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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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World Radio Day 2020

13 February 2020

UNESCO celebrates its 9th World Radio Day, which celebrates the power of radio. This year’s edition promotes diversity and UNESCO calls on radio stations to advocate for pluralism in radio, encourage representation in the newsroom and promote diversity in content and programming to reflect their audiences.


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.



February 2020


World Radio Day 2020World Radio Day 2020

13 February 2020

UNESCO celebrates its 9th World Radio Day, which celebrates the power of radio. This year’s edition promotes diversity and UNESCO calls on radio stations to advocate for pluralism in radio, encourage representation in the newsroom and promote diversity in content and programming to reflect their audiences.

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OTT Content Streaming and On-Demand Summit 2020

Cape Town, South Africa

19-20 February 2020

The “OTT Content Streaming And On-Demand” Forum will seek to explore developments around infrastructure building, services delivery platforms and monetisation opportunities while providing a clear market-view of real possibilities.

This crucial industry Forum will bring together key players and to share their experiences and insights on the rapid development of this industry and provide clear market-view of the industry dynamics and real opportunities from within the region and beyond.

[Text sourced from Broadcast Media Africa]

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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.

It is a significant programme. It has run for nearly 71 years and was the first programme in the world to invite the public to question politicians and commentators live on air.

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Children’s media in the UK – regulation, support, and the future for PSB and commercial markets | Seminar

London, UK

28 February 2020

The seminar will focus on several key areas, including: funding; an update on the Young Audiences Content Fund; issues that PSBs are faced with regarding young audience engagement and prominence as well as the policy regulatory changes in media markets. A key note speech by Sarah Muller, Head of BBC Children’s Acquisitions and Independent Animation is confirmed and other speakers including Jason Cotton, Head of Broadcasting Content Policy, DCMS and Kate Biggs, Project Director, Children’s Content Review, Ofcom.

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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

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

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


International Journalism Festival 2020International Journalism Festival 2020

Perugia, Italy

1 – 5 April 2020

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

“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

“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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World Press Freedom Conference 2020

The Hague, Netherlands

22 – 24 April 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

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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Last updated on 14 February 2020.

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