The first-ever Global Forum on Media and Gender: Towards a Global Alliance organised by UNESCO was held from 2 - 4 December 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. The purpose of this event on gender equality and media was to initiate processes that will link up to ongoing actions and add momentum to gender equality and women’s empowerment in and through the media.

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.

Following the success of the 1st International Conference on Broadcast Training (ICBT) held in February 2013, AIBD is proud to announce the second edition of the ICBT to be organised from 24 – 25 February 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in conjunction with the Tun Abdul Razak Broadcasting and Information Institute (IPPTAR), the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia (KKMM) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES).

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 two day in-house training on ISO & ISAS BCP Standards on Quality Management & Internal Auditing was organised by AIBD with the support of FES on 10 & 11 December 2013. All staff members of the Institute from the directorate, administration, programme, finance and IT departments participated.