The broadcast time for the Joint News Bulletin between Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) and Televisi Republik Indonesia (TVRI) known as 'Warta Serumpun' may be changed from midnight to 11pm to attract more viewers.
Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek said a more appropriate time for the time being was still being discussed with the Indonesian Communications and Information Minister, Prof Dr KH Mohammad.
"A more appropriate time was proposed for 10 pm Indonesian time and 11 pm Malaysian time," he said after launching the news programme at the Wisma TV Foyer, Angkasapuri.
The first 'Warta Serumpun' programme was launched at midnight (Malaysian time) in conjunction with the 63rd anniversary of the Indonesian Independence over RTM1.
In the slot Sunday night, the 30-minute programme aired the congratulatory message by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to the leader and people of Indonesia in conjunction with the country's Independence Day celebration.
For the time being, the programme would be aired at every weekend and the airtime will be increased from time to time according the technical capacity.
In addition, Ahmad Shabery said the broadcast time might also be extended from 30 minutes to one hour.
He said that a short broadcast time might not be able to accommodate more news items for viewing by the Indonesian and Malaysian viewers.
The programme would consist of the day's news, weekly analysis, live interaction with guests at the studio according to the suitability of the issues concerned, business news, items of human interest, and entertainment and sports news.
Warta Serumpun would be beamed via the satelite system and presented by moderators from RTM and TVRI.
In the first broadcast, Shabery also had a teleconference with his counterpart, Prof Dr KH Mohammad, on the regional news bulletin and its future prospect.
The regional news bulletin broadcast in Bahasa Melayu was the result of a consensus reached at the Indonesia-Malaysia Information Committee Meeting on June 11 and 12 in Jakarta.
Through Warta Serumpun, the people of both countries can understand issues relating to culture, social, economy and heritage better and lift up the ties forged over 50 years ago to a new dimension.
In another development, Shabery said Malaysia and Indonesia could bring a motion to introduce a similar programme to the Asean Information Ministers Meeting soon.
He said that with the direct news exchange, Malaysia would not have to wait longer to get news materials especially those relating top current issues and incidents like disasters.
He added that similar news broadcast among Asean countries was seen as the correct way to forge closer relations among Asean countries.
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