House leader bats for transparency in proposed sale of gov't TV stations

August 17, 2010 9:58 am 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Aug. 16 — A lawmaker has called for transparency on the planned privatization of television networks RPN-9 and IBC-13 to ensure that the government makes the most out of the proposed sale.

Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone, chairman of the committee on public information in the House of Representatives, said on Monday the government should be transparent in every aspect of selling these TV networks to make sure that its "proceeds go to government coffers and not to private pockets."

He said he hopes that the plan will push through this time, citing that previous attempts had not been successful.

"All past administrations have also vowed to pursue privatization, but because of their desire to beef up their propaganda machinery, privatization (of these TV networks) became non-priority," he said.

Evardone said government-run networks usually survive through government subsidies.

The Eastern Samar lawmaker noted the government can keep one network, the NBN-4, for its information dissemination needs, but should do away with the other two networks, to stop their bleeding.

He said that NBN-4 should focus its programming on nation-building and promotion of culture and history, and not so much on politics. (PNA)



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