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New Delhi : Prasar Bharati achieved another global milestone in broadcasting on December 16, 2020, with its CEO, Shashi Shekhar Vempati, being elected as the Vice President of Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), one of the largest broadcasting associations in the world.

The election was held on December 16, 2020, during the General Assembly of the Union held virtually due to COVID-19. Vempati has been elected to the office of the Vice President, ABU, for three years with immediate effect.

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar congratulated Vempati on his election and has thanked all ABU members who voted in favour of India, according to a PIB release.

It may be mentioned here that almost all the Public Broadcasters of the member countries in the Asia Pacific region strongly supported the candidature of India’s Public Broadcaster which was forwarded by NHK Japan. The candidature of the nominee from China’s NRTA was unsuccessful, failing to garner support from any of the members paving the way for CEO Prasar Bharati India’s election to the Vice Presidency of ABU.

The Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union was formed in 1964 as a professional association of broadcasting organisations with over 286 members in 57 countries and regions reaching a potential population of about three billion people.

Prakash Javadekar
I congratulate Prasar Bharti CEO Mr Shashi Shekhar Vempati, for winning the election for the post of Vice President of Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union. Thanks to all the ABU members who voted in India’s favour.