Thursday, March 31, 2011

Japanese broadcasters win praise

Japan's broadcasters won praise from their Asian colleagues today for their work in providing news and emergency information about the earthquake and tsunami that struck on 11 March.

Members of the ABU's daily news exchange, Asiavision, expressed their admiration for the efforts of Japan's broadcasters in covering the worst disaster to hit Japan in decades.

At a meeting in Langkawi, Malaysia, Asiavision members noted the key role of Japanese broadcasters as providers of emergency information and expressed their full support.

They also expressed their condolences to those who lost loved ones in the disaster.

Japan's public broadcaster, NHK, is a member of Asiavision and has been proving the news exchange with daily coverage of the disaster and its aftermath. It is also the official provider of emergency warning of disasters.

Japan's commercial broadcasters, too, have been providing continuous news coverage. For the first three days after the earthquake and tsunami, TBS aired news without any commercial breaks.

(Source : Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union)

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