RTM to push for free screenings of 2016 Olympics


  • TV
  • Tuesday, 20 Oct 2015

- SHAARI CHEMAT/The Star

Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) is promising to broadcast live screenings of the 2016 Summer Olympics from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for viewers across the country.

“We care for our viewers. We’re currently working to bring the 2016 Olympics to RTM so they get to enjoy it on TV for free," said RTM deputy director-general of broadcasting (programming) Datuk Adilah Shek Omar at the To The Next Level Media Screening 2016 event held recently in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. She added that RTM is also collaborating with other broadcasters to make this a reality.

Adilah also shared that RTM is in the process of switching from analogue broadcast to digital terrestrial TV (DTT). The DTT technology promises better quality TV and radio broadcast with various online services via broadband application.

“Once the project is completed, viewers will be introduced to a series of interactive functions such as the 'Red Button', online gaming and video-on-demand. RTM will also be introducing four new channels to go with the existing TV1, TV2 and TVi.”

The conversion process has begun in the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia and the next phase will be carried out throughout the whole peninsula, before moving on to Sabah and Sarawak. The project is being carried out by MYTV Broadcasting and is expected to be completed in 2017.

“The digital era in national broadcasting will be here soon,” Adilah promised.

TV fans have plenty to look forward to with RTM programme offerings for the new year. One of the main items is the return of Anugerah Seri Angkasa, RTM’s prestigious awards show that honours achievements in the local television and radio industry.

“We think it’s timely for the awards to return in conjunction with RTM’s 70th anniversary next year,” said Adilah.

The awards is set for May 20 and 21, 2016 and will feature 58 categories.

“The Anugerah Seri Angkasa has long been associated with RTM as one of our signature events. With the event, we hope to recognise our local creative talent and spur their dedication on in the entertainment industry," said Adilah.

Anugerah Seri Angkasa was last held in 2011 at Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur. That event saw personalities like Fauzi Nawawi and Elaine Daly receiving Best TV Actor and Best TV Actress awards, respectively.

Viewers can also look forward to new dramas. Two of them are Tentang Hati 2 starring Fasha Sandha and Aaron Aziz, and Gondola Cinta Di Venice with Azrel Ismail and Nad Zainal.

There will also be 16 upcoming local telemovies including Air Mata Xinjiang starring Shah Jaszle and Sari Yanti. Directed by Kas Roshan, the telemovie revolves around the relationship between a doctor and a relief worker in Xinjiang, China, after a devastating earthquake.

Besides local programmes, viewers can check out Hollywood features (such as Snow White And The Huntsman, Battleship and Sherlock Holmes) and Bollywood blockbusters (Singham Returns and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani).

Action movie fans can look forward to the The Legend Is Born: Ip Man and Dragon Tiger Gate while young viewers get to enjoy animated series like Max Steel, Planet Kids and Pac-Man.

The excitement continues with new episodes for existing shows like Gerak Khas, Running Man and Hiburan Minggu Ini.

Sports programmes will also be a big feature on RTM, like the Mixed Martial Arts Malaysian Invasion and the Asean Bastkeball League, which will be aired for the first time on a free-to-air channel.

 

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