INPUT 2019 highlights role of public broadcasting

Pipope Panitchpakdi, deputy director general of Thai PBS (left), and Nattaya Weaweerakoupt, deputy news director of Thai PBS, discuss with Liam Cochrane, ABC Australia’s Southeast Asia correspondent, on their documentary on the dramatic Tham Luang cave rescue during a session moderated by Thai PBS news anchor Nattha Komolvadhin.

One of the world’s leading events for public broadcasters and documentary film producers, “INPUT 2019”, opened this morning in Bangkok under the theme “storytelling in the public interest”.

The forum brings together close to 500 documentary and film producers from 34 countries all over world to share their ideas and experience on documentary and film production with an aim of promoting the role and values of public broadcasting.

“We are here today in order to share our knowledge and discuss on how to make content more interesting and bring audiences back to public media. Public service broadcasting is about accountability, credibility, service and trust,”  INPUT President Judy Tam said in her opening remarks at the event hosted by Thai PBS.

Thai PBS Director General Wilasinee Phiphitkul said the screening of films and documentary and follow-up discussions will help shape the future of media contents “and will help guide us to a better way to communicate with our audiences in such a transformative and challenging time for the broadcasting industry in the 21st century.”

The opening session of the four-day event this morning featured “Babylon Berlin”, a high-end drama and the first German series to be co-produced by a public broadcaster and a pay TV channel. The series, which is about a young police inspector caught in a world of organized crime and political extremism in the twenties, has premiered in Germany, the UK, Ireland, Australia, Canada and the US.

It was followed by the screening of two documentaries on the dramatic rescue operation at Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai last year. One was produced by ABC TV of Australia and the other by Thai PBS.

Altogether about 80 films and documentary will be featured during the event being held at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel along with 27 discussion sessions.

INPUT is a non-profit organization of public television programme producers and broadcasters. It organizes an annual conference to showcase documentaries, exchange ideas and share experience on documentary production, and discuss challenges facing public broadcasting. This is the first time that it is held in Southeast Asia.


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