The world's radio and television broadcasting organisations have been meeting in the Egyptian capital of Cairo to discuss improved use of the news media.
GV EXTERIOR Meridian Hotel, cairo, Egypt
SV INTERIOR Egyptian Premier Mamdouh Salem and party entering hall
SV Delegates attending meeting
SV Premier Salem speaking in Arabic
SV European Economic Community delegates seated at table
SV PAN FROM Latin American television delegation TO representatives of International Television and Radio Organisation
SV PAN UPITN and Visnews delegations
SV Delegates seated listening
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Background: The world's radio and television broadcasting organisations have been meeting in the Egyptian capital of Cairo to discuss improved use of the news media. Representatives from the various organisations had their first meeting on Thursday (2 June).
SYNOPSIS: The meeting was at the capital's Meridien Hotel and was opened by Egypt's Prime Minister, Mamdouh Salem. The News Workshop -- as it was called -- was sponsored by the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU). Delegations arrived from all over the world to take part.
The Cairo meeting was the second of its type. The first was held in the West German city of Cologne in April, 1973. That workshop set out certain recommendations for the various organisations to follow. It emphasised the importance of the news media and called on broadcasting organisations of the rich industrialise nations to help those of the developing countries. But it is in the area of technical assistance that the poorer nations have been most critical in the past.
The world's news media has traditionally been dominated by broadcasting organisations with their bases in the industrialised countries. Many Latin American, African, Arab and Asian leaders have been calling for a change in this system. They have said the developing nations show not have to rely on what they see as an outside source. They have called for the creation of a news agency that will simply cater for the needs of the Third World.
Delegates at the Cairo conference will be discussing how they can best achieve greater cooperation between the international broadcasting organisations. Many feel that it is through such cooperation that the needs of the developing nations can be better met than by the creation of a new and separate agency.