EBU session at IBC: Public Service Media: Innovation & Inspiration 14 September, 15:30 - 17:00, Emerald Room, IBC

Event Attended by WorldDAB

Date: 14th September 2013

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Types: Seminar

Official website

Saturday 14th September 2013
15:30 - 17:00
Emerald Room 

Public broadcasters, with their long history and central role in civil, social and political life, are not always seen as being at the leading edge of technology. However, right across the EBU membership we can find organisations breaking new ground with services, platforms and projects, demonstrating that innovation is alive and well in public service media.

This session will showcase six projects from six different broadcasters across Europe, each one an example of public service media taking the lead on production or distribution technology development.

  • Learn how Swedish broadcaster SVT streams almost its entire output online, alongside its substantial archive, racking up more than 600 million video starts in 2012 alone.
  • Hear how Xavier Jacques-Jourion and his team at RTBF in Belgium have developed a tool that uses the power of semantic web and open linked data sources to change the way that journalists engage and work with content and data from multiple sources.
  • Explore the cutting edge of immersive audio technologies as Hervé Dejardin introduces the Radio France nouvOson platform, part of a new wave of adventures in binaural sound.
  • Hear how Norway is setting an example for others to follow in moving quickly towards switching off the FM radio platform, with a fully digital market expected as early as January 2017.
  • See how the growth of apps and tablets has opened up new avenues for broadcasters to explore, as Joost Negenmann presents the latest developments from the public broadcasters in the Netherlands.
  • Find out about Europe’s first tests of UHDTV over DVB-T2, mounted earlier this year by Spanish broadcaster RTVE with the EBU and other partners.

Each of these six technology projects is an example of an EBU Member at the vanguard of innovation, with the potential to inspire other broadcasters and the wider industry.

CTOs, technical and planning directors, and those with a penchant for technology will not want to miss this session. Anyone attending this session will walk away with an excellent overview of where public service media organizations are headed in terms of both production and distribution of content.

This is a rare occasion when a showcase of presentations brings these projects to the fore – and, in line with the traditional role of public service broadcasting, this session will educate, inform and, of course, entertain!

For more information click here. 


Chair: Simon Fell, Director of Technology & Innovation,EBU, Switzerland 

Session particpants: 

  • Per Björkman, Head of Distribution, SVT, Sweden 
  • Hervé Dejardin, Sound Engineer & Electroacoustic Composer, Radio France, France 
  • Xavier Jacques-Jourion, Head of Archives, RTB, Belgium
  • Jørn Jensen, Senior Advisor to Head of Distributio, NRK, Norway 
  • Joost Negenma, Senior Policy Advisor R & D, NPO, Netherlands 
  • Pere Vila Fumas, Director of Planning and Technical Innovation, RTVE, Spain 

Session Producer: Eoghan O'Sullivan, Project Manager, Technical Publications, EBU, Ireland