Promoting the interests of
public service media
117 member organizations 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.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is the world’s leading alliance of public service media (PSM). We have 117 member organizations in 56 countries and have an additional 34 Associates in Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas. Our Members operate over 2,000 television, radio and online channels and services, and offer a wealth of content across other platforms. Together they reach an audience of more than one billion people around the world, broadcasting in more than 160 languages. The EBU operates Eurovision and Euroradio services.
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 new Member strategy 'TOGETHER' which will define our objectives for the 2019-2021 period and how you as a Member can get involved in shaping the future of the EBU.
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.
To make the most of our services, you need to create an account on our website. Registration is free and open to everyone, but if you are from a Member organization, you have access to a wider range of services and information. To register, go to our sign in page.
"'Public service media is the bedrock of democratic societies. Our role is to champion its values and ensure our Members are able to continue to play a vital role in European culture, society and public discourse.'"
The governance structures of the EBU provide Members with the opportunity to become actively involved in the activities of “their” organization and to provide valuable input to the Management of the EBU.
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.
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 Tony Hall (BBC).
Five bodies report directly to the Executive Board:
2 Advisory Bodies (Composed of Members of the Executive Board):
2 Expert Groups:
The Operations Council, which reports to the Board on all operational matters.
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.
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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