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PBI 2019 Helsinki: Vision

An image of Musiikkitalo, with a big letter M displayed on the wall.
An image of Musiikkitalo, with a big letter M displayed on the wall. Picture by: Kauko Niemi Musiikkitalo,pbi2019
Creating value for society in a rapidly changing world.

The conference will be held at Helsinki Music Centre in the centre of Helsinki on 9–11 September 2019.

A hallway in Musiikkitalo. Helsinki skyline in the background.
A hallway in Musiikkitalo. Helsinki skyline in the background. Picture by: Musiikkitalo / Arno Chapelle Musiikkitalo,pbi2019
A grand piano and a harp on a stage in Musiikkitalo.
A grand piano and a harp on a stage in Musiikkitalo. Picture by: Niklas Nabb Musiikkitalo,pbi2019

Final Programme, release date September 2, 2019

Monday 9.9.
15:00 - 18:00

Welcome desk and accreditation service open

(Helsinki Music Centre, Arrivals hall) Arrival information

17:30 - 21:00

Welcome to Helsinki -reception

17:30 Shuttle bus drives between the three Conference Hotels (Radisson, Sokos, Scandic) and Restaurant Garden by Olo - non stop - during the Welcome reception. Starting point is Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel at 17:30. the two other hotels will follow.
Welcome Reception. A relaxed and informal welcome event will introduce people to each other. The arrangements and program prepared and implemented together with the City of Helsinki.
Speech: Jan Vapaavuori, Mayor of Helsinki
Location: Restaurant Garden by Olo in city centre

Tuesday 10.9.


09:15 - 10:15

Opening ceremony

Opening video

Welcome on behalf of the host, CEO of Yle, Merja Ylä-Anttila

Welcome to the land that was the cradle of the Moomins, Sophia Jansson, Creative director, Oy Moomin Characters ltd

Introduction to Helsinki Music Centre, Pekka Kauranen, Managing Director

10:15 - 11:45

Session 1: What threatens democracy? What is the role of the media and what happens to trust?

Alan Rusbridger, Journalist, Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and the
former editor-in-chief of The Guardian: Breaking News; How to win back trust in an age of information chaos

Perttu Pölönen, Inventor, futurist and composer: Disruption, the impact of new technologies and trends


11:45 - 12:45

PBI Lounge

12:45 - 13:45

Session 2: Legacy and leadership in digital age

Delphine Ernotte, President of France Télévisions: Future opportunities and challenges for public service media

Lucy Kueng, Professor: A Roadmap for Organisational Transformation


13:45 - 14:30

Session 3: Public service report

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director, Reuters Institute. Reuters PSM report: The Reach of Public Service Media


14:30 - 15:00

Coffee and talk
PBI lounge

15:00 - 16:15

Session 4: Creating value for society

Catherine Tait
, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada: PSM contribution to society and our value to society

Roberto Suarez Candel, Head of Strategy & Media Intelligence, EBU: EBU strategic initiative “PSM Contribution to Society”

Katri Vänttinen, Director of Library Services: Experience a new inspiration for PSM: Helsinki's library services. How a public service institution can survive and reborn.

Discussion and questions after each speaker

17:30 - 22:30

PBI Member´s Dinner Reception

Banquet Hall Tenaille von Fersen at Suomenlinna Coastal Fortress.
17:30 Bus transportation from each conference hotel (Scandic Hotel Simonkenttä, Sokos Hotel Presidentti and Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel) to Market Square.
18:00 Transfer by water bus from Market Square to Suomenlinna Coastal Fortress. (20 min)

Aerial image of Suomenlinna fortress island
Aerial image of Suomenlinna fortress island Suomenlinna,pbi2019

Banquet Hall Tenaille von Fersen at Suomenlinna Fortress.
Wednesday 11.9


09:00 - 09:20

Welcome to the day two

Music by RSO, Mirka Malmi violin and Tiina Karakorpi piano.
-Agnes Tschetschulin: Gavott, Berceuse and Alla Zingaresca
-Laura Netzel: Romance and Chanson Slave

Opening speech by Kaisa Näreranta, Helsinki Music Centre Foundation

09:20 - 11:00

Session 5: Collaborate or die?

Henrik Hartmann, Secretary General, Nordvision: Nordic12 -project

James Mather, Chair of Radio New Zealand: “You may have chosen us” – How New Zealand’s news media helped bring the nation together after the Christchurch Mosque Attacks.

Wen-Chieh Tsao, President and CEO, Taiwan’s Public Television Service PTS: The Survival Experience of PTS Taiwan

Sudarat Disayawattana Chantrawatanakul, Deputy Director General, Thai Public Broadcasting Service: The Role of Citizen in Public Media

Discussion and questions after each speaker

11:00 - 12:00

Session 6: The New Wave in Media

Linda Liukas, programmer, storyteller, illustrator, co-founder of Rails Girls: AI and creativity

Akihiko Chigono, Executive Director & Chief of Engineering, NHK: “Program Production using Artificial Intelligence”

Mirette Kangas: Founder of Yle Lean-Agile Culture Accelerator, Yle: Agility, not a quarterly project, but an integral part of working culture

Discussion and questions after each speaker

12:00 - 13:00

PBI Lounge

13:00 - 14:15

Session 7: Big thinking -what to maintain and what to change?

Hanna Stjärne, CEO of Sveriges Television SVT: Keeping your audience close in a globalized future

Gilles Marchand, Director General, SRG SSR: Planning the future after survival

Sally-Ann Wilson, CEO, Public Media Alliance: Public Media Matters: PMA's Global Call Out for Public Media


14:15 - 14:45

Coffee and Talk
PBI lounge

14:45 - 15:30

Closing Remarks and Handing Over to Host of PBI 2020

Merja Ylä-Anttila, CEO of Yle

Toshiyuki Sato, PBI Secretary General

The hosts for PBI 2020

18:00 - 20:00

Helsinki City Tour

Several stops including Oodi Public Library -winner of the 2019 Public Library award. Departure from Bus Stop in front the Kiasma Modern Art Museum - very close to Helsinki Music Centre.
Duration of the excursion is approximately 2 hours.