9th to 13th May

The Audiovisual Cluster of Catalonia was in charge of the organization of a new edition of INPUT together with Pompeu Fabra University and with the support of ICEC, Barcelona City Council, TV3 and TVE.
After two years without taking place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Barcelona hosted the 2022 edition. 391 registered public TV professionals  from 34 different countries met and followed the conferences, debates and the screening of TV programs selected by an international commitee. All these activities took place in the UPF Poblenou Campus.


Acronym for International Public Television, INPUT is an annual international conference that discusses the challenges and future of public television. It takes place yearly since 1978 on a different city in the world. It is run by a non-profit organization of public television creators and broadcasters from about 50 countries.
The programme of each edition includes a presentation of TV programmes previously selected by a committee of national coordinators. These shows have been already broadcasted on public TVs in the INPUT’s member countries and are relevant due to their innovative or experimental approach, the proposal of a new television format, the use of new technologies or the controversy generated after their retransmission.


Other activities that took place:

Barcelona Audiovisual Tour: 2-hour guided tour of different locations of audiovisual interest in the city of Barcelona. Only for conference attendees, it started in Plaça de Catalunya and ended at the Columbus monument. Organized by CultRuta, a company specializing in cultural leisure and tourism routes and services for individuals, companies and organizations (Tuesday, May 10, 7p.m.).

Midweek Party: The essencial party of INPUT, where the attendees enjoy a dinner with music and good company. It took place at the Barceloneta restaurant Sal Mar (Wednesday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.).

Conference Reporting on a war: war in Ukraine: special session about the conflict and the role of public tv news correspondents

As soon as the Russian invasion of Ukraine took place, all sorts of media outlets from around the world prepared extraordinary coverage plans for the first European war in decades. Among them, public televisions have had a distinctive advantage compared to others. For a long time, they have maintained an extremely valuable network of news correspondents in many parts of the globe as well as international news desks with a public service perspective. They usually have a better knowledge of the country they report from, and they have the time and the resources to go beyond the breaking news, such as analysing the conflict’s causes and context. How do these facts play out in the coverage on the war in the Ukraine? What are the challenges for the press corps? Has their coverage been immune to disinformation and sensationalism? How do you deal with fact-checking, accuracy or political bias when you sit in a cellar under attack? What images can be shown – which must be shown? Which victims or witnesses do you
approach and interview? How do you decide – and where do you draw the line?

As speakers, we had Mykola Chernotytskyi (CEO at Suspilne, Ukrainian Public TV), Manel Alías (correspondent in Russia, Syria and Ukraine at Television of Catalonia), Raquel González (correspondent in Ukraine, Argelia and Saudi Arabia at Television of Spain), Antti Kuronen (correspondent in Ukraine, Syria and Middle East at Yle, Finland), Matilde Kimer (correspondent in Ukraine, Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia at DR, Denmark) and Alex Shprintsen (documentary producer, CBC Canada). And, as a moderator we had Sergi Vicente (director of Betevé, public TV of Barcelona, former correspondent in China at Television of Catalonia).

(Thursday, May 12, 7p.m. at Campus Poblenou Auditorium. Open to the public.).

INPUT Archive: Pompeu Fabra University and INPUT International Council created this archive in 1994 with the aim of compiling all the projects selected annually by the congress and open the catalogue to consultation. The collection includes more than 3,000 programs since 1978 and is accessible in the University’s video library. A selection of historical programs was prepared for the edition of the congress in Barcelona, which was available at the Poblenou Campus.