Myanmar International will take on BBC, Al Jazeera, CCTV.

Posted: 22 Feb 2010

"A new 24-hour international TV news channel will go on air in Burma next month, according to sources at the Ministry of Information. Named Myanmar International, the English-language channel is a joint-venture between the Ministry of Information and Shwe Than Lwin Co. Ltd, a large enterprise closely linked to Burma's military generals. The channel will reportedly operate as a modified version of the unsuccessful MRTV-3 which was intended for countering the international media coverage of Burma. The new channel will begin broadcasting on Mar. 27––Burma's Armed Forces Day––and will feature both Burmese and foreign hosts and news anchors, the source said. ... 'The ministry has directed us to develop this channel along the lines of CCTV, BBC and Al Jazeera,' said a TV staffer in Naypyidaw." Aung Thet Wine. The Irrawaddy, 22 February 2010.

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