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Indonesia's broadcast agency threatens to revoke TV licenses

Publication Date : 11-06-2014

 

The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) has warned two private television stations that it could recommend the Communications and Information Ministry revoke their licenses for unbalanced coverage of the presidential election.

KPI commissioner Agatha Lily said that the body would likely take the measure since the stations have refused to heed its call for balanced coverage.

“We have sent warnings to them, but they don’t seem to care. We have sent them reprimands and if they continue to ignore us, we will send our recommendation to the ministry to not renew their licenses,” Agatha said as quoted by kompas.com.

The KPI had previously issued warnings to Metro TV, TVOne and three networks of Media Nusantara Citra (MNC) Group — Global TV, MNC TV and RCTI.

Metro TV is owned by NasDem Party chairman Surya Paloh, a supporter of the Joko “Jokowi” Widodo-Jusuf Kalla ticket.

Meanwhile, Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa enjoys endorsements from MNC Group boss Hary Tanoesoedibjo, as well as TVOne owner and Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie.

 

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