Preliminary Programme

Universalism and Public Service Media

Working draft 27 July 2018

17th October, Wednesday

17.00 h. Visit to rtve and rne studios

19.30 h. Welcoming Reception hosted by RTVE at the Estudios de Prado del Rey (TBC). RTVE’s capital city main facilities are located here. Participants will enjoy a short cultural programme along with Spanish food and drinks.

Edif. Prado del Rey. Avda. Radio Televisión, 4  28223 POZUELO DE ALARCON (MADRID)


18th October, Thursday

Day 1: Media Policy & Management Forum at RTVE Spain

The first day of the conference will take place on the RTVE premises in the Prado del Rey area of Madrid.

Edif. Prado del Rey. Avda. Radio Televisión, 4  28223 POZUELO DE ALARCON (MADRID) 

10.00 h. Welcoming remarks for the RIPE@2018 conference

10.15 h. Ignacio Gómez Hernández, RTVE Digital &Innovation Manager

Overview of the Spanish media market and key challenges for RTVE

11.30 h. Coffee break

12.00 h. Pere Vila Fumas, Technologic Strategic and Digital innovation

RTVE’s perspective on universalism and the public service mission in innovation

13.30 h. Lunch

15.00 h. Juan Pablo García Blanco, Commissioner for Corporate Public Affairs

PSM and public affairs

16.00 h. Coffee break

16.30 h. Roberto Suarez Candel, Head of Head of Strategy & Media Intelligence, EBU

Contribution to Society - The mindset to secure the future of PSM


17.30 h. End of Day 1

There is no official programme for the evening. Participants are encouraged to meet friends and plan dinners together. This is a free evening to enjoy the beauty and grace of Madrid, one of the world’s premier cities. The conference organisers can provide restaurant suggestions for those who might want that in planning for the evening.


19th October, Friday

Day 2: Media Scholarship and Research Forum at the new University of Navarra facilities in Madrid

On day two, we focus on scholarly contributions to the conference theme. Our host is the University of Navarra, located in Pamplona. The university has just opened a new facility in Madrid and conference participants will be among the first to enjoy the new facility. The day begins with a round-table discussion on the theme in relation to regional interests, a widespread concern today. After that, participants, will present their papers in a workgroup structure as in past RIPE conferences. The timetable is structured to allow ample time for in-depth discussion of papers and topics. The day culminates in the conference Gala Dinner.

Calle Marquesado de Sta. Marta, 3. 28027 Madrid

08.45 h. Registration

09.15 h. Welcoming to School of Communication, University of Navarra

Ramón Salaverria, Associate Dean of Research

09.30 h. Round Table: “Universalism for Regional Public Broadcasters”

  • Antonio Virgili, President of FORTA (Federación de Organismos de Radio Televisión Autonómica/ Regional Broadcasters Federation)

  • Ferran Clavell, Head of Innovation and Digital Analytics at CCMA  (Catalan Broadcaster)

  • Juan Pablo Artero, Associate Professor Universidad de Zaragoza and Vice-President of Aragon Televisión.

11.00 h. Coffee break

11.30 h. Parallel Workgroup session one

Group 1. Rethinking the universalism mission (1) [ROOM 5, GROUND FLOOR] Minna Aslama & Tim Raats

David Skinner. Historical Dimensions of Universalism at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: Some Implications for Today

Tim Raats. Sustaining diverse PSM content in the age of Netflix: a comparison of small and large television markets

Minna Horowitz, Davor Marko. Testing universality: PSB/PSM in the age of “information disorder”

Gloria Hoyos. The growing paradox of universality and European PSM. A peripheral perspective from Southern Europe

Group 2. Platforms and Universality (1) [SEMINAR 5, GROUND FLOOR] ) Phil Ramsey & Jo Bardoel

Yang LEE. Public service online video achieve universalism? An overview and discussion on Taiwan PTS+ and its business model  

Annika Sehl, Alessio Cornia, Rasmus Kleis Nielsen. The Universalism Challenge for Public Service Media: How PSM Discuss Opportunities and Challenges of Social Media News Distribution

Mohammad Hesampour. Digitalization challenges for PSB in Iran

Jannick Sørensen. The Long Way Round to Personalised Universalism - PSM Organisations' Experiences with Algorithmic Personalisation

Oranit Klein Shagrir. Digital First! Reinventing Israeli Public Service Broadcasting Online?

Group 3. Young people and PSM today (1) [ROOM 6, GROUND FLOOR] Gisela Reiter & F. Javier Pérez-Latre

Corinne Schweizer, Joya Martellosio. Young people vs. Public Service Broadcasting? On the role of young audiences in broadcasting policies and politics in Switzerland

Karen Donders, Hilde Van den Bulck. The Kids Are Not Alright: Public Broadcasters’ Universal Service for Preteens Caught Between Digital Inclusion and Market Competition. The Ketnet Jr. case.

