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Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union and Malaysia's IPPTAR Named Winners of IABM Tom McGann Award

Both Organizations Honored for Their Commitment to Develop New Training Courses for Broadcast Engineers

The IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) today announced that the Asia/Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and Malaysia's Tun Abdul Razak Broadcasting and Information Institute (IPPTAR) are joint recipients of the 2010 IABM Tom McGann Training Award. The ABU and IPPTAR are being recognized for a new series of training courses designed to prepare Asian broadcast engineers for the technical realities of today's complex broadcasting operations and to further develop skilled engineers to themselves become trainers.

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"In our most recent Industry Trends Survey, broadcasters cited a shortage of highly skilled engineers and other technical resources as a key barrier to success. Training is vital to sustain the future of our industry, and we believe there is no shortage of people all over the world with the drive and enthusiasm to succeed — they just need access to relevant courses from qualified training providers," said Peter White, director general of the IABM. "We congratulate IPPTAR and the ABU for rising to this challenge and providing courses that will help broadcast engineers throughout Asia develop their skills and gain a more thorough understanding of today's broadcasting environment. We particularly commend IPPTAR and ABU for their emphasis on developing a new class of trainers, which will be of great value not only to those who participate but also their employers."

Based in Kuala Lumpur, IPPTAR is a division of the Malaysia Ministry of Information, Communication, and Culture that offers professional courses in the broadcasting field, with an emphasis on program production and radio/television engineering. The ABU is an international broadcasting organization that works in conjunction with IPPTAR to organize relevant programs and activities for its members, including seminars, conferences, media dialogues, the Asia Media Summit, and relevant training courses for broadcasters in the Asia Pacific region.

The IABM Tom McGann Training Award provides funding to recognized universities or training institutions around the world who wish to develop and deliver new broadcast engineering coursework, with the goal of extending training to professionals who would otherwise not be able to access dedicated instruction in broadcast and media technology related topics. Through the Tom McGann Award, the IABM grants £20,000 (approximately $32,000 or €23,000) annually to enable the development and delivery of these new training programs.

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About The IABM

The IABM, the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers, is the authoritative voice of the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide. Its wide range of services to members encompasses market research and intelligence, expert representation at standards bodies and broadcasting unions, executive networking opportunities, and preferential purchasing. A presence at every major broadcast tradeshow, the IABM also provides a valuable channel for communication between broadcast manufacturers, government, and regulatory bodies. Additional IABM activities include awards programs for innovation and scholarships designed to stimulate the development of the broadcast and electronic media industries on an international basis.

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