The 8th edition of the Eurovision Academy “Network & Learn for Security Officers”, hosted by Italian Member RAI, took place in Rome on November 23 and 24,
During the two-day seminar over 22 international experts, from 14 EBU Members and security organisations across Europe, discussed and exchanged know-how about current media and security issues, such as lessons learnt from covering the Euro 2016 football championships in France, the challenges of reporting in Turkey, data security while on mission and protection of journalists in hostile environments. The latter, in particular, was introduced by the dramatic experience of Peter Moore, a British IT consultant held hostage in Iraq for over 900 days between 2007 and 2009.
The forum provided an informal and non competitive forum for senior newsgathering personnel and security officers to exchange ideas and information with the common goal of improving the safety of news staff in the field. One of the main topics this year was an exchange lesson learnt from covering Euro 2016. This event posed some very significance logistic and safety issues due the numbers of staff involved, multiple locations and the complexity of the terrorist threat. The group is already looking ahead to the FIFA World Cup in Russia in 2018, for which planning has already started.
RAI has joined the EBU Network of security officers following the recent establishment (July 2016) of the “Security and Safety” Department, created with the mission to ensure a more consistent and wide-ranging protection of the company and of its journalists. Mr. Genseric Cantournet, Chief Security Officer, applauded the launch of the cooperation between RAI and EBU in this field, pointing out that in today’s complex scenario, international networking and expertise exchange enhance the efficacy of the action taken by every single broadcaster in addressing security challenges.
The next Eurovision Academy Network and Learn for Security is planned for June 2018. Its focus is likely to be on the planning for Russia's World Cup as well as how networks have evolved their planned to deal with terrorist attacks within Europe.