DRM at Asia Broadcasting Union (ABU) General Assembly in Turkey

The annual General Assembly of the ABU held this year on the Bosphorus in Istanbul on October 30-31 was the busy and grand event it always tries to be. The TRT Turkish Radio and Television Corporation was a generous, dedicated and attentive host to the over 600 delegates from Asia and other parts of the world. The overall theme of the event was centered on “digital”. During a press conference in Istanbul, the President of the ABU, Mr Cho Dae-hyun, said that technology is taking “our audiences in a new digital frontier”, which might be obvious but not always easy to implement in countries that are less advanced. The ABU Secretary-General, Dr Javad Mottaghi, joined the President stressing on the support of the Union to members having less resources. Capacity building, Disaster Risk Reduction and training of engineers are the main sectors where cooperation among members is on-going.

The Technical and Programme Committees held on the eve of the General Assembly on October 26th,27th and28th were a good opportunity for catching up with new developments and also telling participants about the progress of DRM especially in the Asia-Pacific region. Ruxandra Obreja, Alexander Zink and Lindsay Cornell all contributed to the work of the committees with updates on the DRM roll-out in the region and the new DRM receiver. In the evening of the 27th, on a nice terrace overlooking the sea, together with the participants in the “Women on the Wave”, the ABU initiative of promoting women and technology, the DRM Consortium held a VIP event at which the cooperation agreement with RRI was signed and celebrated.

The DRM signal could be heard and also demonstrated during the boat trip on the Bosphorus on the 29th.

During the General Assembly the DRM Chairman also participated as a panellist in one of the key Professional Discussions, the one on the spectrum, the subject very high on the agenda just as the WRC-15 was ready to kick off in Geneva.


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