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21 November: World TV Day
Date: 21 November 2018
14:00 - 16:00
Organization: UNOG
Location: Room XX
Category: Commemoration

The United Nations Office at Geneva (UN Geneva) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) are pleased to invite the public to a celebration of World TV Day 2018 under the theme:

“Serving the peoples of the world: perspectives on the role of TV and the public interest”

The event will be held on 21 November from 2 to 4 pm at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, in the iconic Human Rights Room (Room XX).

If you do not have a UN grounds pass, please register here!

Trust – Diversity – Innovation. In an ideal world, these three notions would characterize public service broadcasters and define their value proposition to their audiences. Trust, in terms of being a trusted source of information and, furthermore, striving to counter the scourge of misinformation so successfully targeting hearts and minds. Diversity, because TV needs to be representative of its audience, as gender equality inches forward and recognition of the multicultural make-up of our societies improves. Innovation, since in order to remain relevant TV needs to keep up with the times and embrace a digital, multi-platform reality. For the UN and EBU, World TV Day 2018 offers an opportunity to look at how TV is doing on these fronts - and how good it is at serving the public interest.

This event follows the signing of a Letter of Intent to cooperate between UN Geneva Director-General Michael Møller and EBU Director-General Noel Curran, on 19 November. The event is composed of three panel discussions, and a possibility to visit UNTV studios on the sidelines. English and French interpretation in Room XX will be provided.


Welcome by Master of ceremony: Alessandra Vellucci, Director, UN Information Service, Geneva

Introductory remarks by Corinne Momal-Vanian, Director, Division of Conference Management, UN Geneva, on behalf of the Director-General, UN Geneva

Keynote: Jean Philip De Tender, Media Director, European Broadcasting Union

The Power of TV: based on research from the EBU’s Media Intelligence Service – David Fernandez Quijada, Manager of Media Intelligence Service, European Broadcasting Union

Video soundbite: Tony Hall, Director-General, BBC, from News Xchange 2018

Panel 1 on TRUST - fighting misinformation and proposing constructive stories

Moderator: Imogen Foulkes, BBC
  • Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Jean Philip De Tender, Media Director, European Broadcasting Union
  • LIVE Link from NY: Alison Smale UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, Department of Public Information & former Chief of The New York Times’ Berlin Bureau
  • Veronika Bard, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sweden to the UN in Geneva
  • Matthias Lüfkens, Managing Director BCW Global, and Founder @Twiplomacy

Panel 2 on DIVERSITY - promoting gender equality and representation of minorities in TV (Francophone panel)

Moderator: Laurent Sierro, Keystone-ATS
  • Cécile Djunga, Presenter, French-language Belgian public service broadcaster RTBF
  • Jamil Chade, Europe correspondent for O Estado de São Paulo, and TV commentator
  • Catherine Fiankan-Bokonga, Correspondent, CGTN and France 24
  • Aziyadé Poltier-Mutal, Chief, Perception Change Project at UN Geneva

Panel 3 on INNOVATION – how does public service television keep up with the digital reality in which audiences are living?

Moderator: Imogen Foulkes, BBC
  • Deborah Turness, President at NBC News International / Euronews
  • Amandeep Gill, Co-Executive Director of UNSG High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, former Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament
  • Madiana Asseraf, Head of Media Strategy and Development, European Broadcasting Union
  • Thierry Zweifel, Head of Strategy and Programming, Radio-Télévision Suisse (RTS)
  • Ewan Watson, Head of Public Relations, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

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