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The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), formed in 1964, is a non-profit, professional association of broadcasting organisations. It currently has over 280 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 Mongolia in the north to New Zealand in the south. Its secretariat is located in Angkasapuri, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, its secretary-general, currently Dr Javad Mottaghi.

Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union
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ABU headquarters in Angkasapuri, Kuala Lumpur
Formation1 July 1964; 55 years ago (1964-07-01)
TypeUnion of broadcasting organisations
HeadquartersKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 286 members
  • (from 57 countries and regions)
Official language
Ryoichi Ueda

One of the ABU's activities is Asiavision, a daily exchange of news feeds by satellite among television stations in 20 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.



ABU former President Cho Dae-hyun

The ABU's activities include:

  • a daily satellite TV news exchange (Asiavision)
  • co-production and exchange of programmes
  • negotiating rights for major sports events and organising coverage
  • technical, programming and management consultancy services
  • advising members on copyright and legal matters
  • rights-free content acquisition for developing countries
  • representing members in international forums
  • international frequency planning and coordination
  • organising seminars, workshops and training courses
  • annual competition for radio and television programmes (ABU Prizes)
  • a robot competition for engineering students (Robocon)
  • publication of ABU News and Technical Review
  • started 2012: ABU TV and Radio Song Festivals[1][2]
Journalists from ABU member organisations

The ABU works closely with the regional broadcasting . in other parts of the world on matters of common concern, and with many other international organisations, to exchange information on the latest developments in broadcasting, undertake activities to improve the skills and technologies of its members, and encourage harmonisation of operating and technical broadcasting standards and systems in the region. The ABU is funded primarily by annual subscriptions from members. The Union has an elected President and three Vice-Presidents, who serve three-year terms. The current President is Yoshinori Imai of NHK-Japan.

The ABU Secretariat is located in Angkasapuri, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It has over 30 staff, of whom 12 are broadcast professionals recruited from among the ABU members within the region. The head of the Secretariat is the Secretary-General, who is appointed by the General Assembly. The current Secretary-General is Dr. Javad Mottaghi. The Asia-Pacific region is defined in the ABU statutes as countries within areas of Asia and the Pacific that lie substantially between the longitudes of 30 degrees east and 170 degrees west. On the map, this region stretches from Turkey in the west, to Samoa in the east, and from Russia in the north, to New Zealand in the south. All of the ABU's full members operate in this region.

Most of the ABU's associate members are European and North American broadcasters, many of whom have operations in Asia, and pay-TV and cable operators in the Asia-Pacific. Its affiliate members include satellite providers, telcos, production companies, equipment vendors and regulators. The ABU is the third largest of the world's eight broadcasting unions, but covers the largest geographic area of the world.


A number of different membership types are available to national broadcasters and national broadcasting organisations. These include full, additional full, associate, affiliate and institutional memberships.[3]

