Broadcast India 2002 scheduled for end October

MUMBAI: The Broadcast India Exhibition & Symposium will take place from 29 October to 2 November in Mumbai.

The symposium will be held on 29 and 30 October at the YB Chavan Centre in south Mumbai. The second Seagate Technical Awards for Excellence in Digital Technology in the Cinema and Television will take place on 30 October. The exhibition will follow at the World Trade Centre.

According to an official release, 80 per cent of the stand space has been booked by labels in the broadcast, film and multimedia trade like JVC, Sony, Panasonic, Matrox, RCS and Canon. A highlight this year will be the Spanish Pavillion which will be spread across one entire hall in the WTC.

The release states that the event has grown from 34 exhibitors and 3000 trade visitors in 1991 to 350 exhibitors and over 22,000 visitors. Last year saw over 30 countries participating. The report of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) and their American survey agency states that the entertainment industry of India is poised for a boom. It is expected to grow from Rs 130 billion in 2001 to Rs 165 billion in 2002 to Rs 196 billion next year. It is expected to reach Rs 293 billion by 2006, the release says.

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