Award Winners December 2011 – March 2012
recognition to three regional broadcasters through the monthly Asiavision Awards writes ABU’s Asiavision Senior Editor Tan Hock Guan.
TVB (Hong Kong) won the Award for the month of March 2012, MCOT (Thailand) for February, IRIB (Iran) for January and DDI (India) for December 2011.
TVB has been broadcasting up to the minute coverage of the HK Chief Executive elections starting with pre- election run up right up to election- day demonstrations. Upon winning the election, the Chief Executive-elect Leung Chun-ying called for unity and
rompt coverage of major domestic events and developments brought
vowed to safeguard the people’s rights and freedoms.
Thai broadcaster MCOT won for its comprehensive coverage of a series of bomb blasts that rocked central Bangkok in February. The Thai National Security Council believed the bombings on 14 February were not specifically targeting Thailand. Thai authorities said initial investigations showed at least four suspects one of whom is currently being extradited from Malaysia.
The January award went to IRIB for its coverage of rescue efforts following a passenger boat tragedy in the Persian Gulf off Iran’s southern coast. The boat was carrying 22 passengers and two crew members from Hormuz Island to Bandar Abbas on the mainland on
MCOT’s bomb blast coverage
21 January when it capsized near the southern Iranian port city. The Bandar Abbas Fire Department rescue team was only able to save five people.
India’s DDI was the winner in December for its immediate and comprehensive coverage of a fire that engulfed a private hospital in Kolkata on 9 December. India’s public broadcaster was on the scene almost immediately and made available its early pictures of the incident in the West Bengal state capital. The fire at the seven-storey hospital claimed more than 90 lives.
AVN Praised for Balancing Act
Sri Lanka Rupavahini (TV) Corporation and attracted delegates from 17 ABU member stations.
After the opening, the ABU Secretariat shared the results of a survey it conducted ahead of the meeting aimed at charting the future direction of Asiavision. The results gave an indication of what members expect of Asiavision.
common coverage. A
At the start of AVN’s news and technical coordinators meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s Acting Minister of Mass Media and Information and Deputy Minister of Economic Development Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said the Asiavision service embodies the fundamental goal of the media profession - sharing a commitment to get the message across to all concerned.
siavision news has been praised for striking a balance between diversity and
In his opening address, he told the 37 delegates and four ABU Secretariat staff that Asiavision is successful in not only taking into account the many common aspects of all its members but also the considerable differences due to their diversity.
He said Asiavision is focused on developing a free exchange of information that is non-political and non-commercial.
This year’s gathering on 15-16 March was hosted by the state broadcaster
At the news coordinators meeting, each participant was given the opportunity to make a presentation on his or her station’s Asiavision desk activities. The technical coordinators discussed technical matters arising in their Asiavision operations.
The second day of the meeting was dedicated to seminars on Newsroom Digitalisation led by Jang Jae-jin of KBS (Korea) and on Newsroom Operations led by Kenneth Teh of CNA (Singapore).
The two-day meeting closed with the announcement that NHK would like to host the 2013 meeting in Japan.
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