Full membersEdit

Countries with Full ABU Membership.
  • Below is a list of full members of the ABU. These are members who are independent nations within the ABU broadcasting region, and consist of two members per country. Broadcasters have the option to change between full and additional full membership.[3]
Country Broadcasting organisation National script Abbr.
  Afghanistan Radio Television Afghanistan
  • رادیو تلویزیون ملی افغانستان (Dari)
  • د افغانستان ملي راډيو تلويزون (Pashto)
Moby Capital Partners Ltd Moby
  Australia Australian Broadcasting Corporation Australian Broadcasting Corporation ABC
Special Broadcasting Service Special Broadcasting Service SBS
  Azerbaijan İctimai Television İctimai Televiziya və Radio Yayımları Şirkəti İTV
  Bangladesh Bangladesh Television বাংলাদেশ টেলিভিশন BTV
Bangladesh Betar বাংলাদেশ বেতার BB
  Bhutan Bhutan Broadcasting Service འབྲུག་རྒྱང་བསྒྲགས་ལས་འཛིན BBS
  Brunei Darussalam Radio Television Brunei Radio Televisyen Brunei RTB
  Cambodia National Television of Kampuchea ទូរទស្សន៍ជាតិកម្ពុជា TVK
  China China Central Television 中国中央电视台 CCTV
  Egypt Egyptian Radio and Television Union إتحاد الإذاعة و التليفزيون المصري ERTU
  Fiji Fiji Television Fiji Television FTV
  India All India Radio आकाशवाणी AIR
Doordarshan दूरदर्शन DDI
  Indonesia Radio of the Republic of Indonesia Radio Republik Indonesia RRI
Television of the Republic of Indonesia Televisi Republik Indonesia TVRI
  Iran Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting صدا و سيمای جمهوری اسلامی ايران IRIB
  Japan Japan Broadcasting Corporation 日本放送協会 NHK
Tokyo Broadcasting System 東京放送 TBS
  Jordan Jordan Radio and Television Corporation مؤسسة الإذاعة والتلفزيون الأردني JRTV
  Kazakhstan Khabar Agency
  • Хабар Агенттігі (Kazakh)
  • Агентство Хабар (Russian)
  Kiribati Broadcasting and Publications Authority Broadcasting and Publications Authority BPA
  Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyz Public Radio and Television Corporation Кыргыз Республикасынын Коомдук телерадиоберүү корпорациясы (Kyrgyz)
Общественная телерадиовещательная корпорация Кыргызской Республики (Russian)
  Laos Lao National Radio ວິທະຍຸກະຈາຍສຽງແຫ່ງຊາດລາວ LNR
Lao National Television ສະຖານີໂທລະພາບແຫ່ງຊາດລາວ LNTV
  Malaysia Radio & Television of Malaysia Radio Televisyen Malaysia RTM
  Maldives Public Service Media ޕަބްލިކް ސަރވިސް މީޑިއާ PSM
  Mongolia TV5 TV5 Телевиз TV5
Mongolian National Broadcaster Монголын Үндэсний Олон Нийтийн Телевиз MNB
  Myanmar Myanmar Radio and Television မြန်မာ့အသံနှင့်ရုပ်မြင်သံကြား MRTV
    Nepal Nepal Television नेपाल टेलिभिजन NTV
Radio Nepal रेडियो नेपाल RNE
  New Zealand Television New Zealand Television New Zealand
Te Reo Tātaki o Aotearoa (Māori)
  Pakistan Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation ریڈیو پاکستان PBC
Pakistan Television پاكِستان ٹیلی وژن نیٹ ورک PTV
  Papua New Guinea National Broadcasting Corporation of Papua New Guinea National Broadcasting Corporation of Papua New Guinea NBC/PNG
Media Niugini Limited MNL
  Philippines People's Television Network People's Television Network
Telebisyon ng Bayan (Filipino)
  Qatar Qatar Media Corporation المؤسسة القطرية للإعلام QMC
  Samoa Samoa Broadcasting Corporation Samoa Broadcasting Corporation SBC
  Saudi Arabia Saudi Broadcasting Corporation المملكة العربية السعودية هيئة الإذاعة والتلفزيون SAB/SAR
  Singapore Media Corporation of Singapore Media Corporation of Singapore Private Limited
新传媒私人有限公司 (Chinese)
Perbadanan Media Singapura Sendirian Berhad (Malay)
மீடியாகார்ப் (Tamil)
  South Korea Korean Broadcasting System 한국방송공사 KBS
Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation 문화방송주식회사 MBC
  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගුවන් විදුලි සංස්ථාච (Sinhala)
இலங்கை ஒலிபரப்புக் கூட்டுத்தாபனம் (Tamil)
Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation ශ්‍රී ලංකා රූපවාහිනී සංස්ථාව (Sinhala)
இலங்கை ரூபவாகினி கூட்டுத்தாபனம் (Tamil)
  Thailand National Broadcasting Services of Thailand สถานีวิทยุกระจายเสียงแห่งประเทศไทย กรมประชาสัมพันธ์
สถานีวิทยุโทรทัศน์แห่งประเทศไทย กรมประชาสัมพันธ์
Television Pool of Thailand โทรทัศน์รวมการเฉพาะกิจแห่งประเทศไทย TPT
  Timor Leste Radio-Television of East Timor Radio-Televisão Timor Leste (Portuguese)
Radio-Televizaun Timor Lorosae (Tetum)
  Tonga Tonga Broadcasting Commission Tonga Broadcasting Commission
Komisoni Fakamafolalea Tonga (Tongan)
  Turkey Turkish Radio and Television Corporation Türkiye Radyo ve Televizyon Kurumu TRT
  Turkmenistan State Committee of Turkmenistan for Television, Radio Programs and Cinematography Türkmenistanyň Telewideniýe, radiogepleşikler we kinematografiýa baradaky döwlet komiteti TTV
  Uzbekistan National Television and Radio Company of Uzbekistan O'zbekiston milliy teleradiokompaniyasi MTRK
  Vanuatu Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation
Société de Radiodiffusion et Télévision du Vanuatu (French)
  Vietnam Vietnam Television Đài Truyền hình Việt Nam VTV
Voice of Vietnam Đài Tiếng nói Việt Nam VOV
Ho Chi Minh City Television Đài Truyền hình TP Hồ Chí Minh HTV

