The EBU is the world's foremost alliance of public service media organizations, with Members in 56 countries in Europe and beyond. The EBU's mission is to defend the interests of public service media and to promote their indispensable contribution to modern society. It is the point of reference for industry knowledge and expertise.
The EBU operates EUROVISION and EURORADIO. EUROVISION is the media industry's premier distributor and producer of top quality live sport and news, as well as entertainment, culture and music content. EURORADIO enhances public service radio through the exchange of music, professional networking and the promotion of digital and hybrid radio – to ensure radio remains a key protagonist in a multimedia world.
The EUROVISION/EURORADIO satellite and fibre network is the largest and most reliable in the world directly plugged in to public service media everywhere.
Eurovision negotiates and concludes major contracts on behalf of EBU Members, including the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia and in Qatar, the Euro 2012™, Tour de France cycling, IAAF athletics, the New Year’s Eve concerts of the Vienna Philharmonic, the weekly concerts of the New York Metropolitan, and many more.
Eurovision manages live sport and events, providing infrastructure, onsite facilities and network capacity. We offer host broadcaster services and coordinate liaison with organizing committees at major events, such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC), IAAF (athletics) and FINA (swimming).
The Eurovision Network is the largest in the world directly connected to broadcasters. It is unique in seamlessly combining a dedicated satellite and fibre system covering Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. New multimedia additions include catchup TV, archiving and fully managed streaming solutions.
The Eurovision News Exchange is the world’s largest clearing house for broadcast content. Rolling exchanges of material give Members unrivalled access to must-have coverage of news, sports and events all over the world. The extensive music exchange delivers around 3,800 concerts and operas via the Euroradio network annually.
Eurovision coordinated 44 television coproductions over the past 12 months, including factual, drama, animation and entertainment genres. The spectacular, the Eurovision Song Contest, has the highest audience figures for an annual live entertainment event in the world – up to 125 million viewers leading to the final.
The EBU collaborates with international organizations to promote uniform, open technical standards and drive innovation. Our Technology & Innovation Department is a trusted source of industry know-how. EBU speakers are in demand at industry symposiums, and their technical knowledge and opinions are frequently sought by journalists.
The Legal Department monitors key cases and amendments to EU law, anticipating any potential ramifications and communicating them to Members. The legal team also provides advice and support continuously and as required at national and EU level.
The EBU’s research unit, Media Intelligence Services (MIS), provides Members with the latest intelligence affecting their operations. Over the past year the team has published comprehensive analyses of PSM funding, TV news consumption, public radio and new media platforms, and the European TV market.
EUROVISION ACADEMY enhances the skills and knowledge of Members’ staff to maximize market opportunities. In addition, the unit offers bespoke training for Members on topics that include management, editorial standards and journalist safety.
The EBU Public Affairs & Member Relations Department ensures that the voice of PSM resonates on the international stage through key communication events and face-toface meetings with decision-makers. Our Communications team is dedicated to ensuring the broadest possible audience of decision-makers is fully informed of the importance of PSM – and thereby our Members – in shaping and enhancing civic and social values.
A central element of our public affairs strategy is to ensure the interests of Members are protected whenever regulatory changes occur at EU level. We scrutinize European legislative proposals before exploring the implications with MEPs and other decision-makers, pushing for a legal framework that allows our Members to operate with peak efficiency.
Through the Partnership Programme we offer crucial, case-by-case support and guidance to Members encountering serious political, technical or financial strife. It is a solidarity-based initiative through which the EBU provides consultancy on strategic, technical or organizational matters.