John Barton (centre) with the First Vice-Chairman of KRT, Mr Hwang Yong Bo (right) and the Head of International Relations, Mr O Young Sam.
DPRK State Broadcaster to Get More Active in Sports
he ABU Director of Sport John Barton has welcomed North Korean state broadcaster KRT
getting more actively involved in sports events and training programs.
The Radio and Television Broadcasting Committee of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (KRT) is willing to acquire broadcast rights to events such as the European Football Championships and the London Olympic Games for the country’s 20 million people.
“I am delighted that KRT is to expand its role in covering television sports,” Mr Barton said. “The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is a member of the international sporting community and often excels in major events such as the FIFA World Cup and Olympic Games.”
Following a visit to Pyongyang recently by ABU Director of Sport John Barton, KRT said it would play a more active role in the workings of the Sports Group.
“KRT will attend the upcoming Sports Group Conference in Kota Kinabalu [Malaysia] and has also pledged to continue its association with Sports Group members when they meet again at the October General Assembly,” Mr Barton added.
Discussions at that time would focus on the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, both in 2014, plus training activities.
“We expect the DPRK to be a rights holder within the ABU for the above events and to send personnel to our forthcoming training programs,” Mr Barton said.
The visit to Pyongyang by Mr Barton had canvassed a number of key development issues which would prove to be invaluable to KRT as it worked to raise the standard of event production.
“We fully expect a number of in- country training programs to be
designed for KRT to help in this process,” he said.
Mr Barton spent five days in the capitol holding meetings with the First Vice- Chairman of KRT, Mr Hwang Yong Bo, the Head of International Relations, Mr O Young Sam and various senior executives.
“The discussions were pleasant and fruitful,” Mr Barton said.
Mr Hwang congratulated the ABU on its support for KRT as it sought to build strong sports inventory and expertise.
Mr Barton said KRT had a good sense of sports production but there were areas where creative training programs could benefit producers, directors, camera operators, graphics artists and so on.
“We fully expect there to be ongoing dialogue between KRT and the ABU to achieve mutual goals,” Mr Barton concluded.
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