• Conference Programme
    3rd Asia-Pacific - Europe Media Dialogue
    09:00 - 09:30
    Opening and Welcome
    Mr Georgică Severin, Acting Director General, Radio Romania
    Mr Lucian Romaşcanu, Minister of Culture and National Identity
    Mr Bogdan Toader, Chairman of Prahova County Council
    Dr Javad Mottaghi, Secretary General, ABU
    MC: Cătălin Ştefănescu, Producer, Romanian Television
    09:30 - 10:30
    Round Table Session - Trends in Media Development: Where exactly are we going?
    Trends in Media Development: Where exactly are we going?
    This session will see a Round-table discussion among the broadcasters of the ABU, EBU and other media organisations, addressing major trends in media development in their respective regions, now and into the future. In a world where technological advances are chasing audience demands, is the underlying objective for the media in the 21st Century to continue to deliver rich content to audiences still hold true? Can we continue to achieve excellence in broadcasting by making big improvements in content and delivery platforms? And what are the ageless drivers we still need in the new information age?

    Moderator: Jean Philip De Tender, Media Director, EBU
    David Jordan, Director, Editorial Policy & Standards, BBC, UK
    Fayyaz Sheheryar, Director General, Prasar Bharati – All India Radio, India
    Sally – Ann Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Public Media Alliance
    10:30 - 11:00
    Coffee Break
    11:00 - 11:45
    Session 1: Diversity and tolerance – media actors or observers ?
    As old borders break down and new barriers emerge, as millions of people flee oppression, war, poverty and climate change, what role can the media play in making the world a better place? This session aims to inspire dialogue on a subject at the heart of our century – diversity and tolerance. The media are often accused of perpetuating the stereotypes of gender, nationality, religious beliefs, ethnicity, employment, age and social status. Do we have a duty to break down these stereotypes and, if so, how can we do it in an ever-shifting world?

    Moderator: Alina Velea, International Relations Expert, Radio Romania
    John Maguire, Director of International Relations and Cooperation, France Medias Monde, France
    Simona Martorelli, Deputy Director, International Relations, Communication, External Relations, Institutional and International Affairs, RAI, Italy
    Yerlik Karazhan, Deputy General Director of the Kazmedia Center, Kazahstan
    11:45 - 12:30
    Session 2: The Digital Silk Road in practice - Generation What
    A presentation of the youth-oriented, global trans-media project that is uniting Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

    Moderator: Olya Booyar, ABU Head of Radio
    Nicola Caligiore, International Relations, RAI, Italy
    Tatsuhiro Beniko, Director of Programming, ABU
    12:30 - 14:00
    Lunch and Networking
    14:00 - 14:45
    Session 3: The digital silk road: Media merchants in the borderless world
    A panel of experts will lead a discussion how broadcasters and other media companies - the information merchants of the 21st Century - share with each other along the digital silk road between east and west? What can we contribute and what can we learn? The panel will look at aspects affecting the east-west trade and exchange of information merchandise, such as technical, cultural, ideological, and commercial and examine examples of cultural crossovers such as Eurovision and the ABU Radio and Television Song Festivals. There should be lights, music and a lot of action!

    Moderator: Jaya Mahajan, Head of Factual and Transmedia, Creative Stew, Malaysia
    Alexander Pletser, Coordinator of CIRCOM coproduction, Coordinator of European projects, RTBF, Belgium
    Daniel Brouyère, Counselor to the Direction RTBF, Director General URTI
    Olya Booyar, Head of Radio, ABU
    Atila Vizauer, Director of Cultural Media Center, Radio Romania
    14:45 - 15:15
    Coffee Break
    15:15 - 16:00
    Session 4: Social media – disruptive or constructive?
    A panel of experts will discuss how much of a help and how much a hindrance is social media to established broadcasters and also look at how broadcasters might change to extract the maximum positive value out of ‘disruptive’ developments. The discussion will range not only over technologies and content models but also over core principles of why we do what we do. Do we need broadcasters in the disruptive age and, if so, what for? The panellists will be brief to allow for a wide-ranging discussion amongst the delegates.

    Moderator: Steve Ahern, CEO, International Media and Broadcasting Academy (IMBA), Australia
    Carsten Dufner, Head of MDR Klassik digital, Germany
    Tuija Aalto, Head of Market Intelligence and Social Media, YLE Strategy & Media, Finland
    Dorji Wangchuk, Founder-Partner, Centennial Radio 101 FM, Bhutan
    Kartini Binti Kamalul Ariffin, Director of Radio, iM4U FM, Malaysia
    16:00 - 16:45
    Session 5: Is digital convergence finally here?
    For decades our industry has been anticipating the arrival of digital convergence between radio, television and new media. Has it finally arrived and, if so, is it what we thought it would be like? This session will address developing technologies for TV, radio, new broadcasting trends in content creation and distribution and in audience expectations and usage. And if convergence is here, will it stay or are we heading for divergence and fragmentation? We look at both the big picture and also in more detail at some of the key watershed advances that are changing the way broadcasters are handling content production, distribution and interactivity. This session will also examine how broadcasters and their unions can ensure that in the rush towards new technologies we do not widen the resources gap between rich and poor.

    Moderator: Ruxandra Obreja, Chairman, Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Consortium, UK
    Line Pettersen Langnes, Legal Senior Adviser, Norwegian Media Authority, Norway
    Wim Moortgat, Manager Radio Operation, VRT, Belgium
    Yuri Loburets, Director Radio, egta
    Masaru Takechi, Research Engineer, Hybridcast deployment NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories
    Jaya Mahajan, Head of Factual and Transmedia, Creative Stew, Malaysia
    16:45 - 17:30
    Session 6: Who do we trust: the challenges facing news media.
    Mistrust and cynicism about the professional media seems to be growing around the world, as people search for certainties in which they can believe and on which they can build their lives. In many societies the national media traditionally provided an anchor in the storm but do they still today? And if trust is declining, what can professional media do to re-establish it? Who can be regarded as the custodians of reputable reporting? This session will attempt to identify areas of best practice and showcase the best of professional practice around the world.

    Moderator: João Francisco Pinto, Chairperson, General Assembly of the Macau Portuguese and English Press Association, China
    Patrick Swanson, Social Media Coordinator, ORF, Austria
    Dominique D’Olne, Head of Radio News, RTBF, Belgium
    Akinori Hashimoto, Executive Controller, General Broadcasting Administration, NHK, Japan
    Introducing the next edition of MEDIA2020
    End of the Conference