Minister of Communications YB Pehin Dato Hj Abdullah presenting his speech yesterday prior at the dialogue. Picture: BT/Amir Noor
Minister of Communications YB Pehin Dato Hj Abdullah presenting
his speech yesterday prior at the dialogue. Picture: BT/Amir Noor
THE Ministry of Communications is hoping that through the review of Television Receive Only (TVRO) systems in the country will improve the qualities of entertainment and information and better contribute to the moral development of the audience.
Minister Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Abdullah Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Hj Bakar said this yesterday.
With Brunei being the only country that allows 'open skies policy towards broadcasting', TVRO users are more likely to receive unfiltered content that could conflict with the nation's values or instill unwanted influences to its users.
The minister said other countries have enforced restrictions on the transmission and reception of content broadcast.
He noted that according to an ICT survey conducted by Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), 99.6 per cent of households which have television sets throughout the country.
This has led to the ministry's to re-evaluate the use of TVRO and if necessary, introduce a policy for the use of TVRO systems in the Sultanate in collaboration with AITI, he added.
"What is hoped is that through this policy the broadcasting industry in this country will be more organised, competitive, dynamic, vibrant, controlled, an identity of its own, catered to public appeal as well as provide an establishment for locals," the minister said.
He went on to say that the Ministry of Communications and AITI are making efforts in developing the broadcasting industry in ensuring a higher quality of the programmes.
He hoped that with such developments and adjustments to the industry would allow it to be a contributor to the nation's economy.
--Courtesy of The Brunei Times