Search form

Login - Register | FOLLOW US ON

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Competition hits the TV airways

Competition hits the TV airways

CAMBODIAN state television TVK - whose executives insist on "pro-government"

news coverage - has been talking with Australia's ABC among others about a

joint-venture deal.

TVK (Television of Kampuchea) has approached several

foreign companies, including ABC, in a bid to modernize its station, according

to a senior official who would not be named.

TVK staff acknowledge that

its newscasts are "based on the government political line" and are

self-censored.

The TV station's desire for a foreign partner reflects the

expanding and competitive nature of Cambodia's television services.

There

are currently three TV stations: TVK; Thai-owned International Broadcasting

Corporation (IBC), which has also practiced self-censorship of political news;

and the Khmer privately-owned TV9. All three stations are largely

entertainment-oriented.

A fourth station, Kampuchea Communication Siam

(KCS), is expected to begin broadcasting soon after its new equipment is

installed.

KCS is a joint project with the Phnom Penh Municipality, which

has said the station will be designed to serve the Royal government and the

municipality.

Meanwhile, the existing three stations, all run for profit,

are increasingly changing their programming to vie for larger

audiences.

In mid January, TVK increased its air time from four hours to

nine hours per day. Movies and entertainment shows are being screened at night,

and news during the day.

Mao Ayuth, TVK's deputy general director, said

the program re-arrangement was to avoid overlapping with other stations and to

protect audience share. "We don't want to make competition, but we want to

demand more audiences."

An emphasis was put on news programs because "we

are the government television. We do whatever to let people know about the

government's efforts."

French firm Canal France International has begun a

10-minute, three day a week program on politics, economics, international and

magazine news on TVK.

The only private Khmer station, TV9, returned to

the airwaves in early January after a few months' absence to allow its equipment

to be upgraded. It screens mainly Chinese movies,  but  also provides local and

international news. Spokesman Pen Narith said the station was awaiting results

of a public survey before deciding on any programming changes.

IBC chief

Prum Kim said that, while the television business was becoming more competitive,

the company was confident of maintaining a good audience share. "I am not

excited over TV9," he said.

0

Comments

Please, login or register to post a comment

Latest Video

Kem Sokha talks politics, power and Hun Sen

Kem Sokha, leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, sat down with The Post’s Alex Willemyns and Mech Dara to discuss his supporters’ initial disappointment with this year’s

Phnom Penh eats: Dine amid green gardens at Chol Chet

Located just off National Road 1 about 9km south of central Phnom Penh, Chol Chet — which means 'like' in Khmer — is a great getaway from the bustle of the capital.

NEC officials tally votes during a recount last week in Phnom Penh.

Cambodia’s National Election Committee last week rejected 33 of 61 complaints filed over the conduct of June 4’s commune election, according to a s

People search for their names on the voter lists at a polling station in Kampong Cham’s Veal Vong commune earlier this month.

Four years ago, when the opposition snatched Kampong Cham away from the ruling party in 2013 national elections, it hinted at a deeper shift taking