KBS has just announced that its President and CEO Mr Ko Dae-young will be leading the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU). Ko will be the fourth in Korea to take the position of the ABU president, following Mr Kim In-kyu in 2011, Mr Gil Hwan-young in 2013, and Mr Cho Dae-hyun in 2014.
Till date, Mr Ko Dae-young has more than 30 years of experience in public broadcasting and has held key positions including foreign correspondent to Moscow, Russia. He will be receiving an Award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television at this year’s Asian Television Awards held at Suntec Singapore on 2 December.
The election was held at the General Assembly in Bali, Indonesia on 25 October. According to the report by KBS, Mr. Ko emphasized in his acceptance speech that he will focus on developing strategies for the ABU members to be able to challenge the rapidly changing digital media environment and produce content with competitive edge. He also added that he will share KBS’ experience as the nation’s primary emergency broadcaster to help the members fulfill their role to protect lives and properties of people in times of natural disasters exacerbated by the climate change.
The ABU was formed in 1964 and is currently the largest international organization of broadcasters in the region, consisting 278 members from 69 countries spread across the region and beyond.