Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A three-day general assembly of the Union of African Radio and TV (URTNA) opened Saturday in Khartoum with restructuring of the union at the top of its agenda.
Opening the meeting on behalf of President Omar el Bashir, Sudan's Vice President, Moses Machar, stressed the role of the media in the stability and development of Africa.
"The media constitutes a key instrument in promoting peace and developing Africa's economic resources," Machar told delegates from 23 countries.
"We have to cope with international satellite TV channels which enter our households without permission," he said.
Machar called upon African radio and TV institutions to spare no effort in serving Africa's causes of unity, peace and stability.
Meanwhile, URTNA chairman Mukhtar Sela called upon the meeting to define the priorities of the African media.
Sela said funding and technology were the foremost challenges facing African media.
URTNA Secretary General Abdul Hamid Buksani lamented the financial problems that hampered the union's projects, including a proposed joint African satellite TV network.