Taiwanese TV Head to address indigenous broadcasters

The president and chief executive of the Public Television Service (PTS) of Taiwan, Yuan-hui Hu, will join an esteemed line-up of featured guest speakers at the first ever gathering of indigenous television leaders from throughout the world.

Online registrations are now open for the inaugural World Indigenous Television Broadcasting Conference to be hosted by Maori Television in Auckland from March 26-28, 2008. Leaders, producers and planners involved in indigenous and public television must register at www.witbc.org before October 30 this year to receive a special early bird rate.

Maori Television chief executive Jim Mather says the conference will feature internationally renowned speakers who are industry experts in the fields of broadcasting, media and indigenous languages; a conference dinner to honour the contribution of indigenous broadcasting; and the launch of a World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network.

Other featured guest speakers include the leader of Welsh-language channel S4C, John Walter Jones; the chief executive of Australia’s first national indigenous television service, Patricia Turner; and the chief executive of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) in Canada, Jean LaRose.

Mr Hu has worked in the media for 25 years, initially in the newspaper industry as a reporter for the United Daily News. He joined the Independence News Group, first as the assignment editor and later as editor-in-chief, and became president and editor-in-chief of the Independence Daily in Australia in 1994.

Mr Hu moved into television in 1996, working as news executive of TVBS and Formosa Television and then general manager of Taiwan Television Enterprise. Before joining the Public Television Service, he was president of the Central News Agency.

“Taiwan’s indigenous television channel, ITV, became part of the nation’s public television system under the administration of PTS at the beginning of this year,” Mr Mather says. “As president and chief executive of PTS, Mr Hui will provide the conference with a first-hand insight into how his organisation has gone about structuring ITV to ensure the indigenous broadcaster retains its independence, identity and voice.”

Leaders, producers and planners involved in indigenous and public television can register their interest to attend the World Indigenous Television Broadcasting Conference at www.witbc.org.

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