About The ABU

Speaking to more than half the world’s population spread across half the earth’s surface, Asia-Pacific broadcasters have a strong voice in the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. The ABU has 280 members large and small in 69 countries, from Turkey in the west to Samoa in the east, and from Russia in the north to New Zealand in the south.

Established in 1964 as a non-profit, non-government, professional association to assist the development of broadcasting in the region, the ABU promotes the collective interests of broadcasters and encourages regional and international co-operation. The ABU is funded primarily by annual subscriptions from members.

The ABU runs a wide range of activities, including the daily Asiavision TV news exchange, co-production and program exchanges and technical, programming, legal and management consultancy services, as well as international frequency planning and coordination. It negotiates rights for major sports events and organises coverage for the region.

With a mission to assist all members wherever possible, the ABU provides rights-free content acquisition for developing countries, organises key industry conferences and summits, seminars, workshops and training courses and offers annual ABU Prizes for radio and television programs. It has initiated the Asia-Pacific’s first regional television and radio Song Festivals, the region's inaugural Global News Forum, the regional Gender and Diversity in Media Initiative, the Media Summit on Climate Change, ICTs and Disaster Risk Reduction . In September 2014 in Malaysia , the Union even host Asia's first World Summit on Media for Children.

Keeping everyone in the loop are the ABU website, weekly Newsletters and publications such as ABU News and Technical Reviews.

The ABU Secretariat is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is headed by a Secretary-General appointed by the General Assembly. It has more than 30 staff, of whom over a third are broadcast professionals recruited from among ABU members.

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