December 13, 2017

MRTV to reform into public service media

Union Minister Dr Pe Myint meeting with employees of the Myanma Radio and Television (MRTV). Photo: MNA

Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint stressed the need to lay down plans to improve Myanma Radio and Television (MRTV) as state media transitions to public service media (PSM).
The Union Minister met with employees of MRTV yesterday as part of the ministry’s efforts to transform the radio and television outlet.
At the meeting with the employees, Union Minister Dr Pe Myint called on the staff who working in the operations field to produce avant-garde programmes.
He also highlighted the role of the state media, saying that it should not be used just for propaganda but also for broadcasting true news, setting the target of MRTV to become a true public service provider.
Political, economic and social sectors have achieved progress in their reforms to a certain extent since the incumbent government took office, he noted. For example, political prisoners were released, the new peaceful assembly law was enacted, international non-governmental organisations were granted free movement and the media was granted with freedom of access to information, said Dr Pe Myint.
At the meeting, departmental heads gave their suggestions for the improvement of MRTV.
MRTV has planned to reform its broadcasting duration ration from 60 per cent to 45 per cent in information programming and from 20 per cent to 35 per cent in entertainment programming, while 20 per cent in education programmes remains unchanged, according to U Myint Htwe, Director-General of MRTV.
In his concluding remarks, the Union Minister also stressed the importance of the voices of the people in state media news.— Myanmar News Agency

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