The Public Media Alliance (PMA) is the largest global association of public media organisations and focuses specifically on providing advocacy and support for public media worldwide in the digital age.

PMA has a unique global overview of how public media is being affected by the acceleration of media convergence. We curate and aggregate research and commentary from media academics and practitioners around the world as public broadcasting evolves into public media.

Founded in 1945, the organisation today has a global membership, offering members an equal opportunity to exchange ideas, views and best practice in public media. Our vision is a world where the public can continue to access free, independent, engaging and representative national and international media wherever they are.

We work to identify, research and champion common themes in public media and provide forums for debate and networking. We also act as a bridge between the academic and public debate around public media and its changing role. We do this practically through running training, symposiums, exchange programmes, publishing research and reviewing the research of others.

Our aim is to build consensus, stand together and advocate a united global voice for public service media

The Public Media Alliance exists to support public broadcasters and integrated digital media organisations with a public service remit. Our focus is the shared public media space.

The provision of such a space – that is trusted, independent and credible – via broadcast, digital or internet platforms is a central pillar of public service broadcasting/media. And the PMA provides a key forum for exchange of views, ideas and experiences of key thinkers, decision-makers, practitioners, senior managers and academics working in the field of PSB/M internationally.

We are the only global membership organisation to focus specifically on PSM, with all members – regardless of their nation’s size or location – having full and equal membership. But PSM around the world is facing huge challenges, most notably, diminishing funding and the effects of digital convergence. However PSMs are often best placed to act as a vital trusted source of information in a competitive and sometimes distorted media space.

We work to identify, research and champion common themes in PSM and provide forums for debate and networking. We also act as a bridge between the academic and public debate around PSM and its changing role. We do this practically through running training, symposiums, exchange programmes, publishing research and reviewing the research of others. We are also working to create appropriate benchmarks for PSM.

The Public Media Alliance started life as the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA), founded in February 1945 at an event called the Commonwealth Broadcasting Conference.

Held in London, the inaugural conference brought together representatives from several broadcasters that had cooperated closely in reporting World War II.

The CBA began with six members, and by 1974 had adopted a charter, and the membership met every two years in different parts of the Commonwealth. Membership was restricted to public service broadcasters in Commonwealth countries, but in 1995 it was broadened to allow commercial companies with a PSB commitment and PSBs from countries outside the Commonwealth to join as affiliates.

In 2014, the membership of the CBA unanimously voted for the organisation to become known as the Public Media Alliance, and to allow full and equal membership of PSBs from any country in the world.

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Staff


The Public Media Alliance is a membership association of 102 TV and radio broadcasting organisations with a public service remit.

Members also include broadcast-related organisations such as regulators and broadcast technology companies. The Alliance stretches across 54 countries – in both hemispheres and all continents.

We are a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, with a UK-based staff.

The Alliance is governed by a President and geographically representational international Board – all experienced broadcasters and media leaders drawn from our member organisations. The board is elected for a two-year term via an online election. 


Board


The PMA membership elects a new Board every two years.

The new board came into effect on 13 August 2018, the date of the PMA Global Conference in Jamaica. We are pleased to welcome Paul Thompson into his second term as President and all returning board members. We also warmly welcome our new board members Niro Cooke, Dr. Frank Freiling, Louise Higgins, Jorge Sigal and Catherine Tait.