EBU EVENT  • Department / Unit Media

Factual Content Workshop

This workshop addresses challenges to public-service broadcasting around non-current affairs factual commissioning (including inter alia arts, culture, history, science, religion, ethics, food, travel etc.), a genre which has seen significant new investment from commercial SVOD platforms in recent months. This trend appears likely to continue as digital media companies seek to expand into markets beyond their core fiction genre.

The workshop begins with an overview of recent successes, challenges and learnings from case-study commissions from both EBU members and SVOD platforms.

  • What are the key takeaways from recent productions and commissions?
  • How can we expect the landscape to evolve over the coming months?
  • Is Factual content a key means for PSM to remain in contact with young (18-35 audiences)? If so, which formats and platforms are most effective? Specifically, how can PSM content stand out on the open internet?
  • Which types of content – specialist knowledge or ‘trivia’ and presentation styles work?
  • Which ‘big themes’ are becoming prevalent in the zeitgeist (environment, or other big topics)?
  • Can PSM leverage ‘fact checking’ credentials against unregulated digital markets? Can ‘box set culture’ be reproduced within this genre?
  • Can EBU broadcasters benefit from a collaborative or coordinated approach?

Participants are invited to a Welcome cocktail at Cardiff Castle (Castle St, Cardiff CF10 3RB) on Wednesday 4 March from 18:30 to 20:30.

The agenda of this workshop can be downloaded here



Location: Cardiff, United Kingdom

Date: 05 Mar 2020

Register by: 16 Feb 2020

Members only


Principality Stadium (South Stand Lounge) Westgate St, Cardiff CF10 1NS, United Kingdom

Target audience

EBU Members working in factual programming (factual commissioners, Head of factual, Senior programme developers)



Contact detail

Matthew Trustram
Head of Television a.i.
+41 22 717 2623
Karen Simha
Project Manager
+41 22 717 2885