The European Radio Network Euranet - an amalgamation of international, national, regional and local European broadcasters - brings a whole new dimension to reporting in Europe. Instead of national perspectives, Euranet covers European news from a transnational point of view.
Sharing the Sounds of Europe
1. The mission of Euranet, the European Radio Network
Euranet's mission is to improve the quality of reporting on and from Europe on radio and associated media and to stimulate discussions about togetherness in Europe by covering "Europe from inside". To achieve this ambition, Euranet's activity rests on two complementary dimensions.
Firstly, a network of 21 professional radio stations and 8 campus radios reaching a daily audience in excess of 15 million listeners. Principal aim of this professional radio network is to enhance mutual understanding across the different European cultures and a better knowledge of EU institutions: "Knowing U and the EU", materialized in various projects.
Secondly, the Euranet University Circle, a group of campus radio partners based at some of Europe's most distinguished seats of learning. The principal aim of this group is to involve the younger generation, future European actors and citizens, in the European construction by interacting directly with the EU decision makers: "Connecting U and the EU".
… whose mission is to offer a pan-European treatment of information about European affairs in all their diversity, covering both EU institutions and individual member states …
Given the intrinsic complexity of the "European question" and the challenges linked to EU consolidation and growth, the issues surrounding information on European affairs are varied and profound. Euranet aims to deliver information in a relevant and meaningful way. The network's guiding principle is to bring Europe closer to its citizens.
To achieve this ambition, the Euranet editorial charter covers a wide spectrum of topics at the very heart of their daily concerns, from institutional information to reporting on European diversity from cultural, economic and social perspectives.
2. A credibility with its public conferred by its editorial independence as well as by the trust in the medium of radio
Euranet provides a unique model based on editorial independence from the institutions. This model depends on a combination of centrally defined content and decentralised content provided by the partners of the network. Within the gamut of the European Institutions´ communication tools, the radio partners believe Euranet is specific and complementary to other media of the European Institutions, which have by their very nature an "institutional communication" approach rather than a journalistic mission.
3. Rich and diverse programs in the service of European information …
One of Euranet's principal objectives is to offer a range of background and explanatory programs. The network editorial line covers a wide spectrum: Politics, Society, Culture, Economy.
Core to the Euranet editorial strategy is a decentralised production model built around two key principles. Firstly, each station controls its own editorial line and consistency, including on European affairs, in order to maximize its local audience and the impact of its programs; there is no central interference in the schedules of partners. Secondly, each partner leverages the editorial value of Euranet for its own audience in its own way, by catering in the most relevant manner to their specific expectations. This is management through editorial consensus.
… supported by dedicated organisation and framed by constant monitoring …
At the centre of Euranet's business model is the concept of the 3 C's: Co-ordination, Co-operation and Cross-vision. These three fundamentals have led to the implementation of a specific organisational structure.
State-of-the-art tools were deployed such as the cloud-based Audio Exchange Platform. Finally, to ensure the ulmost quality and efficiency in its activity, regular external and internal audits are carried out both on editorial and financial performance .
… allowing the Euranet model to boast true economic competitiveness
The Euranet economic model draws its power tram the “network effect” which allows high-quality content to be produced at a very competitive cost.
The current partners of Euranet are:
|Bulgaria||Bulgarian National Radio|
|Czech Republic||Czech Radio|
|France||Radio France Internationale, BFM Business, France Inter|
|Estonia||SKY Media Estonia|
|Germany||AMS-NET (Radio Bielefeld, Radio Gütersloh, Radio Herford, Radio Hochstift, Radio Lippe, Radio WAF, Radio Westfalica)|
|The Netherlands||Radio Nederland Wereldomroep|
|Poland||Polskie Radio SA|
|Romania||Radio Romania International, RFI Romania|
|Slovenia||Radio Slovenia International|
|Spain||Punto Radio Castilla y León|
|United Kingdom||Community Media Association|
Euranet programmes are supported by the European Parliament and the European Commission, DG Education and Culture.
Programmes featured under “Europe Towards 2014” are launched under the “SPECIFIC CALL FOR PROPOSALS COMM/2012/02- Establishment of specific grant agreements with framework Partners of the Directorate General for Communication of the European Parliament for the co-financing of projects aimed at raising public awareness and encouraging wide public interest in the European decisional process in the area of radio“.