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Astro gives RTM RM500m for better Sabah coverage

Published on: Sunday, May 20, 2012

Kota Kinabalu: Pay TV station Astro allocated RM500 million to Radio-Television Malaysia (RTM) as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to enable the government-owned broadcaster to widen its coverage especially in Sabah and Sarawak, said Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

He said Astro and RTM signed a memorandum of understanding for the purpsoe for a period of three years beginning this year.

"My Ministry thanks Astro for the gesture. This will put an end to non-receipt of Astro and RTM broadcasts and other sources of broadcast disturbances," he said, after attending the opening of the Ministry's new integrated complex in Jalan Lintas, Kepayan, here.

The complex was opened by Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin. Rais said under the MOU, Astro would also be supplying 1,800 decoder units to eligible recipients in Sabah and 2,000 in Sarawak in the near future.

He said his Ministry through RTM would also be increasing programmes with content suited to the taste of target audiences in Sabah and Sarawak and a few selected areas in the peninsula.

Rais said in connection with this, local television content producers were invited to submit suitable programmes to complement 16 suppliers of such programmes in Sabah and Sarawak.

He said besides television programmes broadcast on RTM's TV1, TV2 and TV interaktif (TVi) networks, the collaboration would also allow people in Sabah and Sarawak obtain satellite broadcasts of RTM's radio stations, namely Klasik Nasional and its English, Mandarin and Tamil stations.

On the complex sited on a 6.76-hectare site and costing RM80 million, Rais said it had the latest radio and television transmission facilities and was a new landmark here in line with RTM's growth over the years.