Friday March 7, 2008
First with the news
StarTwo gives you the run-up of the election reports in store on TV.
By SHEELA CHANDRAN
THE 12th general election tomorrow is an event Malaysians have been eagerly gearing up for. For the past month, terrestrial TV and satellite broadcaster Astro have been busy organising news teams to give up-to-date reports on polling day.
Apart from this, some TV stations have also produced special documentaries to keep viewers abreast of the latest news, as well as build up the nation’s patriotic spirit. Check out what is in store.
RTM1 and RTM2
Over 600 technical camera and editorial staff of RTM will be deployed throughout the country to ensure concise and up-to-date coverage of the elections. The largest group, with 250 people, will be stationed at Studio One at Angkasapuri; Istana Negara and Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur. An additional 100 crew members will be stationed in Sabah and Sarawak.
Jabatan Penyiaran Malaysia broadcasting director Datuk Abdul Rahman Hamid said: “With crossovers in over 20 locations throughout the country, RTM1, RTM2 and 32 radio stations hope to provide the latest information to readers and listeners.”
Viewers can tune in to Yang Sebenarnya (tonight, 7.30pm), a half-hour programme that analyses latest election news. Kata DiKota (tonight, 6.05pm) is a documentary highlighting the country’s development since independence.
On polling day, election fever will kick off with Selamat Pagi Malaysia Khas (tomorrow, 7.15am). The four-hour special will discuss the voting process with crossover news reports from the different states. Apart from this, both stations will continue having hourly news updates.
There will be a special election programme Malam Keputusan PRU 12 (tomorrow, between 7pm - 3am) featuring live interviews with Professor Emeritus Datuk Khoo Kay Khim, K.S. Balakrishnan, Datuk Johan Jaafar and Professor Madya Dr Mohamed Agus Yusoff. The programme, divided into four blocks, will be hosted by Hasrin Katok. Part of the programme will include crossovers to PWTC and the Election Commission (EC) in Putrajaya.
Both channels will feature scrolling bars with details of constituencies, winning parties and breakdown of votes through the night.
A total of 670 employees – that’s the number of TV3’s news and current affairs staff dedicated to work round-the-clock to ensure efficient coverage of the elections.
In addition to election updates on daily news bulletin slots like Buletin Pagi, Berita Terkini, Buletin 1.30, Buletin Utama and Nightline, TV3’s news team has also packed the news slots with the latest updates on campaign trails, crossovers at various “hot-spots” like Kepala Batas, Kota Baru, Kuala Terengganu, Ipoh, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.
Fuad Rahman, Zainal Ariffin Ismail and Ally Iskandar host these programmes.
Keputusan Pilihanraya Ke-12 (tomorrow, 9pm) is a live election programme featuring discussions with guests like Bernama’s Datuk Anuar Zaini, Universiti Malaya’s Datuk Dr Zainal Kling, Universiti Utara Malaysia’s Datuk Ahmad Atory Hussein and Yayasan Strategik Sosial’s Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria.
Media Prima Television Networks, News and Current Affairs director Datuk Kamarulzaman Zainal said in a press release: “We want to ensure only the best of news coverage for our loyal viewers. Therefore, it is important we ensure fast, accurate and up-to-date news. TV3’s employees will be working around the clock to ensure good coverage of the elections. The able team from TV3 include 183 from newsroom (including journalists and camera crews nationwide), 235 engineering staff and 183 from other supporting departments, including ‘runners’ who are entrusted in obtaining the official results from the various states and relaying it back to the main news operations centre in Sri Pentas.”
At the operations centre, a team of more than 10 will be inputting the data, which will then be approved by the internal auditors before allowed transmission by the news director and internal general election committee.
On polling day, Edisi 7 (tomorrow, 1pm) will air live crossovers from Dewan Millenium Kepala Batas in Kedah, Dewan Jubli Perak, Politeknik Ungku Omar, Ipoh and Dewan Masyarakat Penyayang in Penang. The 7 Edition news (tomorrow, 8pm) will continue to feature live crossovers from PWTC in Kuala Lumpur, Dewan Masyarakat Penyayang, Penang and EC in Putrajaya.
8TV will air live talk show, The 12th General Election (tomorrow , 9.30pm), which will feature updates on the elections results, discussions and commentaries with political analysts Datuk Chia See Jian, Dr Hu Yu Shan, Teh Ming Lie and Teh Tia Yean. Tan Chia Yong, Owen Yap, Chan Wei Wei, Chew Siew Yeong and Wang Piau Ming host. The station will keep viewers updated with election announcements throughout the day.
On election day, 14 TV9 stringers and reporters will be stationed at four hot-spots – Kota Baru, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan and Alor Star – to provide viewers with latest up-to-date elections information during its four daily newsbreaks (11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5.30pm).
“Our target market comprises the rural, mass Malay market who are very interested in politics. We believe they would be interested to know about the happenings in these states,” said the station’s editor-in-chief Sa’adullah Che Noor.
The station will have a special programme Keputusan Pilihanraya Umum Ke-12 (tomorrow, 8.30pm) featuring a discussion with political analysts Dr Shamsul Amri Baharuddin, Dr Rashila Ramli, Dr Sarjit Singh and Dr Lee Yoke Fee.
Astro Awani (Astro Channel 501) will introduce non-stop features with in-depth analyses, special reports, discussions, multiple points-of-view forums as well as a fresh presentation style.
Catch Suhaimi Sulaiman, Kamarul Bahrin Haron, Nazri Kahar, Zaiful Ariffin, Amir Mahmood Razak, Ashwad Ismail and Izwar Muzzani Abdul Wahid who will anchor Undi 2008 Analisis Pilihan Raya today at 7.30am, 5.30pm and 9.30pm.
Tomorrow, (from 6am to 6am the following morning), Awani brings live coverage through programmes like Undi 2008 Mari Mengundi (7am and 9.30am); WW Undi 2008 Khas (11.30am); Undi 2008 Perkembangan Pilihan Raya (noon, 2:30pm); Undi 2008 Pasca Pilihan Raya (5.30pm); Undi 2008 Keputusan Pilihan Raya (7pm till 3am) and Undi 2008 Keputusan Pilihan Raya (3am till 6am).
The excitement continues after polling day when Undi 2008 Analisis Pilihan Raya (post-election) returns with post election news on Sunday and March 10 (7.30am, 5.30pm and 9.30pm). Viewers will be treated to in-depth analyses of the results and views on what to expect from the newly-formed government.
Astro AEC (Astro Channel 301) presents a Daily Special Report tonight (11pm). Tomorrow, the station will carry four hours of live coverage on the election result announcement to public. The programme, which will be in Mandarin, will be aired from 8.35pm to 12.30am.
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