Bernama

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Malaysian National News Agency
Pertubuhan Berita Nasional Malaysia
BERNAMA
Founded20 May 1968
HeadquartersKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Key people
Datuk Seri Azman Ujang (Chairman)
Nurini Kassim (Chief Executive Officer)
Datuk Zakaria Abdul Wahab (Editor-in-Chief)
Mr Mokhtar bin Hussein (Deputy Editor-in-Chief Domestic News Service)
Mr Mikhail Raj Abdullah (Deputy Editor-in-Chief Economic News Service)
Mr Ahmad Zukiman Zain (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 Communication and Multimedia. Bernama is an abbreviation of Berita Nasional Malaysia (Malaysia National News). Bernama also means named or titled in the Malay language. It was set up by an Act of Parliament in 1967 and started work on 20 May 1968. Being the Malaysian government's official news agency, Bernama's content and views are decidedly right-leaning and pro-government of the day.[citation needed]

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, New Delhi, Bangkok and Beijing 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 Johor Bahru on 107.5 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
Broadcast areaMalaysia
HeadquartersWisma Bernama, Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Programming
Language(s)Malay
English
Mandarin
Tamil
Picture format1080i HDTV
Ownership
OwnerBernama
Launched1 October 2007; 12 years ago (2007-10-01)
Former namesBernama TV
(2008-2016)
Bernama News Channel
(2016-2019)
Websitebernama.com/tv/
MyFreeviewChannel 121 (HD)
AstroChannel 502 (SD)
Astro NJOIChannel 502 (SD)
Unifi TVChannel 631 (HD)
BernamaWatch live (Malaysia only)
iflixWatch live (Malaysia only)
YouTubeBernama News Channel Live
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 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 3 years later, in October 2019.[1]

Bernama TV staff were offered a contract with Gem Bytes Sdn Bhd on October 14, 2019.

Bernama Radio[edit]

Bernama Radio
Bernama-radio-logo.jpg
CityKuala Lumpur
Broadcast areaMalaysia
Frequency93.9 MHz (Kuala Lumpur)
107.5 MHz (Johor Bahru)
Slogan"Stesen Berita Bisnes Anda"
Programming
Language(s)English and Malay
FormatNews, Weather, Traffic, Information
Ownership
OwnerBernama
History
First air date
3 September 2007; 13 years ago (2007-09-03)
Former names
Radio24 (2007–2016)

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. From January 2012 it also started broadcasting in Johor Bahru, Johor at 107.5 MHz.[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 very 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
93.9 MHz Klang Valley Gunung Ulu Kali
107.5 MHz Johor Bahru, Johor and Singapore Gunung Pulai
100.9 MHz Kuching and Kota Samarahan, 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
  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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