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CNRP TV granted its land title

CNRP deputy leader Kem Sokha (centre) poses with two supporters while gathering donations for the opposition's planned Sun TV station in Phnom Penh's Meanchey district in June of last year. Photo supplied
CNRP deputy leader Kem Sokha (centre) poses with two supporters while gathering donations for the opposition's planned Sun TV station in Phnom Penh's Meanchey district in June of last year. Photo supplied

CNRP TV granted its land title

The Cambodia National Rescue Party has been granted a land title for the Kandal property where it plans to build its television station, Sun TV.

More than a year after a CNRP-aligned company was granted a broadcasting licence, Kandal authorities on Friday finalised the paperwork for the $107,000 parcel of land in Takhmao town, which was bought late last year, said CNRP lawmaker Tok Vanchan, who is in charge of the project.

Vanchan said the next step was to apply for building permission. “When we have permission to construct an antenna, we will order materials immediately, because we have already contacted the companies,” Vanchan said.

Vanchan declined to give a timeframe, only saying that there were currently obstacles impeding the project.

In December, CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann said the party hoped to be broadcasting within four months and calculated it needed $1 million for the land, studio and antenna.

However, observers say the CNRP has underestimated the amount of cash they will need and doubt whether the station can be up and running within four months.

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