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Finalists announced for ABU Prizes 2012

More than 50 radio and television programs or program segments have been selected for the finals of the 2012 ABU Prizes to be held at the Union’s General Assembly in Korea in October.

Entries have come in from across the Asia-Pacific and around the world for the prestigious awards for broadcasting excellence.

Twenty-five radio finalists will be competing in six categories ranging from documentaries and drama to station jingles, promos and identifications, while the finals at Seoul on 16 October will see 29 television entries contesting seven categories including documentaries, entertainment, sport and children’s TV. The host nation South Korea has nine finalists while broadcasters as far afield as Britain, the USA, France and Germany have won places in the finals.

Five radio programs and six television entries have been chosen to compete for the Special Jury Prizes.

The finalists were chosen from 166 television and 76 radio entries from 18 countries and 25 organisations.

ABU Director of Programme Department Mr Takeshi Doki says he is extremely pleased with the entries in both media and hopes delegates to the General Assembly will enjoy seeing and hearing the quality of programming the annual ABU Prizes attract.

“The General Assembly in Korea will address a host of important issues facing broadcasting in our region and around the world,” he said. “That is why it is so important we take time during the busy conference to witness and praise the very best broadcasting has to offer.”

Information on all Finalists is available here.

Delegates wishing to attend the General Assembly from 11-17 October are reminded that the closing date for hotel bookings at the special discounted ABU rate is 1 September.