Khabar Agency will cooperate with TDM Macau Channel, a state television channel of Macau. The media companies have signed a memorandum to exchange news content, TV series and documentary films. The parties also plan to share experiences by providing internships as well as conduct joint trainings and seminars. The agreement was signed at the Asia Media Dialogue event, which is currently ongoing in Astana. The event is the first major collaboration project between Kazakhstan and Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union. Khabar Agency is a full member of the union alongside other media organizations from over 100 countries.

DINARA ABAKAYEVA, HEAD OF DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION DEPARTMENT, KHABAR AGENCY:

- Last year, at the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union General Assembly, Khabar Agency was elected for the Administrative Council which is the second body after the General Assembly that makes important decisions regarding the work of the union. We were elected to the Administrative Council and next year the meeting will be held in Macau. The delegation invited our Agency to attend the Administrative Council next year.

Asia Media Dialogue is a platform where local journalists and media managers have an opportunity to gain new knowledge, share experiences and participate in conferences and master classes. One of the most interesting trainings was a workshop conducted by Australian radio journalists. The journalists have more than 25 years of working experience in the industry. Paul Amos and Ronnie Stanton spoke to the participants of the master class about starting a radio station from scratch. According to the Australian speakers, radio is experiencing tough competition with other media platforms and social networks in the 21st century, and therefore, radio journalists need to work hard to retain its audience.

RONNIE STANTON, MEDIA COACH, RONNIE STANTON MEDIA:

 - It’s the battle for radio all over the world. our competition is no longer just the radio station across the street. It’s Youtube, it’s Facebook, it’s Netflix, it’s everything that’s entertaining. And so it forces us to be better. It forces us to be more focused on our audience, it forces us to be engaging, to be topical and to really feel like part of the fabric of where we are broadcasting.

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