Day 1: Thursday 7 October 2010
Moderator: Vanessa Mock (Head of Brussels Office, FSN)



  • Michael Good (Managing Editor, RTÉ, EBU Radio News Group Chairman)
  • Raina Konstantinova (Director of Radio, EBU)


Keynote Session:  Whose Web?

Newspaper publishers across Europe are unhappy with the online news services of public service broadcasters. They claim that popular websites like ARD's and BBC News Online should not be allowed because they have nothing to do with broadcasting. This session presents both sides of the argument.

  • Chairman: Matt Morris(Head of News, BBC Radio 5 Live)
  • Valdo Lehari (President, European Newspaper Publishers' Association)
  • Arthur Landwehr (Editor-in-chief, SWR, Germany)




Session 2:  What is the USP of Radio News?

In a multi-modal news landscape, where newspapers produce podcasts and websites to become direct competitors for listeners' ears and eyes, we can't ignore platforms beyond our native world of radio. In this session, we seek to identify exactly what it is that radio can offer, that other platforms simply cannot. How can we capitalise on these areas to ensure radio stays at the forefront of the media landscape?

  • Filippo Solibello (Presenter, Caterpillar, Radio RAI 2)
  • Tomas Miglierina (Brussels Correspondent, RSI, Switzerland)


Session 3:  News for Digital Natives

What is networked journalism and to what extent is it transforming the news market?

  • Guido Baumhauer (Managing Director of Strategy, Marketing, and Distribution, DW, Germany)
  • Charlie Beckett (Director, POLISMedia, UK)
  • Andy Carvin (Senior Strategist, Social Media, NPR, USA)
  • Ulrich Neuwöhner (SWR, Media Research, Germany)




Session 4:  New Opportunities

While it has undeniably presented the journalism industry with some of the biggest challenges it has yet faced, the democratisation of information through the internet also poses significant new opportunities to creative news providers. This session explores ways news broadcasters can embrace new technologies to improve their output, and consequently their viability.

  • Robert Baltus (Coordinator, NOS Net, Netherlands)
  • Mark Little (CEO, Storyful, Ireland)
  • Brett Spencer (Managing-Editor, BBC Three Counties Radio, UK)
  • Mark Rock (CEO, Audioboo, UK)




Session 5:  Waiting for the Dust to Settle

The eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull posed a significant challenge to radio newsrooms across the world, even beyond that of correctly pronouncing its name. In an era of ubiquitous air travel, the grounding of flights over Europe was a story that affected an extremely high proportion of the public. As the most immediate and up-to-date news platform, radio was a lifeline for many stranded travellers and those back home. In this case study, we analyse lessons learned from this dramatic story.

  • Audronis Braukyla (Editor-in-Chief, LRT, Lithuania)
  • Michael Good (Managing Editor, RTÉ, Ireland)
  • Matt Morris (Editor, BBC Radio Five Live, UK)
  • Arthur Landwehr (Editor-in-Chief, SWR, Germany)




Drinks reception, EBU Headquarters

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Day 2: Friday 8 October 2010
Moderator: Vanessa Mock (Head of Brussels Office, FSN)


Keynote Speech:

Public Service in the Digital Age

  • Markku Laukkanen (Chairman of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Sub-Committee on the Media)


News from the EBU 

Some facts and figures about 2010 and a look forward to the future of Radio News at the EBU

  • Mike Mullane (Head of News, Sport and New Media, EBU Radio Department)




Session 6:  2010 in News

In the final session five broadcasters will review their own coverage of five key news events of the past 12 months. What has been learned, and what might be done differently next time? How has new technology been put to use in coverage of contemporary events? What is the future of radio news?

  • The Taoiseach's Radio Interview
    Michael Good (RTE)
  • The Polish Air Disaster
    Mariusz Borkowski (Polish Radio)
  • Greek Riots
    Vittorio Argento (RAI)
  • The Haiti Earthquake
    Rutger Mazel (NOS)
  • Mideast Synod
    Fr. Koprowski (Radio Vatican)


End of conference

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