Media Current Affairs - 2020

Madhukar Kamath elected chairman of Audit Bureau of Circulations

Madhukar Kamath, chairman emeritus of advertising firm DDB Mudra group, has been elected as chairman of Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) for year 2019-2020. He has more than 4 decades of experience in advertising and marketing services.

About Madhukar Kamath

He has also been president of Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) chairman of The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) and chairman of Mudra Foundation. He has been on the board of the industry body, which certifies circulation figures of its member publications. He also helped Omnicom acquire Mudra Group and integrate it into DDB Worldwide Network. He has served as chairman and mentor of brand consultancy Interbrand and has led several industry bodies.

About Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) of India

It is a not for profit circulation-auditing organisation. It is responsible for certifying and auditing the circulations of major publications, primarily of newspapers and magazines in India. It is a voluntary organisation, founded in 1948. It is private entity operating in different parts of the world. ABC’s services such as certificates of circulation are being availed by advertisers, publishers, advertising agencies and organisations connected with print media advertising.

16th Asia Media Summit concludes in Cambodia

The Asia Media Summit 2019 was organised in Siem Reap province, Cambodia from 12 June to 14 June 2019 to deliberate on many issues pertaining to media & broadcasting industry. The 15th Asia Media Summit (AMS-2018) was hosted by India. This year was 16th edition of summit.

Key Highlights for Summit

The two-day summit was held under topic of Media Digitalization Focusing on Developing Markets. It called for regulation-making to fight against fake news and cyber-crimes.

Organized By: The summit AMS was organized by Cambodian Ministry of Information in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD). More than 600 media representatives from 42 countries and regions participated in event.

Purpose: The participants focused the attention was on spread of disinformation/fake news and its impact on governments, media, private sector and society.

Concern: Cyber-crimes and fake news are threatening and posing severe risks to individual’s right and security in region as well as around the globe.

Outcome:

All participants discussed numerous approaches for combating disinformation or fake news, which includes strengthening regulations and ethical standards, verification process of information, media literacy initiatives etc. Also measures such as transparency by government and Media literacy training to teachers will help in combating misinformation to some extent.

The summit and pre-summit workshops addressed the concerns raised by digital media, which requires relevant authorities to make regulations to deal with anti-cybercrimes, fake news, and training people to raise awareness and enhance media profession.

An information ministerial meeting held on the sidelines of the summit, agreed to launch Angkor Fake News Initiative, a year-long research project to find out appropriate measures to counter fake news.

All the broadcasters and other media stakeholders were requested to counter fake news by strengthening law enforcement, as well as ethics and professionalism.

Significance: The use of digital technology and Industrial Revolution 4.0 (4th Industrial revolution) has encouraged media digitalization in market to increase its potential and enhance close cooperation to share information on media technology evolution and fight against fake news and cyber-crimes.

About Asia Media Summit

It is one of the leading international broadcasting events that provides opportunity for broadcasters, media practitioners, industry leaders, researchers, academia, experts and media policy makers from all over the world to meet and discuss about developing media’s quality and to cope up with challenges during the times of high technological revolution.