RTM went into deal with Astro without formal contracts


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014

PETALING JAYA: RTM entered into a three-year agreement with private broadcaster Astro without a formal contract.

The second series of the Auditor-General’s report revealed that RTM had signed a rental contract worth RM3.9mil with Astro on March 16, 2009, which enabled its new channel Interactive TV (TVi) to air on Astro’s 24-hour platform on Channel 180.

The rental contract expired on March 16, 2012.

On June 13, 2012, Astro’s management agreed that the Communica­tions and Multimedia Ministry and RTM need not pay rental from 2012.

“In return, RTM was to promote the Njoy package, a product by Astro, through its TV channels and radio stations,” the report said.

However, audit checks revealed that both parties did not sign any formal contract for the three-year agreement, starting 2012 and ending in 2014.

“This can jeopardise the Government’s interest if any discrepancy arises,” it stated.

The ministry, in its response, said a formal contract between the Government and Astro was being drafted to allow TVi to be broadcasted on Astro Channel 180 for free.

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