Tamil programmes in RTM2

June 5th, 2008 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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After MIC raised the purported ban of foreign Tamil dramas on RTM2, RTM clarified that no such ban exists. While I disagree with the issue raised by MIC in the cabinet nonetheless, I am interested in the amount of airtime mentioned by RTM. Its reported that the Tamil  (not Indian?) programmes constitute 8.63% or 14.5 hours per week. After checking RTM2‘s weekly schedule, I discovered the following:

Tamil News – 30 mins x 7 = 3.5 hours

Tamil Movie – 2.5 hours x 2 = 5 hours (but i think one of the slot alternates with other languages)

Tamil Drama – 30 mins x 5 = 2.5 hours

Karuthu Kalam Forum – 60 mins x 2 = 2 hours

Musical shows = 3.5 hours

Islamic talk = 0.5 hours

Total is 17 hours, so I’ll count the movie slot as one only to make it 14.5 hours.

News and musicals each take up 24.13%, movie and drama slots each take up 17.24%, forum is 13.79% and the balance 1.7% is the Islamic talk. The drama is aired at 1.30am on weekdays, while one of the tamil movies is on Sunday late night (Monday early morning). Thus 34.48% of the airtime is after midnight!

News is at prime time (8.30pm) and the other programmes are between 6 and 7pm.

Good news is that Hindi programmes do not seem to take up Tamil programme slots, which was my initial thought. Thus, Indian programmes (Hindi + Tamil) is about 23 hours per week.

I guess 8.63% is fair representation. If include Hindi programmes, it is  about 13.69%.

KUALA LUMPUR: Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) has not stopped any plans to stop airing Tamil language programmes on RTM2, said Abdul Rahman Hamid, the director-general for broadcasting.
In a statement yesterday, he said RTM had also not received any directive from the Information Ministry or any other ministry on the matter and would continue to show both local and foreign Tamil programmes and films over RTM2.

“If there is any objection to broadcasting, it is due to the failure of the programme concerned to meet the conditions and quality set by the RTM Quality Committee and the Film Censorship Board that comes under the Home Ministry,” Abdul Rahman said.

He said this to refute a report by a foreign news agency that alleged that the Information Ministry had decided not to air Tamil dramas from India over RTM2.

Instead, he said, RTM always studied the demand for broadcasts in various languages and would increase them, based on suitability.
Abdul Rahman said presently Tamil programmes took up 14.5 hours of airtime over RTM2 which was 8.63 per cent per week in three categories of programmes.  He said RTM also aired programmes in other languages, including English, Chinese, Korean, Arabic and Spanish.

Furthermore, he said, there were ongoing efforts to increase programmes by local production companies so they could compete and stand on their own globally. – Bernama




  1. K.Thiruselvam says:

    TAMIL LANGUAGE GROWTH is the objective and project of the SRI PETALING branch of the Malaysian Ceylonese Congress. As branch chairman, I personally take care of this project, and our intent is 500 TAMIL CLASSES all over the country. We are pooling the resources of retired Tamil school teachers (500+ Tamil schools….mainly in rural areas); graduate students of Indian studies, senior people and others to teach Tamil in their respective homes, with the dining table as a platform. They keep the monthly fees of RM30 per student for 2 weekly lessons. The idea is to get the urban children to speak, read and write TAMIL. An ardous task, but worth every one of the 247 alphabets.

    Do moot this plan of action/idea in your locality, be it anywhere in the world. My on going action is the pooling of names, tel no, location by town.,village.,or street etc and have a published directory of MALAYSIAN TAMIL TEACHERS. Also in the mill, is newspaper advts, to introduce the Tamil teachers to the community.

    Any ideas/suggestions. Clasees are for children aged below 12. I will share a surprise. Adults have asked for public speaking classes.

    Awaken. Tamil Molli Valarga.


  2. deepa says:

    why is that even in year 2011 rtm is broadcasting the same drama that had been aired in year 2010. don’t they know that there are people whom have watched these dramas. are they making us look like a fool by watching these dramas all over again wherelse it has been NOT more than a year those dramas have been aired.
    Bollywood dramas that has been aired never once been repeated. Why tamil dramas??????????

  3. veknish says:

    pls replay the tele movie aduku maddi wish was play in rtm2 on 19/2/2012 is nice storyi