World broadcasting unions meet in Dublin
The African Union of Broadcasting (AUB)’s Director General, Mr Grégoire Ndjaka joined his peers of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU), in Dublin, Ireland, last June 29th 2017 to discuss matters that rock the life of broadcasting across the globe.
The meeting was held against the backdrop of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU)’s 78th General Assembly organized from 28th June to 1rst July 2017. "We discussed issues related to the life of our unions in terms of rebroadcast rights of sporting events and the battle for the protection of frequencies and TV signal. We decided to continue lobbying collectively so that the voice of broadcasters could be heard worldwide", Mr Grégoire Ndjaka declared. On the occasion, EBU elected a successor to Ingrid Deltenre who earlier resigned as EBU Director General. She will be focusing her attention on her Board responsibilities at Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Givaudan and Deutsche Post/DHL, we learned. In his address to the World Broadcasting Unions' members, EBU’s President, Jean-Paul Phillipot said: “I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to Ingrid for her excellent work and numerous achievements during her tenure”. “It has been a privilege to lead the EBU over the last eight years. With Public Service Media across Europe under increasing pressure from political and economic forces, I believe the role of the EBU and its work in upholding the values of public service media has never been more critical”, Ingrid Deltenre disclosed.
On his turn, Mr Noel Curran, EBU's newly appointed Director General declared: “The EBU represents some of the finest media organizations, content-makers and journalists in the world. The position of Director General is a huge honour, and will work with the membership to seize every opportunity and to move ahead with the changes necessary to secure the future of public service media”.
Created in 1992 as a coordinating body at the international level, the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) is the coordinating body for broadcasting unions who represent broadcaster networks across the world and provides global solutions on key issues for its member unions. Eight broadcasting unions belong to the World Broadcasting Unions. These are:
- The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)
- The Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU)
- The African Union of Broadcasting (AUB)
- The Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU)
- The European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
- The International Association of Broadcasting (AIB/AIR)
- The North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) and also the “Organization de Telecomunicaciones Iberoamericanos (OTI).
WBU’s Secretariat is currently held by the North American Broadcasters Association.