The EBU pays tribute to Dr. Karol Jakubowicz, one of Europe’s preeminent media experts and a leading advocate of public service media, who has died in Warsaw, aged 72.
Dr. Jakubowicz was a Polish journalist, political scientist and international media expert who worked closely with the EBU as a member of the EBU Digital Strategy Group.
In 2007 EBU Director General Jean Réveillon honoured his outstanding contribution to the development of independent public service broadcasting in Europe. In particular, Mr Réveillon applauded Dr. Jakubowicz’s leading contribution to the Council of Europe recommendation on the remit of public service media in the information society, considered one of the first international instruments to recognize a shift from PSB to PSM.
Among his many roles, Dr. Jakubowicz worked with the Council of Europe (CoE), UNESCO, OSCE and the as well as Polish Television (TVP), where he served both as Vice-President and Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Dr. Jakubowicz was also a former director at the Polish broadcasting regulator, the National Broadcasting Council of Poland, where he led the Strategy & Analysis Department.
Dr. Jakubowicz was instrumental in shaping media legislation in Poland and other central and eastern European countries, in particular post-communist states.
More recently, Dr. Jakubowicz called on PSM to stage a “Copernican revolution” in their relationship with audiences, and to take radical measures to adapt to the new communications landscape.
Our thoughts go to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Jakubowicz, who was highly regarded by all who knew and worked with him.