Additional full membersEdit

Countries with Additional Full ABU Membership.
  • Below is a list of additional full members of the ABU. These are members who already have 2 full member organisations, and for countries in non-independent area.[3]
Country Broadcasting organisation National script Abbr.
  Afghanistan Ariana Radio and Television Network آريانا تلويزيون ATN
Educational Radio and Television ERTV
Noorin Radio Television Network تلویزیون نورین NRTN
Saba Media Organisation تلویزیون سبا Saba TV
  Bangladesh Radio Broadcasting FM (Bangladesh) Company Limited Radio Broadcasting FM (Bangladesh) Co. Ltd. Radio Today
  Bhutan Centennial Radio CR101
Kuzoo FM KFM
  Fiji Fiji Broadcasting Corporation FBC
  Hong Kong Hong Kong Commercial Broadcasting Company Limited 香港商業電台 HKCBC
Metro Broadcast Corporation Limited 新城廣播有限公司 METRO
Radio Television Hong Kong 香港電台 RTHK
Television Broadcasts Limited 電視廣播有限公司 TVB
  Indonesia Rajawali Citra Television Indonesia Rajawali Citra Televisi Indonesia RCTI
Indonesian Education Television Televisi Pendidikan Indonesia MNCTV
Cakrawala Andalas Television Cakrawala Andalas Televisi ANTV
SCTV Surya Citra Televisi SCTV
Indosiar Visual Mandiri Indosiar Visual Mandiri Indosiar
Trans TV Televisi Transformasi Indonesia Trans TV
  Jordan Sawt Al Madina Radio SMR
  Kazakhstan Kazmedia Ortalygy Қазмедиа Орталығы Басқарушы Компаниясы KMO
  Kyrgyzstan New Broadcasting System NBS
  Lebanon Radio Liban اذاعة لبنان RL[4]
  Macau Macau Television Broadcasting 澳門廣播電視股份有限公司
Teledifusão de Macau (Portuguese)
  Malaysia Malaysian Television System Sistem Televisyen Malaysia TV3
Rimakmur Berhad Suria FM
  Mongolia TV9 Television TV9 Телевиз TV9
Ulaanbaatar Broadcasting System Улаанбаатар Телевиз UBS
MN25 Television 25-р Суваг Телевиз MN25
Mongolian National Educational Channel Боловсрол Суваг EduTV
New Television NTV Телевиз NTV
Mongolian Radio and Television Broadcasting Network Монголын Үндэсний Олон Нийтийн Телевиз MRTBN
  Norfolk Island Norfolk Island Broadcasting Service Norfolk Island Broadcasting Service VL2NI
  North Korea The Radio and Television Broadcasting Committee of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea 조선중앙방송위원회 KRT
  Pakistan Hum Network Limited HUM TV
Shalimar Recording & Broadcasting Company ATV/SRBC
  Philippines ABS-CBN Corporation ABS-CBN
TV5 Network, Inc. TV5
Radio Philippines Network/Nine Media Corporation RPN/Nine Media
Philippine Broadcasting Service PBS
Solar Entertainment Corporation Solar
GMA Network GMA
  Solomon Islands Telekom Television
  South Korea Educational Broadcasting System 한국교육방송공사 EBS
Seoul Broadcasting System 주식회사에스비에스 SBS
  Sri Lanka EAP Holdings EAP Broadcasting Company EAP
Independent Television Network Limited Independent Television Network Limited ITN
MBC Networks MBC Networks (Pvt) Limited MBC Radio
MTV Channel MTV Channel (Pvt) Limited MTV
Asset Radio Broadcasting Asset Radio Broadcasting (Pvt) Limited Neth FM
Carlton Sports Network Carlton Sports Network CSN
Power House Power House LTD TV Derana
VIS Broadcasting VIS Broadcasting (Pvt) Ltd. VIS
  Thailand Thai Public Broadcasting Service องค์การกระจายเสียงและแพร่ภาพสาธารณะแห่งประเทศไทย TPBS
  Vietnam VTC Digital Television Truyền hình kỹ thuật số VTC VTC

