KUALA LUMPUR: RTM's news broadcasting operations has been unaffected by the delay in equipment supply and facilities at its Wisma Berita news centre.
According to a statement from the broadcasting director-general Datuk Abu Bakar Ab Rahim, RTM's current news affairs division had been able to increase its airtime, the frequency of news, and current affairs programmes.
The statement clarified that it had combined its TV and radio news operations, which was previously operating separately, under one roof.
"This convergence has created a work environment that is more conducive and comfortable, as well as more efficient use of resources," he said.
However, he hoped that discussions between the Government and the companies that were tasked to provide broadcasting facilities could be finalised as soon as possible so that the equipment could start being delivered and Wisma Berita could operate as planned.
On Wednesday, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed raised the issue of RTM requiring am additional provision of RM126mil to equip Wisma Berita.
Nur Jazlan also questioned why the news centre, which had been ready since June 2012, was not properly utilised.
According to the statement, the original Wisma Berita project application including modern equipment was fully borne by the Government.
"However in 2012, the Government decided to appoint Media City Development Sdn Bhd to hold the Media City project.
"One of the Media City project's scope is to finance and supply broadcasting facilities as a Private Finance Initiative (PFI). In order to safeguard the interests of the Government, negotiations between the two parties, including issues relating to land are still ongoing," he said.
According to the statement, the negotiations between the two parties caused the supply of equipment to be delayed. - Bernama
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