MediaRoad consortium gathers highly innovative organisations: world’s best known media brands, effective media networks and leading research institutes.
AISBL EBU-UER - European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is the world's leading alliance of Public Service Media with 73 Members in 56 countries in Europe, and an additional 34 Associates in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Our Members operate almost 2.000 television and radio channels together with numerous online platforms. Together they reach audience of more than one billion people around the world, broadcasting in more than 120 languages. The EBU operates Eurovision and Euroradio services. Working on behalf of its Members in the European area, the EBU negotiates broadcasting rights for major sports events, operates the Eurovision and Euroradio networks, organizes programme exchanges, stimulates and coordinates coproduction, and provides a full range of other operational, commercial, technical, legal and strategic services.
Association of European Radios (AER)
The Association of European Radios (AER) is a Europe-wide trade body representing the interests of the commercial radio sector in Europe to the EU institutions. AER is composed of 11 Members in Austria, Denmark, Germany, France, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Spain, Sweden and the UK, 2 associated Members in Switzerland and 1 support Member in Australia. The traditional form of AER Membership is national associations representing commercial radios in their country. AER has however two corporate Members (Latvia and Sweden). AER’s main objective is to develop and improve the most suitable framework for private commercial radio activity. AER constantly follows EU actions in the fields of media, telecommunications and private radio transmission, in order to contribute, to enrich and develop the radio sector.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) - Research & Development Department
The BBC is a large broadcasting organisation producing radio and television programmes in a number of studio centres throughout the United Kingdom. In addition, it operates one of the most popular web sites in Europe. It is the world's oldest national broadcasting organisation and the largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees, with over 20.000 staff in total. The BBC exists to serve the public, and its mission is to inform, educate and entertain. Its audience includes 96% of UK adults who use BBC TV, radio or online each week. BBC's primary entertainment destination is the iPlayer, an internet streaming catchup TV and radio service for people in the UK which is very popular with 343 million requests for content in January 2015 only.
Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH (IRT)
IRT is an SME specialized in audiovisual media technologies. Created as a nonprofit organization, IRT is dedicated to technical research and development for the benefit of the public. Founded in 1956, it is jointly owned by the Public Service Broadcasters of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (ARD, ZDF, DRadio, ORF and SRG/SSR). About 100 experienced engineers and researcher find innovative and real-world solutions which enhance the quality of radio, television and new media services. As a main motivation, IRT sees its role as that of a neutral technical advisor to broadcasters as well as a consulting body for industry. The institute collaborates with numerous commercial companies, various research organizations and universities in the broadcasting, media, communications engineering and IT sectors.
Rai - Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI)
Rai is Italian Public Service Broadcaster and Italy’s largest radio-television broadcasting company, has played a major role in shaping the country’s life and customs over the last decades. RAI started broadcasting its radio programmes in 1924 and nowadays broadcasts over 32.000 hours of television programmes (of which 75% are produced in-house) and 52.000 hours of radio programmes per year. Rai has been involved in R&D projects and activities through its Centre for Research and Technological Innovation (CRIT) which was founded in 1930 in Turin, Italy. At present the Centre contributes to the evolution of the broadcasting and multimedia system and supports the Rai Group in its choices in the technological field and the phases of experiment and introduction of new products and systems.
Interuniversitair Micro-Electronicacentrum IMEC vzw (IMEC)
imec is the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy. iMinds, the digital digital research and incubation center has merged with imec into one high-tech research and innovation hub for nanoelectronics and digital technologies, under the name imec. imec-SMIT specializes in social scientific research on media and ICT, with an emphasis on innovation, policy and socio-economic questions.
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) - Social Media Lab
The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is a higher education and research organization with about 14.000 students and staff members, and a total annual budget of approximately 830 million Euros. With more than 340 laboratories and research groups on campus, EPFL is one of Europe's most innovative and productive technology institutes and is also renowned for the quality of its teaching and training programs. Ranked top 3 in Europe and top 20 worldwide in many scientific rankings, EPFL has attracted the best researchers in their fields. It is also Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical university, receiving students, professors, and staff from over 120 nationalities.
European Coordination of Independent TV Producers (CEPI)
The European Coordination of Independent Producers (CEPI) was founded in 1990 to organise and represent the interests of independent film and television producers in Europe. The Coordination represents approximately 8000 European independent production companies, which together supply over 16000 hours of new programming each year to broadcasters. The majority of production companies represented by CEPI are SMEs. Our members create a wide range of diverse film and television content, from standalone documentaries and special event programming to game shows, animation, light entertainment and high-cost drama series. CEPI supports the activities of its television and film production companies, helping them to shape and engage with the European policy landscape and promoting the importance of sustainable cultural and economic growth in the European audiovisual sector.
Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep (VRT)
The Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroep (VRT) is the public broadcaster of the Flemish Community in Belgium. Its mission is to reach the largest possible number of viewers and listeners with a diversity of programs that arouse and fulfill their interest. To accomplish this, VRT owns 3 TV channels (Eén, Ketnet, Canvas), 5 radio stations (Radio1, Radio2, Klara, Studio Brussel and MNM) and 2 web portals (deredactie.be and sporza.be). A public broadcasting company is essential to a democratic society in the 21st century. This belief is evident in the VRT mission statement. This mission describes: the aims of the VRT (to inspire, inform, educate, entertain), and what it wants to be (top-quality, trustworthy, creative, innovative, and a guarantee of optimal reach and diversity).
DW – Deutsche Welle
EFJ – European Federation of Journalists
egta – association of television and radio sales houses
Mediarte.be – Sociaal Fonds Audiovisuele & Filmsector (Social fund for the audiovisual and film production sectors in Belgium)
NPO – Nederlandse Publieke Omroep
UNI-MEI Uni Global Union – Media Entertainment & Arts