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Oil squeeze cuts broadcast skeds

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TV broadcast hours have been cut by four hours (1 a.m. to 5 a.m.) for six months beginning in mid-July to help the government overcome a shortage of fuel oil.

“But stations committed to contracts for airing sports events such as overseas football matches could continue airing them. Breaking-news sessions are also exempted,” said minister for communication and information Sofyan Djalil.

His decision “is not tantamount to curbing the freedom of the press,” Djalil noted, adding that broadcasters put forth the plan.

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