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Deadline extended for ABU Prizes entries

Radio and TV producers in the Asia-Pacific have been given an extra two weeks to submit programs for this year’s ABU Prizes.

The new deadline for the submission of entries to ABU’s 2014 awards for excellence in radio and television is Friday 4 July 2014.

As well as the usual six radio and seven television categories, this year two Special Jury Prizes – one for radio and one for television – will be awarded from all the entries received, to recognise the work of producers whose entries are creative and innovative despite limited resources. Organisers say because the award is intended to encourage broadcasters with limited resources, the same organisation cannot be selected as the winner of this category for two consecutive years.

Entries for most categories must have been first broadcast between 1 February 2013 and 31 May this year, except for TV Sports entries, which can go back to a first broadcast date of 1 February 2012.

The six radio categories are for drama, documentary, news reporting, station promotions and service announcements, interactive programs and on-air personality. The television categories are for drama, documentary, entertainment, children, news reporting and sport. The seventh TV category is the ABU Perspective Award for “a program that best delivers the message of the ABU’s perspective on the theme of global issue chosen by ABU members and illustrated through their local issue in any form”. The theme for the ABU’s 50th Anniversary year is “Celebration”.

The 2013 ABU Prizes attracted a record 260-plus entries from broadcasters around the region. ABU was particularly pleased to have received a number of submissions from first-time entrants among the 160 TV entries from 24 countries and 100-plus radio entries from 22 countries.

Rules and entry forms can be obtained from here.