Malaysia to launch RTM World in April
February 14th, 2008

RTM World, a television programme based on information and entertainment, will be broadcast worldwide starting April. Malaysian Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin said that, to begin with, RTM World will be available two hours daily from 2.30am to 4.30am.

“For Malaysia, it may be early morning but it is a suitable time for places like Abu Dhabi at 10.30pm, Riyadh at 9.30pm, London 6.30pm and Paris 7.30pm,” he told reporters after launching the Suara Malaysia website in conjunction with the 45th anniversary of Suara Malaysia.

Zainuddin said Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) planned to broadcast RTM World on the RTM2 channel. “In this way, RTM World can take-off quickly as we do not need to create a new channel.”

He said RTM World will be broadcast using two Measat 3 satellites to reach about 70 per cent of the world population and Intelsat for coverage in Europe including the United Kingdom and Africa. Its contents will be different from foreign news channels like Cable News Network (CNN) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

“The programmes to be shown comprise genres like economy, tourism, culture, Islam Hadari, news and current issues. English will be the main language while programmes in Bahasa Malaysia or other languages will carry English subtitles,” he said.

Zainuddin said RTM hoped that the world community would be able to receive valid and accurate information on Malaysia through RTM World. “Malaysians overseas, particularly students, will receive the latest information on the country and thus will not be confused by inaccurate information.” He said RTM World will also promote Malaysia as a tourist destination offering natural beauty and a unique socio-culture.

On Suara Malaysia, Zainuddin said the 45-year-old foreign language service would be recruiting more locals fluent in various languages. Radio Suara Malaysia or the Voice of Malaysia is broadcast via 10 stations in eight languages including Bahasa Malaysia, English, Tagalog, Thai and Myanmar.

(Source: Bernama)