Iran was voted as the new President of the AIBD General Conference in the election held during the 42nd Annual Gathering/15th AIBD General Conference and Associated Meetings in Tehran, Iran on 26 August 2016.

Sri Lanka was elected as the Vice President of the General Conference, replacing Bangladesh.

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Broadcasters in Asia-Pacific need to adapt to changes driven by accelerating technologies and pervasive influence of modern media and social networks. They must, however, be wary of the authenticity of some information and news that broadband media generates.

Dr Ali Askari, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), delivered this message during the inauguration ceremony of the 42nd Annual Gathering/15th AIBD General Conference held in Tehran, Iran on 25 August 2016.

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AIBD undertook 33 training workshops covering mostly areas dealing with TV and radio production, children’s programmes, disaster risk reduction and new media from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.

Close to 700 broadcasters from Asia-Pacific benefitted from these in-country, sub-regional and regional activities.

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AIBD’s Executive Board (EXBO) proposed some approaches to beef up AIBD’s finances and identified training programmes to meet member countries’ needs.

In the 15th AIBD General Conference EXBO Meeting held in Tehran Iran on 25 August 2016, Mrs Dra Rosaria Niken Widiastuti, Director General of Information and Public Communication, Ministry of Communication, Information Technology, Indonesia, recommended to expand cooperation with international institutions for funding assistance.

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