European Broadcasting Union (EBU) director general Ingrid Deltenre has announced that she is stepping down from her role in the summer to concentrate on her work in the banking and cosmetic industries.

Deltenre said: “With Public Service Media across Europe under increasing pressur e from political and economic forces, I believe the role of the EBU and its work in upholding the values of public service media has never been more critical.”

The EBU has started its search for a successor and hopes to make an appointment by the summer.