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 almost 2,000 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.

Our mission

The EBU 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.

Learn more about our strategic objectives for the 2017-2018 period in the 'Vision2020: Connect, Grow and Influence' publication.

 

In numbers

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As a Member, you are part of a unique community of media organizations that together provide a powerful voice championing and upholding the values of PSM. We are a network of like-minded people that not only share the same ideals but come together to share knowledge, ideas and inspiration. By being a Member, you benefit from:

  • Access to world-class content ranging from exclusive sports rights to our exchanges for news, music and children’s programmes and the Eurovision family of events.
  • An influential voice in Brussels and on international platforms lobbying for public service media and ensuring the optimal legal and technical framework
  • Financial savings through programming exchanges, co-productions and co-developments; collective rights negotiations; specialist advisors; and joint working between Members.
  • Opportunities for sharing, learning and collaborating through conferences, working groups, training and dedicated advice and guidance.

 

 

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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