Jean-Paul Philippot has been re-elected for a fifth consecutive term as President of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) at the 76th General Assembly in Montenegro.
Philippot, the representative of Belgium’s RTBF, began his tenure as leader of the union of public broadcasters in 2009 and will serve for another two years before ending his presidency in 2018.
Monica Maggioni, (RAI, Italy) who has served as EBU Vice-President since 2015, was also re-elected for a two-year term.
“I am thankful that once again EBU Members have expressed their confidence in my work as President.,” said Jean-Paul Philippot. “In my heart and mind, I strongly believe that PSM values are the cornerstone of every democratic society. These values drive all decisions taken within the EBU.”
In a speech to the Assembly Philpot said his priorities would include the modernisation of the EBU’s governance, supporting innovative EBU initiatives on original, creative content and new technologies and reinforcing and building new alliances so that public service broadcasters can continue to have a strong voice.
Philippot is the chair of the EBU’s Executive Board made up of senior representatives of EBU Member organizations; elected by the General Assembly. The Board is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the EBU’s strategy and policies as put into action by the EBU’s management.