Commander-in-Chief of Defence Service and Chairman of the State Administration Council Senior General Min Aung Hlaing attended the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Myanmar Radio and Television yesterday.
The ceremony was held at the headquarters of MRTV in Nay Pyi Taw-Tatkon, and attended by General Mya Tun Oo, Lt-Gen Moe Myint Tun, Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Soe Htut, Union Minister for Information U Chit Naing, Commander of Nay Pyi Taw Command Maj-Gen Zaw Myo Tin, Deputy Ministers U Ye Tint and Brig-Gen Zaw Min Tun and MRTV officials, while its staff members in Yangon joined the event online.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the 75th-anniversary museum of MRTV and sprinkled scented water on the plaque of museum.
The museum displays radios from successive eras, broadcasting machines, programme arrangement, news and information, different brands of television sets used in different periods, green screen virtual, transmission and receivers, repairing machines, cameras of successive generations, talk-show settings, newsroom settings, microphones, telephones, instruments, seats from the time of BBS and boards.
The Chairman of the State Administration Council made instructions on conserving the historic and antique materials at the museum.
The MRTV staff members presented the performance with the song to honour the 75th anniversary of MRTV, followed by the documentary about the anniversary.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing delivered a speech, saying the great occasions of anniversary for the staff members, the history of Myanmar media started with Yadanabon Newspapers published on 9 March 1874, the first establishment of broadcast media in 1937 and turning it into an independent and national broadcast media in March 1945.
He also talked about the history of MRTV with the names of Rangoon Radio in May 1945, the Burma Broadcasting Services—BBS on 15 February 1946, Myanmar Broadcasting Service on 28 November 1958, colour television broadcasting system on 3 June 1980 and Myanmar Radio and Television on 22 November 1997.
He also congratulated for broadcasting an FM Channel in the English language under the name of Myanmar Radio to mark 75th anniversary of MRTV and gave advice on quality programmes.
The Senior General also said his appreciations on the programmes of MRTV in successive eras and the crucial role of media as the fourth pillar for the country.
After the speech, the Senior General presented cash awards to the MRTV staff members and foodstuffs produced by the Tatmadaw factories.
The Senior General and party also looked around the souvenir shops and traditional food items of national races.
The second session of the event was held with the launching of the Myanmar Radio (English programme) and the MRTV English programme.
Union Minister U Chit Naing made a speech at the ceremony, and Deputy Ministers U Ye Tint and Brig-Gen Zaw Min Tun launched the channel.
The Union Minister, the Deputy Ministers and the departmental heads presented awards to the outstanding staff members of departments.
The ceremony was concluded with the performance of staff members with a song to honour the MRTV.
The MRTV is also broadcasting 11 channels of national races (NRC), Hluttaw channel, farmers channel, MRTV sports channel. —MNA/GNLM