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VTV punished for broadcasting Asia's Got Talent

Released at: 05:02, 07/04/2015

VTV punished for broadcasting Asia's Got Talent

The station must pay a fine after failing to secure permission to air the program.

by Luong Nhi

Vietnam Television (VTV) was yesterday fined $2,316 by the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) for broadcasting the program Asia's Got Talent without permission.

The decision will enhance scrutiny of VTV. In recent times it has overseen a series of mistakes including the broadcast of false information, offensive sayings and images as well as faults in the advertisement of programs.

Four other programs, including the famous game show Vietnam Idol, have been re-approved for broadcast despite previous bans. The MIC also warned the channel about the potential withdrawal of other programs if it does not lift its standards.

VTV had previously expressed in a document delivered to the MIC that it had learned from its mistakes and wished to revive the banned shows. To that end, it also directly petitioned the Prime Minister. Even so, Asia's Got Talent has not been considered for reinstatement.  

VTV aired Asia's Got Talent on March 22 and 23. However, in a document sent to the station on March 18, the MIC made it clear that the program was not approved for broadcast.

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