Committee News

The Committee on News is an elected body representing the news activities of EBU’s Members. It facilitates dialogue and cooperation between the Member organisations, and promotes innovation and best practices in the field of news production and dissemination.

The committee is also tasked with establishing an annual program of activities for the association, and it serves as the liaison between the executive board and the working groups of the association. It is responsible for the coordination of news activities of the European Broadcasting Union, and ensuring that the European community’s news needs are being met.

EBU’s News Committee members meet every two months in person and virtually. Besides discussing the most recent developments in the field of news production, they also look at ways to develop the news service and how it can be better used by the membership as a whole. The committee is also charged with ensuring that the membership of the association has the opportunity to participate in the news process. This includes setting agendas for the meetings, making decisions about how to proceed with specific projects and identifying topics for future meetings.

Congressional hearings are generally not something the public pays much attention to, but the House Jan. 6 select committee found a way to break through. The bipartisan panel’s polished presentation of its findings — planned speeches read from teleprompters, factual presentations replete with edited video and 3D renderings — laid blame for the first violent attack on Capitol Hill in our nation’s history squarely at the feet of President Trump. “The committee really took an unusual approach to presenting its investigation and findings,” said Debra Perlin, a policy director at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

The select committee’s report is expected to include investigative findings from all five of its teams, which probed Trump’s actions before and after the attack, the mob, extremism, money trail leading to the attack and law enforcement failures on Jan. 6. It is expected to total more than 800 pages, including an executive summary and eight chapters. It may also include a series of appendices that capture more aspects of the committee’s work.

Some of the far-right House Republicans who helped propel House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to power have picked up coveted committee assignments in the new Congress. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona will serve on committees, as well as embattled new Rep. George Santos, who represents a district that could flip to Democratic control in a special election.

The House Oversight Committee’s ranking member, James Comer of Kentucky, appeared on Fox News this week to discuss the White House stonewalling of Republican investigations into Joe Biden associates’ foreign bank accounts. Watch the full interview below.