Vijay Sadhu the creator of the ABU Radio Song Festival is set to retire after twelve years at the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.

Ms Sadhu the Head of Radio Programming at the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union is set to retire after twelve years at the organisation. Since joining the Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union in 2005 she has risen through the Radio Programming Department and along the way introduced a number of new formats and events to the organisation.

One of the main formats that she created during her time at the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union is the ABU Radio Song Festival which was first held in 2012. The festival is open to unsigned talent from the Asia Pacific region showcasing the wide array of styles and genres that the region has to offer.

Since it was the first held in 2012, the following countries have either competed or submitted a song into the event:

  • Australia
  • Bhutan
  • Brunei
  • China
  • Fiji
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Palestine
  • Pakistan
  • Romania
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Thailand
  • Turkmenistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam

The first festival in 2012 was held as a competitive event, with 13 songs being selected by a jury to compete in the live contest in Seoul, South Korea. A jury made up of fourteen members from nine countries, then voted on the songs. The winner was Billy Acoustie who was representing South Korea with the song “For A Rest”. Since 2014 the festival has been held as a gala event.

Source: Asia Radio Today