Nine board members will join the EBU’s new president Delphine Ernotte Cunci (France Télévisions) and VP Petr Dvorák (Czech TV) to help lead the EBU over the next two years.
Thomas Bellut, Monika Garba?iauskait?-Budrien? and Fran Unsworth all join the Executive Board for the first time, while Alexander Wrabetz re-joins after a four-year absence.
Thomas Bellut has been DG of ZDF since 2012 while Monika Garbaciauskaite-Budriene was appointed DG of Lithuanian National Radio and Television in 2018. Fran Unsworth runs the BBC’s news and current affairs programming and is a member of the BBC Board.
Alexander Wrabetz has served as DG of ORF since 2007 and was previously an EBU Board member from 2011-2016.
Cilla Benkö has been appointed for her fifth term as an EBU Board member while Marcello Foa, Giacomo Ghisani, Sebastian Sergei Parker and Gonçalo Reis will be serving for a second term.
Commenting on the development, incoming EBU president Delphine Ernotte Cunci said: “I’m glad we could gather a great cast of skills and experience and also keep the balance of the geographical, economical and cultural diversity of the EBU Members in the composition of the new Executive Board. For the first time, I’m also proud to include three women on the board”.
The EBU’s assembly thanked outgoing Board members together with president Tony Hall (BBC), who has served as president of the EBU for the last two years.
The Board will serve for a 2-year period from January 2021 to December 2022.