Ten European public service broadcasters are joining forces around a real time exchange of AI translated news stories. Led by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the broadcasters launched ‘A European Perspective’, a collaborative news service with a curated online feed.
“In a world where audiences are overwhelmed by an avalanche of information that has no editorial or ethical guardrails, ‘A European Perspective’ will serve as a beacon of trust and integrity. Its content will be deeply rooted in core European values such as respect for human dignity, equality, inclusion and the rule of law”, EBU said.
“We will now be able to fully leverage the power and scale of our vast international network anchored in a new internal Eurovision content-sharing platform where public service media have the same values and news ethics. This is a crucial step for our newsrooms”, said Eric Scherer, director of innovation and international affairs at France TV.
Participating broadcasters are Belgium (RTBF), Finland (YLE), France (France Télévisions), Germany (BR/ARD), Ireland (RTÉ), Italy (RAI), Portugal (RTP), Spain (RTVE), Switzerland (SWI swissinfo.ch) and Franco-German ARTE.
The broadcasters can publish each other’s content through a digital news hub that uses AI technology to translate the reports into multiple languages. The service is underpinned by the EBU’s PEACH system for recommendations and the EuroVOX toolkit for automated language services, the EBU said.
“In-depth reporting sourced from partner organizations will keep local audiences informed of the most recent developments in pan-European stories while the editors at each broadcaster will use their insight into the needs and interests of local audiences to make sure that the selected content is both relevant and compelling”, EBU said.
Asun Gomez-Bueno, Director of International Relations at RTVE, said “Through the project, public service media will be able to bring their contribution to society to the next level by ensuring that the trusted, impactful journalism they produce transcends national borders and reaches new audiences.”
‘A European Perspective’ has received a grant from the European Commission’s Multimedia Actions programme and is co-funded by the EBU.
In the framework of the EU-funded project, ‘A European Perspective’ is complemented by a second Europe-wide content offer, ‘The European Collection’, which is managed by ARTE. ‘The European Collection’ is a curated selection of documentaries, magazine shows and reports focusing on European politics and society.