Government responds to DTT help request

Malaysia’s government may subsidise some of the cost of the countries digital transition according to a report on web based Rapid TV News.
It quotes the Information ministry secretary general Datuk Kamaruddin Siaraf as saying in response to calls from broadcaster Media Prima, for help with the cost of the transition, that if the ministry were to take the lead, “we may subsidise the bulk of it, which would be the cost of replacing the transmitters”
He went on to explain that there was a committee within the ministry that would oversee receiver production to ensure that units would be sold at minimal cost. The target cost at present is RM300 (US$80) and there are no plans for DTT receiver subsidies at present.
Source: Rapid TV News
Item added: 9th March 2009