The Plenary is the opportunity for the EBU International Relations community to gather to exchange best practices, update on EBU initiatives and discuss the impact of current challenges on our work. This meeting plays a key role in strengthening collaboration between public service organizations and ensuring the flow of information between Members and the EBU.

The 2024 edition took place on the fringe of the EBU Media Summit, at the EBU Headquarters on 23 April. In 2023, we decided to open the meeting to all International Relations Managers, not only from Radio but also from TV, Corporate and Institutional Relations. This year we aim to continue expanding the IR community and further consolidate the meeting format.

The agenda followed the main theme of the Media Summit "Creating Memorable Stories", with a twist. Yes, because great stories are sometimes around us, born from simple initiatives aimed at bringing people together, and growing stronger through collaboration and mutual support.

Venue

EBU Headquarters

L'Ancienne-Route 17A
1218 Grand Saconnex
Switzerland

Venue

Event programme

Photo Gallery of the event

Speakers

Tinatin Berdzenishvili

Keynote

Director General, GPB (Georgia)

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Justin Kings

Speaker

Head of EBU Academy

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Josef Lusser

Panelist

Director of International Relations, ORF (Austria)

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Michelle Roverelli

Moderator

Director of Member Relations and Communications

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Dr Sasha Scott

Moderator

Head of Transformation Services, EBU

Mika Ojamies

Panelist

Head of International Relations, YLE (Finland)

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Giacomo Ghisani

Panelist

(formerly) Acting Director General, Radio Vaticana (Vatican State)

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Dr. Lukasz M. Bochenek

Speaker

Deputy CEO, Managing Director, Leidar SA (Switzerland)

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Sophie Balbo

Panelist

Head of Communications, RTS (Switzerland)

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Simona Martorelli

Panelist

Director of International Relations and European Affairs, RAI (Italy)

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Tetiana Siruk

Panelist

Deputy Head of Foreign Cooperation, Suspilne (UA:PBC) (Ukraine)

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Asun Gómez Bueno

Moderator

(Vice-Chair of the News Committee) Director International Relations, RTVE (Spain)

Ana Blažević

Host

Head of International Relations, HRT (Croatia)

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Madiana Asseraf-Jacob

Speaker

Head of Corporate Development and Strategic Initiatives

Belen Lopez Garrido

Speaker

Eurovision News Editor, EBU (Switzerland)

Luis Jimenez

Speaker

News External Relations Manager & Digital News Lead

Presentations

  • EBU Strategic Priorities - Noel Curran, EBU Director General
  • Rising Pressures on Public Service Media - Sophie Balbo, Head of Communications, RTS
  • Rising Pressures on Public Service Media - Josef Lusser, Director of International Relations, ORF
  • The PSM Compass - Michelle Roverelli, EBU Director of Member Relations and Communications - Lukasz M. Bochenek, Deputy CEO, Leidar
  • Creating Memorable Stories the IR Way - Simona Martorelli, Director, International Relations & European Affairs, RAI
  • Creating Memorable Stories the IR Way - Giacomo Ghisani, former Acting Director General, Vatican Radio
  • Creating Memorable Stories the IR Way - Mika Ojamies, Head of International Relations, YLE
  • Creating Memorable Stories the IR Way - Tetiana Siruk, Deputy Head of Foreign Cooperation Department, Suspilne Ukraine
  • Future of EBU Academy - Justin Kings, Head of EBU Academy
  • EBU Technology Update - Pavel Balíček, Euroradio Contact Engineer, Czech Radio
  • EBU Music Update - Pascale Labrie, EBU Head of Music, and the EBU Music Team
  • EBU AI and Strategic Services - Madiana Asseraf, EBU Head of Corporate Development & Strategic Initiatives
  • MIS - Understanding the Impact of Emerging Streaming Models on PSM - Will Davies, EBU Senior Media Analyst
  • Innovation in Digital News - Belen Lopez Garrido, EBU News Editorial Manager