Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Sovantha wants top job at CNRP’s Sun TV

Sovantha wants top job at CNRP’s Sun TV

Social media celebrity Thy Sovantha has expressed her interest in running for the top job at the CNRP’s Sun TV.
Social media celebrity Thy Sovantha has expressed her interest in running for the top job at the CNRP’s Sun TV. Scott Howes

Sovantha wants top job at CNRP’s Sun TV

Social media celebrity and one-time opposition darling Thy Sovantha has thrown her hat in the ring to head up the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s Sun TV station, a suggestion an opposition official rebuffed yesterday as “useless”.

Sovantha made the request to run the still-unfinished station on her Facebook page, which has over 1.3 million “likes”, implying that under her care, the station would be popular in no time.

“In six months, I could make the television [station] run [well],” Sovantha wrote, adding that if need be, she “will sell a pepper farm to get money to donate $200,000 to help produce news for CNRP TV”.

It wasn’t clear if the donation was contingent on her request being granted, and Sovantha could not be reached yesterday for clarification.

While commenters under the post were mixed in their reactions, CNRP lawmaker Eng Chhay Eang was unequivocal yesterday, saying that given Sovantha’s lack of experience running a multi-million dollar media operation, the request was “useless”.

“If a person who does not have expert knowledge could govern [that kind of enterprise], then universities and colleges might as well close down.”

The process of starting the station has been a drawn-out affair, but Chhay Eang insisted Sun TV would be up and running before the end of the year.

MOST VIEWED

  • Stock photo agencies cash in on Khmer Rouge tragedy
    Stock-photo companies selling images from S-21 raises ethics concerns

    A woman with short-cropped hair stares directly into the camera, her head cocked slightly to the side. On her lap is a sleeping infant just barely in the frame. The woman was the wife of a Khmer Rouge officer who fell out of favour, and

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • Prime Minister: Take back islands from inactive developers

    The government will “take back” land on roughly 30 islands from private companies that have not made progress on planned developments, Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a speech on Monday that also targeted land-grabbing villagers and idle provincial governors. Speaking at the inauguration of the

  • Land on capital’s riverfront is opened up for investment

    The government has signed off on a proposal to designate more than 9 hectares of land along Phnom Penh’s riverfront as state-private land, opening it up for private investment or long-term leasing. The 9.25-hectare stretch of riverfront from the capital’s Night Market to the