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Broadcasting Bill Seeks Approval from Lower House

Myanmar’s first ever broadcasting bill will seek approval from the parliament’s Lower House after it was passed by the Upper House, according to the state-owned Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV).

When the broadcast law comes into effect, all media including state-owned and private broadcasters can “fairly compete with each other” and the law would also “guarantee preventing any one firm from commercially monopolising” the media market, said MRTV Director-General U Tint Swe.

MRTV, which is under the Ministry of Information, signed amended agreements last week with private broadcasters in a bid to increase monthly income by twofold by leasing its infrastructures. 

Currently, two private satellite TV services – Forever Group and Shwe Than Lwin Media – and six FM radios – Mandalay, Pinsawady, Padamyar, Cherry, Shwe and Bagan – are using MRTV’s infrastructures.

Also, a number of foreign media, especially from Thailand, has been seeking to enter the local TV market recently.

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