Gobind: Bernama, RTM to submit proposed merger paper by end-July

July 13, 2018

Gobind: All vital aspects such as total workforce, cost and news channels would be looked at fully before any decision was made.

Bernama and RTM have been instructed to submit the paper on the proposed merger of the two entities by the end of this month to enable a final decision on the matter to be made soon, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo.

Gobind reassured that despite the rather complex looking merger, all vital aspects such as total workforce, cost and news channels would be looked at fully before any decision was made.

“For example, if there is a merger, who will be responsible for gathering information in terms of news, who will be responsible in terms of handling the news broadcasting process.

“It also involves the question of us having a surplus of manpower, that’s an important matter for me,” he said after a working visit to the Media City development site.

He said it was believed that the merger, which would probably incorporate a Media Kitchen, would be able to secure more investments for broadcast content with a surplus of savings from management costs.

The construction of Media City which started in December 2016 is due to be completed in September 2018. Work progress is ahead of schedule with phase one at 91% completion, Gobind said after a site visit at Wisma Berita in RTM on July 12.

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