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Mr Ko Dae-young stepped down as President and CEO of KBS – Korea

Mr Ko Dae-young, who was unanimously elected as the President of the ABU at the General Assembly in Bali, Indonesia in October 2016, stepped down from his position of President and CEO of the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) on 24th January 2018. As a result Mr Ko regrettably can no longer serve as President of the ABU.

“In the face of pending issues, it is with heavy heart that I am leaving the office of ABU President. I trust the Union will be in the capable hands of vice Presidents, Ms Supriya Sahu, Mr Sun Yusheng and Mr Ryoichi Ueda, together with the Secretary-General until a new President is elected at the ABU GA in Ashgabat” said Mr Ko.

KBS remains fully committed to the work and mission of the ABU and will work with the ABU and the Union members for the development of broadcasting, Mr Ko added.

On behalf of the ABU and all members, the ABU Secretary-General, Dr Javad Mottaghi expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to Mr Ko Dae-young for his leadership, dedication and support to the ABU during his term as the ABU President and to wished him all good wishes in his future professional career and personal life in the years ahead.

In accordance with Article 9 Clause 5 of the ABU Statutes, the current ABU Vice President, Ms Supriya Sahu who is also Director- General Doordarshan-India will assume the role of ABU Acting President with effect from 24th January 2018 until the forthcoming ABU General Assembly in Ashgabat in October 2018 where members will have the opportunity to elect a new ABU President.

Dr Javad Mottaghi emphasized that the ABU Secretariat is committed to ensuring that the Union continues to function effectively and efficiently in the interests of all ABU members.