From 17 to 21 March 2014, I had the pleasure of chairing an in-country workshop on children’s TV programmes organised in Fiji by AIBD and supported by NRK for 9 participants of Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC). FBC TV is rather new - only 2 years old and with relatively small - but very enthusiastic staff.

From 10 to 14 February 2014, an in-country workshop on Broadcast Management for Senior Managers was held in Kathmandu, Nepal, organised by AIBD, FES and hosted by Nepal Television (NTV).

From 13 to 17 January 2014, an in-country workshop on Broadcast Management for Senior Managers was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, organised by AIBD, FES and the Ministry of Information.

As part of AIBD’s ongoing efforts to evaluate the performance of the Institute for activities conducted in 2013 and to gain the feedback on the activities for the period of 2014-2015, we are requesting all members and affiliates to fill the member evaluation form and AIBD Questionnaire on Developmental Needs form.

The annual Asia TV Forum (ATF)’s Entertainment Content Market for buyers and sellers was held at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from 3 – 6 December 2013. In conjunction with ATF, AIBD and the French Government organized a four-day regional workshop on Acquisition and Programming Strategy for TV from 2 – 5 December 2013 in Singapore.

The Regional Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction organised by the Tun Abdul Razak Broadcasting and Information Institute (IPPTAR) and AIBD was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 16 to 18 December 2013. The workshop brought 12 participants from broadcast organisations in Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

Southeast Asian countries have become the new growth region heralding rapid socio-economic progress and advancement. Indonesia is no exception, fast-growing and becoming a stronger regional and global player. Broadcasting organisations will need to adopt new initiatives and develop leadership styles to ride these waves of change and deliver programmes and information to the viewers and listeners in line with the ever-changing needs and aspirations of a new type of audience that is more educated, informed not to mention demanding.

The sub-regional workshop on satellite communication organised by AIBD in collaboration with Prasar Bharati and STI (T) was held in New Delhi, India from 2 to 6 December 2013. The workshop aims to provide an overview of the issues and underlying communication principles associated with satellite communication in broadcasting to broadcast engineers and technicians.

New and diverse technological developments are impacting the media landscape and broadcast organizations in many ways. New delivery platforms, media products and services, enhanced audience expectations and financial as well as structural changes etc. are posing various challenges for the broadcast organizations. Well equipped and trained human resources are valuable assets for the organizations to meet these challenges.

The AIBD/Hoso Bunka Foundation (HBF) Regional Workshop on Creative Content for Children’s Programmes was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 28 October to 1 November 2013. The workshop brought participants from broadcast organizations in Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.