Thursday, December 15, 2011

Radio Nepal in financial crisis, to close down ?

Exceprt from a report published in "Republica".....

Quoting senior officials of public broadcaster Radio Nepal, Minister Gupta said that the broadcaster is likely to shut down operations within a year because of financial crisis unless the Ministry of Finance allocates additional budget. At present, Radio Nepal is incurring a loss of Rs 40 million annually. Senior officials at Radio Nepal met the minister on Tuesday. Meanwhile, after failing to get salary for last two months, Radio Nepal employees submitted a memorandum to MoIC and the Development Committee asking for assistance. "There is no immediate income-generating source and financial situation of the oldest broadcaster is getting worse by the day," he said. Secretary of MoIC Shreedhar Gautam said he has written to MoF a few months back seeking assistance for Radio Nepal but has not heard from the ministry.

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