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Indian Government centrestage at CASBAA Convention 2008

07-October-2008
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Indian Government centrestage at CASBAA Convention 2008

The Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) will host two of India’s seniormost officials governing broadcasting and telecommunications policy at the CASBAA Convention 2008, to be held in Hong Kong on October 28-30.

The participation in the CASBAA Convention 2008 of Secretary for the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Sushma Singh, and Nripendra Misra, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), marks the latest additions to a strong international conference line-up.

Both Singh and Misra will separately discuss the development of India’s booming broadcasting and telecoms sectors during intimate ‘one-to-one’ conversations at CASBAA’s ‘Subscribe to the Future - All eyes are on Asia’ Conference. The Association also announced the addition of Norm Johnston, CEO - EMEA of Mindshare Interaction, as a keynote speaker for the Convention 2008.

CASBAA Chairman Marcel Fenez said that the presence of India’s administrative leadership further emphasised the Association’s unique role as a meeting point for the region’s commercial interests and policy-makers.

He added, “CASBAA and its annual Convention provide a centerpiece for the regional pay TV industry. During this annual meeting of Asia Pacific market makers, strategies are mapped out and key decisions are taken. This year’s gathering couldn’t be more crucial for the future of our industry.”

The ‘In conversation’ and ‘one-on-one’ segments with Barry Diller of InterActiveCorp, India’s Sushma Singa and Nripendra Misra, Dr Abe Peled of NDS, and Phil Lines of EPL would be in addition to the formal presentations from Ben Pyne of Disney Media Networks, Darren Childs of BBC Worldwide Channels and Norm Johnston of Mindshare Interaction.

Other highlighted speakers include Roma Khanna of NBC Universal, Peter Iacono of ITV Global Entertainment Ltd and John Tsang, the Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Government, reinforced by the presence of Gyu Seok Oh, CEO of C&M, Korea’s largest cable TV operator. There would also be a newly designated digital cable segment featuring all of Taiwan’s leading MSOs, plus a hand-picked team drawn from battle-hardened emerging markets such as Pakistan, Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

The CASBAA Convention 2008 also features other hot topics, including broadcast technologies like webTV, Internet video and digital content, which Paul Mitchell, GM, Policy & Standards, Entertainment & Devices of Microsoft, and Gautam Anand, Head of Content Partnerships, AP of Google, would analyse how new media tools reformed the television industry.

The CASBAA Convention 2008 is presented by InvestHK, supported by Asia Broadcast Satellite, AGB Nielsen Media Research, Al Jazeera International, Arianespace, Arqiva, AsiaSat, Bloomberg, BBC World News, CBIT, Celestial Pictures, CNBC Asia Pacific, Cisco, CSM, Deutsche Welle, Disney-ABC International Television (Asia Pacific), Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Eurosport, Euronews, Eutelsat, Fashion TV, Genesis Networks, GlobeCast, Harmonic, HBO Asia, Intelsat, ITV, Measat, MediaFLO, MGM, now TV, Paul Weiss, PCCW, Playboy, PricewaterhouseCoopers, RTVE Corporation, Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, Russia Today, SAT-GE, Synovate, Tandberg Television, TBN, TNS, Travel Channel, TV5MONDE, Turner, Universal Electronics and Verimatrix.

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