The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) has marked 40 years since the establishment of Asiavision, the ABU’s video news exchange.
Asiavision includes breaking and headline news, issues-based content and human interest and cultural stories. ABU members who subscribe to Asiavision pay an additional fee for access to more than 16,000 stories a year. As of January 2024, there are 31 Asiavision members.
ABU News Group chairman Indra Singh accepted the honour of cutting the cake at the celebration of Asiavision’s 40th birthday.
Mr Singh, who is the Director of News at FBC Fiji, joined representatives from other Asiavision members and Secretariat staff at a dinner in Kuala Lumpur on 23 January.
The Secretary General of the ABU, Ahmed Nadeem, awarded certificates of appreciation to representatives of the founding members of Asiavision, including NHK, RTM, TVRI, DD India, SLRC and CCTV.
Mr Nadeem thanked members, and made special note of NHK’s role and vision in helping to establish Asiavision.
He highlighted its evolution from being a single, daily satellite feed, to a cloud-based platform and congratulated current and former ABU staff, including all the former directors of ABU News.
Meanwhile, the ABU’s News Department has proposed to reactivate and expand the ABU News committee structure. Under the proposal there would be an ABU News Group committee and a separate Asiavision committee, with the aim of encouraging more members to nominate and participate in ABU News activities.
Fifty seven ABU members took part in ABU News activities last year, while the number of Asiavision members increased from 28 to 31.
The proposal will be formally put to members at the annual News Group meeting in July.
Other issues under discussion include Asiavision’s new Asia Pacific View (APV) platform, ways to improve TV news scripting and Asiavision’s plans for 2024.