Produce more shows in English, RTB told

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STATE broadcaster Radio Televisyen Brunei (RTB) should offer more local shows in English as a way of catering to a wider audience, a visiting Thai official said.

Director of Media and Information Management Division at Thailand Public Relations Department Foreign Office Valeerat Sakornphan said she had difficulties searching for local television programmes in English during her five-day stay here.

“I tried to find TV channels that I as a foreigner can watch and learn about Brunei, but I cannot find them,” the director said in an interview before leaving at the Brunei International Airport.

She added: “Some of the channels that I managed to watch were in the local language (Malay) which we do not understand. If they are in English, it can cater to international viewers too and also there’s a lack of entertainment programmes.”

It was previously reported that the Thai delegation was interested to do programmes or publications featuring Brunei upon their return to their home country.

“Maybe we can do a scoop about the places that we visited during our stay here and about the Thai community living in the sultanate,” she continued.

Sakornphan said despite years of bilateral relations with Thailand, the sultanate is not known among most Thais.

“We know Brunei, but we are not sure what is in Brunei that we can learn and understand better,” she added.

The director went on to laud RTB’s technological advancements.

“I think they have better (technology) than in Thailand… you have a new centre which has complete scale of service,” she continued.

She also praised the development of infrastructure in Brunei over the years since her first visit in 2013.

During their five-day stay in Brunei, the five-member Thai delegation visited museums, Darulifta, Hana Soy & World and the Golden Corporation Sdn Bhd in Tutong.

The Brunei Times