We’re pleased to announce the names and projects of the eight broadcasters who have received this year’s CBA Travel Bursaries. As ever they demonstrate the value of knowledge and cultural exchange between national broadcasters across the world, and how they can learn from each other and benefit from fresh ideas.
The grants are awarded to employees of our member organisations to visit broadcasters in other Commonwealth countries to pursue projects that will build their experience and benefit their organisation. The bursars will complete two-week placements in their host countries this June.
Right: Off to warmer climes — Canadian broadcaster Jillian Taylor is to visit Australia
The 2014 bursars are:
Albertus Aochamub from NBC Nambia, to visit UK broadcasters
Albertus is the Director-General of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation. He will be travelling to the UK to work and meet with the main PSBs on content acquisition strategies and how to best manage content made by NBC. He is keen to see how broadcasters such as the BBC reflect regional, national and community broadcasting needs. Albertus will also meet with independent producers to discuss co-production strategies and how they work with the commissioning process.
Usha Bhasin from Doordarshan India, to visit BBC
Usha is Channel Head, Arts and Culture, for Doordarshan, India’s public service TV network. She will travel to the UK to explore partnerships for content exchange with the BBC. Her network is currently negotiating national and international partnerships for the creation of arts and culture content. The BBC’s recently announced commitment to the arts will make Usha’s visit a timely one. She will also be attending the CBA Conference.
Marilyn Facey from RJR Jamaica to visit the CBU and CMC in Barbados
Marilyn is a reporter and producer for Radio Jamaica, and she will produce a radio documentary on male educational underachievement in Barbados. Marilyn’s research shows that girls are outperforming boys at all education levels. She will work with broadcasters from the Bajan-based Caribbean Broadcasting Union and Caribbean Media Corporation to produce the programme, which will air on RJR 94FM.
Will Ibong, from Voice of Nigeria to visit GBC Ghana
Radio producer and presenter Will is heading to Ghana, to see female empowerment programmes at work. She said: “This trip provides me with an opportunity to learn, in collaboration with Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, how Ghanaian women are benefiting from emancipation programmes in the country and compare with the programmes in my country, Nigeria.” The knowledge will help inform Femmes, the women and development programmes she produces for Voice of Nigeria.
Golam Shafiuddin from BTV Bangladesh to visit ABC and SBS in Australia
Golam is Deputy Director-General of BTV, and he is planning to compare and contrast approaches to multicultural programming between his country and both Australia’s international broadcaster and its multilingual broadcaster. “The bursary is an achievement for me as well as for Bangladesh television,” he said. “I firmly believe that the bursary will pave the way for upgrading the national TV channel.”
Andy Sieupresad from CCN Trinidad & Tobago to visit CBC in Canada
By visiting the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Andy hopes to learn about how digital developments are changing the traditional business model for TV. Andy is Group Digital Media Manager at the Caribbean Communication Network. He said: “This is an excellent opportunity for the CCN family to explore and learn from an experienced third party in a developed internet and media market.”
Jillian Taylor from CBC Canada to visit ABC Australia
Jillian is a reporter and editor for CBC Aboriginal, a new unit at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She will visit the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney, spending time with the ABC Indigenous and news teams. A Canadian from the Fisher Cree First Nation, Jillian hopes to gain insight from ABC Indigenous reporting on stories and issues affecting Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and bring the experience back to inform the work of her unit.
Siobhann Tighe from BBC UK to visit Radio Cayman in the Cayman Islands
Siobhann is a BBC radio journalist who will be travelling to Radio Cayman to work with staff on voice training, particularly for presentation, news and talk shows. She will share her expertise with presenters and journalists on how to best engage listeners through creative voice management. Siobhann hopes to produce a number of programmes with the radio team working on news, entertainment and live phone-in shows.