Bernama

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Malaysian National News Agency
Pertubuhan Berita Nasional Malaysia
BERNAMA
Founded20 May 1968
HeadquartersKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Key people
Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Mohd Radzi (Chairman)
Datuk Mokhtar Hussain (Chief Executive Officer)
Abdul Rahman Ahmad (Editor-in-Chief)
Mr Ahmad Fuad Yahya (Deputy Editor-in-Chief Domestic News Service)
Mr Khairdzir Md Yunus (Deputy Editor-in-Chief Business and Finance News Service)
Mr Jamaluddin Muhammad (Deputy Editor-in-Chief International News Service)
Websitewww.bernama.com

The Malaysian National News Agency (Malay: Pertubuhan Berita Nasional Malaysia), abbreviated BERNAMA, is a news agency of the government of Malaysia. It is an autonomous body placed under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia. Bernama is an abbreviation of Berita Nasional Malaysia (Malaysia National News) – it is also means named or titled in Malay language. It was set up by an Act of Parliament in 1967 and started work on 20 May 1968.

Overview[edit]

BERNAMA operates from its headquarters at Wisma Bernama, off Jalan Tun Razak near National Library, Kuala Lumpur. It has its branches in every state in Malaysia. It also has correspondents in Jakarta, Singapore and Bangkok and also its stringers in Washington, D.C., New York City, Australia and London. Most of the news media in Malaysia and Singapore and international news agencies subscribe to BERNAMA.

Bernama began reporting using the audio-visual medium with the opening of its audio-visual division in September 1998. It also has its own radio and television channel, Bernama Radio, which is a 24-hours news and talk radio station broadcasting in the areas of Kuala Lumpur or Klang Valley on 93.9 FM and Bernama TV a news channel which offers news in Malay, English, Chinese and Tamil on Channel 502 and Channel 631 of Astro and Unifi TV, respectively.

Bernama TV[edit]

Bernama TV
CountryMalaysia Malaysia
Broadcast areaMalaysia Malaysia
Singapore Singapore
Brunei Brunei
Thailand Thailand (South Thailand, particularly Songkhla, Narathiwat, Yala and Satun)
Indonesia Indonesia (West Kalimantan, Riau Islands, North Kalimantan and Riau)
HeadquartersWisma Bernama, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Programming
Language(s)Malay
English
Mandarin
Tamil
Picture format1080i (16:9/HDTV)
Ownership
OwnerBERNAMA
History
Launched1 October 2007; 14 years ago (2007-10-01)
Former namesBernama TV
(2008-2016)
Bernama News Channel
(2016-2019)
Links
Websitebernama.com/tv/
Availability
Terrestrial
Malaysia myFreeviewChannel 121 (HD)
Satellite
Malaysia Astro/NJOIChannel 502 (HD)
IPTV
Malaysia Unifi TVChannel 631 (HD)
Logo briefly used by the channel from 2016 to 2019.

Bernama TV (formerly known as Bernama News Channel)[1] is a Malaysian free-to-air news television network. It is owned by Bernama, a government news agency. It airs news programmes that are related to local and international business, lifestyle, sports and entertainment. Like Radio Televisyen Malaysia's television channels, Bernama TV have some amount of commercial advertising.

BNC news bulletins were initially aired on Astro Ria, Astro Prima, Astro AEC, Astro Wah Lai Toi and Astro Vaanavil, but they have since been integrated to one Astro network. Its news content is primarily broadcast in Malay. However, there are also news bulletin in English, Mandarin, and Tamil since 2018. Other shows that are broadcast on BNC are flagship talk-shows like Malay-medium "Ruang Bicara" as well as English-medium "The Nation" and "Bernama Today".

On 25 May 2016, BNC went into a major rebrand, rebranding itself from Bernama TV to Bernama News Channel (BNC) only to quietly revert to its original logo and name in October 2019.[1] The staff were offered a contract with Gem Bytes Sdn Bhd on 14th day of the same month and year. On 8 October 2021 from 12:00 am onwards, Bernama TV switch to broadcasting in HD format.

Bernama Radio[edit]

Bernama Radio
CityKuala Lumpur
Broadcast areaKlang Valley, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu
Programming
Language(s)Malay
FormatNews, Weather, Traffic, Information
Ownership
OwnerBERNAMA
History
First air date
3 September 2007; 14 years ago (2007-09-03)
Former names
Radio24 (2007-16)
Former frequencies
107.5 MHz (Johor Bahru)
Links
Websitebernama.com/radio/

Bernama Radio (formerly known as Radio24 or BERNAMA Radio24 until March 2016[2]) is the first all-news radio station in Malaysia. The free-to-air station began trial transmission on 2007 at noon and was officially launched on 3 September 2007 at 9:00 a.m. It broadcasts on the FM 93.9 MHz frequency that was formerly used by RTM's Klasik Nasional FM.[3][4]

The station broadcasts domestic, regional and world news through hourly news bulletins, quarter-hourly news highlights and breaking news as and when they happen through live field reports and telephone cross-overs. The station also has an array of talk-back shows. It also airs at frequent intervals, traffic, weather and stock market reports. The station also provides live audio streaming through its website. On 3 January 2011, the station began its Mobile Streaming service via smartphones, accessible through the devices on board internet browser.

The station underwent a minor rebrand in March 2016 whereby the station is now known as "Bernama Radio".[2]

Broadcasting in both English and Malay, the station is owned and operated by the news agency, and broadcasts from Wisma Bernama in Kuala Lumpur. For its first phase, the station's transmission covered the Klang Valley, which is home to approximately eight million people.

Tamil language broadcasting was introduced on 4 February 2017. The slot, known as "Tamil Oli", is broadcast from 11a.m. to 1p.m. and from 11p.m. to midnight every Saturday and Sunday respectively. It is created in collaboration with New Wave Events Sdn Bhd and will be based on an infotainment concept.[5] The introduction of such slots also means that Tamil language radio broadcasts will be launched in East Malaysia for the first time, since other Tamil radio stations available in Malaysia only broadcast in Peninsular Malaysia.

The old Radio24 logo before the rebranding exercise

Frequency[edit]

Frequencies Broadcast area Transmitter site
88.1 MHz Klang Valley Kuala Lumpur Tower
100.9 MHz Kuching, Sarawak Bukit Djin
107.9 MHz Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Bukit Karatong

Incidents[edit]

Noramfaizul Mohd Nor worked for Bernama TV as a TV camera operator when he was killed 2 September 2011 covering a humanitarian mission to Somalia.[6] He was the first Malaysian journalist to be killed while on assignment abroad.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bernama TV Rebrands As Bernama News Channel". Bernama. 25 May 2016. Archived from the original on 27 May 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b "BERNAMA RADIO, CIVICS BUREAU TO INSPIRE PATRIOTISM THROUGH TALK SHOW". Bernama. 22 March 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  3. ^ Malaysia launches first all-news radio station
  4. ^ "No blast on radio". Archived from the original on 21 October 2007. Retrieved 21 October 2007.
  5. ^ "Bernama, Ministry Intend To Reintroduce Tamil, Mandarin News Over BNC - Salleh". Bernama. 2 February 2017. Archived from the original on 12 February 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  6. ^ CNN. "Malaysian journalist killed in Somalia." 3 September 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011 CNN Archived 22 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine

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