Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Media Prima may get more TV stations

Media Prima Bhd is not dismissing the possibility of owning more television stations as part of its expansion plans.

Its Shared Services and TV Network Chief Operating Officer, Datuk Kamal Khalid, said the company would be more than happy to operate more stations.

"But, in the absence of that possibility, we will try to work with companies like Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) to use all alternative delivery methods to reach our customers," he told reporters at the launch of Emas Channel 104 here today, which would offer retro contemporary concept programmes.

It will be transmitted through the HyppTV television Internet Protocol services provided by TM.

Asked whether Media Prima was interested to operate Bernama TV (BTV), he said that there were no such plans and neither has the company been contacted by the government.

Kamal, who is also Chief Operating Officer for Business Development and International, said spectrum was limited and this was one limitation faced by free-to-air TV operators like Media Prima.

He said the company would like to have additional spectrum and secure licences to do something else but this was very difficult.

On another development, Kamal said Media Prima would step up efforts to sell over 40,000 hours of content available in their archives.

The company expected the content contribution business, which currently contributed less than RM10 million, to grow further as it aimed to supply more content to the region.

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