COMMITTEE  • Department / Unit Eurovision News Media

News Committee

The News Committee is an elected body representing the news activities of the EBU’s membership. The committee for the 2017 to 2019 term of office was elected on 14 November 2017.

The committee, with an interdisciplinary membership, is dedicated to the objectives of the EBU. It facilitates and fosters dialogue and cooperation between the news operations and staff of its Members. It develops and shares best practices, media expertise and innovation in news gathering and news distribution.

The committee organizes and sets the agenda for the annual News Assembly which offers news directors, editors in chief and foreign editors the opportunity to network and to exchange views about improving coverage, reducing costs and implementing new technology. By setting the agenda for the annual gathering, the News Committee aims to help shape the future of journalism and the way in which public service media fulfil their mandate.

Following the departure of Fiona Dodd (ITN) from the News Committee, an election was held on 13 November 2018. Delegates were invited to elect one member of the News Committee for a term of office (2018-2019). Mateusz Piekut (SVT) was chosen as the new committee member.

Voting Procedure Members Only

Meeting Reports

40th Meeting of the News Committee (Stockholm, 21 September 2018)

39th Meeting of the News Committee (Mainz, 6 June 2018)

38th Meeting of the News Committee (Geneva, 21 March 2018)

37th Meeting of the News Committee (Brussels, 18 January 2018)

News Committee Workspace


Committee Members


Benoît Balon- Perin, RTBF (Belgium)


Geertje Bal, VRT (Belgium)
Giuseppe Solinas, RAI (Italy)
Petra Zilken-Leitgeb, ZDF (Germany)

Committee Members

Urmet Kook, ERR (Estonia)
Alban Mikoczy, FT (France)
Sarah Ward-Lilley, BBC (United Kingdom)
Dick Jansen, NOS (The Netherlands)
Elina Ravantti, Yle (Finland)
Eimear Lowe, RTE (Ireland)
Andreas Mitschitz, ORF (Austria)
Marit Moi, NRK (Norway)
Mateusz Piekut, SVT (Sweden)