Asian media is raising concerns about the ‘invasion’ of globalised content on various screens that threatens local content and may necessitate government regulation such as imposing a content quota system to preserve local cultures in the region.

In Bhutan, Bollywood programmes and Korean dramas and variety shows have invaded local content, says Kinley Dorji, a journalist and Secretary, Ministry of Information of Bhutan during the Moderated Debate at the 13th Asia Media Summit in Incheon, Korea.

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The Arab State Broadcasting Union (ASBU) announced  it will continue to support the Asia Media Summit, 2017, the World Television Awards and pledged more Arab participation in the AMS 2017 to be held in May in Qingdao, Shandong Province, China.

Ms Moufida Limam, Chief, of the ASBU Director-General’s Office, Tunisia, made the commitment on 25 May 2016 during the 12th AIBD/ASBU/ABU Media Partnership Committee Meeting that took place during the Asia Media Summit in Incheon, Korea.

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Broadcasters were urged to preserve good content by digitising and managing it efficiently in order to share this valuable resource to future generations and enable companies to make some money.
 
“So much good content is stored in some offices and libraries of government agencies, private companies and broadcast organisations that unless this is digitised, it will simply vanish in three to five years,” Mr Sanajay Salil, Managing Director, MediaGuru, India, said in his presentation during the plenary session on “Monetising Content and Dealing with Copyright Issues” at the 13th Asia Media Summit on 26 May 2016 in Incheon, Korea.

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Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu of Bangladesh said on Tuesday traditional broadcasting and social media need not clash instead they should work towards harmonious integration in providing information, education and entertainment to audiences.

Despite being more professional, traditional broadcasting should be open to fine-tuning their products and services to response to the changing media landscape and audience needs, the Minister said.

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UN Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon expressed Tuesday his concern about the “increasingly restrictive environment for media workers in many countries,” saying that constraints on freedom of expression are shackles on progress itself.

“I will continue to urge all governments, politicians, businessmen, and citizens to commit to nurturing and protecting an independent, free media,” Mr Bank-Ki-Moon said in his message to some 300 broadcasters from Asia-Pacific attending the 13th Asia Media Summit (AMS) in Incheon, South Korea.

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Mr. Choi Yanghee, Korean Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) said on Tuesday that the Asia-Pacific region, home to four billion people and the world’s dynamic economy will be able to leverage its long history and rich cultural heritage to lead the development of global broadcasting content.

“We must continuously produce innovative and new media content to create added value and bring more joy to audience,” Minister Choi said in his keynote address at the inaugural session of the 13th Asia Media Summit (AMS) held in Incheon, Korea.

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