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35th CIRCOM Regional Annual conferencetook place on 25th and 26th May 2017 in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal, under the theme "Regional TV facing new screens", a challenging issue TV stations face trying to reach the digital generation. The conference was hosted by CIRCOM and RTP - Rádio e Televisão de Portugal, Portugal’s Public Service Broadcasting.
Conference delegates heard about conclusive experiences led by CIRCOM member stations and experts.

Conference Programme

Thursday, 25th May

Day 1 moderator: Domagoj Novokmet, HRT, Croatia

09:30 - 10:00 Official Opening
Tone Kunst, NRK, Norway and CIRCOM Regional President
Gonçalo Reis, President of RTP, Portugal
Vasco Alves Cordeiro, President of Regional Government of Azores and Member of the European Committee of the Regions

10:00 - 11:00 Attracting and Serving the Youth: A View From Canada
with public discussion (Q&A)
Hubert Lacroix, CEO of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
moderator: José Lopes de Araujo, RTP, Portugal and CIRCOM Regional Vice President

11:15 - 11:45 Screening What's New and Trendy
What new formats are used by TV stations around the world as they are shifting from a linear television model to an all-platforms media organisation? Case studies.
Guillaume Kuster, CIRCOM Networking Manager and MoJo Workshop Coordinator

11:45 - 12:45 New Tools for TV Production: iReporter, Appgree, City Producer
Hear about a selection of the best initiatives found within CIRCOM member stations, as well as from independent developers. Learn about innovative tools to produce TV, and build stronger relationships with your audience.
Roman Ondrůj, ČT, and Jakůb Liška, Natavideo, Czech Republic 
José Morán, Appgree, Spain
Philippe Baudet and Bertrand Samimi, City Producer, France
moderator: Guillaume Kuster, CIRCOM Networking Manager

14:00 - 14:45 Factchecking. A trend, a Must
The last few years have seen the rise of a new breed of highly specialized journalist: the fact-checkers. Hear from three of them, learn from their experience.
Julien Pain, FTV, France
Christine Schwarz, RTBF, Belgium
moderator: Jean-Marc Dubois, FTV, France

14:45 - 15:30 Millennials: The Lost Generation?
Whether you call them Generation Y, Millennials, or Snowflakes, the 18 to 35 year-olds are a puzzle to broadcasters. Where and how do they access content? What is that content? This is the main challenge of our time.
Thomas Grond, Project Coordinator, EBU
João Pedro Galveias, Director of Multimedia, RTP, Portugal
Esben Seerup, Editorial Director, TV2/Fyn, Denmark
moderator: Michael Lally, RTÉ, Ireland

15:45 - 16:30 It’s Not the Device, Stupid!
Why newsrooms should start to look beyond the mobile phones
Mika Rahkonen, Head of Development, YLE, Finland
moderator: Gerard Schuiteman, Stichting Roos, The Netherlands

16:30 - 17:00 Power to the Viewers!
Real-time journalism together with the audience - how to perform a live investigation with the crowd
Cecilia Lönnehed, Sofia Nordén and Anton Svendsen, SVT, Sweden
moderator: Frank Böhm, HR, Germany

19:00 Prix CIRCOM Regional Gala Awards
venue: Teatro Ribeiragrandense, Ribeira Grande

Friday, 26th May

Day 2 moderator: Jyri Kataja-Rahko, YLE, Finland

10:00 - 15:30 (room 2) Prix CIRCOM Regional: Meet the Winners Sessions
Opportunity to meet the winners of the Prix CIRCOM Categories, view and discuss the winning programmes

09:30 - 10:00 Prix CIRCOM Winners' View on New Audiences
David Lowen, President of Prix CIRCOM Regional
Winner of the Grand Prix and winners of Prix CIRCOM categories

10:00 - 11:00 AJ+ Is There to Change Storytelling
with public discussion (Q&A)
With a bold, online only strategy focused on new storytelling formats, the AJ+ has taken the world by surprise and was able to reach new audiences on important topics. Their punchy, mobile centered style has seduced the youth and attracted them to Al Jazeera.
Dr. Yaser Bishr, Executive Director of Digital, Al Jazeera Media Network
moderator: Jane Birch, BBC

11:15 - 12:00 The Future of Journalism
Key findings from the ongoing project “The Future of News”, which purpose is to identify winning strategies to accelerate the growth rate in the digital news market and thus create a building block for a world-class digital media hub in Sweden.
Dr. Johan Lindén, project manager of The Future of Journalism consortium, Sweden
moderator: Fernando R. Ojea, TVG, Spain and CIRCOM Regional Secretary General

12:00 - 12:45 Disruptive Production Models
Challenges facing creators of a multi vendor IP based live TV production facility – and why they chose to do it
Adde Granberg, CTO, SVT, Sweden
Rui Almeida, SuperSportTV, Portugal
Dag Gulbrandsen, Head of Technology, NRK Media Service Division, Norway

14:00 - 14:45 Disasters Coverage
A report from Central Italy which was severely affected by the earthquake of August 24 and the shocks that continue to affect Amatrice and other municipalities in the province of Rieti.
Isabella Di Chio, RAI, Italy
Luciano Barcelos, RTP Azores, Portugal

14:45 - 15:30 CIRCOM Contents Exchange - Co-production and Workshop
Alexandre Pletser, RTBF, Belgium and CIRCOM Regional Co-production Co-ordinator
Olivier Amory, European Parliament

15:45 - 16:15 MoJo Workshop Showcase
Guillaume Kuster, CIRCOM Networking Manager and MoJo Workshop Coordinator
Tone Kunst, NRK Norway and CIRCOM Regional President

16:15 - 16:30 Closing Ceremony and 2018 Annual Conference Invitation
Tone Kunst, NRK, Norway and CIRCOM Regional President
Fernando R. Ojea, TVG, Spain and CIRCOM Regional Secretary General
José Lopes de Araujo, RTP, Portugal and CIRCOM Regional Vice President
Klaas-Geert Bakker, Editor-In-Chief, Omrop Fryslân, The Netherlands

 Conference Photo Gallery

The host of this year's annual conference - RTP - Rádio e Televisão de Portugal, Portugal’s Public Service Broadcasting company - welcomed the conference delegates on the Azores archipelago, off the Portuguese coast, in Ponta Delgada, the capital city of the autonomous province of the Azores islands. This conference was the westernmost ever in the entire history of CIRCOM, with the Azores being the very last patch of land of the European continent on its west side, in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean.

The Conference venues were Teatro Micaelense, where conference sessions were held, Teatro Ribeiragrandense, the venue of the Prix Gala Award ceremony and Science and Technology Park Nonagon, where mojo workshop was held prior to the conference.

Conference host RTP has been producing regional television and radio programmes since 1975 in the Azores and just finished the construction of a brand new building on the main island.

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