Radio Television Malaysia

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Radio Televisyen Malaysia or RTM is a Malaysian government-owned television network which owns and operates a number of radio and television stations in Malaysia. At present, RTM runs 8 national (Nasional FM, Muzik FM, KL FM, TraXX FM, Ai FM, Minnal FM, Asyik FM, Klasik FM), 16 state (Perlis FM, Kedah FM, Mutiara FM, Perak FM, Selangor FM, Negeri FM, Melaka FM, Johor FM, Pahang FM, Terengganu FM, Kelantan FM, Sarawak FM, WAI FM, Red FM, Sabah FM, Sabah V FM), 7 district radio stations (Langkawi FM, Sibu FM, Limbang FM, Miri FM, RaSA FM, Sandakan FM, Tawau FM) and 2 television channels (TV1, TV2).

History of Radio Television Malaysia

Television was introduced to Malaysia in the 1960s. The first television network, Talivishen Malaysia, was inaugurated by then Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman on December 23, 1963. In 1969, a second channel was added to serve the nation's viewers.

Today, these two state-run television channels, commonly known as RTM 1 and RTM 2, both are government owned but they serve slightly different functions. RTM 1 is committed to promoting national unity, security and development. Besides, it also consists of mostly local educational and information programs in the national language. RTM 2 has been given a more entertainment-oriented role, it offering movies and other programming in English, Tamil and Mandarin. From 1963 to 1984, RTM 1 and 2 dominated the Malaysian broadcasting scene. RTM also has a nationwide radio network (affiliates, real audio, program schedules, archived broadcast material).

Does Malaysia Need RTM?

Does Malaysia needs RTM the radio television of Malaysia? In conjunction with that question, we should initially understand its origin on this subject, whether it should be continue broadcasted in the Malaysia television network or not to be continued and support on its existence no more.