The Technical Department at the ABU
undertakes wide ranging activities reflecting the current needs of the
members. These activities are implemented by the Secretariat’s Technical
Department. The two sub-departments under the Technical Department are the Head of Studio Technology &
Training and the Head of Transmission Technology &
All policy matters are decided by the
Technical Committee, which comprises all ABU members. Representatives of the
technical departments of ABU members meet each year prior to the General
Assembly. The TC reviews the studies and activities and addresses
The Technical Bureau, which comprises
18 members representing all categories of member broadcasters in the region.
The annual meeting takes place in conjunction with the TC. The bureau
assesses activities proposed for the ensuing year, in terms of relevance to
members and the industry as a whole.
Advisory Service (TAS)
Administered by the Technical
Department this service provides the developing broadcasters among ABU
members with the help they need in improving their standards of service and
equip staff with skills needed to perform their responsibilities and planning
new projects. It brings in experts from other ABU members for short-term consultancies
at no cost to the member.
The Chairmen of Study Topic Areas
coordinate research and study a range of technological developments. The
purpose of such studies includes addressing new technologies and the
harmonization of technical standards and operational practices in the region.
This activity becoming increasingly important because of the rapid changes in
the field of broadcasting technology.
Providing technical information to the
members is a main activity of the Technical Department. The activity takes
various forms including the publications of ABU Technical Review and regular
distribution of clippings containing a selection of the most useful papers
published in technical journals worldwide. The ABU also publishes monographs
and manuals from time to time on subjects that are of particular importance
to ABU members.
The WBU-TC conducted a survey in 2003
on the experiences of broadcasters in the use of IT equipment for radio