NEWS published on 14 Apr 2014

Mediterranean broadcasters elect new president and VPs

COPEAM-12.04.14.pngL to R: New COPEAM President, Talal El Makdessi (Téléliban); Radio France President,
Mathieu Gallet; COPEAM Secretary General, Pier Luigi Malesani (Photo credit: Elise Ortiou-Campion)

The Permanent Conference of Mediterranean Audiovisual Operators (COPEAM), an EBU partner body that groups broadcasters from all sides of the Mediterranean basin, has elected a new president and vice-presidents at its 21st general assembly, in Tunis.

Talal El Makdessim, Director General of Lebanese broadcaster Téléliban, was chosen to take over the presidency, with support from four vice-presidents from Algeria (EPTV), France (Radio France), Spain (RTVE) and Turkey (TRT).

Meeting under the slogan “The Mediterranean: reshaping cooperation”, the COPEAM General Assembly launched an appeal to governments and institutions to rethink the way they work together in the region. Delegates also called for the revival of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EUROMED) framework, which supports cultural diversity, the freedoms of expression and information, the universality of public service media and audiovisual cooperation.

COPEAM, which is based at the Rome headquarters of Italian EBU Member RAI, will hold its next General Assembly in Malta under the auspices of the island’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

Read the resolution of the 20th COPEAM General Assembly, proposed by the Strategic Committee here.