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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