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ABU Technology Activities 2019



ABU Media Summit calls for more action on climate change

An ABU Media Summit in Kathmandu has drawn up an action plan that calls for broadcasters to produce quality radio and television programmes on climate change.

The Kathmandu Action Plan was approved by delegates to the 5th ABU Media Summit on Climate Action and Disaster Preparedness. It took place in the Nepalese capital on 25-26 April 2019.

The action plan urges broadcasters to commit themselves to producing creative programmes to address the ever-evolving issues of climate change. It says this will seek to encourage the mitigation of potentially catastrophic implications for societies and lifestyles.

The plan reaffirms science as a basis for further actions on climate change, including media coverage that should be guided by the best available knowledge from the natural and social sciences. 

Among other things, it also requests the ABU and its international partners to help broadcasters to establish specialised, fully-staffed environmental units within their organisations.

The summit was hosted by Nepal’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Nepal Television, and Radio Nepal. It attracted more than 230 participants from 17 countries.

In a written message to the meeting, Nepal’s Prime Minister, K P Sharma Oli, said he hoped the ABU, through the summit, would energise its member broadcasters to cover climate action and disaster preparedness with a renewed interest. 

In a keynote address, Nepal’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Mr Gokul Prasad Baskota, said the melting of snow and glaciers in the Himalayas, brought on by global warming, had unleashed a series of tragedies in Nepal, including avalanches, floods and landslides.

He said the media were at the forefront in times of natural disaster, with tremendous power to educate and influence people in all phases of disaster management, from mitigation to recovery.

The Executive Chairman of Nepal Television, Dr Mahendra Bista, said the media had many lessons to learn from the 2015 earthquake. “The time has come now for us to be more prepared for such times,” he said.  

The ABU Secretary-General, Dr Javad Mottaghi, said disasters did not recognise national boarders or distinguish between rich and poor nations.

“As broadcasters, it is our duty to highlight to our viewers and listeners the challenges which can affect them and their families, not only in known areas of danger, but also where emergencies could occur in the future.”

The summit featured 10 sessions, with broadcasters and representatives of international organisations addressing a range of climate change and disaster risk reduction issues, and the role of the media.

These included a masterclass presented by Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK, on its experiences in preparing people for disasters.

Another highlight was a Nepalese perspective on the role of media during disasters. Senior Nepalese journalists described the challenges they faced in covering the earthquake of 25 April 2015 and its aftermath.

The quake killed nearly 9,000 people and injured more than 22,000, as well as destroying or damaging hundreds of temples and monuments. 

In another session, UNESCO’s Representative to Nepal, Christian Manhart, praised the media for its “extremely helpful” role in helping restore the country’s heritage in the wake of the earthquake.

The summit also looked at how climate change is affecting other countries in the region, from Thailand to Bangladesh and from Fiji to Pakistan.  


Before the summit, UNESCO held a workshop on 24 April to introduce its new handbook for journalists, ‘Getting the Message Across’. The ABU facilitated the workshop.

The 106-page handbook focuses on reporting on climate change and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.


We wish to thank the 
Ministry of Communication & Information, Government of Nepal, 
Nepal Television and Radio Nepal 
for hosting the 
5th ABU Media Summit on Climate Action and Disaster Preparedness 
and the 
4th ABU Awards on Climate Action and Disaster Preparedness.



ABU Technology Activities 2018

26 - 27 NOVEMBER 2018, Kuala Lumpur

The two-day workshop organised together with the ABU (Asia Broadcasting Union) and AIBD (Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development) was a first of its kind for DRM and was attended by many radio specialists from half a dozen Asian and African countries. The aim of the workshop was to introduce, demonstrate and discuss the benefits of DRM digital radio in meeting the diverse needs of countries wishing to offer full national coverage, regional and local flexible solutions with spectrum and energy savings in all bands (including VHF bands II and III) now.

DRM experts representing Fraunhofer IIS, RFmondial, the DRM Marketing Director and the Honorary Chairman of the DRM India Chapter struck a balance in their presentations between the theoretical aspects of the standard and the practical experience and lessons learned in many countries of the globe. DRM demonstrations on DRM receivers, hands-on sessions and the discussion of various scenarios kept participants fully engaged.

Ahmed Nadeem, the ABU Technical Director, thought the workshop was great “because it covered not only all the areas of the technology and the DRM solution itself but it also led to the understanding of the requirements and policy level decisions and what it entails in working with the regulator and planning the rollout of DRM step-by-step in the preferred bands, specially FM. The experiences shared from case studies like India and other countries were very valuable to all the participants.”

