What is PBI - Public Broadcasters International?

18.10.2013 - 13h36 | Atualizado em 05.11.2013 - 17h17

Alongside liberalization and commercial growth, the overwhelming trend in broadcasting in recent decades has been globalization. For this reason, public service broadcasting executives from around the world have met annually since 1990 to share experiences and ideas about how best to deal with challenges unique to public service broadcasting.

PBI was created on the initiative of PBS, CBC, TV Ontario in North America amongst others, and was soon joined by other companies including BBC, NHK, KBS, SVT, DR, NRK, SABC, RTE, and France Télévisions. Since then more than 80 public service broadcasters, representing all continents, have become members. The PBI conference usually takes place in the autumn, and is hosted by a member broadcaster representing different continents on rotation. Public service broadcasters from North America, Africa, Asia and Europe have subsequently hosted conferences.

Membership does not only mean support for international public service broadcasters, but guarantees attendance at the PBI Conference and access to the information collected by PBI (e.g. broadcaster profiles). It is open to broadcasters offering programs and news for all audiences and who are required, by law or charter, to serve general public interests. PBI is not-for-profit.  Membership fees, which contribute towards each annual conference, depend upon the size of the broadcaster. Associate membership is also available. Further details will be provided upon initial registration. You may also email PBI2014@ebc.com.br.

To view the PBI statutes, please click here

Who takes part?
Senior executives from major public service media groups and union representatives (ABU, EBU, CBA, SABA) meet during the three-day conference. This promotes high-level and wide-ranging debate and the development of a network of public service broadcasting leaders across the world.

In 2014, it will be the first time the PBI Conference will be held in Latin America. The host, EBC, is taking the 23rd Conference to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

PBI Conferences have previously been held in:
2013 Washington (USA) PBS
2012 London (U.K.) BBC
2011 Singapore MediaCorp
2010 Sintra (Portugal) RTP
2009 Kyoto (Japan) NHK
2008 Arles (France) Francetelevisions
2007 Seoul (Korea) KBS
2006 Maputo (Mozambique) RM, TVM
2005 Oslo (Norway) NRK
2004 Macao (China) TDM
2003 Krakow (Poland) Polish TV
2002 Hong Kong (China) RTHK
2001 Toronto (Canada) TVOntario, CBC
2000 Cape Town (South Africa) SABC
1999 Belfast (UK) BBC
1998 Biarritz (France) Francetelevisions
1997 Washington DC (USA) PBS
1996 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) RTM
1995 Prague (Czech) CTV
1994 Stockholm (Sweden) SVT
1992 Brussels (Belgium) BRTN
1991 Toronto (Canada) TV Ontario in association with NHK

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