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Switzerland hosts birthday celebration for EBU

The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) is staging events in the Swiss city of Lucerne to mark the 50th birthday of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

The SBC has invited 69 public broadcasters from 50 states to attend a week-long General Assembly devoted to the international public broadcasting body.

The EBU’s secretary-general, the Swiss, Bernard Münch, and the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation’s president, Eric Lehmann, will be present.

The assembly will be attended by all directors-general of EBU members states, who will elect a new president and vice-president of the Union. The outgoing president, Albert Scharf, who’s the director-general of the Bayerischer Rundfunk, will not be seeking re-election.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) was founded by the BBC in Britain in 1950 but has since been based in Geneva. The EBU operates the Eurovision and Euroradio networks and coordinates co-productions such as the Eurovision Song Contest.

A gala dinner given in honour of the EBU at Lucerne’s concert hall will also bring together personalities such as the president of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch, the director-general of the United Nations in Geneva, Vladimir Petrovsky, and Unesco’s secretary-general, Koichiro Matsuura.

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