Prasar Bharati and the Information and Broadcasting Ministry played host to the 26th Commonwealth Broadcasters Association get together in New Delhi, February 15-18. The main theme was `Making A Difference in the Multi-Platform World'.
Key speakers included, Prasar Bharati CEO KS Sarma, I&B secretary SK Arora, Zee Telefilms director Punit Goenka, Doordarshan DG Navin Kumar, BBC World Service and Global News director Richard Sambrook and South African Broadcasting Corporation group CEO Dali Mpofu. Not forgetting Commonwealth secretary-general Rt Hon Don McKinnon, Irene Khan, secretary-general of Amnesty International, AIR's director-general B. Singh and UNESCO additional director-general (communication & information) Abdul Waheed Khan.
True to this year's technology theme, the CBA is making available for one month a 30-minute compilation of items about the Commonwealth and about Commonwealth countries and peoples, titled `Pick of the Commonwealth' will be made available as a podcast from http://www.cba.org.uk/pick . It is presented by Robin White, formerly with the BBC World Service.
Conference sponsors included: NDTV, ABC, Bharat Sanchar Nigam, BBC World Service, Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), ONGC and the British Council in India.
Exhibitors included SHAF Broadcast, BBC World Service Trust, ABC Asia Pacific, VT Communications, Inscriber, Red Bee, Teko Telecom and Prasar Bharati.