Incoming Communications Secretary wants to transform the state-run People’s Television Network (PTV) from a decrepit broadcast station to a world-class entity, similar to the United Kingdom’s British Broadcasting Company.
Speaking to ABS-CBN News, Andanar lamented how far PTV, which broadcasts via channel 4, has been left behind by other commercial networks from its “glory days” back in the 1980s.
He said it would be a waste if PTV is allowed to remain in the rut.
“Sayang naman kasi. If you check out UK, may BBC. Merong CBC [Canadian Broadcasting Corp.] sa Canada, may PBS [Public Broadcasting Service] sa Amerika, may ABC [Australian Broadcasting Corp.] sa Australia, at ang gaganda ng kanilang public broadcasting service eh. Bakit tayo hindi? Bakit tayo, bulok?” Andanar said.
The long-time news anchor of TV5 said he wants the government-owned network to be self-sustaining, as provided for in its charter.
Although a tall order, Andanar believes his goal can be achieved if corruption is eliminated from PTV-4’s operations with the use of political will