JAKARTA, Dec 30, 2015:Radio Televisyen Malaysia
(RTM) is proposing to create a television news channel when the process of converting the analogue system to digital is completed.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the channel would strengthen the dissemination of information and clarification on issues which confused the public.
“Although we already have the news channel Bernama TV
which operates 24 hours (through the Astro satellite), there are still issues created by certain parties which must be fully clarified based on correct and accurate facts.
“As such, RTM
is planning to start a TV news channel to help disseminate information so that the public, including those in rural areas, are not confused, especially on national issues. There is no question of an overlap of functions between Bernama TV
‘s new channel, in fact they can support each other,” he said.
Salleh was speaking to reporters after visiting the broadcasting studio atMetro TV
‘s headquarters near here today.
Also present was the ministry’s Deputy Chief Secretary (Policy) Datuk Mohid Mohamed; Secretary of the Development Division, Kamarudin Abdul Rani; Director of Current News Department, Malaysian Broadcasting Department Wan Bukhari Wan Daud; and, Director of News, Metro TV Suryopratomo.
Salleh said beginning from January next year, RTM would send several of its officials for training at Metro TV
, as part of its initial preparation for a TV news channel.
He said RTM
and Metro TV
had collaborated since two years ago in news.
He said Metro TV
was selected for this purpose as it was a TV news channel which operated round-the-clock and its programmes, especially the talk shows received encouraging response in Indonesia.
“Maybe, we can learn something from Metro TV
‘s success, thus helping our dream of creating aRTM
news channel to come true.”Metro TV
which was launched in 2000 is a private TV news channel in Indonesia, based in Jakarta.