New Delhi: Prasar Bharati achieved another global milestone in broadcasting on Wednesday, 16th December, with the CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati being elected Vice President of the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), one of the largest broadcasting associations in the world. The election happened on 16th December, during the General Assembly of the Union which was held virtually due to Covid-19. CEO Vempati has been elected to the office of the Vice President, ABU, for three years with immediate effect, according to a press statement from the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting.
The Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar, congratulated CEO Vempati on his election and has thanked all ABU members who voted in favour of India.
The Broadcasting Ministry stated that it is remarkable to note that almost all of the public broadcasters of the member countries in the Asia Pacific region strongly supported the candidature of India’s Public Broadcaster which was forwarded by NHK Japan. The candidature of the nominee from China’s NRTA was unsuccessful, failing to garner support from any of the members, paving the way for CEO of Prasar Bharati India’s election to the Vice Presidency of ABU.
The Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union was formed in 1964 as a professional association of broadcasting organisations with over 286 members in 57 countries and regions, reaching a potential population of about three billion people.
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