Papuans encouraged to watch local TV station

A private company in a joint venture with the Papua provincial administration hopes thinks its fledgling TV station promoting local culture and education is about to take off.

The administration allocated Rp 13 billion (app! roximately US$1.4 million) in 2007 and will add another Rp 8 billion from the 2008 budget while Jakarta-based MetroTV — owned by Surya Paloh — provides technical staff and assistance.
 
Director of PT Papua Mandiri Television, France Jasman, said a pilot project involving 2.5 hours of daily programming began in May 2007 and would wrap up March 30.
 
Programming during the trial phase bore a Metro Papua TV brand in line with an agreement between Papua Mandiri and Metro TV.
 
“We choose Metro TV as our consultant during the trial run. Papua Mandiri Television will offer full programming as of April 1, 2008.”
 
France said local content would account for about 60 percent of total programming. The station wanted Papuans everywhere to tune in and the station aimed to cover all important Papua events, he said during a meeting with Independent Broadcasting Commission (KPI) in Jayapura on Thursday.
 
He added the station would be on the air from 4 to 10 p.m. daily beginning April 1. The provincial government would assist Papua Mandiri TV for three years — until 2011 — after which the station would be self-financing, he said.
 
France expressed optimism the TV venture would be profitable and attract advertisers. He said the management would sell programs to cities and regencies throughout Papua to earn profit and move toward independence.  (Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura)

Source: The Jakarte Post

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