Keep everything in sight: How do you preserve partnerships and ecological responsibility through the COVID-crisis

Wednesday, December 02, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM SAST / 12:00 PM GMT
Duration: 1 hour
Language: English
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The panel will talk about how long-term partnerships help to realize projects despite lockdowns and economic struggles. The television program “EcoAfrica” was not only continued, but was even launched in a new language with a new partner station. Join the discussion and learn more about what measures have been taken and why the intercontinental team has never lost its ambition to keep going…

The panellists will talk about several concrete examples which might be especially interesting for different target groups:

Language: EcoAfrica Portuguese: The new language was planned to launch in 2020. Despite COVIS it was not “postponed”, nor “can’t be done for now” – DW and its partner switched production and, despite everything, went on air for the first time in Corona times.

Workarounds: EcoAfrica English filmed moderations and recitations in their own garden due to lockdown.

In the first 8 weeks after the lockdown no production could be done. Everyone was trying to find new solutions. But there was not one week without communication between DW and its partners. The editorial offices see themselves as ONE team. They call themselves the “EcoTeam” and maintain a “production friendship”. It’s an intercontinental team par excellence.

Finding new topics near the editors and producers, as travel is very limited within the country. New themes were found (less production sites in national parks, but more in urban areas, e.g. about plastic recycling in the city, fresh water supply and urban river systems).

Bringing the best out of what you have: Although only about 50% of the content has been delivered by DW’s partners up to now (in contrast to “before Corona”), no simple reruns are broadcasted, but archive material is recomposed, new playlists are created and excerpts with suitable content are cut into new programs.

The topic of health in combination with the environment moved more into focus. Example: A company in Ughanda produces holders for face masks from plastic waste. The idea made it into one of the episodes and took up the all-dominant topic COVID skillfully.

There are even more stories and examples to talk about.

Let’s find out on December 2nd ????

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Sponsored by :


Peter Limbourg - Director General - Deutsche Welle

John Momoh - Chairman - Channels TV

Tabe Ebangha Enonchong - Head of Department for TV Programming - CRTV

Moderated By

Tamima Ibrahim - Head of Content - Switch TV

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