ITU and World Broadcasting Unions launch African news and programming exchange project with AUB

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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) which include the European Broadcasting Union have declared their support for establishment of a satellite broadcast network for TV & Radio contribution and exchange services for members of the African Union of Broadcasters (AUB), which brings together national public service and commercial broadcasters throughout Africa.

Based on ASBU’s MENOS (Multimedia Exchange Network Over Satellite) system, the AUB system is aimed primarily at enabling professional broadcasters to share video and audio material across the African continent. It will enable the exchanges between the 48 active member broadcasters of the AUB and also exchanges between African broadcasters (both public & private) and the rest of the world of news, culture, sports and other programming. The project will also address the technological and economic challenges faced by the AUB members concerned in implementing the project.

“The creation of an African exchange of news and programming will bring Africa back into the world network of satellite exchanges such as Eurovision and Asiavision, allowing all broadcasters of the world to access and exchange contents on a mutual and cooperative basis,” said EBU Director General Ingrid Deltenre. “It will enable the African continent to be seen and heard by the world, and we look forward to working with the AUB as it enters the digital era.”  

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