Friday, November 10, 2006

Digital Broadcasters | PRC | IPTV and Beijing Olympics 2008 at 43rd ABU Meet

Digital Broadcasters Vendor News reminds you that this week the

43rd ABU general assembly is being hosted by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) of the People’s Republic of China at the Sheraton Great Wall Hotel in Beijing.

The usual before hand Technical, Program and Sports group meetings have been taking place and concluded on Sunday November 5.

At the technical Symposium it was announced that this years's recipient of the ABU Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award is Ansu Sekhar Guin, Engineer-in-Chief of All India Radio, in recognition of his contributions of an outstanding nature in broadcasting engineering and related disciplines at All India Radio and Doordarshan.

Mr Guin is the technical head of All India Radio (AIR), responsible for the management and operational aspects of AIR’s network. He has been responsible in the implementation of many new services such as digital radio studio automation, digital video archives, digitalisation of the satellite based networking system and digital audio broadcasting.

He holds also the position of President of the Broadcast Engineering Society of India.

Meanwhile, the ABU Engineering Industry Excellence Award has been conferred on Dr Osamu Yamada for being the most outstanding engineering contributor to the broadcasting industry in the Asia- Pacific region.

Dr Yamada was Director-General of NHK Science and Technical Research Laboratories in his previous posting and is now Senior Managing Director of Pioneer Corporation.

Dr Yamada played a pioneering role in the setting up of error correction codes in developing a new decoding algorithm for different applications for various broadcasting systems.

Dr Yamada also developed digital transmission systems. He engaged in the development and standardisation of new broadcasting systems such as teletext, FM multiplex broadcasting system (DARC), digital satellite and terrestrial broadcasting systems (ISDB). He also contributed to the work of the ITU-R Study Groups from 1992 to 1997.

Digital Broadcasters Vendor News Asia will bring this year's other ABU Award winners in another posting.

The key issue in this year's gathering is the role of IPTV on the morning of November 8. Speakers include Li Ruigang, the President of the Shanghai Media Group, the first broadcaster to launch commercial IPTV services in China, and David Ahn, Director of Content Strategy and Business Development for Munhwa Broadcasting, South Korea.

On November 8, the PM session includes an update briefing on the Beijing Olympics, led by Sun Weija, Director of Media Operations for the Beijing Olympics Organising Committee, and Ma Guoli, CEO of Beijing Olympic Broadcasting.

I am glad to see that content creation for mobile broadcasting, also on November 8 is in focus. Speakers include Erik Bettermann, Director- General of Deutsche Welle, and Yu Yuning, Vice-President of Liaoning Television.

The ever expanding annual ABU gatherings, this year tops 500 registered broadcast delegates visiting Beijing.

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