The latest events related to the world of public service media

From conferences to symposiums and launch dates, we strive to highlight a wide range of international public service media events.

Featured Events

Public sector broadcasting and trust in dangerous times

Webinar via Zoom

17 June

Dorothy Byrne, outgoing Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4 News, will discuss the role of public sector broadcasting and the state of public trust during dangerous times. More information to follow.

BBC Radio 4's Any Questions?

BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions?’ broadcasts at UEA

Norwich, UK

21 February 2020

To mark PMA’s landmark 75th anniversary this year and our close relationship with the International Development department at the University of East Anglia (UEA), together we will be hosting BBC Radio 4’s, ‘Any Questions?’ programme at our headquarters in Norwich.

May 2020

World Press Freedom Day 2020


3 May 2020

Although this year’s World Press Freedom Day will be taking place under unusual circumstances, one of UNESCO’s key messages still remains clear:

UNESCO calls on governments, media and civil society to join us in a global online movement to draw the world’s attention to these issues which are essential to the survival of our democracies. Together, we will ensure that our response to the crisis is effective. This unprecedented health crisis has the potential to rebuild citizens’ trust in the media.”

[Text sourced from UNESO]

More information

EU DisinfoLab Annual Conference 2020

Brussels, Belgium

5 – 6 May 2020

POSTPONED until 29 – 30 September 2020

“During two days, we will explore issues such as the business model behind disinformation, freedom of speech online and digital regulation. Join a community of experts in discussions and interactive presentations in exploring these issues, with the aim of building concrete policy proposals for European decision-makers.”

[Text sourced from EU DisinfoLab]

More information

PMBA Annual Conference 2020

Washington D.C., USA

26-29 May 2020

CANCELLED – a virtual programme will be made available shortly

PMBA’s (Public Media Business Association) Annual Conference is the one conference designed specifically for public media professionals: general managers, CFOs, financial and business executives, HR professionals, and a broad array of supporting organizations. Not only will this event provide you with insightful education and access to top industry speakers, but it also offers a variety of networking opportunities where you can build relationships with and tap into the knowledge and experience of your peers.

The conference will take place at the MGM National Harbour.

[Text sourced from PMBA]

More information

Commissioner Conversation: Cheryl Taylor


29 May 2020

“BBC Children’s Head of Content, Cheryl Taylor in conversation with presenter Chris Jarvis and answering your questions on commissioning plans, future strategy and how a major broadcaster copes with and serves the current crisis.”

[Text sourced from CMC]

More information

June 2020

The role of the Today programme in a national crisis

Webinar via Zoom

3 June

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) is hosting the webinar about BBC Radio 4’s flagship news and current affairs programme and its role during a national crisis. It features Sarah Sand, the Today programme’s outgoing Editor.

More information

NewsRewired Digital Journalism Conference


4 June

Journalism.co.uk has decided to host its Next NewsRewired conference online for the safety of its participants and guests. It will include virtual workshops and panel discussions on how media organisations can survive the global pandemic and start planning for the future as well as a designated networking session via LinkedIn.

[Text sourced from Journalism.co.uk]

More information



5 – 11 June

Deadline for registering for participation in streaming sessions: 20 May 2020

“The premier get-together for content, innovation and quality in kids TV!” The theme this year is: “Separated by Crisis; Together in Commitment to Children”

[Text sourced from Prix Jeunesse]

More information

Public sector broadcasting and trust in dangerous times

Webinar via Zoom

17 June

Dorothy Byrne, outgoing Head of News and Current Affairs at Channel 4 News will discuss the role of public sector broadcasting and the state of public trust during dangerous times. More information to follow.

More information

Content Production and Distribution for Digital TV and Platforms In Africa


22 – 23 June 2020

“The industry forum on “Content Production and Distribution For Digital TV and Platforms In Africa” will examine those key drivers, enablers and critical factors that affect the delivery of local content for the converged digital ecosystems.

It will evaluate and provide the appropriate tools to help content creators, producers, distributors and broadcasters in Africa take advantage of new opportunities for digital TV and other new media platforms.”

[Text sourced from Broadcast Media Africa]

More information

Global Fact 7


24 – 27 June

“The Global Fact-Checking Summit (Global Fact) is the premier conference dedicated to fact-checking worldwide. Global Fact is organized by Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network and has been held every year since 2014.”

The seventh Global Fact summit will be completely virtual, given the travel restrictions and public health advice in relation to Covid-19.

More information about sessions, discussions, networking events, and additional teaching opportunities will become available in coming weeks.

[Text sourced from Global Fact 7]

More information

July 2020

Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum

6-7 July

Cancelled – next one will be 14-15 June 2021 at the World Conference Center Bonn

“In the 15 months between now and the next Global Media Forum, Deutsche Welle will offer digital networking opportunities to all friends of the GMF. We will use digital formats to promote discussions on this year’s topic “Pluralism. Populism. Journalism.” and create opportunities for interactions and exchanges within our global conference community.”

[Text sourced from DW]

More information

The Children’s Media Conference


7-9 July

Under the new theme: ‘Still Here Right Now’, the CMC will still be taking place for everyone involved in the development, production and distribution of children’s content, across all platforms, but through a virtual version of webinars and keynotes. A full programme of webinars will be released in coming months.

More information

Last updated on 28 May 2020.

If you have any suggestions for events related to the world of public service media please email PMA at editor@publicmediaalliance.org.