Its 11 members are senior representatives of EBU Active Member organizations and are elected by the General Assembly for a two-year tenure. The Executive Board meets around seven times a year.

The Board is chaired by EBU President Jean-Paul Philippot (RTBF).

MEET THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

Bodies reporting to the Board

EBU Governing Bodies

Five bodies report directly to the Executive Board:

2 Advisory Bodies (Composed of Members of the Executive Board):

Audit Committee

Personnel Committee

2 Expert Groups:

Statutes Group

Finance Group

The Operations Council, which reports to the Board on all operational matters.

Operations Council

Committees

 

The EBU's Committees provide direction for strategic or operational activities.

Full participation of Members in the EBU's activities is ensured, in particular through specialised Assemblies in all major sectors: radio, television, sports, news, technical, legal & public affairs, human resources and finance.

The Assemblies provide Members with the opportunity to explore major strategic themes, to network and exchange information about studies projects and expertise. The Assemblies elect committee members and approve their respective annual objectives.

Corporate Governance

The EBU is a non-profit organization, established in 1950 under Swiss Law. The EBU strives to adhere to international best practice principles of Corporate Governance.

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Terms of Reference:

  Audit Committee

  Personnel Committee

  Statutes Group

  Finance Group