Govt to study RTM-Bernama merger


The government is considering merging Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) and the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.

He said a committee comprising people from various backgrounds will be formed this Wednesday to study the proposal.

“There are different views about the merger, so I have to study all aspects. There is a proposal for Bernama to be responsible for news and take over from RTM.

“This may reduce costs and the savings could be used to upgrade the programmes broadcast by RTM,” he told reporters at his ministry’s open house held in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Gobind is reported to have said in an interview with The Malaysian Reserve recently that the government is considering merging RTM and Bernama as a cost-saving measure.

Gobind also said RTM has been given six months to revamp its image and be more aggressive in drawing more viewers.

“However, any decision made has to be taken to the Cabinet to get the views and guidance of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“This is because Bernama was set up under an act of Parliament. So, if there are any changes, the law must be amended and tabled in Parliament,” he said. — Bernama