The conference, to be inaugurated by Dasmunshi, is likely to be
attended by more than 250 delegates from over 100 Commonwealth nations.
While Prasar Bharati CEO KS Sarma will deliver the welcome address,
I&B secretary SK Arora will give the keynote address.
Though the list of speakers almost looks like a media list of who’s
who of the Commonwealth nations, the attractions include the media-shy
NDTV president Roy who is speaking on the first day on `Making a
Income and Impact’.
On the second day, Prasar Bharati’s Sarma and Zee Telefilms director
Punit Goenka are slated to speak on `New Content, New platforms’.
Doordarshan DG Navin Kumar, BBC World Service and Global News
director Richard Sambrook and South African Broadcasting Corporation
group CEO Dali Mpofu will share their thoughts on `Survival Strategies
for Public Broadcasters’.
Other key speakers include the Commonwealth secretary-general Rt
Hon Don McKinnon, Irene Khan, secretary-general of Amnesty International,
AIR’s director-general B. Singh and UNESCO additional director-general
(communication & information) Abdul Waheed Khan.
Apart from live demonstrations on the emerging medium of podcasting,
a 30-minute compilation of items about the Commonwealth and about
Commonwealth countries and peoples, titled `Pick of the Commonwealth’
will be made available as a podcast.
This means that anyone can subscribe (free) to the programme,
and receive automatic downloads. Full instructions and how to make
use of this new service are on www.cba.org.uk/pick. It is presented
by Robin White, formerly with the BBC World Service. The programme
has a shelf-life of a month and is downloadable in broadcast quality.
The CBA Awards will be presented on the evening of 16 February
at a dinner at which Sir Mark Tully will be the master of ceremonies.
NDTV, ABC, Bharat Sanchar Nigam, BBC World Service, Indian Broadcasting
Foundation (IBF), ONGC and the British Council in India are some
of the major sponsors. Exhibitors include SHAF Broadcast, BBC World
Service Trust, ABC Asia Pacific, VT Communications, Inscriber, Red
Bee, Teko Telecom and Prasar Bharati.