Network and Learn for Security Officers

Network and Learn for Security Officers


Security officers are an important component of the security for media organizations. They are responsible for minimizing risks for journalists and reporters working in the field by providing them with adequate preparation and training. They also have to ensure that everything is prepared in the back office - at the headquarters, in the newsroom and with IT. A number of policies and plans have to be put in place.

This is the 18th meeting of security officers and the group promotes a supportive working environment.

Join us in-person to discuss your concerns and challenges with fellow experts and find support and ideas.

This Network & Learn for security officers aims to address crucial safety issues at a corporate level.

Who It's for:

  • Security officers
  • Safety advisors
  • Heads of foreign news
  • Senior correspondents, International news
  • Humanitarian directors
  • Heads of special events

from EBU Member organizations


  • Understand and prepare for different types of threats and incidents that can arise in the field.
  • Learn how to manage media teams to ensure they help and don't hinder you as you try to protect them.
  • Prepare for a crisis and expect the unexpected. The key to security is planning.
  • Gain a clearer picture of the tools at your disposal that can make life easier and safer.


The content of the course undergoes constant review to ensure that participants are brought up to date with the latest safety issues.

Likely topics will include

  • Update on Beijing Winter Olympics
  • Lessons learn from Afghanistan - getting in and out
  • Digital security for hostile environments
  • Covid and easing of travel restriction  


To be confirmed

Meet your faculty

Charlie McGrath

Director, Objective Safety Travel Ltd, UK

Charlie spent 15 years in the British Army, leaving in 1997 at the rank of Major. In the immediate years prior to his departure he managed the Army's prime intelligence cell in Northern Ireland for 2 1/2 years and then became Second in Command of the 1st Bn Irish Guards.

For 3 years he worked for Railtrack PLC as Facilites Manager and in 2002 Founded Objective Team plc, now Objective Travel Safety.

Specialties: Overseas safety training for business travellers, NGOs & journalist operating in hostile and/or post conflict countries. Risk assessments and general secuirty advice.

Objective Travel Safety ltd specialises in providing safety training for a range of clients working or travelling abroad. They offer hostile environment courses for journalists, NGOs and business travellers operating in conflict and post conflict countries. In addition they run courses for expedition and gap year students. Their business clients include BAe Systems, Exxon Mobil, the European Broadcast Union and they trained Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman prior to thier Long Way Down and Round expeditions.