At 08.45 CET on Friday 4 March, around 160 public radio channels across Europe – including Ukrainian Radio – will come together in a simultaneous broadcast of John Lennon’s powerful song of unity, hope and peace, ‘Give Peace a Chance’.
Based on an initiative from EBU Member, radioeins (rbb), the symbolic transmission will feature over 28 countries and will also have the support of European commercial radio, including channels in Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Radioeins (rbb) developed the initiative as a demonstration of how the power of radio can amplify growing support for peace and create a united movement across the continent.
"The horrors of the war against Ukraine are more apparent every day. Our solidarity, our humanity and our support are needed. It is a good signal seeing Europe’s radio stations join forces to remind us of that with this song. It is a source of strength and urges us not to look the other way." Patricia Schlesinger, Chairwoman of ARD, rbb Director-General
Speaking on behalf of Ukrainian Radio, Yurii Tabachenko, Executive Producer, Channel One at UA: Ukrainian Radio, said, “UA: Ukrainian Radio thanks its colleagues from the European Broadcasting Union for their support. It is extremely important that today Europe is united around Ukraine.”
Noel Curran, Director General, EBU, said, “We know that throughout its hundred years history, the public have turned to public service media at times of war to inform and unite. This powerful call for peace through an iconic song will resonate with millions of listeners. This is what we do. I’m proud to belong to a community that, when the world has been fractured, can create moments to bring people together.”