Kanharith reiterates no TV Station for broadcaster Sonando

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith on Wednesday revealed plans to split state-run TVK into three separate television stations but reiterated that no frequencies are available for independent radio broadcaster Mom Sonando. Mr. Sonando, who owns Beehive radio station, has over the past several years repeatedly requested a TV broadcast license only to be rejected each time on the grounds of a bandwidth shortage. He last submitted a request on February 10. “Now we don’t have television stations to offer because there are no frequencies,” Mr. Kanharith claimed on the sidelines of the Ministry of Information’s annual meeting Wednesday. … The Information Ministry has awarded at least three new television licenses since 2011, government records show. Those stations include the Cambodian News Channel, which is owned by Royal Group chairman Kith Meng, who is close to Prime Minister Hun Sen, and BTV, which is owned by Hun Mana, the prime minister’s daughter.

Khuon Narim