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Technical Bureau

The Technical Bureau, comprises 18 members representing all categories of member broadcasters in the region. The annual meeting takes place in conjunction with the Technical Committee Meeting. The bureau assesses activities proposed, in terms of relevance to members and the industry as a whole.  The next meeting of the ABU Technical Bureau will be held in June 2020.

BUREAU MEMBERS                          


Mr Hamid Dehghan Nayeri, IRIB-Iran


Dr Kong Bin, NRTA-China


Mr Sunil, DD-India


Mr Masashi Kamei, NHK-Japan

Honorary Vice-Chairman 

Mr Nguyen Nang Khang, VOV-Vietnam

Capacity Building Topic Area Chairman 

Dr Tharaka Mohotty, MTV-Sri Lanka

Production Topic Area Chairman 

Mr Kazim Pektas, TRT-Turkey

Spectrum Topic Area Chairman 

Dr Li Leilei, NRTA-China

Transmission Topic Area Chairman 

Mr Kenichi Murayama, NHK-Japan

Mr Garry Kum, TVB-Hong Kong

Mr Terence Yiu Shun Tat, Phoenix TV-Hong Kong

Mr C B S Maurya, AIR-India

Mr Rahadian Gingging, RRI-Indonesia

Ms Hong,Young Kyung, KBS-Korea

Mr Jamel bin Seman, RTM-Malaysia

Mr Peh Beng Yeow, Mediacorp-Singapore

Mr Ayman Al Zahrani, SBA-Saudi Arabia

Mr Lasantha Samaranayake, EAP-Sri Lanka

Mr Kachan Kannika, NBT-Thailand

Mr Solomone Finau, TBC-Tonga

Mr Sahin Demir, TRT-Turkey

Mr Nguyen Duc Tue, VTV-Vietnam


Annual Meeting of the ABU Technical Bureau, 17 November 2019, Tokyo

The ABU Technical Bureau met at NHK Headquarters in Shibuya, Tokyo, on 17 November, a day before the Technical Committee Meeting.

Bureau members discussed important issues affecting broadcasters, including the transition to digital broadcasting.  Participants were also taken on a tour of NHK facilities.  The Bureau consists of 18 members elected from among the members of the Technical Committee.  It meets twice annually, once in mid-year and once in conjunction with the General Assembly.  The meeting was chaired by the Technical Committee Chairman, Mr Hamid D Nayeri of IRIB-Iran.

The Bureau proposed two recommendations to the Committee, one on ‘Supporting the Review of the Regulation of Ku-band Broadcasting Satellites’ and the second on ‘Supporting WBU Position on EBU’s Technology Pyramid for Media Nodes’.

Mid-year Technical Bureau Meeting, 8 March 2019, Kuala Lumpur

The ABU Technical Bureau has reviewed the progress its members are making in the transition to digital broadcasting.

The bureau discussed the issue at its mid-year meeting in Kuala Lumpur on 8 March. Members also gave updates on new projects, future plans and some of the challenges they are facing.

They also reviewed the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium 2019, which ended on 7 March.

The meeting was chaired by its new Chairman, Mr Hamid D Nayeri of IRIB-Iran. It saw a high turnout, with bureau members present from RTPRC-China, NHK-Japan, KBS-Korea, DDI-India, RTM-Malaysia, Mediacorp-Singapore, NBT-Thailand, TRT-Turkey, EAP-Sri Lanka, MTV-Sri Lanka and VTV-Vietnam.

Among other issues, the bureau discussed a recommendation on Ku-band satellite issue related to ITU WRC-19, they agreed to setup a study project on satellite broadcasting systems and to re-structure the Training and Services Study Topic Area. It also discussed arrangements for the Technical Bureau and Technical Committee meetings alongside the ABU General Assembly in Tokyo in November 2019.

The Bureau heard progress reports from the chairmen of its study projects in the areas of production, transmission, and spectrum.

In addition, the bureau agreed on new selection criteria for ABU Technical Review Prizes, which are announced annually.

Annual Meeting of the ABU Technical Bureau, 30 September, 2018, Ashgabat

The ABU Technical Bureau met in Ashgabat on 30 September to discuss important issues affecting broadcasters.

The Bureau, comprising 18 members, was able to complete a thorough follow-up on the tasks and action items from its mid-year meeting held in early May in Kuala Lumpur.

Remarkable progress was reported on the tasks that were set.  Key issues include cyber security controls and the protection of C-band satellite spectrum for broadcasters. The Bureau’s Decisions and recommendations will be put forward to the ABU Technical Committee which will meet on 1-2 October.

Mid-year Technical Bureau Meeting, 1-2 May 2018, Kuala Lumpur

The mid-year meeting of the ABU Technical Bureau was held from 1-2 May 2018 in Kuala Lumpur.

The meeting covered an extensive agenda addressing many pressing matters and brainstorming discussions on key issues.

Members raised their concern on the speed of adoption of digital technologies among some members and the digital divide that it has created within the region. The members agreed to increase the number of technical advisory and consultancy missions to address these issues. The meeting also decided to create two new study projects to look into the areas of Cyber Security for Media and the use of Big Data in Broadcasting. The new study groups will study the development in these areas to provide relevant information and guidance to members. The Bureau also amended the selection guidelines and criteria for the engineering awards and the technical review prizes to increase member participation and to make the process more transparent.
The meeting reviewed its tasks and activities carried out by ABU Technology, since its annual meeting in Chengdu last year, and discussed on areas where more work still needs to be done in terms of training and improvement of services to members. Reports were presented on the progress and updates within the study projects under production, transmission technologies, frequency spectrum and capacity building areas. These reports provided insight into the developments taking place within the industry on more than 20 study projects currently active within the Topic Areas, Forums and Groups.
Among other important discussions, the Bureau deliberated on ways to improve the Digital Broadcasting Symposium event, Technical Review magazine, Technical Advisory Services, and Webinar and online services to members. The meeting also took a review of the preparations for the annual Technical Committee meeting which will be held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in October this year as part of the ABU General Assembly and Associated meetings.

The mid-year meeting of the ABU Technical Bureau, chaired by the Technical Committee Chairman, Mr Masakazu Iwaki of NHK-Japan.

The meeting was also addressed by the ABU Secretary-General, Dr Javad Mottaghi, who thanked the members of the Bureau for their efforts in continuously improving the services offered to the membership on technology matters.

The meeting was attended by 18 delegates representing members of the Bureau.