A new radio and TV song festival will be launched in 2012, the Programme Committee heard during its meetings in New Delhi, India.
Radio Australia will be the host secretariat for the radio festival, with KBSKorea hosting the TV festival. It is hoped that both festivals will become annual events.
At the annual meeting, Radio Australia’s CEO, Michael McCluskey, told the Programme Committee that the radio festival would promote cultural diversity through the sharing of music.
Each country taking part would hold a national competition to choose its representative. Contestants of the radio competition would be unsigned singers and their songs would reflect the culture of their country. All the music would also be available online.
Dr McCluskey said that the song festival would give radio and multiplatform media coverage to original compositions within member organisation countries.
KBS has agreed to host the first Michael McCluskey of Radio Australia and James Jeon of KBS-Korea.
TV song festival in conjunction with the ABU General Assembly 2012 in Seoul.
James Jeon of KBS said the TV version of the song festival, to be held in Seoul, would be for professional singers. It would be invitational and noncompetitive, featuring popular singers and groups.
He said the show would be recorded rather than shown live so that
captions in the languages of the countries taking part, could be added.
Both committees for the radio and TV song festival met on 5 November for indepth discussions.
While a number of key decisions were reached, including the purpose and mechanisms of the song festivals, a number of key aspects, including funding have yet to be finalised.
Song festival the highlight of Programme meetings
The new categories will be in the 2012 ABU Prizes.
In her presentation to the committee, Hanizah Hamzah, the ABU’s Senior Executive (TV) highlighted the following:
• Eight TV workshops were conducted in member countries such as Iran, Thailand, Brunei, Bhutan, Malaysia and Vietnam
• More than 350 partici- pants from 30 member countries were involved in Programming activities
• 17 member countries and independent trainers
Executive Producer Beryl Richards.
Ms Hanizah noted that the 20th Children’s TV Programme Item Exchange saw a record number of participating organisations – 23 organisations were involved this year.
Prasar Bharati CEO Rajiv Takru launched the Pro- gramme Committee meetings.
were involved in those events.
She said that the Children’s Drama CoProduction Series held two meetings
Jun Ogawa, Chairperson of the ABU Prizes Reform Working Party.
led by Executive Producer, Kei Suzuki of NHKJapan. Participants of one meet- ing also benefitted from the input of the European Broadcasting Union’s
The session also saw Emmy Awardwinner director Andrzej Maleszka conducting a workshop.
She also reported that this year’s ABU Prizes saw an increase in the submission of entries, with 141 entries compared to 112 the previous year.
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