Myanmar to upgrade state-run TV-4

Myanmar to upgrade state-run TV-4
YANGON, Oct 27, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) — Myanmar will upgrade the broadcasting frequency system of the state-run Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV)-4 channel from Ultra High Frequency (UHF) to Very High Frequency (VHF) starting March next year, sources with the Myanmar Online Co.Ltd said on Tuesday.According to the company’s statistics, a total of 12 million audiences view the channel.

MRTV-4, which includes paid channels and free-to-air one, have been aired from over 30 relay stations with the use of digital and analog systems to cover Yangon, Mandalay, Nay Pyi Taw and its nearby areas.
The MRTV-4, which was originally a paid channel and jointly implemented by the state-run MRTV in Yangon and the private-run Forever Group, started partly free-to-air telecast in Dec. 2006 and later extended to other regions in the country.

The free-of-charge programs of the MRTV channel mainly comprise entertainment, documentaries, Sunday talks and so on, and the eight-hour programs was aired three times to meet 24-hour run, according to the Forever Group.

The MRTV, established 60 years ago, is carrying out heavy functions and is striving to air quality radio and TV programs across the country, extending functions to link countrywide network by converting analogue system into digital one, and expanding coverage to other countries.

The MRTV has launched four channels including Myanmar and English languages to telecast news, education and entertainment programs since color television was introduced in the country in 1980.

Meanwhile, the military-run Myawaddy TV, which is next to MRTV, started telecasting in March 1995 and has morning and evening services at present. It plans to introduce a 24-hour service in the country to cater to the demand of domestic watchers.

In cooperation with China Central Television (CCTV), Cable Networks News (CNN) and the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), there is satellite news available with the MRTV.

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