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ABU members offered 50th Anniversary radio documentary

ABU members are being offered a free radio documentary marking the 50th Anniversary of the Union.

The 30-minute documentary has been produced by Tracee Hutchison and Nadia Hume of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

It features interviews and audio excerpts from ABU pioneers such as the Union’s longest serving General-Secretary and ABU historian Hugh Leonard, its inaugural Secretary-General Sir Charles Moses and the late NHK President Mr Yoshinori Maeda, as well as looking at present-day challenges through the eyes of the current Secretary-General Dr Javad Mottaghi and the immediate past President Mr Gil Hwan-Young.

Ms Hutchison said the early recordings “set a wonderfully rich and inspiring benchmark for our documentary and set the tone for the approach we took to try and do justice to the many and varied stakeholders in the ABU story”.

“It tells of harmonious collaborations and altruistic and unifying intentions for the greater good of the Asia-Pacific region,” she added. “The ABU is one of those rare beasts we love so much in the media – it’s a good news story!”

The package includes the full 30-minute documentary, an episodic version of the documentary, scripts and text copy for use by broadcasters, including a full English transcript of the program, ABU archival images from 1964 in a zip file and images of the program creators Tracee Hutchison and Nadia Hume.

Dr Mottaghi said he hoped ABU members would take advantage of the offer and broadcast what was a very professional and enthralling documentary.

“Just to hear the voices of those early pioneers is a thrill in itself,” he said.

A television documentary marking the ABU’s 50th Anniversary is has been produced by NHK in Japan.

The ABC had also produced a 50th Anniversary web story, which can be found here.