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Broadcast leaders gather for ABU 2019 RadioAsia Conference

Radio industry leaders from throughout the Asia-Pacific and around the world will gather in Bangladesh next week for one of the region’s most important Radio content conferences.

The ABU RadioAsia Conference will take place in Dhaka from 29-31 October on the theme “Radio All Around Us: More than just a medium”.

ABU Secretary General Dr Javad Mottaghi said experts and media leaders from across the region and around the world will share experiences, thoughts and theories to try to answer the question: “What makes Radio so enduringly special?”

“RadioAsia continues to be our region’s premier radio content conference, addressing the great issues and the important details of challenges facing our industry on the brink of the third decade of the new Millennium,” he said.

“This will be the first time the ABU is holding RadioAsia in Bangladesh, so international delegates will get to see a nation taking on all the challenges that digital transformation can offer to radio broadcasters transitioning to a multimedia, multiplatform information world. In the new digital and online era, no broadcasting and online media organisation can afford to ignore the challenges.”

The conference is being hosted by national broadcaster Bangladesh Betar and includes panels and presentations on topics such as “From lifestyle to lifeline – Radio the ever-evolving medium”, “Information versus Disinformation” and a Great Radio Debate “Say goodbye to Radio in the Digital Age?” There will also be showcases and workshops as diverse as “Smart Radio for All” and “Extending your reach with Facebook Live”.

A highlight of the final day will be the ABU Radio Song Festival Gala, showcasing the finalists of the Asia-Pacific’s biggest international radio song event. Proceedings will be recorded by BTV for re-broadcast, webcasting and distribution around the world.

Conference organiser Olya Booyar praised all those travelling to Bangladesh for RadioAsia.

“Broadcasting is undergoing enormous change, so it’s fabulous that so many industry leaders can take time from their busy working schedules to share their expertise,” she said. “I hope there’s no better place to do that than RadioAsia.”

Those unable to attend in person can follow the conference on social media. #RadioAsia2019 and on Facebook (ABU & ABU Radio).