Public Broadcasting in Serbia: IFJ Mission and Round-Table on RTS, May-June 2003


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Public Service Broadcasting on the Edge in Serbia

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On May 12-14 May 2003, an IFJ delegation met with main actors of the restructuring of Serbian Public Broadcaster RTS. On 27 June 2003, the IFJ organised a Round-Table with local representatives, as well as regional and international experts.

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Programme of the Round-Table :

"Public Broadcasting on the Edge in Serbia"

Belgrade, 27 June 2003

Organised with support from the Council of Europe and

the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights


09.30 Opening session :

Ms Tamara Lukšic Orlandic, Deputy Minister for Culture and Media

SESSION 1 : The transformation of RTS into a public service broadcasting institution

Chair : Mr Boris Bergant, Deputy Director General, RTV-Slovenia

09.45 The legal framework

Mr Rade VELJANOVSKI, RTS Radio Belgrade Deputy General Manager,

Chairman of the Working Group for the drafting of the media laws

Independance and functions of the Broadcasting Council

Ramon PRIETO-SUAREZ, Council of Europe

The role of the General Manager – Financial Situation of RTS

Mr Aleksandar CRKVENJAKOV, General Manager of RTS

10.15 Panel discussion

11.00 Coffee break

SESSION 2 :The restructuring process at RTS

Chair : Ramon PRIETO-SUAREZ, Administrator Media Division, Council of Europe

Public broadcasting on the Edge, Mission report by IFJ on RTS

Marc GRUBER, Katja KUSEC, IFJ Public Broadcasting Committee

The achievements of the OSCE

Mr Giovanni PORTA, OSCE Mission in Serbia and Montenegro

12.15 Panel discussion

13.00 Lunch

SESSION 3 : The professional future of RTS

Chair: Andrzej KRAJEWSKI, Media Freedom Observatory (Poland) & IFJ Public Broadcasting Committee

14.15 Raising and maintaining ethical standards in the public broadcasting organisation:

Codes of conduct

Mr Dragan JANIC, Representative of NUNS, BETA Agency

Editorial and managerial aspects : the experience of RTV Slovenia

Mr Boris BERGANT, Vice-President EBU, Deputy DG of RTV Slovenia

15.00 Panel discussion

15.45 Coffee break

16.00 Union cooperation on redundancies, lustration and collective negotiations

16.45 Concluding remarks :

Launching the Serbian public broadcasting institution publicity campaign

Mr Neboijsa SPAIC, Editor, Radio 202

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