Indian government takes centre stage at CASBAA

Mumbai: The Cable & Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) will host India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) Secretary Sushma Singh and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman Nripendra Misra at the CASBAA Convention 2008 in Hong Kong from 28 – 30 October.

The two Indian officials will separately discuss the development of India’s booming broadcasting and telecoms sectors during intimate one-to-one conversations during CASBAA’s Subscribe to the Future – All eyes are on Asia conference on 29 and 30 October. The Association also announced the addition of Mindshare Interaction CEO EMEA Norm Johnston as a keynote speaker for the Convention.

"CASBAA and its annual Convention provide a centerpiece for the regional pay-TV industry," said CASBAA chairman Marcel Fenez. "During this annual meeting of Asia Pacific market makers, strategies are mapped out and key decisions really are taken. This year’s gathering couldn’t be more crucial for the future of our industry."

CASBAA says the series of In conversation and one-on-one segments with Barry Diller of InterActiveCorp, Sushma Singa of MIB, Dr. Abe Peled of NDS, Nriprendra Misra of TRAI and Phil Lines of EPL, will add spice 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 Hong Kong Government Financial Secretary John Tsang, reinforced by the presence of C&M CEO Gyu Seok Oh, Korea’s largest cable TV operator. Also fresh to the roster for CASBAA Convention 2008 is 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, staged at the CASBAA Dome in West Kowloon, Hong Kong, also features other hot topics including broadcast technologies like webTV, internet video and digital content which Microsoft GM policy & standards, entertainment & devices Paul Mitchell and Google head content partnerships, AP Gautam Ananad will analyse how new media tools reform the television industry.