<strong>Radio Professionals gather for SIGNIS Asia First International Radio Encounter</strong>

Radio Professionals gather for SIGNIS Asia First International Radio Encounter

(SIGNIS Asia). “Engaging the Youth for a Dynamic Radio Uniting Asia and the World” was the theme chosen by the SIGNIS Asia Radio Desk for their First International Radio Encounter held May 9-12 in Negombo, Sri Lanka, as a hybrid event. The 100 participants included Catholic radio broadcasters, podcasters, and producers from around the world, as well as young participants from the six regions of SIGNIS: Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, North America and the Pacific.  The event aimed to be an international forum for radio experts and youth to exchange ideas, especially for professional development and improving best practices.  Among the speakers were Fr. Paul Samasumo, Chair of the SIGNIS Radio Desk and Vice President of SIGNIS, Isabel Gatti, President of SIGNIS Argentina, Pamela Aleman, Vice President of SIGNIS North America and Bernard F. Cañaberal, President of SIGNIS Philippines and radio professional. Each presenter shared their experiences for two hours, which also included a discussion or interactive Q&A session. The International Radio Encounter will be followed by a campaign leading to the SIGNIS World Congress 2022 in Korea to promote the value of radio worldwide, as confirmed by Dayana Ortiz from Ecuador, winner of the SIGNIS Radio Desk youth international podcast competition. Click here for a detailed account of the event.
<strong>SIGNIS Europe elects New Board of Directors</strong>

SIGNIS Europe elects New Board of Directors

7 June 2022 (SIGNIS Europe). After two years of pandemic, the members of SIGNIS Europe met virtually to hold their General Assembly and elect a new Board for the coming four years.  President Ákos Kovács began the meeting by welcoming the President of SIGNIS World, Helen Osman. Ricardo Yáñez, Secretary-General, and Maria Chiara De Lorenzo, assistant to the Secretary-General, presented an update on the work SIGNIS members are accomplishing worldwide. They also introduced the SIGNIS World Congress, scheduled for August in Seoul, South Korea.  SIGNIS Europe members from 17 European countries provided updates on their respective actions and projects. One particular note is that the Television Festival of Religious Programs, organised every four years by SIGNIS Europe and the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), will take place in September 2023 in Berlin.  The meeting was also devoted to the elections for the new Board of SIGNIS Europe. The theme for this year’s World Congress, “promoting a culture of peace through the media”, resonated with the results of this election, especially in this time of war in Europe.  The SIGNIS Europe Board, for the period 2022-2026, is composed of the following members: Douglas Fahleson (Ireland), President, Adriana Răcășan (Romania), Vice-President, Alexander Bothe (Germany), Sr. Romana Kocjančič (Slovenia), Sergio Perugini (Italy), Philippine de Saint-Pierre (France), and Ákos Kovács (Hungary), substitute member.