Int’l news agency’s representatives call for enhancing professional cooperation

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ISLAMABAD, May 13 (APP):The representatives of various international news agencies Sunday expressed the need for enhancing professional cooperation, especially prompt exchange of video news footages and pictures to meet the growing demand of TV channels.
The two-day International Conference of News Agencies, organised by Associated
Press of Pakistan, is being held here at a hotel under the theme “Pakistan’s Media –
Opportunities and Challenges” with special focus on ‘News Agencies – Emerging
Professional Challenges.’
Eliswan Azly, a representative of Indonesian news agency Antara told APP that they
wanted to expand news exchange with APP. A system must be devised for prompt exchange of news, especially videos, he added.
He said there were 113 channels in Indonesia, and Antara needed footages from
Pakistan.
Antara has a wide coverage network across the globe, producing nearly 1300 news
stories daily. It has 300 subscribers and 60 percent of the funds are provided by the
government.
Antara plans to disseminate news stories and video footages to newspapers and TV
channels free of charge in next two years.
Gunel Melikov, a representative of Azerbaijan’s news agency AzerTec said she was
very happy to come to Pakistan as Pakistanis were hospitable people.
Michalis Psilos, Chief Executive Officer of Greek news agency ANA expressed the
need for inking a news exchange agreement with the APP saying Pakistan was a very
important country. He said Greece wanted to promote bilateral relations with Pakistan.
He said over 100,000 Pakistanis were working in Greece and contributing in the
progress and prosperity of Greece.
The International Conference of News Agencies would surely help enhance working
relations among the participating countries.
He said he had come to Pakistan for the first time and hoped his visit would help
strengthen bilateral relations.
He said he was excited to know that Islamabad’s Master Plan was designed by
a Greek architect engineer and town planner Dr. Constantinos Apostolou Doxiadis
(1913-1975). Islamabad is a very beautiful city, he added.
Muhammad Usman of Sudan News Agency (SNA) felt the need for a prompt and
efficient news exchange service. He said he had come to Pakistan for the first time
and would like to come here again.
He lauded the friendly atmosphere in Pakistan, saying such conferences could
help enhance bilateral cooperation.