The incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s chief of communications request help from Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in creating state-owned PTV 4 into a self-sustaining and independent network.
In an interview, former TV5 broadcaster Martin Andanar said that technological advancements and management reforms in various state-owned media would means to revamp its operations into critical and independent way.
Andanar seeks help to the Australian Network, where he also trained before, to teach the staff of state-controlled media and he also said his office will ask help from the local media firms.
The communications chief believes that the PTV4’s charter must be change aligned with Australia’s ABC that according to him also patterned to United Kingdom’s network BBC.
He also backs Duterte, who previously slammed by different media groups over media killing remarks, said the incoming government will practice three important principles justice, fairness and equality, with this primary values he said there’s no reason to exercise editorial independence in media.
Andanar pointed also that the incoming administration will position a freedom of information police on each offices of executive branch to ensure flow of information to the public and to guarantee transparency and accountability.
Part of communications reforms of Andanar is to re-training of the information desks of government to give more relevant data and studies, also he wanted to merge the Philippine News Agency (PNA) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) into a single body.
He said PNA was formed during martial law because of the dearth of information and now time has come that it should act as a government newsdesk.
Duterte’s communication chief sees the struggles of press freedom in the country, but he believed that even the ABC and BBC has its own struggles and challenges but stand it’s way to be reputable state-owned media.
Andanar said PTV 4 will definitely have it’s own challenges before it will be the BBC of the Philippines but he would work hard to achieved it, eventhough it’s a tough battle for him.