Hosted by TVG (Television de Galicia) and organised under the theme "The Way Forward", this meeting was a great opportunity to discuss the current biggest challenges for regional Public Service Broadcasters (PSB). The theme not only honoured its host city, one of Europe’s major symbols due to its centuries-old Pilgrims’ Way, but also inviteds delegates to discuss how to maintain public service broadcasting in times of budget cutbacks and digital revolution. At the same time it pointed out the relevant role of regional PSB in the development of society and helping people take part in democracy as European citizens.
The agenda of the annual meeting of CR will allowed delegates to discuss key issues such as:
- Strategic management - New media -
- TV production - Cooperation -
- Journalism and MoJo - Training -
- Technical implementations - Broadcasting -
Best practices on integrated newsrooms for TV, radio and Internet products were also shared during the Conference. One of the most recognized consultants of the TV business in Europe, Lluís Borrell, talked about the new trends on broadcasting. As usual, producers awarded with this year’s Prix CIRCOM shared their know-how.
The three-day event was open on the evening of Wednesday May 8 with a welcome drink followed by the Prix CIRCOM Gala banquet -free for CR delegates and members- at the magnificent Para-dor Hostal dos Reis Católicos. As you may know, the Prix CIRCOM, with winners spread across 10 categories, are considered Europe’s most prestigious awards for television programmes. The Gala was broadcast by Television de Galicia and live streamed over the Internet.
TVG has teamed up with the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), one of Spain’s institutions of higher education, dating back to 1507, to celebrate the Annual Conference working sessions on May 9 and 10 at the Faculty of Communications. With state-of-the-art facilities, hundreds of students are trained in this educational centre to be competitive professionals.
Both students and pilgrims have contributed throughout the centuries to nurture the amazing personality of Santiago de Compostela, a monumental city known worldwide and the final destination of the Way of Saint James (Camino de Santiago). Every year some 100 thousand people follow the Way, walking or riding a bike, and together with students they become part of the lively and cultural atmosphere of Santiago. The region has its own language, Galician, linked to Portuguese and fully spoken on TVG.
TVG and CR were proud to welcome you at the 31st Annual Conference !
Alfonso Sánchez Izquierdo
Compañía de Radio-Televisión de Galicia
TVG and Vice President of CIRCOM Regional