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22nd Radio Assembly

Over many years, the EBU's Radio Assembly has developed as the essential meeting place for senior radio leaders to exchange strategic thinking about the future of their services.

The 2016 EBU Radio Assembly will take place on 21 and 22 April in Basel, Switzerland, hosted by the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR). 

The emphasis is both strategic and practical, and members will be encouraged to share real dilemmas which they face in the changing media environment, for instance, altering the FM programme offer and collaboration with commercial third parties. The challenge of digital disruption will be considered, along with changing listening patterns and audience trends. Much of the agenda will be constructed around case studies from member organisations.

Maximizing contribution by public service media to society

During the Assembly, for the first time, radio and television colleagues will come together for a joint session exploring issues of common interest. The focus here will be on how public service media can gain credit and recognition for the contribution our services make to society; this will be presented through internal and external viewpoints. Alongside discussion of how organizations can best develop their advocacy for public service, there will be the opportunity to learn about programming which demonstrates the public purposes of EBU member organizations.

Additional details

Both the TV and Radio Assemblies will be preceded by a joint Welcome Reception on Wednesday 20 April at 18:30 at the Bar Rouge on the 31st floor of the Ramada Plaza Conference Center in Basel.

On Thursday 21 April the Radio and TV Joint Assembly official dinner will take place at the Restaurant Safran Zunft (Gerbergasse 11, Basel) at 19:30. We would be very pleased if you could attend both events.

An excursion will be organized on Saturday morning 9:00 to 12:30: Tour of the city in a vintage tram, followed by a walking tour and a visit to a museum.Please note that they will only take place if enough people sign up.


Letter of invitation from Roger de Weck, Director General of SRG SSR (.PDF)

Agenda of the 22nd Radio Assembly (.PDF)

Agenda of the joint Radio & TV Assembly (.PDF)


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Ramada Plaza Conference Center
Messenpllatz 12
Basel, Switzerland

Getting to Basel
You can either fly to Basel-Mulhouse Airport (travel to downtown is free with hotel reservation), or fly to Zurich Kloten Airport and take a direct train to from the airport.  Please be aware that train fares are expensive in Switzerland. 
Download practical information document (.PDF) 


Agenda of the 22nd Radio Assembly (.PDF)

Agenda of the joint Radio & TV Assembly (.PDF)

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  • Marcus Tepper, Chairman of EBU Radio Sports Group; Sports Coordinator Radio, WDR, Cologne, Germany Christophe Pasquier, Senior Sports Producer, EBU Members Only
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  • Helen Boaden, Director, Radio and Director, England, BBC, UK Members Only
  • Marius Lillelien, Radio Director, NRK, Norway Members Only
  • Serge Schick, Director, Strategic Marketing & Development, Radio France Members Only
  • Els van de Sijpe, Media Manager, Radio, VRT, Belgium Members Only

  • Derek Mooney, Executive Producer, Nature & Wildlife Programming, RTÉ, Ireland Members Only
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  • Ruurd Bierman Members Only
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  • Paula Cordeiro, RTP, Portugal Members Only
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  • Thomas Reinke, Programme Director, Funkhaus Europa, WDR, Germany Members Only
  • Thomas Reinke - audio Members Only

  • Audiences and New Platforms - David Fernández Quijada, Senior Media Analyst, EBU Members Only
  • Listening in Cars: research from UK RadioPlayer - Graham Dixon, Head of Radio, EBU Members Only

  • John Paul Coakley, Chair, EBU New Radio Group; Head of Operations, RTÉ, Ireland Members Only
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  • PRESENTATIONS: TV & Radio joint Assembly (22 April 2016)

  • Roger de Weck, Director General of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SRG SSR) Members Only

  • Keynote speech by Petr Dvořák, Director General, Czech Television Members Only
  • Video 1 Members Only
  • Video 2 Members Only
  • Video 3 Members Only
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  • Video 9 Members Only
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  • Roberto Suarez, Head of Media Intelligence Service, EBU Members Only
  • Case study: Jan Petersson, SR, Sweden Members Only
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  • Case study: Klaus Unterberger, ORF, Austria Members Only
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