PTV hits the ground running

Have you noticed an improvement of signal quality of the video and audio of the flagship government station?

“Transmission upgrade,” said Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar when asked about the changes in PTV4. “This forms part of the network’s modernization plan.”

“Images are now more vivid, sharper, and real-life,” said Andanar beaming with pride, “And we’ve only just begun.”

Secretary Andanar wants to streamline and maximize government’s media assets. His first order of the day for PTV is assessing the capabilities within the network. “We cannot rely on guesswork. We have to identify what areas that need attention with the right system. We need a technical audit of all RF transmission mode,” Andanar said.

Andanar added, “PTV will undergo a major revitalization program to make the station at par with International Broadcast Standards. A law should be passed to create the People’s Broadcasting Corporation to replace PTV4. We are looking at the BBC of the United Kingdom, NHK of Japan, and ABC Australia.”

“Teams from BBC and ABC are set to visit the country to train our broadcast people to observe editorial independence through innovative programs and intelligent treatment and analysis of news reports, as well as developments of national and international significance,” Secretary Andanar said.

The Palace communications chief envisions a revamped independent media network. “We may not be number one but we must be premiere and credible with nationwide presence,” Andanar underscored.

State-of-the-art broadcasting facilities shall be established in the Visayas and in Davao City in Mindanao as crucial sites for government information campaign. Davao City is relatively typhoon-free and capable of conducting maximum broadcasting services to the public.

Also in the pipeline are the establishments of the first Muslim TV to be called Salaam TV and Lumad channel in the country. The plan is in sync with President Duterte’s commitment to be kept abreast with the issues and concerns of the indigenous peoples, such as education, livelihood and the protection of their cultural identity. (PND)