The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), and the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) jointly organized two day regional workshop on “Digital Broadcasting Implementation” On 4-5 March 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A UNEP-AIBD workshop trains TV producers from the Asia-Pacific to spread awareness about ozone depletion and climate change. “Why don’t the greenhouse gases escape through the hole in the ozone layer?” asks an average TV viewer in a cartoon that first appeared in a US newspaper a few years ago. That question illustrates the confusion in the minds of many non-specialists across the world.

This international level workshop was conducted from 3 -11 Dec 2012 at the All India Radio-Staff Training Institute (Technical) complex in New Delhi. It was attended by 14 broadcast engineers and technical personnel from Bhutan, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria and Thailand.

The In-Country Workshop organized by AIBD for Vietnam Television (VTV) was held in Hanoi, Vietnam on 3-7 December 2012. The focus of the activity was to train VTV camera people on lighting techniques for HD cameras specific to indoor studio operations, in particular for news and game shows, and outdoor program production, in particular for news gathering and live events.

The regional workshop organised by AIBD and supported by the French Government and Canal France International (CFI) was held in Singapore from 4 – 6 December 2012 and attended by 13 participants from eight countries.

The Entertainment TV Format workshop held recently in Jakarta was focusing on how to develop creativity for TV production and how to be able to select qualified content for entertainment program.

Bhutan TV - BBS is one of the youngest TV stations in the world, established in 1999. The number of TV channels in many places in Bhutan, are as in the rest of the world - a lot of international channels via cable and satellite.

For BBS, it is important to create their own programmes for children and youth, which takes care of Bhutanese culture and language.In addition, BBS focuses on parenting programme.

From 8 to 12 October, I had the pleasure of giving a workshop in Thimpu for 10 participants  from the staff of BBS.

The In-Country Workshop on Broadcast Management jointly organised by AIBD and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) was conducted as the AIBD office from 8-10 October 2012 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In early September, I had the pleasure of giving a workshop in Bangkok for 16 participants  from independent production companies and from members of the staff at Thai PBS.

My specialty is children's programme - production and international trends.It's good to see that it has been increased capacity for production of own national children's program in Thailand.

The efforts put into the production of children's programmes around the world differ widely.

16 journalists from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka attended the five day workshop on “Training of Journalists on Legal awareness in an Era of Media Convergence” from 23 to 27 September 2012 in Male, Maldives, hosted by Maldives Broadcasting Commission.

Ms Noora Ali, Secretary General of the Maldives Broadcasting Commission extended a warm welcome to the participants at the opening of the workshop.

AIBD together with the funding support of IPDC – UNESCO organized this project in order to provide for young journalists with an understanding of their rights and responsibilities, and the practical skills to anticipate and respond to legal challenges in the course of their work.

Overall, this was an active and engaged group where often the questions and comments went beyond what were strictly legal issues to journalism practice and ethics. The case studies from the participating countries ranged from restrictions on reporting on protests and civil conflicts, to access to courtrooms, official information and threats of defamation to contempt of court actions generated lively discussions.