Message of hope as European radio stations come together to ‘give peace a chance’

At 08:45 CET on Friday March 4, around 160 public radio stations across Europe – including Ukrainian Radio – will come together in a simultaneous broadcast of John Lennon’s powerful song of unity, hope and peace, “Give Peace a Chance”.

Based on an initiative by EBU member radioeins (rbb), the symbolic transmission will feature more than 28 countries and will also benefit from the support of European commercial radio, including channels in Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Radioeins (rbb) developed the initiative as a demonstration of how the power of radio can amplify growing support for peace and create a united movement across the continent.

“The horrors of the war against Ukraine are more apparent every day. Our solidarity, our humanity and our support are needed. It is a good signal to see European radio stations uniting to remind us of this with this song. C is a source of strength and urges us not to look away.” Patricia Schlesinger, President of the ARD, Managing Director of the rbb

Speaking on behalf of Ukrainian Radio, Yurii Tabachenko, Executive Producer, Channel One at UA: Ukrainian Radio, said, “UA: Ukrainian Radio thanks its colleagues from the European Broadcasting Union for their support. It is extremely important that today Europe is united around Ukraine.

EBU Director General Noel Curran said: “We know that in its hundred-year history the public has turned to public service media in times of war for information and support. ‘unite. This powerful call for peace through an iconic song will resonate with millions of listeners. This is what we do. I’m proud to belong to a community that, when the world has been fractured, can create moments to bring people together.

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