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Who are we?

The European Broadcasting Union is the largest association of national broadcasters in the world. We promote cooperation between broadcasters and facilitate the exchange of audiovisual content. The EBU works to ensure that the crucial role of public service broadcasters is recognised and taken into consideration by decision-makers. The EBU's supreme governing body, the General Assembly, meets twice yearly.

EBU Facts

  • Founded in 1950
  • The EBU serves 85 national media organizations in 56 countries in and around Europe
  • Member broadcasters reach an audience of 650 million weekly
  • President: Jean-Paul Philippot  (RTBF)
  • Director General: Ingrid Deltenre
  • Number of staff: 300
  • Headquarters: Geneva
  • Offices: Beijing, Brussels, London, Madrid, Moscow, Singapore, Washington

 

Promoting public service values

Europe’s public service broadcasters are different from other market players; they are committed to public service values. The EBU represents its Members on European Union audiovisual policy matters, ensuring that these values are well understood and taken into account by decision-makers. We are consulted by the European Institutions on a regular basis on all issues of concern to the audiovisual sector. We also work closely with the UN, UNESCO and our colleagues in the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) to ensure that our voice is heard in the global debate on media policy.

Working for the futrure

In 1950 Europe’s public service broadcasters embarked on an adventure. We decided to invest in the future, in a new technology – television. We used a fragile infrastructure to bring pictures to audiences all over Europe. Today, the EBU continues to play a leading role in bringing Europe into the future. We are at the forefront of research and development of new media, and we have worked to help develop many new radio and TV systems: radio data system (RDS), digital audio broadcasting (DAB), digital video broadcasting (DVB), high-definition TV (HDTV). We promote open technical standards and interoperability for the benefit of broadcasters and consumers, and explore the opportunities presented by new technologies. We study digital technology for production and transmission and advise members on appropriate solutions.

Bringing the event to your home

The Eurovision and Euroradio networks, operated by the EBU, carry daily exchanges of programmes, music, sports events and news between Members, and other media players. Much of the foreign news featured on national news bulletins has passed through the control centre in Geneva. Unparalleled know-how ensures reliable, on-air delivery of any event, from Skiing World Championships, to concerts such as the Proms, and the Eurosonic rock and pop festival. Special events teams ensure production and transmission facilities for news and current affairs events, wherever they happen.

Helping Members access valuable and divers content

The EBU helps its members to access high quality programming for radio and television, and works with them to develop content for new platforms. Radio activities are wide-ranging, from news and sport, to drama and classical music. We have obtained the radio broadcast rights for the entire season of the New York Metropolitan Opera (20 operas to 20 countries). Our television co-productions include, animation: Tom, drama: Henry Dunant – Red on the Cross, documentary: Democracy and of course we also run the Eurovision Song Contest, and its website. The EBU acquires sports rights on behalf of its Members, including the Olympic Games, the Football World Cup and the World Championships in Athletics..

  • EBU secures Tour of Flanders for four more years

    The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has renewed its distribution deal with the organisers of the Tour of Flanders cycling race for a further four years.

  • German broadcasters acquire MotoGP and WRC rights

    German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have been granted increased rights to MotoGP and its second and third tier championships this season.

  • EBU announces Fifa World Cup deal for 37 territories

    The European Broadcasting Union has announced it has secured 'all exclusive media rights' for both the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia and the 2022 competition in Qatar.

  • FIA secures Rally Mexico broadcast through EBU

    The FIA, the governing body of world motorsport, has reached an agreement with the EBU for the distribution of broadcast coverage of next week's Rally Mexico.

  • EBU retains Wimbledon distribution rights until 2014

    The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has retained the global distribution rights to Wimbledon until 2014 after winning what it calls a 'competitive bid'.

  • EBU to distribute Austrian skiing events

    The Austrian Ski Federation (ÖSV) has named the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) as its exclusive worldwide media partner for all World Cup events in Austria.

  • EBU extends Tridem Sports partnership

    The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has extended its partnership with Tridem Sports AG for the exploitation of commercial rights to the 2015 and 2017 FIS Alpine and Nordic World Ski Championships.

  • IAAF announces revival of EBU partnership

    The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced that the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will once again serve as its exclusive media partner in Europe and Africa for the period 2014-2017.

  • EBU acquires ISU media rights

    The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will exclusively manage European electronic media rights to all major International Skating Union (ISU) events until 2015, after signing a deal with the federation.

  • EBU agrees radio deal with Uefa

    The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has sealed an agreement with Uefa to ensure that major public service radios are able to cover both this year's European Under-21 Football Championship and the 2012 European Football Championship.

  • ASO ties down four-year deal with the EBU

    Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the French media group that runs the prestigious Tour de France cycling race, has signed a new four-year broadcast deal with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

  • EBU renews commitment to European Athletics

    European Athletics has extended its contract with the European Broadcasting Union through the 2012-15 period.

  • EBU agrees deal with International Ski Federation

    The International Ski Federation (FIS) has accepted an offer from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) for the media and marketing rights to the 2015-2017 FIS Alpine and Nordic World Ski Championships.

  • EBU extends Finnish Skiing deal

    The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will continue to broadcast the Nordic Skiing World Cups for the next three seasons.

  • EBU and FINA extend European media rights agreement

    The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and FINA, the governing body of world swimming, have extended their agreement for the distribution of FINA's European media rights until 2013.

  • Uefa secures EBU partnership for Euro 2012

    Uefa has secured a partnership with the European Broadcasting Union that will see Euro 2012, European soccer's top international championships, broadcast in 36 European countries.

  • EBU to broadcast World Championship skiing

    The International Ski Federation has signed a deal with the European Broadcasting Union that guarantees free-to-air television coverage of the sport's FIS Ski Flying World Championships in 2010 and 2012.

  • EBU secures rights to world championship cycling

    The European Broadcasting Union has secured the rights to world championship cycling races throughout Europe for the next four years.

  • EBU to broadcast European gymnastics

    The European Broadcast Union (EBU) has extended its partnership with the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) for four more years.

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Jean-Claude Gisiger
Head of Sports Services
gisiger@eurovision.net

Pascal Fratellia
Head of Sports Rights - Football
fratellia@eurovision.net

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