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The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) is the largest broadcasting union in the world. Through its members’ network, the ABU can reach 3 billion people across the Asia – Pacific region.
The Union was established in 1964 as a non-profit, non-governmental, non- political, professional association with mandate to assist the development of broadcasting in the region. ABU promotes the collective interests of television and radio broadcasters as well as key industry players and facilitate regional and international media co-operation.
Currently, the ABU has 272 members in 76 countries on four continents. ABU’s footprint stretches from Russia in the North to New Zealand in the South, from Turkey in the West to Samoa in the East. It includes media powerhouses in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Russia, Turkey, Germany, France and UK on one hand as well as poorer members from the countries in the Pacific and Central Asia and developing nations such as Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Maldives and Timor-Leste to name but few.
The ABU runs a wide range of services, including the daily Asiavision TV news exchange, several co-productions, program exchanges and technical, programming, legal and management consultancies, as well as industry and international conferences and an international frequency planning and coordination. The Union negotiates rights for major sports events and organises their coverage for the region. It also runs the prestigious annual ABU Prizes, TV Song and Radio Song Festivals.
ABU is a member of the World Broadcasters’ Union and works closely with the other regional broadcasting unions on matters of common concern such as reserving frequencies for broadcasters, harmonisation of operating and technical broadcasting standards and systems and finalising the Broadcasting Treaty.