The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union
(ABU), formed in 1964, is a non-profit, professional association of broadcasting organisations. It currently has 200 members in 57 countries and regions, reaching a potential audience of about 3 billion people.
The ABU's role is to help the development of broadcasting in the Asia-Pacific region and to promote the collective interests of its members. The ABU covers an area stretching from Turkey
in the west to Samoa
in the east, and from Russia
in the north to New Zealand
in the south. Its secretariat is located in Kuala Lumpur
One of the ABU's activities is Asiavision
, a daily exchange of news feeds by satellite
among television stations in 19 countries in Asia. The ABU also negotiates coverage rights to major sports events for its members collectively, and carries out a wide range of activities in the programme and technical areas.
The ABU provides a forum for promoting the collective interests of television and radio broadcasters, and encourages regional and international co-operation between broadcasters.
Full members must be national free-to-air
broadcasters in the Asia-Pacific region, but there is an associate membership category that is open to provincial broadcasters, subscription broadcasters and national broadcasters in other parts of the world, and an affiliate category that is open to organisations connected to broadcasting.
The ABU's activities include:
- a daily satellite TV news exchange......