Malaysian Information Minister Datuk Zainuddin Maidin today issued a challenge to government broadcaster Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) to reclaim its position as the nation’s top broadcasting station. “The time has come for RTM to repeat its excellence in the broadcasting field,” he said at the launch of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the station, which turns 60 tomorrow.
Zainuddin said RTM should not be “beaten” by broadcasting stations which have just entered the industry. He said RTM should increase its viewership by making well-planned changes to its two channels. Beginning tomorrow, TV1 and TV2 will be renamed as RTM1 and RTM2.
“I believe by renaming the two channels as RTM1 and RTM1, RTM will be more prominent and strong as it is a name that depicts history all this while,” he said. Zainuddin also said from tomorrow, RTM 1 would only use Bahasa Malaysia and English in its programmes, while RTM2 would focus on other programmes including entertainment.
In ensuring RTM’s excellence, Zainuddin said he would personally ensure the quality of programmes beamed by RTM1 and RTM2 like dramas and talkshows were not brushed aside as “nonsense” and “stereotype” by viewers.