EBU News Committee visits GPB First Channel
EBU News Committee visits GPB First Channel

The Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) First Channel hosted a News Committee of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

The committee comprises heads of newsrooms from European public broadcasters.

Tinatin Berdzenishvili, the GPB Director General, and Giorgi Gvimradze, the News and Current Affairs Director, warmly welcomed the guests during the visit.

Members of the committee were introduced to the operations of the public broadcasting editorial office, engaged in meetings with journalists and producers, and shared their experiences and opinions on the challenges of news reporting.

“We are delighted to have been selected as the proud hosts of the 18th News Assembly, an event of significant magnitude within the public broadcaster community. We had the privilege of welcoming 100 delegates from various countries, ranging from Western to Eastern Europe. Esteemed journalists and editorial leaders from the BBC visited us to get a closer look at the work we do. During the visit, the delegation met with journalists who are closely aligned with the European model that Public Broadcasting is creating. Tomorrow, November 22, is an important day as the Assembly will convene to discuss some critical topics,” said Tinatin Berdzenishvili.

According to Liz Corbin, Head of Information Services at the European Broadcasting Union, the Public Broadcaster’s news department, the integrated news department brings together all areas and meets modern standards.

“This is a modern newsroom where you have TV, and radio online, all integrated and together, which is a really efficient way of working to make sure that trusted and reliable news gets to the audiences in the best way possible. I see many newsrooms across Europe – big ones, small ones, and GPB is not the largest member in our membership. But you have a very forward-focused newsroom. An integrated newsroom where you’re covering all the stories across many different platforms and in many languages,” said Liz Corbin, Deputy Media Director and Head of News at the European Broadcasting Union.

In addition, Morwen Williams, Director of Media Operations at the BBC, said the Public Broadcaster’s newsroom impressed her a lot.

“I’ve been really impressed by the new technologies you’ve brought in. Particularly about the amount of women you’ve got working in your newsroom. That’s good to see such a good balance, and so many women working. The studio where we are now is just fantastic. Really nice design, lots of open space, very modern,” said Morwen Williams.

On November 22-23, the Georgian Public Broadcaster will host the 18th Assembly of the European Broadcasting Union. As part of this event, a visit by the News Committee took place.