Who we are
The Public Media Alliance is a membership association of 102 TV and radio broadcasting organisations with a public service remit.
Members also include broadcast-related organisations such as regulators and broadcast technology companies. The Alliance stretches across 54 countries – in both hemispheres and all continents.
We are a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, with a UK-based staff.
The Alliance is governed by a President and geographically representational international Board – all experienced broadcasters and media leaders drawn from our member organisations. The board is elected by a vote that takes place at the Public Media Alliance AGM.
Chief Executive Officer
After training in BBC Radio, Sally-Ann Wilson spent 20 years as a factual TV producer and director for the BBC, Granada and Discovery. From 1998 to 2001 Sally-Ann managed a major international broadcast output deal. She joined the Public Media Alliance (then CBA) in 2001 to set up the Broadcast Media Scheme which was to later become WorldView – serving as project director for nine years. Sally-Ann became head of what was to become the Alliance, in October 2010.
Jasmine began her media career working for BBC local radio as a researcher and presenter, moving to TV where she worked as an award-winning producer/director for ten years. She was seconded for two years as head of production for Youth Culture TV and Timebank. In 2003, Jasmine was shortlisted as Media Professional of the Year at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards. Jasmine joined the Alliance in 2005 as the director of training and bursaries.
Researcher & Project Co-ordinator
Kristian graduated from the University of East Anglia with an MA in Media & International Development. He has lived and worked in China, South East Asia and the United States, with experience as a teacher, UN-based journalist, project co-ordinator and media researcher. His professional interests include public media accountability, media/press freedom and the public sphere.
Marta has been working in communications and journalism for a few years, with an eye for climate change, languages and digital media. She recently graduated from the University of East Anglia (UEA) with a master’s degree in Media and International Development. Her main focus is to cover public media news worldwide especially regarding media independence, environmental issues, and the digital landscape.
Mervyn Warner FCCA joined the Alliance in 2003. He began his television career in 1976 at ITV regional broadcaster, Anglia TV. His roles included group financial accountant and subsidiary company director. Mervyn’s responsibilities included group accounts, programme production and international distribution. In addition to his role at the Alliance, he works with a number of producers and production companies.
President, Public Media Alliance; Chief Executive & Editor-in-Chief, Radio New Zealand
Paul Thompson was appointed Chief Executive and Editor-in-Chief of New Zealand’s public service broadcaster, Radio New Zealand, in September 2013.
He is an experienced journalist with an extensive background in print media and publishing. He was Editor-in-Chief of Fairfax Media (New Zealand) from 2007 to 2013 with responsibility for all Fairfax journalism in New Zealand. Prior to this Paul had been Editor of The Press in Christchurch and has previously worked as a reporter, sub-editor and newsroom executive in several New Zealand and UK publications.
Vice-President, Public Media Alliance; and Chief Executive Officer, RJR Communications Group
Gary Allen is a media practitioner with 30 years experience in the Caribbean media industry. Gary has worked in print, radio and TV in Jamaica and elsewhere in the region. He has worked for CVM TV, Caribbean Broadcasting Union, Jamaica Gleaner, Caribbean News Agency, Caribbean Media Corporation, and Inter Press Service. He has held the posts of vice-president of the journalist group at the Press Association of Jamaica and chairman at the Media Association of Jamaica. He has also been project manager for a number of broadcasting projects, including three Olympic broadcast coverage teams. In 2015 he was awarded the National honour of Commander of the Order of Distinction, for service to media and communications.
Vice-President, Public Media Alliance; and Head of Special Investigations and Advisor, Geo News Pakistan
Ahmer Shaheen is an investigative journalist working for the largest media house in Pakistan, Geo News and Jang Group. He has a keen interest in digging out uncompromising, exclusive and verifiable hidden truths – for the good of the public. Ahmer is a staunch advocate of human rights, committed to freedom of expression, social justice and public accountability. Throughout his career, he has been involved in the training of hundreds of investigative journalists, reporters and technical staff, who are now working for different news outlets and as freelancers. Ahmer believes in benefitting from innovative techniques and the latest technology to keep at par with the ever changing trends of media creation and consumption in the digital age.
