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Technical Committee

All policy matters are decided by the Technical Committee, which comprises representatives of the technical departments of ABU members who meet annually prior to the General Assembly.   The 2021 Technical Committee Meeting was held online on 16 November.

The 2021 ABU Technical Committee Meeting was held ONLINE on Tuesday, 16 November.

Download TC 2021 Documents here


The first ever virtual Technical Committee Meeting was held on 24-25 November

The first ever virtual ABU TC Meeting was held on 24-25 November.  The meeting was attended by over 100 participants on both days.

The meeting began with the opening and welcome addresses by the TC Chairman and ABU Secretary-General.  This was followed by the ABU Engineering Awards 2020 announcements.

Several interesting presentations during the TC were:

  • New Broadcasting Based on 5G NR Technology, China Broadcasting Network
  • Next Gen Video Coding, IEEE BTS
  • Measures for 5G Interference to C-band Satellite, NHK-Japan
  • Technical issues of UHD Broadcasting Service in Korea, KBS-Korea
  • Cybersecurity Recommendations from WBU
  • China Standardization and Implementation Practice of Video/Audio Content Protection Technologies, NRTA-China
  • Bringing a spectacular experience to your content and to the future, Dolby
  • Dante Audio Implementation in Broadcast workflow, Benchmark Broadcast Systems
  • Interactive Video Content Production Model of Mango TV-China
  • The BBC, COVID and changes to radio production and
  • The Voice of Vietnam’s technical supports/activities during Covid-19

Mr Sunil, Additional Director General (Engineering) & Head International Relations of Prasar Bharati, Doordarshan-India delivered the Keynote titled Director to Mobile Broadcasting.

A report on ABU’s Study Topic on Production was heard from Mr Kazim Pektaz of TRT-Turkey. Mr Kenichi Murayama of NHK-Japan delivered the report on the Transmission Topic Area.

The TC adopted a Decision on Adding a Force Majeure Clause to the ABU Technical Committee Rules of Procedure and a Recommendation on Supporting the WBU Cybersecurity Recommendations on Broadcasters’ Use of Cloud-based Services.

The meeting was on Zoom Webinar which enabled participants to chat with each other and ask questions.

Below are some of the participants who took part in the meeting.

2019 ABU Technical Committee, Tokyo

The ABU Technical Committee Meeting was held on 18-19 November.


Welcome address

Mr Hamid Dehghan Nayeri, Chairman, ABU Technical Committee, Director, International Technical Affairs & ABU Technical Liaison Officer, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, Iran

Welcome address  

Mr Keiji Kodama, Director of Engineering Administration Department, NHK-Japan

Opening Address

Dr Javad Mottaghi, Secretary-General, ABU

TV Production Technologies beyond 2020   

Mr Kazutaka Ogata, Director, Broadcast Engineering Department, NHK-Japan

Future Media – “Diverse Vision”

Dr Kohji Mitani, Director, NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories


Confirm Agenda and TC-2018 Proceedings and appointment of Rapporteurs
ABU Technology Activity Report
Bureau Proposals (Introduction)


5G Media applications what we know from European Trials
and SMPTE – how broadcasters can be involved
Dr Hans Hoffmann, Sr Mgr Tech and Innovation, EBU & Executive VP, SMPTE

The Application of 4K UHD in China
Dr XIE Wei, Director of TV Institute of ABS, NRTA-China

KBS IP based UHD LIVE Broadcasting System
Mr SHIN Jongseob, Senior Manager, Production Facility Department, KBS-Korea

Standards Stack for IP Production
Mr Lindsay Cornell, Principal Systems Architect, BBC-United Kingdom

The potential for IBB services to expand with interoperability
Mr Yoshi Tsurimaki, Producer, Strategic Promotion Department, T-NET JAPAN Co Ltd


Development of Live Multi Viewing
Mr Yoichi Kondo, Deputy Division President, Promotion of Technology Planning and Business Management of TV Technology, Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc, Japan

The Evaluation of 5G Broadcasting in China
Dr Zhang Yu, Senior Engineer of TV Institute of ABS, NRTA-China

Next Generation Audio and its Applications in Broadcasting
Mr Toni Fiedler, General Manager China, Fraunhofer IIS

Progress of Terrestrial 4K UHD Broadcasting in KBS and Korea
Mr Yim Zung Kon, Senior Manager, UHD Project Team, KBS-Korea

The Application of broadcasting Earthquake Warning Technology
Mr Zhou Gang, Dpty GM, Intelligent Business Dept of Sichuan Radio & TV Network Co, NRTA-China


Mr Kazim Pektaş, Chief Engineer, TRT-Turkeyn

Mr Kenichi Murayama, Senior Manager, Planning & Management Division, Engineering Administration Department, NHK-Japan

Bureau Proposals (Final Reading)


BBC 5G Broadcast Trial, Lindsay Cornell, BBC-United Kingdom

Information Exchange and Status Reports


Theme: The Future of Linear Broadcasting
The distinguished panel of broadcasters and industry experts will share their vision on the future of broadcasting, providing insight and sharing experiences on how some broadcast organisations are facing the challenges and charting its way forward.