Tomas Coppens. Moving beyond the ‘unserved audience’ hype: How Flemish radio channel MNM reaches the varied younger audience across media platforms

13.15 h. Lunch

14.30 h. Parallel Workgroup session two

Group 1. Rethinking the universalism mission (2) [ROOM 5, GROUND FLOOR] Minna Aslama ( & Tim Raats  (

Christiana Gransow. A Question of Value - Public Value as a Core Concept

Adriana Mutu. The Regulation of the Public Service Broadcasting (PSB) in Europe: A Cross-Country Comparative Analysis

Francisco J. Pérez-Latre y Alfonso Sánchez-Tabernero. Fundamentals for a reinvention of public service media: restructuring for audiences when change is the norm

Ekmel Geçer Mail. Public Service Media in Turkey: In-between Culture, Politics and the State

Group 2. Platforms and Universality (2) [SEMINAR 5, GROUND FLOOR] Phil Ramsey ( & Jo Bardoel  (

Phil Ramsey. The BBC Ideas Service: the Corporation’s search for universalism online

Jonathan Hendrickx. Distinctiveness and programme diversity in public broadcasting revisited: an 8-country comparison

Agnieszka Węglińska. Public Television In Poland (TVP) and journalists - new technology and political pressures

Marta Rodríguez-Castro, Sara Pérez Seijo, Francisco Campos-Freire. The universality of European public broadcasters in light of the new distribution of the digital dividend and the cloud TV

Group 3. Young people and PSM today (2) [ROOM 6, GROUND FLOOR] Gisela Reiter ( & F. Javier Pérez-Latre (

Julie Münter Lassen. Public service television as an offer for all niche groups?

Gisela Reiter. “Sure, the devices changed. But not the source of information” – Continuities and Discontinuities of PSM usage

José Enrique Guerrero Pérez. Catch them if you can:The escape of millennials from linear television

16.00 h. Coffee break

16.15 h. Parallel Workgroup session three

Group 4. Innovation and Collaboration in PSM (1) [ROOM 5, GROUND FLOOR] Jonathon Hutchinson ( and Lizzie Jackson (

Jonathon Hutchinson. Universal PSM: The case for algorithms

Teresa Zaragoza, José A. García-AvilésThe role of innovation in advancing the relevance on public service media: the cases of BBC News Lab and RTVE Lab

Erik Hekman. Public Service Media and Networked Publics on Twitter

Lizzie Jackson, Michal Glowacki. Datification, Fluidity, and Organisational Change: Towards ‘PSM 3.0’

Aleksandar Kocic, Jelena Milicev. Challenges for public service radio in small nations: lessons from Scotland

Jannick Sørensen. PSM independence, third party web services and the security of supply

Juan Luis Manfredi, Ana López Cepeda. Governance and boards in the Spanish public media: legislative changes in four case studies

Group 5. Reconnecting with Audiences (1) [SEMINAR 5, GROUND FLOOR] Phill Savage ( and Karen Donders (

Olga Dovbysh. Whose voices matter? Public service content in neo-authoritarian media system in Russia

Ki-Sung Kwak. The Governance of PSB in East Asia

Patricia Diego. Internationalization of fiction TV shows in TVE. From Los misterios de Laura to The Mysteries of Laura

Philip Savage. Measures of Public Value and Variety in Canadian National and Regional PSM

Begoña Morales, Marta Pellico. Trust Audiovisual Label

Atte Jääskeläinen. Searching solutions for reconnecting with the audience and restoring and maintaining trust in public service news

Anouk De Ridder, Hilde Van den Bulck, Heidi Vandebosch. Programme Universality and Citizenship: Can Humour Be an Inroad to Enhance Citizenship? The Case of VRT's 'Taboe'

María Lamuedra. Discourses on the mission of Public Service Journalism: the Case of TVE in Spain


18.30 h. End of sessions

20.30 h. Gala Dinner (Hotel Meliá Avenida América)

Participants will enjoy a sit-down dinner featuring Spanish cuisine.  


20th October, Saturday

Day 3: Media Scholarship and Research Forum continued

On day three, participants gather in their workgroups to formulate answers to the two steering questions that ground our conference proceedings. One question will focus on outcomes that advance conceptualisation of universalism under 21st century conditions (i.e. theory for scholarship). The other question will focus on implications for strategic management in PSM firms. The Chairs of the workgroups will present their results respectively in the Closing Moderated Plenary discussion, which will be an open discourse about the conference theme. 

09.15 h. Final Workgroup session

11.00 h. Coffee break

11.20 h. Closing Moderated Plenary

12.40 h. Take-away lunch

13.00-14.20 h. RIPE Business Meeting chaired by Gregory Ferrell Lowe, RIPE Continuity Director


This year marks a significant change in the structure and leadership of the RIPE initiative. Prof Lowe’s proposal will be published in advance for participants and the larger RIPE community to consider. The proposal essentially calls for establishing a RIPE President and Deputy President to take charge of the production of each conference. These will be elected positions and a call for nominations will be issued about one month before the conference in Madrid. Prof Lowe will remain Continuity Director of the initiative, but with less day-to-day responsibility for producing the conferences. The meeting will also present his ideas about a sister initiative to be called RIPE+ to support the development of public service media provision in the wider world beyond west Europe and OECD countries. Finally, there will be discussion about the future of the RIPE book series and the editorial structure for this.

Conference participants are welcome to attend the Business Meeting. Members of the RIPE Advisory Board (RAB) are especially needed and encouraged to attend.