Associate membersEdit

Countries with Associate ABU Membership.
  • Below is a list of associate members of the ABU. These are international broadcasters beyond the ABU region, and national broadcasting associations.[3]
Country Broadcasting organisation National script Abbr.
  Australia Commercial Radio Australia Limited Commercial Radio Australia Limited CRA
CVC Network Limited CVC Network Limited CVC
  France France Télévisions Organismes Français de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision OFRT
  Germany German National Broadcasting (Deutsche Welle) Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen
Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Second German Television Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen ZDF
  Hong Kong Cable TV Hong Kong 香港有線電視 HKCTV
Phoenix Television 鳳凰衛視控股有限公司 Phoenix TV
Dim Sum Television 點心衛視 Dim Sum TV
PCCW Media Limited 電訊盈科有限公司 Now TV
  Japan National Association of Commercial Broadcasters in Japan 日本民間放送連盟 JBA
  Indonesia PT Media Televisi Indonesia METRO TV
PT Indonusa Telemedia Telkomvision
PT Karyamegah Adijaya Aora TV
  Malaysia ASTRO All Asia Networks plc AAAN
U Television Holdings Sdn Bhd U Television
  Mauritius Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation MBC
  Micronesia Federated States of Micronesia Broadcasting Service FSMBS
  Mongolia Eagle Broadcasting Company Ийгл Телевиз EBC
BTV Television "BTV" Television
Supervision Broadcasting Network Television SBN Телевиз SBN
  Netherlands Radio Netherlands Worldwide Radio Nederland Wereldomroep RNW
  New Zealand Radio New Zealand
  • Radio New Zealand (English)
  • Te Reo Irirangi o Aotearoa (Māori)
  Norway Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation Norsk rikskringkasting NRK
  Pakistan Geo Independent Media Corporation Ltd Geo Television Geo
  Philippines Association of Broadcasters of the Philippines Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas KBP
  Qatar Al Jazeera English قناة الجزيرة حاصلة AJE
  Russia All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company Всероссийская государственная телевизионная и радиовещательная компания VGTRK
Alternative Irkutsk Studio of TV AIST
  Singapore MediaCorp TV MediaCorp Pte Ltd MediaCorp TV
   Switzerland Swiss Broadcasting Corporation
  • Radio- und Fernsehgesellschaft (German)
  • Société suisse de radiodiffusion et télévision (French)
  • Società svizzera di radiotelevisione (Italian)
  • Societad svizra da radio e televisiun (Romansh)
  United Kingdom British Broadcasting Corporation British Broadcasting Corporation BBC
  USA American Broadcasting Company American Broadcasting Companies ABC
CBS Corporation CBS Corporation VIACOM/CBS
National Association of Broadcasters National Association of Broadcasters NAB
Turner Broadcasting System Turner Broadcasting System TBS
Voice of America Voice of America VOA
Trans World Radio Trans World Radio TWR

Institutional membersEdit

Countries with ABU Institutional Membership.
Country Broadcasting organisation National script Abbr.
  Belgium International News Safety Institute International News Safety Institute INSI
  Germany PRIX JEUNESSE International
  Hong Kong Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia CASBAA
   Switzerland Digital Radio Mondiale Digital Radio Mondiale DRM
  Thailand Asia-Pacific Telecommunity Asia Pacific Telecommunity APT
  United Kingdom Association for International Broadcasting The Association for International Broadcasting AIB
International News Safety Institute International News Safety Institute INSI
WorldDMB WorldDMB WorldDMB
  USA International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences IATAS
United Nations Department of Public Information United Nations Department of Public Information UN-DPI

