AFN Pacific journalists collaborate on better serving their audience

by George A. Smith
Defense Media Activity

Military service members and civilians who operate American Forces Network (AFN) stations in Japan, Korea and other locations around the world got a chance to see the place where AFN TV programming and music services originate as well as learn more about their 75 years of military broadcast heritage during the recent Worldwide Workshop.

The AFN members joined network leadership for the workshop at the AFN Broadcast Center in Riverside, Calif., last week to collaborate on ways to better serve the overseas military audience with entertainment, news, sports, force protection messages and command information messaging on radio, TV and social media.

They also had the opportunity to see firsthand two major improvements to AFN services later this year. One was the new high definition service coming to all TV channels this year. The other was the new decoder that will soon be fielded by Exchanges and available on GSA Advantage. The new decoder provides viewers the ability to record two channels while watching, pausing and fast-forwarding through a third. It also comes with an enhanced program guide.

Another highlight for attendees of the three-day collaborative workshop was a chance to interact with Walt Disney executive Martin Sansing on cutting-edge broadcast industry trends and his forecast for the future.

For more than 90% of the attendees, it was their first visit to the Broadcast Center.

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