The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union has a new president, Dr. Kim In-kyu.
Kim is CEO and president of KBS in Korea and he previously served as vice president of the ABU. His term begins immediately and will last until the end of 2014.
Acting ABU President Datuk Ibrahim Yahaya, media and broadcast advisor to the Malaysian Minister of Information, Communication and Culture, resumes his position as ABU vice president until the end of 2012.
(From left) Vice President Datuk Ibrahim Yahaya, President Dr. Kim In-kyu, Vice President Naoji Ono, Vice President Murtaza Solangi form the leadership of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. With them is Secretary-General Dr. Javad Mottaghi
Naoji Ono, executive Vice president of Japanese public-service broadcaster NHK was elected ABU vice president, taking over the position vacated by Kim. His term will last until the end of 2014.
Murtaza Solangi, director-general of state-run Radio Pakistan, also serves as an ABU vice president.
In other moves at the General Assembly, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting was elected to the ABU Administrative Council, and Mongolian National Broadcaster and Radio and Television of the People’s Republic of China were re-elected to three-year terms on the council.
During the General Assembly, ABU admitted four new full members — ABC Development Corp. of the Philippines, Carlton Sports Network of Sri Lanka, Telekom Television Ltd. of the Solomon Islands, and Biz Broadcasting of Pakistan — and two affiliate members — Snell Asia Pacific and Ateme.
The assembly, hosted by Indian public-service broadcasting organization Prasar Bharati, drew about 500 attendees from 46 nations. Next year, KBS will host the 49th ABU General Assembly in Seoul in October 2012.