European Broadcasting Union

Founded in 1950, the EBU is the world’s largest professional association of national and public broadcasters, numbering 74 Active Members in 57 countries throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, and 35 Associate Members in 21 other countries throughout the world. Based in Geneva (Switzerland), the EBU acts at the international level on behalf of its Members, negotiates broadcast rights for major events, especially music (notably the season of the Metropolitan Opera in New York), and operates the Euroradio satellite network.

Working on behalf of its Members in the European area, the EBU negotiates broadcasting rights for major sports events, operates the Eurovision and Euroradio networks, organizes programme exchanges, stimulates and coordinates co-productions, and provides a full range of other operational, commercial, technical, legal and strategic services.

At its office in Brussels, the EBU represents the interests of public service broadcasters vis-à-vis the European institutions.

The EBU also works in close collaboration with sister unions on other continents.

The Eurovision permanent network (up to 50 digital channels on a Eutelsat satellite) carries constant exchanges of TV news and programmes. Most news and sports pictures on European screens pass through the EBU.


Television cooperation extend to educational programmes, documentaries and co-productions of animation series, competitions for young musicians, young dancers and screenwriters. It also includes traditional light entertainment such as the Eurovision Song Contest.

This network is made up of 36 terrestrial receiving and 25 transmitting stations covering all of the European broadcasting area, from Reykjavik to Cairo, from Madeira to Moscow. Thanks to this network, which uses the W3 professional transponder on the Eutelsat satellite, European public radio broadcasters have access each year to almost 4,000 concerts of every genre (pop/rock, jazz, world music and folk), not to mention, of course, the entire range of Classical music. Each concert is taken on average by seven organizations, meaning that an Euroradio concert has an audience of some 1.7 million listeners. Radio collaboration covers music, news, sports, youth programmes, local and regional stations. The Radio Department coordinates the transmission of 440 sports fixtures and 120 major news events.


Cooperation in the technical sphere is one of the EBU’s major activities. The Union is in the forefront of research and development of new broadcast media, and has led or contributed to the development of many new radio and TV systems: radio data system (RDS), digital audio broadcasting (DAB), digital television (DVB), high- definition TV (HDTV).

Legal Affairs

From copyright to sports and news, from broadcast regulation to co-productions, from telecommunications to public service, wherever broadcasters

are confronted with legal questions or regulatory challenges, the Legal Department provides assistance, prepares the ground for adopting common

positions and represents and promotes/defends the Members’ interests vis-à-vis the relevant international organizations and in professional fora.

Headquarters – Geneva
European Broadcasting Union
17A Ancienne Route
1218 Grand-Saconnex

Tel: + 41 (0)22 717 2111
fax: + 41 (0)22 747 4000

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