On 3 June, I was invited to present at the EBU’s 21 TV Assembly. It was hosted by BBC North in Salford. An interesting event – as the TV Assembly brought together leading figures from the European public service media sphere, and getting insights into BBC operations proved to be highly inspiring, too. My contribution: a talk on possible “paths to innovative projects, tools and services”.
In early June 2015, the EBU held its 21st TV Assembly in Salford at BBC North. About three years ago, the location has become home for about 3,000 BBC staff. All sports output, Breakfast News and a fair number of other programmes (both with a regional and national audience) come from up there. In addition to the impressive output and creativity that surrounds the place, I found the open-spaced architecture particularly interesting. According to the Director of BBC England, Peter Salmon, it aids tremendously in creating a collaborative atmosphere – something that I sensed throughout my two days there.
My talk at the TV Assembly dealt with ways to be innovative. In particular, I focussed on what we do at Deutsche Welle’s Innovation Projects unit: namely to participate in future-facing R&D projects that are co-funded by the European Commission and other such bodies that support innovative projects and undertakings.
All in all, a worthwhile event that resulted in both numerous new contacts and a great variety of new ideas. So loaded with inspiration, I parted after one and a half action-packed days.