ACT, egta and EBU invite you to celebrate World Television Day!
This year, three European broadcasters’ associations, have decided to come together to honour a medium that holds a central place in the lives of millions of people, and to highlight the many services it offers in this era of multi-screening.
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The beginnings …
In 1996, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed November 21 as World Television Day, “in recognition of the increasing impact television has on decision-making by alerting world attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security and its potential role in sharpening the focus on other major issues, including economic and social issues.”
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Join the initiative …
The significance of World Television Day goes beyond paying tribute to TV on November 21st alone; we intend to add content to this platform over the months to come, continuing to reflect on the values of television throughout the year.
Your support is vital to ensure the website achieves maximum visibility, and we look forward to receiving your ideas. In the meantime, please enjoy the World TV Day experience on our website!
Why TV? Testimonials!
What do they say about television? Influential personalities from the world of politics, social advocacy, sports, culture, and entertainment share their experiences, views and opinions on the positive impact of TV on their lives, on the cause they believe in and fight for or on society in general. Click on the button below to find out what they have to say!
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Why TV? 9 facts!
We believe that television is a beneficial medium, serving the common good. We believe in television as a medium that triggers imagination, arises curiosity, encourages education and gathers millions around common interests. Here are 9 good reasons why we should celebrate television today.
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A message from egta’s, ACT’s and EBU’s spokespersons …
— Magnus Brooke, Chairman of the ACT Board of Directors: “Commercial broadcasters drive investment in the production of high quality original European TV content. From news and documentaries through to drama, children’s programming and family entertainment, our goal is to produce ground breaking content to push the boundaries of creativity, originality and the very best entertainment has to offer. High quality original content that speaks to our viewers and their lives in each Member State of the EU lies at the heart of everything we do.”
— Jan Isenbart, egta President & Chief Research Officer, AS&S: “Today’s global media sphere is mainly a video sphere; and within this video sphere, it is the daily professional content from TV stations all over the planet that we dedicate by far the biggest chunk of our screen-time to. In fact, almost any digital device is also a TV screen today…or will be soon! TV’s reach, impact and effectiveness thus remain unchallenged, be it for information, entertainment or commercial communication.”
— Ingrid Deltenre, EBU’s Director General: ”TV plays a huge role in contributing to society: “89% of European citizens watch TV every week. Its reach and impact is incredible. Public service television reaches 60% of European citizens every week and accounts for 20% of all TV viewing. These broadcasters play an indispensable role in the functioning of democracies and contribute to the cohesion of society. Despite the many choices consumers now have television remains the dominant medium with more and more of us watching across all platforms.”
— Caroline Petit, Deputy Director at United Nations regional information Centre: ”We are happy to see these three key associations partnering up again to celebrate World TV Day, especially as we are now one year into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. All aspects of society, including the media and television, can play its part in implementing this people’s agenda.” More information on UNRIC available on www.unric.org/en