BBC Director General Tony Hall has been elected as the new President of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Delphine Ernotte Cunci, Chief Executive Officer of France Télévisions, will serve as Vice-President.
Both were elected by absolute majority at the EBU’s 80th General Assembly in Tirana today and will take up the new roles from 1st January 2019 for a two-year period.
Tony Hall and Delphine Ernotte Cunci will lead the EBU’s Executive Board and help champion the value and importance of public service media across Europe.
Tony Hall has been Director General of the BBC since April 2013. He first joined the BBC in 1973 and enjoyed a 28-year career working in a wide variety of roles culminating as Chief Executive of BBC News. He left the BBC in 2001 to undertake the role of Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, and re-joined the Corporation as Director General in 2013.
He said: “I am delighted to be elected President of the EBU. It is an organization - both across Europe and globally - with a proud history that has improved broadcasting standards and helped bring forward the adoption of new technologies and innovation.
“Public service broadcasting (PSB) has never been more important and it plays a crucial role - not just in providing impartial news - but in producing programmes that reflect the lives and aspirations of the public it serves.
“But, in a globalised world, public service broadcasting faces a number of challenges, with changing viewing habits and new ways of consuming news. How PSBs adapt and indeed lead change is something I think we can work on together to the benefit of those we serve.”
Delphine Ernotte Cunci was appointed CEO of France Télévisions in 2015. Prior to joining France Télévisions, she spent 26-years at Orange S.A. (previously known as France Télécom), latterly working as CEO of Orange France from 2011-2015.
She said: “I am very happy to join and perpetuate the long and vibrant tradition of cooperation between France Télévisions and all its European colleagues. Beyond defending our independence and our values, reinforcing cooperation and solidarity among our Members will be our next challenge.
“Faced with the rise of global platforms and the emergence of programs that transcend borders, it is only if we join forces throughout Europe that will we be able to reaffirm our role as media service providers to all audiences.
“I am convinced that only a truly collective approach will enable us to meet the challenges ahead and create the conditions for regaining our audiences. Such is the belief that has brought me to defend public service media in France. The same conviction will guide me at a European level for the duration of the mandate entrusted to me by the Members of the EBU.”
Tony Hall and Delphine Ernotte Cunci will replace Jean-Paul Philippot (RTBF) and Monica Maggioni (RAI) who have served as President and Vice-President for ten years and three years respectively.
The EBU is the world’s foremost alliance of public service media (PSM). It has 73 Members in 56 countries in Europe with an additional 33 Associates worldwide.
It strives to secure a sustainable future for public service media, providing Members with world-class content from news to sports and music, and building on its founding ethos of solidarity and co-operation to create a centre for learning and sharing.
It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and its current Director General is Noel Curran.