John Momoh is a renowned Broadcast Journalist with almost 40 years of experience. He worked variously as Senior News Anchor, Senior Reporter & Senior Producer for Nigeria’s Public Broadcasters, Radio Nigeria and Nigerian Television Authority. Throughout his career he has received many awards and prizes, such as the National Honour, the “Officer of the Order of the Niger” (OON), the “African Achievers Award””, both NTA and NUJ “News Anchor of the Year” and many more. His Channels TV, is the only Nigerian and indeed African Broadcaster to have won the “Television Station of the Year” Award, a record Ten times and has been classified as the first Nigerian Media Organization to stream its news and programs live.
General Manager, Tonga Broadcasting Commission
Nanise Fifita joined Tonga’s public broadcaster as a trainee reporter, becoming the chief news editor in 1984. From 2007 she oversaw radio operations, and became head of TBC in 2008. She has been instrumental in increasing content on youth and gender issues, and politics, across radio and TV. Nanise holds broadcast journalism qualifications from the University of Papua New Guinea and the University of Queensland. She was also a Harvard Nieman Fellow in 1991.
Jessie Y. W. Shih
Director, International Department/ Documentary Platform, Public Television Service, Taiwan
Jessie Shih has studied in the US for MA degree in communication/media management and has worked with both commercial and public TV stations in program acquisition, marketing, programming, commissioning, documentary making, and international co-production for over 25 years.
She has comprehensive experience in international communication and in organizing international Public TV events and festivals. She has produced or co-commissioned several environmental and human interest documentaries and won many awards including Berlin Film Festival and New York Film Festival. Jessie is in charge of the daily operation of Chinese oversea TV channel called “Macroview TV” and is currently developing OTT distribution.
Stanley B Similo
Director-General, Namibia Broadcasting Corporation, Namibia
Stanley B. Similo is the Director-General of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation since October 2015. He has previously occupied various executive positions in the media and telecommunication industries. Mr. Similo also has sound expertise under his belt in the Human Resources discipline. As a veteran media expert, he headed the Television Local Programme section of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and worked for many years in the Television News Operations and News Output as an Editor. Mr. Similo obtained both his Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degrees from Regis University in the US.
Mr. Similo is currently serving as the President of the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA).
Director, BBC World Service Group; Deputy Director, BBC News & Current Affairs
Fran Unsworth is responsible for leading the BBC’s international news services across radio, television and online. The division brings together BBC World Service, BBC Global News Ltd (which comprises the BBC World News Television Channel and BBC.com/news), BBC Monitoring and BBC Media Action (the BBC’s international development charity). Before taking up her current role in 2014, Fran was previously Head of BBC Newsgathering. She has worked for the BBC since 1983, and has held senior management and editorial posts in television, radio and online.
Chief Executive Officer, Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation, Gibraltar
Gerard Teuma was appointed Chief Executive in 2012 after seven years as Head of Radio Gibraltar. He started his career with GBC as a Radio/TV Presenter and later as a Senior Broadcast Journalist and political interviewer. During his long career with the Corporation, Gerard became a household name in Gibraltar presenting various shows on Radio Gibraltar and anchoring GBC TV’s nightly news bulletin and debate programmes, as well as numerous major broadcasts, such as General and European Elections. As CEO, Gerard conducted a major review of GBC’s services and personally oversaw the relaunch in 2014 of GBC TV for it to now provide a wide-ranging and hugely improved selection of locally-produced and imported programmes. The review also included further improvements on radio and the introduction of new online and on demand services.
Head of Strategic Policy, Corporate Affairs, ABC Australia
David Sutton is head of Strategic Policy in the ABC’s Corporate Affairs division. He has worked for the corporation for the past nine years in a range of corporate policy and strategy roles. David has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sydney. Prior to joining the ABC, he lectured in communications and media departments at several universities around Sydney and worked as the broadcasting adviser for the Australian Democrats.
Managing Director and Company Secretary, Manx Radio
Anthony Pugh joined Manx Radio in 2003 and has successfully transformed the British Isle’s oldest commercial radio station into the Isle of Man’s National Public Service Broadcaster.
Anthony also worked with the BBC in a number of radio production roles and was responsible for the team that developed some of the BBC’s first music programme websites. He also helped to set BBC Radio International’s editorial policy for programme distribution worldwide.