"Euranet" a new network for European radio stations: extracts from the joint press conference by Margot Wallström, Erik Bettermann, Director-General of Deutsche Welle, and Antoine Schwarz, CEO of Radio France Internationale (RFI)
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 26/02/2008 First transmission: 26/02/2008
On 26 February 2008, Margot Wallström, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy, launched "Euranet", a new network of European radio stations, and gave a joint press conference with Erik Betterman, Director-General of Deutsche Welle, and Antoine Schwarz, CEO of Radio France Internationale (RFI).
From April 2008, radio stations from 13 countries working in a consortium and 7 associate radio stations will co-produce and simultaneously broadcast programmes devoted to current affairs and society in the Europe of 27 Member States.
Broadcast daily, the programmes of this European network will include daily news reports, interviews, debates, magazines looking at subjects in greater depth and coverage of live events.
Initially, broadcasts will be in 10 languages (Bulgarian, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish), but they will gradually expand to the 23 languages of the EU.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the European Commission building
||General view of the press conference
||Margot Wallström, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy, saying (in ENGLISH) that an international radio cooperation project that aims at straightening both the quality and the quantity of information related to Europe making it liver and closer to European citizens.
||Cutaway people attending the press conference
||Margot Wallström saying (in ENGLISH) that this radio stations have chosen to try an original way of cooperation through producing common daily programmes which will be simultaneous broadcasted in several languages; that such programmes will cover news, analysis, opinion and discussion and will be from an European point of view; that the cost of the project is 5.8 million euros per year and that they hope this will be for a 5 years period.
||Cutaway of journalists
||Erik Bettermann, Director-General of Deutsche Welle, saying (in ENGLISH) that there is a need within Europe to build bridges to bring closer different cultures and if you want to build bridges there is a need to have information; that if this continent and this EU with 27 Member states is trying to bring the people closer together, then there is a need that the people know much more about the others and about the European Union in Brussels.
||Antoine Schwarz, CEO of Radio France Internationale (RFI), saying (in FRENCH) that their journalists will remain completely independent, as they are independent from the government (2 shots).
||Margot Wallström saying (in ENGLISH) that the whole idea is to show also how someone in another Member state will react to a certain issue that is on the agenda of the EU; that there is an extra cost to do all the translations as well, and that is why fund will be provided for translation to be sure that it exists in as many languages as possible.
||Cutaways (2 shots)