Former chief justice is new ABC chairman
A former editor and political prisoner, he convened the fi rst major conference on Freedom on Information in post-apartheid South Africa in 1995. Berger describes himself as a media freedom activist, and has been deeply involved in the South African National Editors Forum since its inception in 1996.
James Spigelman, former chief justice of the New South Wales Supreme Court, has been appointed the new chairman of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
Mr. Spigelman had previously been the president of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, a member of the council of the National Gallery of Australia and chairman of the Film Finance Corporation. He was a senior adviser to former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and secretary of the department of media in the 1970s.
His fi ve-year term as chair of the public broadcaster begins from April 1, 2012.
Guy Berger joins UNESCO as FEM director
Bangladesh TV has a new DG
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Jawhar Sircar had worked in the Government of India in the late’ 80s and early’ 90s and joined it again in 2006 as additional secretary, moving on to become secretary in the Ministry of Culture in late 2008.
Born in 1952 in Calcutta, he studied at St. Xavier’s School, Presidency College and Calcutta University. An honors graduate in political science, he has an M.A. in History and also an M.A. in Sociology.
New secretary at Nepal’s Ministry of Information & Communications
M. Hamid has been appointed as director general of Bangladesh Television (BTV), a state-run TV channel, for a term of two years.
M Hamid was the managing director of Bangladesh Film Development Corporation in October 2011. M. Hamid, an eminent theater leader, cultural and medial personality, joined as a producer at the Bangladesh Television in 1980.
He received a national award in documentary fi lm making in 1982 and got an international award in the same category in 1986.
Sircar takes over as CEO of Prasar Bharati
Avanindra Kumar Shrestha is the new secretary at Ministry of Information & Communications in Nepal.
He was the fi nance comptroller general of the Financial Comptroller General offi ce (FCGO) since 2005.
Baker is CEO of the Thomson Foundation
A long-term partner of AIBD and CBA Vice President, Ken Clark, has been appointed as an Offi cer of the Order of Fiji (OF) for distinguished service of a high degree to Fiji.
The Award, approved by Fiji President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, honours Mr Clark for his contribution to the development of Fiji TV Limited and the television industry both in Fiji and the Pacifi c. Having lived in Fiji since 1999, he has represented Fiji on the global stage and is recognised for his ‘immeasurable economic contribution’ to the country.
Guy Berger has been appointed director, Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development (FEM), Communication and Information Sector (CI) of UNESCO.
Professor Guy Berger was head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, South Africa from 1994-2010. He has worked in the press and television, and has a PhD from Rhodes.
Jawhar Sircar is the new CEO of Prasar Bharati Broadcasting Corporation of India, the national public service broadcaster. He assumed his duties in February 2012.
Nigel Baker has assumed the CEO post of the Thomson Foundation in 2012. He was formerly vice president of business operations for EMEA and Asia of the world's largest news agency, the Associated Press (AP).
Nigel was a driving force in taking the AP's international television wing, Association
Ken Clarke was responsible for Fiji TV becoming an affi liate member of AIBD. He contributed as speaker in a few Asia Media Summit. He was actively involved in the AIBD General Conference meetings and professional discussions, and was part of the Pacifi c Media Partnership Committee. He has also been an AIBD consultant.
Press Television News, from start up to market leader, serving successively as head of news, director of content and managing director. Earlier in his career he held senior editorial roles with ITN, Reuters and Sky News and covered major stories in the Middle East, the Balkans and CIS.
He holds an MSc in eCommerce from Brunel University and has undertaken management training at Oxford University and the Open University.
Honour for Ken Clark
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