The Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) has felicitated Mayank Agarwal, CEO, Prasar Bharati by conferring upon him the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2022 during its inaugural session in an award ceremony that was presided over by Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur.
Speaking on the occasion, Anurag Thakur credited the AIBD leadership during the COVID pandemic for keeping the member countries connected online and maintaining a constant dialogue on how media can mitigate the impact of the pandemic. He noted, “member countries were immensely benefitted through sharing of information on the latest developments in the medical field, positive stories of Covid warriors and more importantly in countering fake news which was spreading faster than the pandemic.”
Also, present on the occasion were Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Dr. L Murugan, Secretary, I&B Shri Apurva Chandra, and Director, AIBD, Philomena Gnanapragasam.
While Agarwal highlighted that with an increase in the use of the internet in broadcasting, training journalists in cyber security journalism has become imperative. He added that AIBD is the first set up to take this up as part of its training programs.
Sharing her views Director, AIBD, Philomena Gnanapragasam said that content is going to determine the future of media, and how the content is shared and monetized will determine the future of broadcasting. She also thanked all the delegates and representatives of various organizations for their presence.
Radio Television Brunei was given the Appreciation Award for 2021 while the award in the same category for 2022 was shared by the Ministry of Economy, Civil Service, Communications, Housing and Community Development, the Republic of Fiji, and Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.
Khieu Khanharith, Minister of Information and Communication, Cambodia received the lifetime achievement award for 2021.
The event also had representation from foreign missions in India, delegates from the AIBD member countries, Officers from Prasar Bharati, and different wings of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, and the Government of India.
In 1977 AIBD was established under the aegis of UNESCO. With its secretariat located in Kuala Lumpur AIBD is hosted by the Government of Malaysia.
The AIBD currently has 26 Full Members (countries), represented by 43 organizations, and 50 Affiliate Members (organizations). With a pan-global network, it has over 50 partners in Asia, the Pacific, Europe, Africa, Arab States, and North America.