UN in Geneva celebrates 6 decades supporting impartial TV news – Global Issues

For years, the United Nations and its agencies in Geneva have relied on global news agencies and other media based at the Palace of Nations to bring the latest breaking stories to the world daily.

But one special partnership with the Geneva-based European Broadcasting Union (EBU), ensures that public service news broadcasters across Europe and around the world have access to live broadcasts and video news items coming from the UN office in the Swiss city, a major source of international news content.

A staff member of the European Broadcasting Union at work at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

UN Photo / Jean Marc Ferré

A staff member of the European Broadcasting Union at work at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

‘Challenge fake news’

The partnership includes “challenging false news, leading to the transparent and equitable dissemination of facts, and restoring public confidence in democratic institutions as cornerstones of public service media,” said EBU Director General Noel Curran.

The decades-long relationship between the two organizations, whose mandates evoke a clear, impartial, impartial and independent image of the world as it is today, also recognizes just how effective television can be in serving the public interest and in fostering trust. , diversity and innovation.

“At the UN, we cover many forgotten crises that carry too few other broadcasters, from the greatest humanitarian need in the world in Yemen, to insecurity in the Central African Republic, Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo or mass displacement in the Sahel, which is largely linked to the need for climate change, “says UNTV news producer Daniel Johnson, who is in regular contact with the EBU’s news desk on upcoming stories of interest.

He is also a familiar voice to UN News listeners, as the regular presenter of our Daily News in Brief, and UN Catch-Up Dateline Geneva weekly podcast.

“In addition to all the UN and international agencies in Geneva, we are also incredibly privileged to have the Human Rights Council so close,” Daniel said. “It’s about 60 meters as the crow flies from the UNTV studio – so we can step in to follow her work, if there’s a big or breaking story, to make sure she’s not disappear. ”

Every year, UNTV Geneva produces about 200 edited international news items, which are distributed through the EBU’s Eurovision News Exchange. The partnership also extends to events of exceptional importance that promote the multilateral values ​​of both organizations.

A staff member of the European Broadcasting Union at work at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

UN Photo / Jean Marc Ferré

A staff member of the European Broadcasting Union at work at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Strengthen collaboration

An additional and recently created partnership in which both entities are involved is the UN Communications Group for People Working in Video. After the European group was created – with the EBU providing hosting – it was joined in 2020 by its North American counterpart.

“In a sense, COVID has strengthened our collaboration because so many operations have gone ‘hybrid’, and therefore rely on live audiovisual support,” says Michele Zaccheo, head of UNTV & Radio and coordinator of the group.

“When the pandemic started, we worked together not only to combat disinformation about COVID, but to see how we could concretely work together and support each other.”

The EBU’s Social Media Newswire, created by the EBU to offer content on social media that is reliable enough to broadcast, is similar to Verified, an initiative of Melissa Fleming, UN Deputy Secretary-General for Global Communications, and UNTV worked together to bring the two together initiatives to find out how they can support each other.

In the future, the two organizations will look for ways to further combat hate speech and the denial of genocide, such as disinformation. “We look at how we share digital content and online news stories,” says Liz Corbin, Deputy Media Director and Head of News, EBU.

“This ability to go about ways to help each other, and how to make trusted and reliable news content available to more audiences, is what inspires us.”

For more on the News Exchange’s 60th anniversary, listen to UN Geneva’s special podcast: Behind the Lens: How UNTV Geneva Broadcasts News Around the World.

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