Media Innovation: its future in the next European Research Agenda

European policy makers are now discussing the future of the European Research Agenda beyond 2020 in the framework of the upcoming proposal on the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and its R&D scheme, the Framework Programme 9 (FP9) running from 2021 to 2027. Amid these discussions, the European Commission has launched a Public Consultation on “EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market: an occasion to feed into its proposal for the next generation of funding programmes that the MediaRoad consortium did not miss!

Indeed, the European media sector has a vast creative potential for innovative services and it has a strong tradition in investing in R&D. However, this capacity is increasingly dwarfed by powerful global players and the sector is lacking an adequate support scheme that is able to fully capitalize on its strength. While separate programmes exist to support and strengthen technological innovation and creative content production, there is no programme combining these two

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MediaRoad @Radiodays Europe

Radiodays Europe is a pan-European radio conference created by European public and private radio broadcasters, primarily aimed at management, middle-management and programme developers. This year’s edition of the biggest European radio event of its kind took place in Vienna from 18-20 March 2018 and gathered 1600+ radio leaders from 60+ countries.

The Association of European Radios (AER) has organized a Sunday Special Focus Workshop during RadioDays that focused on “Post-convergence radio – Hybrid radio technical view and how to build (on) it”. This event, organized in the framework of the MediaRoad project, aimed at providing participants with a perspective on the hybrid radio – its application and complementary approaches. Participants got an opportunity to learn about the three on-going Horizon 2020-funded projects: HRadio, Marconi, and MediaRoad. Moreover, they learned about the ways VRT’s Sandbox supports innovation in the radio environment, and how Radioplayer helps radios to embrace the web.

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Take part in Stakeholder Consultation!

MediaRoad has launched Stakeholder Consultation to collect ideas and views from the media sector stakeholders on the future European Research & Innovation Agenda for media sector (with a focus on audio-visual and radio). The collected input will serve as a basis for the development of a common vision for media innovation in Europe that will be included in the first MediaRoad Vision Document.

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Are you part of the media industry and in particular of the audio-visual or radio sector?
Are you concerned about its developments and do you want to ensure a bright and innovative future for the sector?

Share your ideas and views on how the future European Research & Innovation Agenda for media should look like and contribute to the creation of a joint vision for media innovation!

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First MediaRoad conference looks at media innovation

The first thematic MediaRoad event was organized on 2 March 2018 in Geneva as part of the EBU Big Data Week. The conference focused on how the media sector could take advantage of the latest innovations. The conference was organized by the EPFL, a major European research institution, with the full support of the MediaRoad project, a Horizon 2020-funded initiative to create a European media ecosystem for innovation.

The “Media Innovation in the age of AI, social media and fake news” conference gathered representatives of academia, research, broadcasters, and business who looked at the use of data and artificial intelligence for media content,

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MediaRoad answers European Commission Public Consultation on Fake News and Online Disinformation

Words by Luciano Morganti and Heritiana Ranaivoson

On 23 February, the MediaRoad consortium contributed to the Public Consultation on Fake News and Online Disinformation launched by the European Commission. The MediaRoad’s joint position builds upon different point of views of its diverse members representing European media organisation, researchers, creative and cultural industries and technology experts and entrepreneurs who have highlighted the role of quality journalism and trusted content to counteract disinformation and information disorder.

The consultation mainly aimed at:

  1. gathering ideas and insights about the definition of fake information and their online dissemination
  2. assessing measures already taken by platforms, news media companies, and civil society organisations to counter the spread of fake information online
  3. scoping for future actions to strengthen quality information and prevent the spread of disinformation online.

Read more to see the key points raised by the MediaRoad consortium in its response to the consultation.

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France Televisions, Swedish Radio and BBC first to join European Media Start-up Network: The SANDBOX HUB

On the 8th and 9th of February, broadcasters France Télévisions, Swedish Radio and BBC are visiting the Belgian broadcaster VRT for the kickoff of The Sandbox Hub, part of the European MediaRoad project, which is led by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

The Sandbox Hub aims to build a European network of innovation incubators. Inspired by the VRT Sandbox model of Belgian broadcaster VRT, these broadcasters will either establish their own incubator or they will exchange experiences and expertise with the network.

THE SANDBOX HUB – A EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR STARTUPS IN MEDIA

The Sandbox Hub, led by VRT Sandbox, aims to create a European network of media innovation incubators through which groundbreaking ideas can be tested and scaled. These incubators,

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Media Innovation in the age of AI, social media and fake news

Over the last years, the Media industry has gone through intense disruptions and very profound structural changes. Decades ago, consuming audiovisual services meant tuning to our traditional public and private broadcast TV and radio services. Then came the digitalization of the content, and broadband. As a major shift in the way media content was offered to the end users, the broadcast channels lost their de-facto exclusivity. Media services from Internet players and ISP popped up and started eating a growing part of the media business cake. Content became also on-demand. Finally came the Mobile and Social Network revolutions. Shorter content became popular and Social Networks brought the ultimate paradigm shift: the media content was no longer only “owned” by the media players, it was also being generated by the end users themselves. With the potential to be viewed by audiences sometimes larger than the media players.

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Hamburg Trip – December 2017

As part of MediaRoad, we made contact with NMA. NMA, full Next Media Accelerator, is one of the largest hubs for media innovation in Europe. As the NMA invited us to their half-yearly demo day in Hamburg, we chose to combine our trip with some other potential partners. Due to NMA's strong (inter)national community, we easily got access to the right media organizations.

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CEPI Independent Producers welcome start of MediaRoad project

Written by Liana Digka

CEPI’s 2017 General Assembly took place in Paris on 9-10 November 2017 and offered a fantastic opportunity for independent producers and small and medium enterprises to foster potential future synergies with broadcasters and to present the MediaRoad Project to CEPI’s members.

At this meeting, Nicola Frank, Head of European Affairs of the European Broadcasting Union (leader of the MediaRoad project), presented the main structure of the project and explained the use of the MediaRoad tools like the VRT Sandbox, an important environment for collaboration where both producers and broadcasters meet.

We have interviewed Mr Jerome Dechesne, Chairman of CEPI and representative for USPA (FR), and asked him to share his ideas about the project, its role on the promotion of research and innovation within the creative sector and the way such a project could be effectively used in the future by independent producers.

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Funding opportunities to drive future innovative projects for media

In the end of October, the European Commission has published the new Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The document provides information on future Commission priorities for research and innovation in the media sector.

The Work Programme includes several calls for proposals of interest for media organizations, especially within the framework of the Big Data and 5G PPPs, as well as in the Next Generation Internet (NGI) section. Over the course of the next two years, media organizations will have an opportunity to develop proposals on big data applications, interactive technologies, artificial intelligence, and hyper-connected media systems in reply to the ICT calls (list of preselected proposals available in the table below).

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