European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

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Founded in 1950 by western European radio and television broadcasters, the EBU is the world’s largest professional association of national broadcasters, with 73 active members in 56 countries of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and 33 associate members worldwide. The EBU merged with the OIRT, its counterpart in eastern Europe, in 1993.

The EBU’s members operate nearly 2,000 television and radio channels between them, along with numerous online platforms. Together, they reach audiences of more than 1bn. people around the world, broadcasting in more than 120 languages.

The EBU operates the News Exchange, which distributes many thousands of news items a year. Euroradio relays concerts, operas, sports fixtures and major news events via its satellite and IP network. The EBU’s Eurovision Operations Department has a permanent network comprising more than 100 satellite channels on eight different satellites, and a fibre network with almost 200 nodes spanning the globe.

  • Headquarters: L’Ancienne Route 17A, CH-1218 Grand-Saconnex, Geneva, Switzerland.

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  • Director-General: Noel Curran (Ireland).

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