History

The International Association of Broadcasting – IAB- is an Organization that groups private associations of radio and television in different countries and regions as well as Institutional members, and TV channels and radio stations as individual members.

It was founded in 1946 as the Inter-American Association of Broadcasting and nowadays it represent over 17.000 private stations.

The first records of IAB’s foundation are to be found in April 1945 when an Uruguayan broadcaster, Mr. Lorenzo Balerio Sicco, addressed all broadcasters of America proposing them to hold a Congress of private broadcasting in one of the countries in the American Continent where freedom of thought did not have any restrictions, aiming at gathering ideas and efforts to make all private broadcasting in America an insuperable means of freedom of expression and mutual knowledge among the peoples.

In 1945, during the III Inter-American Conference of Communications in Rio de Janeiro apart from the official meetings, an Inter-American Meeting of Broadcasters was held. It would end in Mexico by setting up the INTER-AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTING in 1946, as an achievement and commitment for the major principles of freedom and human dignities.

Lorenzo Balerio Sicco
Creator, Co-founder and first President of IAB

IAB FOUNDERS
-First Interamerican Broadcasting Congress-
Mexico 1946

Argentina Bolivia Brazil
Juan Carlos Guyo
Lic. Alfredo Gago Pérez
p.p Lorenzo Balerio Sicco Joao Baptista do Amaral 
Ing. Geraldo Homen Mello
Abdo. Eneas Machado
Costa Rica Colombia Cuba
Hortensia de Mariani
Perry Girton
Tomas Muñiz
Juan Mejia Duque
Roberto Gomez Pardo
Antonio Jose Meneses
Roberto Ramirez Gaviria
Dr. Cipriano Rios Hoyo
Abgo. Carlos Gutierrez Riano
Goar Mestre
Dr. Ramón L. Bengochea
Lopez del Rincón
Roberto García Serra
Eduardo Hector Alonso
Ibrahim Urbino
Chile Ecuador El Salvador
Raúl Renard Gonzalo Buenos
Washington Delgado Cepeda
Rafael Guerrero Valenzuela
Alberto Martin Martinez
p.p Dr. Luis de la Rosa
Guatemala Honduras Mexico
Manuel González Gomez
Ing. James Benjamin Mc Elroy
Filiberto Diaz Zelaya
Rafael Ferrari
Emilio Azcarraga
Dr. Luis de la Rosa
Lic. José Luis Fernández
Ing. Juan C. Buchanan
Nicaragua Panama Peru
José Mendoza Jose Jaen Jaen
Antonio S. Gonzalez
Arquímedes Fernández
Marco A. Gandasegui
Agustin de Mena
Tomas Ronald
Ing. Alfonso Pereyra
Puerto Rico Uruguay Venezuela
p.p Tomas Muñiz Lorenzo Balerio Sicco
Raul Fontaina
Tomas Ronald
Ing. Alfonso Pereyra

Foundation Congress - 1946
Broadcasters participants in the foundation Congress of IAB
Mexico City - 1946

IAB PRESIDENTS

1946-1948
Lorenzo Balerio Sicco
Uruguay
1948 - 1953
Goar Mestre
Cuba
1953 - 1955
Emilio Azcarraga
 Mexico
1955 - 1958
Ricardo Vivado
Chile
1958 - 1962
Raúl Fontaina
Uruguay
1962 - 1964
José Luis Fernández
Mexico
1964 - 1967
Félix Cardona Moreno
Venezuela
1967 - 1971
Hebert Evans
 United States
1971 - 1977
Jose de Almeida Castro
 Brazil
1977 - 1981
Héctor Amengual
Uruguay
1981 - 1983
Emilio Nassar
Mexico
1983 - 1991
Luiz E. Borgerth
 Brazil
1991 - 1995
Andrés García Lavín
 Mexico
1995 - 2001
Luis H. Tarsitano
 Argentina
2001 - 2005 
Dr. Eladio Larez
 Venezuela
2005 - 2007 
Alfonso Ruiz de Assin
 Spain
2007 - 2013
Luis Pardo Sainz
 Chile
2013 - 2015
Alexandre K. Jobim
 Brazil
2015 - 
José Luis Saca
El Salvador
   

IAB DIRECTOR GENERALS

1946 - 1948
Justino Jiménez de Aréchaga
1948 - 1953
Ramón Bonachea
1953 - 1955
José Luis Fernández
1955 - 1958
Julio Menadier Carrasco
1958 - 1962
Manuel Caballero Ferreira
1962 - 1964
Abel Mestre
1964 - 1967
J. Naranjo Goncao
1967 - 1971
Ramón Bonachea
1971 - 1972
Roberto Camelier
1972 - 1974
Renato Tavares
1974 - 1987
Dr. Luis Alberto Solé
-1987- 
Dr. Oscar Garibaldi
1987 - 2015
Dr. Héctor Oscar Amengual
2015 - 
Dr. Juan Andrés Lerena