The Georgian Public Broadcaster has been an active member of the European Broadcasting Union since 2005 and shares the EBU six core values, which contribute to public broadcasting existence in a democratic society.
These values are universality, independence, excellence, diversity, accountability, innovation.
The European Broadcasting Union unites 115 public media organizations from 56 countries.
EBU Academy Regional Learning Hub
By the joint collaboration of the Georgian Public Broadcaster and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) EBU Academy Regional Learning Hub is operating in Georgia.
The academy trains Georgian journalists as well as journalists from neighbouring countries Azerbaijan and Armenia.
Following the memorandum signed between the Georgian universities and the GPB in 2021, the Journalism Faculty students will also participate in the EBU Regional Academy courses provided by various leading media professionals from Europe.
Representation in the EBU committees
The Public Broadcaster is represented in the following European Broadcasting Union committees:
- Media Committee
- News Committee
- Radio Committee
- Legal Committee
EBU Gender Equality
Tinatin Berdzenishvili, the Georgian Public Broadcaster Director General, is the chairwoman of the Gender Equality Group of the European Broadcasting Union since 2019.
Led by Tinatin Berdzenishvili, a group of 11 European countries has developed gender equality guidelines “All Things Being Equal” for media organizations based on the best practices of EBU member organizations. It includes recommendations on how to create an equal environment for women and men. The Gender Equality Guide has been translated into five languages, including Georgian.
News, music, programs exchange
The Public Broadcaster has access to the content of 56 European broadcasters, including news, music and various programs, which allows the organization to be constantly in the center of world events, broadcast high-quality programs and offer the highest quality music to radio listeners.
International sports events
In partnership with the EBU, the Public Broadcaster offers its audience a variety of international sports events. These include the LEN Champions League, the European Water Polo Championship, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Women’s Euro, UEFA European Under-17 Championship, the Paralympic Games.
Eurovision Song Contest
The Public Broadcaster is authorized to nominate a contestant from Georgia for the Eurovision Song Contest, the world’s largest show with a many-million audience.
Gender equality is one of the top priorities for the Public Broadcaster. GPB is working with the BBC to implement the 50:50 project that will help to achieve gender balance in radio, television, and the online platform in the coming years.
The Walt Disney Company has signed a cooperation agreement with the GPB First Channel for the first time in Georgia. Starting from January 2021, GPB First Channel offers its audience an original, licensed, officially obtained package, which includes products professionally dubbed in Georgian.
The contract provides for the screening of 349 films. In addition to Disney, GPB First Channel will also screen the well-known Marvel, 20th Century Studios, Lucasfilm products.
In addition to animation, GPB First Channel will offer its audience Disney movies for daytime and family watching, Lucasfilm’s Star Wars, as well as Marvel and 20th Century Studios cult classics.
It is noteworthy that Marvel and Star Wars movies will be polyphonically dubbed in the Georgian language.
The Public Broadcaster cooperates with the Italian Public Broadcaster and offers its audience RAI-produced series and mini-series.
BBC Studios is a valuable partner of the Public Broadcaster. Within this cooperation, GPB broadcasts BBC Studio-produced educational documentaries, series, children’s programs and acquires cognitive television formats.
The Public Broadcaster cooperates with the European Media Public Culture Organization ARTE and broadcasts high-quality cognitive-documentary films it produces.
As a result of the cooperation between Paramount Pictures and the Public Broadcaster, GPB First Channel offers its audience premium quality classic and modern movies.
The Public Broadcaster collaborates with Thomson Reuters, the world’s largest multimedia news provider, receiving breaking news and current affairs from around the world on an ongoing basis.
The Public Broadcaster is a partner of the British-American media company Getty Images. As a result of this collaboration, GPB offers its audience unique and high-quality world sports photos.
Support of the US Embassy in Georgia
With the support of the US Embassy in Georgia, GPB is implementing important projects for ethnic minorities. The Simultaneous Translation of Moambe into Armenian and Azerbaijani project aims to inform, raise awareness and integrate ethnic minorities living in Georgia into society.
The Georgian Language Online Olympiad project serves to popularize the Georgian language in non-Georgian language schools.
Voice of America
Joint TV and radio projects are being implemented in collaboration between the Public Broadcaster and VOA. GPB offer daily broadcast from Washington – world news, and reports on engaging topics.
As a result of cooperation with UEFA, GPB broadcasts Georgian National Team Qualifiers, League of Nations Games. The Public Broadcaster will also air the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship to be held in 2021.
The Public Broadcaster will provide coverage of the Eurobasket and FIBA World Championship, and also, in cooperation with FIBA, GPB will broadcast the Georgian National Team Qualifiers.
The Public Broadcaster will air the European Judo Championships in cooperation with the European Judo Union.