Affiliated membersEdit

Countries with Affiliated ABU Membership.
Country Broadcasting organisation National script Abbr.
  Australia Radio Frequency Systems Radio Frequency Systems RFS
Broadcast Australia Broadcast Australia
Globecast Australia Globecast Australia
Asia Media Monitors Sdn. Bhd. Asia Media Monitors Sdn. Bhd. AMM
  Canada International Business Communications Consultants International Business Communications Consultants IBC Consultants
  France Eutelsat Eutelsat S.A
  Germany LS telcom AG Lstelcom
  Hong Kong AsiaSat Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited AsiaSat
Bloomberg L.P. Bloomberg
ITV Choice ITV International Hong Kong
  India Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited BECIL
Network 1 Pvt Ltd N1
Induslnd Media and Communications Limited Induslnd Media and Communications Limited IMCL
Technomedia Solutions Technomedia Solutions Ptv Ltd Technomedia
  Indonesia First Media PT First Media Tbk First Media
Indosat PT Indonesia Satellite Corporation Tbk Indosat
PT Adhi Karya PT. Adhi Karya (Persero) Tbk AKV
  Italy Deltatre SPA
  Japan SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation スカパーJSAT株式会社 SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation
NHK Enterprise
NHK Integrated Technology NHK ITEC
NHK International
NHK Global Media Services NHK G-Media
SoftBank Telecom ソフトバンクテレコム株式会社 Softbank Telecom
  Jordan Arab Radio and Television Network Arab Radio and Television ART
  Kazakhstan OKNO-TV Kazakhstan OKNO-TV Kazakhstan
  Mauritius Multi Carrier Multi Carrier (Mauritius) Limited MCML
  Myanmar Forever Group Forever Group
  Malaysia Celcom Celcom Axiata Berhad' CELCOM
MEASAT Satellite Systems MEASAT Satellite Systems MEASAT
Outsourced Broadcast Networks on
  Pakistan Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority Pakistan Electronic Media Regulator Authority PEMRA
  Philippines Mabuhay Satellite Corporation Mabuhay Investment Corporation MIC
ABC Development Corporation - ADC
  Singapore Ascent Media Corporation Ascent Media Corporation Ascent Media
KIT Digital Benchmark Broadcast Systems (S) Pte. Ltd. BSS
Globecast Asia Globecast Asia Pte Ltd GCA
Intelsat Singapore Pte Ltd Intelsat
Media Development Authority 媒体发展管理局 MDA
Motion Picture Association Motion Picture Association International MPA
NewTec Asia Pacific Pte Ltd NewTec
PCCW Global (Singapore) Pte Ltd 電訊盈科有限公司 PCCW
Telesto Broadcast Solutions
Editec International
Sony Entertainment Television Sony Electronics Asia Pacific SET
Plisch Broadcast Asia Pacific
  South Africa Sentech Sentech Sentech
  South Korea Korean Broadcasting Institute KBI
  Sri Lanka Worldwide Global Media Limited YA*TV
  Sweden Dolby Sweden
   Switzerland Digital Video Broadcasting DVB
  Tonga Tonga Broadcasting Commission Komisoni Fakamafolalea Tonga TBC
  United Kingdom VT Communications United Kingdom VT Group Plc VT Communications
International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers IABM
Broadcast UK Limited Radioscape
  USA Pacific Television Center PacTV
Radio Free Asia RFA
Pacific Satellite Connection PACSAT

Other activitiesEdit

Emergency Warning Broadcasting System (EWBS) for the Asia-Pacific regionEdit

EWBS development work has focused on identifying a suitable country code methodology. This system of codes has now been standardised by ITU-R. The General Assembly in Beijing endorsed the work carried out by the TC and issued an ABU Declaration calling all members to encourage their respective governments to implement an EWBS system.[citation needed]

ABU Engineering Excellence AwardsEdit

Veronica Pedrosa of Al Jazeera addressing an ABU conference

ABU Engineering Industry Excellence Award and ABU Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award are presented annually to broadcast personalities who have made significant contributions respectively to their organisations and to the industry as a whole. They are selected from nominations made by ABU members and followed by an evaluation process by a panel of judges. The Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award is being sponsored by Broadcast and Professional Pacific Asia Company (BPPA). The award includes a study tour of Sony research facilities.[citation needed]


The ABU publishes the ABU News magazine while the Technical Department publishes the Technical Review. Both publications are published quarterly. They are sent free to members and non-affiliates and published in print version, downloadable in PDF format through the ABU's Publications area of the ABU's website and on ABU's app on Android. The ABU also publishes books related to broadcasting which is available in print.

Inter-union activitiesEdit

The World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) brings together eight unions including the ABU. The WBU has a number of specialised forums, including the International Satellite Operations Group (WBU-ISOG) and the Technical Committee (WBU-TC). The ABU is an active member of both.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "ABU TV and Radio Song Festival 2012". Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  2. ^ "ABU General Assembly 2012 Seoul". Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d "ABU Members". Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  4. ^ Granger, Anthony. "Lebanon: Radio Liban Joins The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union". Eurovoix. Retrieved 23 June 2017.

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