KUALA LUMPUR — At its weekly Wednesday meeting here, the Malaysian Cabinet finally approved the application by one of the country’s private terrestrial stations, TV3, to transmit around the clock.
Information Minister Datuk Mohamed Rahmat said the station could begin its new schedule anytime from the end of this month. He told a press conference, “Studies conducted by the Ministry indicated that the extended hours would not have negative effects.”
Months before, the minister had said the government feared extra hours granted to TV3 or other stations would turn viewers into “obese couch potatoes” with attendant undesirable social effects on the caring family concept.
In another development, cable network Mega TV will launch three channels — in Malay, Chinese and Tamil — next month. It also is prepping two foreign-originated channels.
Finally, digital satellite service ASTRO (All Asia Television & Radio Co.) started its new sports channel, Aster SuperSport, on Aug. 3, promising more than 500 hours of “live” telecasts of international matches.