EBU AI and Data Initiative

January 2021

In this edition, we:


Production Technology Seminar: Navigating Media Creation in the Cloud
The EBU's Technology & Innovation department will be holding its annual flagship event, the Production Technology Seminar (PTS), from 26-28 January. PTS focuses on recent and future developments in media production technology. It is a key industry event for those needing to make informed strategic decisions in the technical domain. Join us! 

This year’s edition zones in on a topic that is both central to and a huge technical and business challenge for broadcasters. “The Big Cloud Debate”, a dedicated session, assembles some of the biggest cloud providers around to discuss these challenges and how they could be addressed. 

We also look forward to a dedicated session on AI for Production on Wednesday 27 January.


AI and Data Event
The EBU's Media department, AI and Data Initiative, and Technology & Innovation department are organizing a one-day online event on 9 February on the topic of AI for Content Creation

This cross-disciplinary event will gather industry experts, technologists, media practitioners and artists to explore how AI can support and inspire the creation of content - from media production to interactivity and visual arts. 

The programme is available and will be kept up-to-date on the event's webpage.
We look forward to seeing you there!


The EBU is introducing the Knowledge Hub, a resource to explore the latest research, guides and videos made for and by the EBU community. Artificial Intelligence and data are among the main topics covered by the Hub.
The European Commission has recently published proposals for three acts, as centerpieces of the European digital strategy: 
  • The Digital Services Act "rules on intermediaries' obligations and accountability across the single market" in order to "open up new opportunities to provide digital services across borders, while ensuring a high level of protection to all users, no matter where they live in the EU."
  • The Digital Markets Act "establishes a set of narrowly defined objective criteria for qualifying a large online platform as a so-called “gatekeeper”" in order to "ensure that these platforms behave in a fair way online".
  • The Data Governance Act sets up a "new European way of data governance that will facilitate data sharing across sectors and Member States".

The EC has selected 6 projects "to enrich the EU’s AI-on-demand platform (initiated by the AI4EU project). The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF) have also launched a "co-investment facility of up to €150 million, to support artificial intelligence companies across Europe".

The European AI Alliance has published reports synthezising two years of policy reflection on AI, in order to relaunch the discussion around AI and our economies and societies.

The European Audiovisual Observatory has published a new free report on the challenges and chances of AI in the audiovisual sector.

Researchers at the Mila Quebec AI Institute have developed and published a tool to help us estimate our Machine Learning carbon footprint, called the ML CO2 Impact Calculator.

As part of the LSE JournalismAI Collab, representatives from eight major news organizations (Reuters, AFP, Nice-Matin, Nikkei, Schibsted, Reach, La Nación and Deutsche Welle) have started the AIJO project to explore how to use AI to "understand, identify and mitigate newsroom biases".

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield has developed an algorithm that can "accurately predict which Twitter users will spread disinformation before they actually do it".

Digital publication The Pudding tells you how bad your taste in music is based on your Spotify account. No judgement.


Visit ebu.ch to see all our upcoming events, plus presentations and videos from past events.