‘RTM to have more new channels’


TELEVISION viewers will get to watch more shows next year when the Communications and Multimedia Ministry sets up new channels through the national broadcasting station Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM).

Its minister Gobind Singh Deo said the programmes on these channels would include documentaries, which provide information to the public.

“I guarantee that beginning next year, we will announce new channels on RTM.

“We are now looking at how documentary programmes can have their own themes, which are informative to the public.

“They are important and suitable to improve general knowledge on issues,” he said when replying to a supplementary question from Datuk Hasanuddin Mohd Yunus (PH-Hulu Langat) who asked whether the ministry had conducted a study and provided special incentives to encourage local producers to come up with knowledge programmes, instead of just entertainment involving horror and love stories.

Gobind said the ministry had drawn an agenda for documentary programmes, which are relevant to the public, especially on technology-related topics.

“We want to see how the public can benefit from technology. We also want to promote local works,” he said.

In response to the original question from Hasanuddin whether the payment rates to drama, short story and documentary producers were being reviewed, Gobind said the ministry through RTM had called for a study of the rates and the Finance Ministry was currently looking into it.

“The proposed rate is an increase of between 20% and 50%, depending on the categories – telefilm, drama series, documentary/magazine, animation series, variety show and capsule/trailers/promos.

“The proposal is subject to the approval of the Finance Ministry,” he said.

On steps taken by the ministry to help veteran artistes make a comeback, Gobind said their association had brought up the matter for further action.

“We take this matter seriously and want to ensure that they are given the chance to participate in the production of new works. We call this reform and are looking into it,” he said in reply to a supplementary question from Datuk Dr Noraini Ahmad (BN-Parit Sulung). — Bernama

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