World Television Day 2015

In 1996 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed November 21 as World Television Day, “in recognition of the increasing impact television has on decision-making by alerting world attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security and its potential role in sharpening the focus on other major issues, including economic and social issues.”. Read more on the UN website. 

This year, three European broadcasters’ associations have decided to come together to honour a medium that holds a central place in the lives of millions of people, and to highlight the many services it offers in this era of multi-screening. See below for a Press Release and video issued by World Television Day, on the focus of this year's celebrations.

We are pleased to support World Television Day, and have been running a series of webinars looking at the evolution of TV and audience measurement with esteemed speakers from Joint Industry Committes, broadcasters and research agencies around the world.  

Geneva and Brussels, 18 November

Young audiences are the focus of this year’s celebration of World Television Day on 21 November – as declared by the United Nations in 1996. On this occasion the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) and EGTA, the Brussels-based association of television and radio sales houses once again/for the third consecutive time joined forces to celebrate this day.

This 30-second video highlighting the role TV plays in the lives of young people. This clip will be broadcast by televisions across Europe, Asia, Canada, USA and Australia on 21 November.


The video reflects how young audiences across the world now watch programmes on various devices, including mobile phones and tablets. It shows them forming the popular heart shape with their hands to echo the sentiment of World TV Day which is We Love TV.

Television is proving popular among young audiences with those in Europe aged 15–24 years old watching on average 2.11 hours* of TV a day. As much as 94.5%** of that time is spent watching live television.

To celebrate their love of television, viewers are encouraged to use the hashtags #WeloveTV and #WorldTVDay on social networks on 21 November.

EBU Director-General Ingrid Deltenre states that today’s anniversary is a timely reminder of the golden age of television we are living in. “There is more, and better quality TV content than ever before and as consumers we have so much more choice about how to enjoy it all, since it is available to us whenever and wherever we want. This year’s theme is key to our industry; we need fresh young talent to work with us and to learn from in order to be even more relevant in the future than we are today. Once again, I am glad to see so many partners joining forces worldwide to celebrate a medium that has managed to stay relevant by reinventing itself in numerous ways.”

EGTA President Jan Isenbart says today’s TV is all about choice and ubiquity. “Let’s not forget that it was the established linear TV channels that opened the doors for time-shifted and on-demand viewing. Young viewers have embraced the new opportunities to watch premium video content anytime, anywhere and on any device more enthusiastically than any other target group, without abandoning the central role of the big screen in the living-room. In fact, the vast majority of their total viewing continues to be on the TV set (76% in Germany, for instance***). With almost unlimited options, television has entered a second golden age for content producers, advertisers and viewers alike.”

Chairman of the ACT Board of Directors Magnus Brooke says commercial broadcasters need to offer the audience the opportunity to consume content wherever and whenever they want it. “Of course, young people are leading the way in consuming content in different ways, though young viewers still continue to consume a lot of content via linear TV as well as on a number of other platforms. We will continue to adapt to their needs to deliver the best and most innovative services that inform and entertain Europe.”

UN Regional Information Centre Deputy Director Caroline Petit says World Television Day was proclaimed an annual event by the United Nations in 1996 in recognition of the impact television increasingly has on decision-makers.

“World Leaders have recently adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals. They can only be a success if people – especially the youth – know about them. TV has the potential to help sharpen the understanding of the goals and other global topics” Ms Petit said. “TV’s power lies in its ability to reach people by sending strong images and illustrate complex developments.”

The three associations also gathered research and figures about young viewers’ media consumption, which can be found here.

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