Ready for download
Asiavision will take a big step forward in January when all news items exchanged by satellite will also be available online for members to download.
NHK Global Media Ser- vices will convert all the daily satellite feed items into file format and upload them to AVN’s file transfer site.
It will start with the first daily satellite feed on 1 January, and start converting the items in the second daily feed soon after that.
The Director of ABU News, Alan Williams, announced the new service at the ABU Programme Committee Meeting in New Delhi.
He said it would increase the possibility
A Sri Lankan journalist who spent time on attachment to the Asia- vision centre in Kuala Lumpur has returned home, determined to improve his station’s contributions to the news exchange.
Mothilal Hissella, a News Producer at SLRC, spent a month at the centre from late October, helping AVN staff coordinate the daily exchange.
He described his time there as “fantastic” and said he learned a lot about how Asiavision is coordinated and how to communicate with AVN members. “It was good
of new members joining the news exchange. Broadcasters who could not exchange news by satellite – for cost or technical reasons or because they were outside the AsiaSat 5 footprint – could now use file transfer instead.
It would also give the News Group the option of introducing a new category of AVN membership, with a lower monthly subscription, for members who only use the file transfer.
The News Group will review the progress of the new service in mid- 2012.
Asiavision’s file transfer service was launched in October 2009. Several members use it but prior to this, it had not included the news stories contributed by satellite.
AVN award winners
The latest winners of the Asiavision monthly award are MCOT (Thailand) for November and TRT (Turkey) for October.
MCOT earned its award for the comprehensive coverage of the worst flooding to hit Thailand in decades.
The Thai broadcaster has been providing vivid pic- tures of the flood situation in the country on a daily basis since the flooding started some two months earlier.
The disaster saw flood
SLRC journalist completes attachment
exposure for me,” he said.
On returning home, Mothilal said he would work to improve the technical quality of SLRC’s contributions and encourage the station to start using the file transfer system to send and receive news items.
SLRC has been a member of Asiavision since its launch in 1984 and has always been a regular contributor by satellite but has not yet started using AVN’s Xdrive file transfer
waters creeping into Bangkok and at that time, it had claimed more than 500 lives around the country.
The October award went to TRT for its quick coverage of the devastating earthquake which hit the country’s eastern province of Van.
TRT made available its early pictures of the 7.2 magnitude quake which struck on 23 October. It also provided follow-ups on the tragedy in which more than 500 people lost their lives.
journalists from Asiavision members spend time in Kuala Lumpur.
service, launched two years ago.
“I am going to discuss with our technical people, the use of Xdrive for both uploads and downloads,” Mothilal said.
His attachment was part of a scheme funded by Asiavision under which
“SLRC recently had a change of management,” he said. “Under the vision of the new Chairman, Mo- han Samaranayake, and our new Director (News), Vijaya Dissanayake, SLRC expects to bring Sri Lankan heritage and hospitality to the world. We hope to use AVN to make this a reality.”
Mothilal has been with SLRC since 1991. For the first 16 years, he worked as a cameraman before becoming a producer in the news division, where he handles English- language news bulletins.
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