MRTV and 5 content providers sign cooperation agreement

A signing cooperation agreement ceremony between MRTV and five digital free-to-air television channels held in Yangon. Photo: MNA
A signing cooperation agreement ceremony between MRTV and five digital free-to-air television channels held in Yangon. Photo: MNA

The Ministry of Information’s Myanma Radio and Television (MRTV), along with five content providers of digital free-to-air television channels, signed a cooperation agreement at a ceremony held at MRTV Studio A, Pyay Road, Yangon yesterday afternoon.
In his opening speech at the ceremony, the Union Minister for Information said the main duty of the Ministry of Information is to provide information, education and entertainment to the public.
This duty, however, is not performed by the Ministry of Information alone, but in cooperation with international media, as well. At the Ministry of Information, this duty is performed by MRTV and the News and Periodicals Enterprise.
While the ministry carries out its responsibilities with these two departments, it also has the duty to develop the private media sector.
Private media not only provides information, but also educates and entertains. But as private media, including the five content providers that came into existence, they allow the public to obtain more complete information and facts.
As for entertainment, the programming will become more interesting as these media develop, and the knowledge and entertainment the public receives will increase.
In turn, it will benefit the country’s development. It is with this vision that arrangements were made to permit five television channels or five content providers.
A broadcasting council is to be formed after the broadcasting law is amended and related rules are enacted.
This is because the broadcasting council will be formed according to the law and rules, and once it is established it will manage and oversee the work to be carried out by the broadcasting stations.
However, the ways and means need to be found during the interim period so that those conducting the work of broadcasting can begin fulfilling their responsibilities. Today’s arrangement was conducted according to the existing law, and is a preliminary test to develop private broadcasting responsibilities. All are urged to work together so that this arrangement is successful.
Authorities hope that the new content providers will systematically utilize their media freedom and provide information, education and entertainment to the people. At the same time, it is hoped that the new media will support the development of Myanmar media and Myanmar’s development, said the Union Minister.
Also, MRTV Director General U Myint Htway explained the reasons for signing the agreement.
Afterwards, officials of the five new content providers, including Mizzima Media Company Limited Executive Director and Chief Editor U Soe Myint, DVB Multimedia Group Company Limited Executive Director U Khin Maung Soe, Fortune Broadcasting Company Limited Chairman U Mya Han, KMA TeleMedia Holdings Company Limited Executive Director U Thado Kyaw and My Multi Media group Company Limited Executive Project Director U Tun Tun Soe, along with MRTV Director General U Myint Htway, signed the cooperation agreement.
Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint, officials from the Ministry of Information, and representatives from the five groups then took a commemorative group photo.
The five companies were chosen earlier, and an announcement was made about their selection on 11 April, 2017. — Myanmar News Agency

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