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MEB show kickstarts this month

MEB 2005 will take place from December 8-10, 2005 at the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure (BIEL) Centre.

The first annual Middle East Broadcasters Conference and Exposition, MEB 2005, is just a week away. Sponsored by ArabSat and Selevision, MEB 2005 will take place from December 8-10, 2005 at the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure (BIEL) Centre. MEB visitors can hope to benefit from conferences, free technical training seminars, exhibitions, a gala awards dinner, and a live high definition (HD) TV station.

The conferences at MEB 2005 will cover various topics, ranging from “Increasing the Advertising Pie” to “Management of an All-News TV Station.” Speakers will represent all of the major broadcasting operations and media research institutions, including Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, LBCI, Al Sumaria TV, Abu Dhabi TV, Future TV, Rotana, ArabSat, Heya TV, Ghenwa and Mersal TV, Selevision, Tarek Nour Communications, Audio Visual Media, Jordan Media City, the Pan Arab Research Council, the Arab Advisors Group and the Sigma Group. MEB 2005 promises to showcase the latest technology and programming from vendors such as Avid, Apple, Omneon Video Networks, Thomson Broadcast, Aces and Panasonic, Discreet and Selevision.

Showgoers will also be able to attend free training seminars on editing, camera operation, sound, lighting, IT-based storage and reporting style.

The highlight of the show, however, will be MEB-HD, the first fully-functioning HDTV station in the Middle East. Over thirty companies from North America, Europe and Asia are donating equipment and services to construct the MEB-HD station. “MEB-HD will give broadcasters in the region a chance to see the latest technology in action and will help them learn how they can realistically begin the conversion to HD in their own stations,” says Nigel Spratling, MEB-HD’s project director. The station’s content will include excerpts from conference sessions, interviews with broadcasting leaders, documentaries made for MEB and interviews on the show floor. MEB has partnered with satellite uplink provider ArabSat to broadcast MEB-HD during the show.

MEB 2005 will wrap up with a gala awards dinner in the Royal Pavilion room of the BIEL Centre. “Our aim is to serve broadcasters in the region,” says Ahmad Al Maaz, MEB’s president. “Everything here is designed to promote the advancement of broadcasting in the Middle East.”

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