RTM must always be competitive to remain relevant: Annuar

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KOTA KINABALU: Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), which celebrates its 76th anniversary on April 1, must remain competitive in its broadcast of news content and television programs, including using the latest technology, to ensure that the station remains relevant said Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

He said RTM had the advantage because it had an experienced workforce and the experience of the staff involved was very valuable in efforts to improve the quality of its broadcast.

“We know that the broadcasting world is now getting quite difficult, and so far we (RTM) are ahead. Our broadcasting is making full use of technology. If we go to Angkasapuri, we will see the Media City, which will officially be inaugurated soon.

“Watching television, the quality of our filming is also very good. Looking back, there was no or less competition in news before, because in the past nearly 100% of broadcasting was monopolized by government channels and the role of private (television) channels does not was not very important,” he added.

He was speaking to reporters after the launch of the RTM Sabah Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) vehicle at the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Integrated Complex in Kepayan here today.

Annuar said the development of technology has seen not only private TV stations but also individuals operating their own news portals or studios by broadcasting various interesting content.

“However, we (RTM) remain a more reliable broadcast channel. The Reliability and Accuracy of Reporting (RTM) level is a difficult identity to imitate. Therefore, it must be maintained,” he said.

On RTM Sabah’s DSNG, Annuar said, this enabled live broadcasts and high-definition (HD) television recordings from locations, including indoors, even without power or facilities. Internet such as 4G, 5G or LTE, as this would only require satellite signals.

He said the DSNG vehicle is equipped with a live broadcast production facility, including three cameras which would also facilitate news coverage.

“Sabah’s relatively difficult terrain is no longer an impediment to providing more news coverage and live TV broadcasts from locations with HD broadcast quality compared to standard definition previously.”

“With this facility, RTM Sabah is expected to provide better broadcast services, especially in providing authentic, accurate and up-to-date information and news to the Malaysian family (Keluarga Malaysia) in Sabah,” he added. — Bernama

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