Radio News Conference 2012

14-15 June 2012


For its 2012 edition, to be held at the kind invitation of Czech Radio in the Czech capital Prague, the Radio News Conference addresses the role of public service journalists in today's world of ubiquitous media.

The advent of the real-time internet and citizen reporting brings with it unique challenges, and perhaps even new responsibilities for public service journalists. Focusing on democracy, quality and depth of reporting, the sessions explore what is meant by 'public service values' in the context of radio journalism in 2012.

EBU Members are warmly invited to browse the conference agenda, register and find information about hotels below.


Please note that the agenda below is currently being regularly updated as speakers are added and sessions finalised.

Day 1 : Thursday 14 June, 2012
09h00 Registration
  • Peter Duhan - Director General, Czech Radio
  • Vittorio Argento - Deputy Director Radio News, Rai, Italy; Chairman, EBU Radio News Group
Session 1: Radio News Promoting Freedom
10h45 Coffee
Session 2 :  Building Quality Journalism
This session sets out how public service media are rising to the challenge of maintaining quality journalism in a diversified global news market.
  • Chair: Michael Good - Managing Editor, RTÉ, Ireland
  • Dr. Vinzenz Wyss - Professor of Journalism and Media Research, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
  • Richard Clark - Newsroom Editor, BBC, UK
12h45 Lunch
Session 3EBU Members Only
News from the EBU, and information about the Eurovision News Exchange.
  • Mike Mullane  - Head of News, Sports and New Media, EBU Radio
  • Sam Dubberley - Head of Eurovision News Exchange, EBU
15h30 Refreshments
Session 4Adding Value: Radio News Online
Our websites can be used to add value to our content in a number of ways. Tools like on-demand listening, segmentation and social media integration already enhance our services. But are we using these portals to their fullest potential, both to serve our existing listeners with innovative ways to present our news, as well as to attract new listeners to our broadcast output ?
  • Chair: Matthew Trustram - Project Manager, New Media, EBU Radio
  • Douglas Arellanes  - Director of Clients and Services, Sourcefabric, Czech Republic
  • Filip Rožánek  - Czech Radio Website, Czeck Radio
  • Carlsson Thorbjörn  - News Editor, Swedish Radio
  • Philippe Mottaz  - Director, World Radio Switzerland
17h00 End of Day 1
18h30 Social Event (location: Czech Radio)

Day 2 : Friday 15 June, 2012
Journalism at the EBU
This session will end with the anonuncement of the winner of the EBU Radio News Research Fellowship.
  • Annika Frankenhaeuser-Nyberg - Media Director, EBU
Session 5Journalism in Crisis?
  • Chair: Richard Clark, BBC, UK
  • Charlie Beckett - Director, Polis, London School of Economics, UK
  • Audrius Braukyla  Head of Radio News, LRT, Lithuania
  • Arthur Landwehr  Editor-in-Chief, SWR, Germany
11h00 Coffee
Session 6Beyond Social Media
How can journalists use social media and data journalism to investigate more deeply?
  • Chair: Vaclav Sochor - Editor-in-Chief, Radio Cesko, Czech Radio
  • Mark Little - CEO / Founder, Storyful, Ireland
  • Paul Myers - Research Specialist, BBC
Closing Remarks
  • Vittorio Argento - EBU Radio News Group Chairman, RAI, Italy
13h00 End of conference


The conference takes place in a gallery on the first floor of the Cafe Louvre in Prague city centre, and a short distance from the hotels recommended below.


Limited allocations of rooms at negotiated rates are available in the following hotels.

To book these, please complete the forms available via download links below, and email to Magda Holubová ( from Czech Radio who is kindly assisting with these bookings.

Delegates are further asked to note that bookings at these negotiated rates may not be available after May 14.

Hotel Yasmin Politickych veznu 913/12
110 00, PRAGUE 1
Czech Republic
€115 (single/double)
Hotel Ramada Wenceslas Square 820/41
New Town, 110 00
Prague-Praha - Nové Město
Czech Republic
€99 (single)
€105 (double)

The map below shows the locations of these in relation to the event venue

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Online registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us for late registrations.