Moderator:  Mr Masakazu Iwaki, NHK-Japan


Dr Kong Bin, NRTA-China
Akira Negishi, NHK-Japan
Ms Hong Young Kyung, KBS-Korea
Dr Hans Hoffman, EBU
Terence Yiu, Phoenix TV-Hong Kong
Nigel Fry, BBC-United Kingdom
Dr Fares Lubadeh, SpaceTech-Jordan


A study on the transmission system of an advanced ISDB-T
Mr Kohei Kambara, Senior Research Engineer, Advanced Transmission System Research Division, NHK-STRL

IP live production and upcoming workflow redesign
Mr Kazuyuki Arai, Engineer, Technical Planning & Management Division, Broadcast Engineering Department, NHK-Japan

New Viewing Experience with Free Viewpoint Augmented Reality Synchronized with Broadcast Video
Mr Yuki Kawamura, Engineer, Advanced Transmission System Research Division, NHK-STR

Integral 3D video technology
Dr Hisayuki Sasaki, Engineer, Spatial Imaging Research Division, NHK-STRL


New members and Updates from Sister Unions & Intl Organisations

Future Meetings

ABU DBS 2020, Kuala Lumpur, 2-5 March 2020

The Pacific Media Partnership Conference, PMPC 2020

NHK Broadcasting Technology Research for ABU 2020

Appointment of Honorary Vice-Chairman from the host of the 2020 ABU General Assembly
Welcome to ABU TC & GA 2020 Hanoi

Thank you to NHK

2018 ABU Technical Committee Meeting, Ashgabat

Mr Hamid Nayeri of IRIB-Iran has been elected the new Chairman of the ABU Technical Bureau and ABU Technical Committee for a new term of two years (2020-2021).

Mr Nayeri is the Director, International Technical Affairs at IRIB and has been actively involved in ABU activities since 2005.  Mr Nayeri served as Technical Committee Vice-Chairman from 2012 to 2016.

Three new Vice Chairmen have also been elected: Dr Kong Bin of RTPRC-China, Mr Sunil of DD-India and Mr Masashi Kamei of NHK-Japan.  The Honorary Vice-Chairman of the Technical Committee for 2019 is Mr Kenichi Murayama of NHK-Japan.

The 18 members elected to the ABU Technical Bureau are Phoenix TV-Hong Kong, AIR-India, MTV-Sri Lanka, RTPRC-China, EAP-Sri Lanka, TRT-Turkey, TBC-Tonga, TVB-Hong Kong, NHK-Japan, Mediacorp-Singapore, IRIB-Iran, RTM-Malaysia, KBS-Korea, NBT-Thailand, RRI-Indonesia, SBA-Saudi Arabia, DD-India and VTV-Vietnam.

The ABU Technical Committee also confirmed the appointment of Mr Kazim Pektaz of TRT-Turkey as Topic Area Chairman for Production, Mr Kenichi Murayama of NHK-Japan as Topic Area Chairman for Transmission, Mr Tharaka Mohotty as Topic Area Chairman for Capacity Building and Dr Li Leilei of RTPRC-China for the Spectrum Topic Area.

The Technical Committee is headed by a Chairman who is assisted by three Vice Chairmen.
The Chairman is elected from among the Full members of the Technical Committee for two-year terms.
The Vice-Chairmen are also elected for two-year terms.

The Technical Committee meets once every year during the annual meetings preceding the ABU General Assembly.

At these meetings, decisions and recommendations are made based on proposals made by the members. In addition, work programmes are decided for the following year. The meetings also provide a forum for exchange of information on technological developments.

The 2019 Technical Committee Meeting will be held in Tokyo, Japan on 18-19 November.

RECOMMENDATION 1/2018 Supporting the WBU C-Band Position

RECOMMENDATION 2/2018 Supporting the WBU-TC Recommendations for Core Cyber Security Controls

DECISION 1/2018 Amendment to the Engineering Awards Guidelines

DECISION 2/2018 New Evaluation Criteria for Technical Review Prizes

Please contact the Director ABU Technology for copies of the above documents.