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Indonesia need to learn about PBS’s system in US

This is interesting to find that public service broadcasting (PSB) and radio service broadcasting in United States become independent media institution that might difficult to be done even by private media institution in US that sometime still bring their ideology in writing story.

Bill Cohen, reporter of Ohio Public Radio/ Public Television for Statehouse News Bureau said that his media ideology is to serve public, not to serve anyone else even government that support some of its operation.

“Our audiences are only 7 % of US’s population, but it grows year by year. Mostly they are educated people”, about he add.

Another important thing is about audiences’s donation for public service media in US. My country, Indonesia has PBS, Televisi Republic Indonesia (TVRI), but our public do not have willing to support its operation. TVRI’s operation is supported totally by government. This situation creates problem because in some cases, government still has some intervention to TVRI in term of its news contents that arise unfair reporting. It become reason why public rejects to support TVRI’s operation. Moreover, public’s need over information already provided by 10 private televisions in Indonesia that are more independence than TVRI.

I am sure that Indonesia needs public service media that serve public as Ohio Public Television/ Radio do. At least, PBS that has no financial dependence to anyone but public. Based on my observation I also find that indonesian private television in some cases fail in providing fair information since those are owned by some groups that have political interests to government.

On the other hand, this is understandable that TVRI still immature in running the concept of PBS since it have just been operate for 8 years after government had change TVRI ‘s status from state broadcasting television to public service broadcasting in 2002. In this case, I think TVRI should learn from US.

By Nurul Hasfi
Also published in SUSI's official website

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