What struck Mr Utpal Kanti Mandal, the Programme Manager of AIBD, as well as Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Consortium Chair, was the exceptional level of participation during the workshop.” The over 60 questions asked during the two days certainly kept us on our toes,” said Ms Ruxandra Obreja. “They demonstrated a detailed understanding of the DRM possibilities but also the various options available when planning for a real roll out of digital radio.”

I found this workshop​ very ​informative, interactive and​ useful, giving me​ a​ clear picture​ about how​ DRM works.​  Furthermore, all the​ speakers' presentation​s​ were​ interesting, relevant and​ applicable. Thank you​ for​ organising such a​ helpful workshop​ with good engagements from​ the participants.
Ms Jirayu Pukboonmee, Executive Director, Manager, Audio Media Center and Radio Station, Thai-PBS

Firstly I would like to acknowledge the ABU, AIBD and DRM for organising this workshop. 
We are privileged to be here attending this workshop as it is timely where we are discussing and  planning to implement DRM in our country, Papua New Guinea. The presentations were very informative and very encouraging for us. To know that the benefits and advantage of having the DRM compared to analogue system speaks for itself. We are looking at piloting the DRM project by simulcasting with our current systems in place. Having the geographical changes that we have and the consumption of power energy in our country is paramount. We see that what we've learnt for this past two days is very encouraging for us. Though it is challenging for us to go back to our country to start the process of preparation and the introduction of DRM, we are optimistic that it is achievable and it can be a reality for us.
Seloka Lewangu, Transmission Engineer, National Broadcasting Corporation, Papua New Guinea
Ignas Yanam, Executive Director, Engineering Divsion, National Broadcasting Corporation, Papua New Guinea

The workshop provided me with a new perspective of the DRM technology. Having myself worked on DRM transmitters on Ascension Island for the BBC broadcast to South Africa some years back I always had the feeling that the technology never really took off the ground. However the workshop proved otherwise and the new developments mentioned got me even more excited about DRM as a whole. This is one project which I would like to propose for my country after seeing all the benefits it can bring and hope that it is welcomed.
Herve CherryManager Engineering, Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation



The ABU arranged a visit to Astro-Malaysia for Mr Steeven Wesly Abel of VBTC-Vanuatu and Mr Robert VanSanten of FijiTV.  Mr Bala Murali Subramaney, Vice President for Engineering, Astro Radio was on hand to give both a briefing.

Regional Workshop on OTT and IBB Technologies and Services 2018
23-25 October 2018 | Kuala Lumpur


23 to 27 July 2018, Kuala Lumpur

Developing skills to take radio into the 21st century


A DAB+ workshop held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last week saw a diverse mix of countries working together to take the next steps in establishing DAB+ digital radio.


The event was hosted by the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcast Development in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, Arab States Broadcasting Union and WorldDAB. The intensive 5-day technical workshop was attended by 35 representatives from 17 countries from Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia and the Pacific.


The workshop covered a wide range of topics, from the business case for DAB+ through to technical standards and systems operations and RF planning. 


All sessions were well supported by the digital radio industry, with representatives from Paneda, Gates Air, R&S, ATDI and All In Media, along with presentations provided by receiver manufacturers VQ, Pure and Richter. In addition, Aaron Alphonso, CTO at Macquarie Media provided an insightful presentation on how the radio industry is moving forward in an increasingly connected world, with examples of why their radio stations are moving listeners to DAB+.


Delegates were also hosted by Radio Television Malaysia for an afternoon tour of their radio and television studios. RTM is currently undergoing substantial upgrades in facilities as they move forward to full digital infrastructure.


The workshop was led by Dr Les Sabel, who was particularly impressed with the way the delegates worked together. “The delegates were challenged to a rapid design exercise to provide DAB+ in an area of their choice,” he said. “The groups were very multicultural and the four teams worked well together, demonstrating their newly found skills to provide rollout plans for a number of scenarios.”


The delegates have now returned to their own countries to take the next steps in establishing DAB+ digital radio and enthusiastically taking radio into the 21st century. For more information on how WorldDAB is supporting the rollout of DAB+ digital radio in Asia Pacific, please contact the Project Office. Presentations from the workshop are available on request. 

16-18 July 2018, IPPTAR, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Programme | List of Participants

Closing Session | 18 July

Opening Day | 16 July


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