Association of television and radio networks in the Asia-Pacific region, the creation of ABU was preceded by five Asian Broadcasters' Conferences (between 1957 and 1963) initiated by Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK). It has today 102 members in about 50 countries and areas
To establish relationships with organizations of broadcasting and other entities
To promote and coordinate the study of all the problems involved in broadcasting, and to ensure the exchange of information on all these matters
To encourage any initiative taken for the development of broadcasting in general, and especially in its use for purposes of education and national development.
The ABU’s activities include: a daily satellite TV news exchange (Asiavision); co-production and exchange of programmes; negotiating rights for major sports events and organising coverage; technical, programming and management consultancy services; advising members on copyright and legal matters; rights-free content acquisition for developing countries; representing members in international forums; international frequency planning and coordination; organizing seminars, workshops and training courses; annual competition for radio and television programmes (ABU Prizes); a robot competition for engineering students (Robocon); publication of ABU News and Technical Review.