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.

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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.

March 2020

ABU DBS 2020

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2-5 March 2020

“The ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium is an annual symposium staged by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) to help fellow broadcasters go digital, with the support of the broadcasting industry. It comprises an international conference, masterclasses and an industry exhibition showcasing the latest technologies and services providing a platform to share expertise and experiences, network with like-minded colleagues, showcase and embrace advancing technologies to help broadcasters make the right decisions.”

Sessions include Advances in Technologies & Broadcast Standards; Digital Radio, The Podcast Generation & Enhanced Audio Technologies; Digital Transition and Analogue Switch-off.

[Text sourced from ABU]

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Free European Media 2020

Gdansk, Poland

12-13 March 2020


The conference has been cancelled due to public health concerns surrounding COVID-19.

Journalists, media organisations, media regulators, academics, politicians and citizens are invited to attend this two-day conference in Gdansk to discuss the state of media freedom in Europe and begin to draft an action plan for moving forward. Speakers are from all over the continent, including Grzegorz Nawrocki, a former journalist of the Polish National Television (TVP); Lucie Sýkorová, European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and Ricardo Gutierrez, General Secretary, European Federation of Journalists (EFJ). 

The conference is organised by EFJ; ECMPF and Free European Media in cooperation with Council of Europe (COE), European Commission (EU), Pomorskie Voivodeship, ESC – European Solidarity Centre, City of Gdansk.

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Radiodays Europe 2020

Lisbon, Portugal

29-31 March 2020  

POSTPONED until 13-15 December 2020

This conference has been postponed due to health risks associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19). More details can be found in this press statement.  

The 11th edition of Radiodays Europe will take place on 29 – 31 March 2020 in Lisbon…Radiodays Europe (RDE) is about radio’s future, but also about sharing experiences from the best of radio today – success stories, digital advances, journalism, new research and business models from across the globe. The mission is to spread good ideas and to make better radio for our listeners.”

Delegates are from commercial radio as well as organisations with a public service obligation. Speakers for RDE 2020 include Cilla Benkö, Director General of Sveriges Radio; Cathinka Rondan, head of radio at NRK; James Purnell, Director Radio and Education at the BBC and many more.

[Text sourced from Radiodays Europe]

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April 2020

Online panel: Lessons from international news organizations reporting the pandemic [Worldwide]

3 April 2020

A webinar taking place on 3rd April at 9am aims to discuss production challenges; Covid-19 disinformation; journalism safety and media freedom as well as online engagement in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. It will be hosted by Dr Julie Posetti, including Maria Ressa (founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of Rappler); Brando Brkic (editor and co-founder of the Daily Maverick) and Ritu Kanpur (CEO of The Quint).

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International Journalism Festival 2020 International Journalism Festival 2020


Due to public health concerns surrounding COVID-19, the IFJ 2020 will not be taking place. It will return in 2021 Festival in Perugia on 14-18 April 2021.

The 14th edition of the five-day festival brings together journalists and media professionals from around the world with now over 700 speakers attending and the opportunity to participate in sessions including business models and opportunities for as well as threats to journalism.

It is free entry and no registration necessary. Provisional programmes will be published by 1 February and the full programme by 1 March.

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PBS TechCon 2020
Las Vegas, US

15 – 17 April 2020


Due to public health concerns surrounding COVID-19. More information here.

“TechCon has a rich, 40-year history as a key educational event for anyone in public media who works in technology. Evolving with the industry, the conference brings together Broadcast, Digital, IT, Traffic and Station Management sessions and discussions for attendees.”

Th early bird discount deadline is 28 February. Online Registration closes on 20 March.

[Text sourced from PBS TechCon]

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Radio and Digital Audio Broadcasting Convention 
Maseru, Lesotho

21 – 23 April 2020

POSTPONED until 23 – 25 June 2020

“Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), in collaboration with the Southern Africa Broadcasting Association (SABA), is proud to convene a high-level international Radio and Digital Audio Convention of Southern Africa.

The International meeting will serve as the platform for industry stakeholders in the region (and from across the globe) to review and evaluate the strategic and operational issues and solutions with Radio Broadcasting in a digital ecosystem.

With the theme “Radio Broadcasting in a Digital World – Reaching the Next Level”, the conference will feature a series of interactive presentations, case analysis, demonstrations and showcases from a variety of experts and practitioners sharing ideas and experiences and crucial on Radio broadcasting in Africa.”

[Text sourced from Broadcast Media Africa]

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Amnesty Media Awards 2020
London, UK

22 April 2020

The Awards Ceremony for Amnesty International UK’s 28th Media Awards is due to take place in London. The awards “recognise the vital role journalists play and the serious risks they face in highlighting human rights abuses around the world.”

More information about the awards coming soon.

[Text sourced from Amnesty International]

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World Press Freedom Conference 2020

The Hague, Netherlands

22 – 24 April 2020

POSTPONED until 18 – 20 October 2020

Organised by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and UNESCO, the conference will take place at the World Forum in the international city of peace and justice. The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Journalism without Fear or Favour’ to recognise that media freedom around the world is under threat and the pressure that journalists face in relation to safety as well as editorial interference. The first ever World Press Freedom Festival will take place during the conference. PMA will also be attending.

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The International Symposium of Online Journalism

University of Texas, US

24 – 25 April 2020

CANCELLED – however organisers are planning to create a “virtual ISOJ, where sessions would be available online”

The ISOJ brings together editors, academics and industry professionals from around the world to discuss the “evolution of online journalism”.

Speakers include Katherine Viner, Editor of The Guardian UK; Cristina Tardáguila from the International Fact-checking Network and Emilia Díaz-Struck from the International Consortium of International Journalists. The event sponsors are the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and UT Austin, the Moody College and its School of Journalism.

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Freedom of Expression Awards Index on Censorship

London, UK

30 April 2020

“Index on Censorship’s Freedom of Expression Awards celebrate those who have had significant impact fighting censorship anywhere in the world. There are four categories: Arts, Campaigning, Digital Activism and Journalism. Winners are honoured at a gala celebration in London and join Index’s Awards Fellowship programme and receive dedicated training and support.”

[Text sourced from Index on Censorship]

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AIBD World TV Awards 2020

The AIBD is hosting their annual World TV Awards in collaboration with ASBU, France Médias Monde and Radio Television Malaysia, among others global partners. Find out more details about the competition here. Winners will be announced at the AIBD Media Summit hosted in Nepal this year.

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May 2020

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]

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Munich, Germany

Deadline for personal registration for the festival week: 11 May 2020

CANCELLED – a virtual PRIX JEUNESSE festival is being arranged.

“Join the world’s premier get-together for content, innovation and quality in kids TV!

98 children’s and youth TV programmes from 33 countries of all continents compete for the prestigious PRIX JEUNESSE INTERNATIONAL 2020 awards.

We expect over 500 festival participants from 70 countries to come together to watch, discuss and judge highest quality in children’s TV.”

The festival will take place from 5-10 June 2020 in Munich.

[Text sourced from Prix Jeunesse]

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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]

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Last updated on 27 March 2020.

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