Thursday, September 04, 2008

Turkey to host OANA General Assembly in 2010 ...

Istanbul will host the next General Assembly of the Organisation of Asia Pacific News Agencies (OANA) in 2010.
OANA president Dr Ahmad Muchlis Yusuf said the Turkish news agency, Anadolu, had offered to host the meeting since Istanbul had been designated as the European culture capital for that year.
He said this at the conclusion of the 30th OANA Executive Board meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan. The last general assembly was held in Jakarta last November.
Dr Ahmad Muchlis, who is Indonesia's Antara CEO, said the venue for the next OANA Executive Board meeting had yet to be finalised although Iran's Mehr News Agency had tentatively offered to host it next year.
He said the meeting in Istanbul would decide on the issue of subscription by member agencies as some of them had fallen behind in their payments.
Bernama Editor-in-Chief Yong Soo Heong suggested that the annual subscription be halved to US$6,000 from US$12,000 as some smaller news agencies may be facing financial constraints.
The meeting also agreed on a revenue-sharing formula for new contracts secured by member agencies for marketing news content from OANA.
Members will get to keep 60 per cent of the proceeds while the rest would go to OANA.
Formed in 1961, OANA groups 41 news agencies from 33 countries.

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