PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – The Cambodia National Rescue Party’s (CNRP) TV station continues to seek partnership from foreign companies, but it is determined to commence by the end of 2015.
Yem Ponhearith, CNRP spokesman, told Khmer Times, “Cambodian Independent Media Co Ltd., has received a TV broadcasting license from Ministry of Information and then this company will contact due to the technical preparation with three difference private Thai, French and Chinese companies to operate our TV station.”
“To date, we have been discussing with those private foreign companies to run broadcasting, but we haven’t chosen any company as partner yet,” said Mr. Ponhearith adding that to date, they have got seven shareholders registered.
On Sunday, April 19, CNRP president Sam Rainsy wrote on his facebook page announcing this new CNRP-friendly TV station will begin broadcasting before the end of 2015.
“We have just learned that a CNRP-friendly private television company […] is to be operational before the end of this year after due technical preparations and financial arrangements,” said Mr. Sam Rainsy.
Mr. Sam Rainsy added that the name for the TV station would be called ‘Sun Television’, but CNRP spokesman said the name is still unofficial.
According to Mr. Rainsy, this new coming TV station rises from the culture of dialogue between the ruling and opposing party leaders.
In February, Khmer Times learned that the capital investment to establish the station would stand around $4 million.
A source with experience with TV station told Khmer Times that in order to operate the station successfully, they would need the three key human resource: Editor-in-Chief, Professional Producer, and Technician Chief Operator. To run one TV station, one needs at least $10 million to keep the operation running at least for the first two years.