European Broadcasting Union


EBU secures Fifa Club World Cup rights

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU)’s Eurovision Sport has signed a deal with Japanese agency Dentsu for exclusive media rights to the FIFA Club World Cup 2019 and 2020. The EBU is an international alliance of 56 public service media organisations, and includes the likes of ITV, Channel 4, TF1 and RTE. It is best-known for […]

Ex-RTÉ boss joins EBU as director general

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has appointed the former director general of Irish national broadcaster RTÉ as its new director general. Noel Curran, who left RTÉ last year, takes over from the EBU’s outgoing director general, Ingrid Deltenre, and is due to take up the position at the beginning of September. Commenting on the hire, […]

New additions to EBU board

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the organisation that represents European public broadcasters, has unveiled its new executive board line-up, with three new additions.  The new board members are Gilles Marchand, Marko Filli and Tonio Portughese. Marchand was named as the new director of Swiss pubcaster SRG SSR last month ahead of taking up his new […]

Rose-tinted spectacle

Jeroen Depraetere, head of television and future media at the European Broadcasting Union, outlines the changing trends in television programming ahead of the annual Rose d’Or Awards in Berlin tomorrow. European television, and especially public service broadcasting, is experiencing exciting times. The business of television as we knew it is no longer. As a matter […]

What next in the Netherlands?

From Big Brother to The Voice via Deal or No Deal and Splash! Dutch producers have proved time and again that they know how to construct an international television hit. But do deep budget cuts at the public broadcast group and the increasing influence of international content threaten the Netherlands’ status as a creative powerhouse? […]

Euro pubcasters slam ‘excessive’ cuts

Europe’s public broadcasting body has issued a statement slamming funding cuts across the continent as “excessive” and “disproportionate”. The statement, adopted unanimously by the European Broadcasting Union General Assembly, comes in the wake of “massive” public funding cuts earlier this month that saw Icelandic pubcaster RUV forced to downsize by 20%. “This is the latest in […]

EBU: Portugal pubcaster underfunded despite deal

The European Broadcasting Union has voiced concerns Portugal’s public broadcaster remains “underfunded” despite a new deal protecting it from privatisation. RTP has secured a new contract that comes into force in January and will run until 2030, which will end a dispute over the future of broadcaster. In May last year, a government minister said […]

The War Report

With the 100th anniversary of the most terrible conflict in world history coming in 2014, Jesse Whittock identifies the projects and producers that will shape World War I in the minds of a new generation of TV viewers. War programming has the unique power to shock, appall and intrigue in equal measures, hence its enduring […]

Euro pubcaster chiefs demand ERT is restored

Fifty European pubcaster bosses have demanded the Greek government reverses its decision to shutter national broadcaster ERT. France Televisions’ Remy Pflimlin, DR’s Maria Rørbye Rønn, ZDF’s Thomas Bellut, Rai’s Anna Maria Tarantola, the BBC’s Tony Hall and RTVE’s Leopoldo Gonzalez Echenique are among the signatories (above) of an open letter to Greek officials issued through […]

Greece plans scaled-down pubcaster

The Greek government has unveiled plans to open a new, small-scale public broadcaster as criticism of its decision to close down ERT mounts both at home and abroad. A Greek government spokesman announced plans to create a new service at the end of August with fewer than half the staff of the shut down ERT. […]