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ABU gets new President, Vice-President

Tuesday 08 Nov 2011
The ABU’s 48th General Assembly and associated meetings ended in New Delhi today with the announcement of the election of its new President.

ABU President and Vice Presidents

The CEO and President of KBS-Korea Dr Kim In-Kyu was unanimously elected the union’s President this evening. His term begins with immediate effect and will last until the end of 2014.

Dr Kim assumes the position after serving as ABU Vice-President since the beginning of this year. Prior to Dr Kim’s election, Datuk Ibrahim Yahaya, Media and Broadcast Advisor to Malaysia’s Minister of Information, Communication and Culture, was the Acting President. Datuk Ibrahim now resumes his position as ABU Vice-President until the end of 2012.

Naoji Ono, Executive Vice-President of NHK-Japan was unanimously elected ABU Vice-President to take over the position vacated by Dr Kim. His term begins with immediate effect and will last until the end of 2014.

Mr Ono joins Vice-Presidents Datuk Ibrahim and Murtaza Solangi, who is Director-General of PBC-Pakistan.

IRIB-Iran was elected to the ABU Administrative Council while MNB-Mongolia and RTPRC-China were re-elected for a three-year term.

The ABU appointed as Honorary Councillor Yoshinori Imai, who was ABU President from late 2008 to early 2011. Also appointed as Honorary Councillor was Manuel Gonçalves, who was ABU Vice-President from 2007 to 2010.

The 48th ABU General Assembly saw a week of discussions between broadcasters from 126 organisations. The event, hosted by India’s largest public broadcaster, Prasar Bharati, assembled almost 500 people from 46 countries.The assembly also recorded its appreciation to Prasar Bharati for hosting the conference.

The General Assembly served as a platform for members to network and share knowledge in a wide range of issues. The ABU is a unique platform for members to work together in programming, technology, sports, news, copyright and other areas.

The General Assembly concluded with a reception hosted by NHK-Japan. The two-day conference which ended today was preceded by five days of meetings of the ABU Programme Committee, Technical Committee and Sports Group, among others.

South Korea’s leading broadcaster, KBS, will host the 49th ABU General Assembly in Seoul in October 2012.