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CNN, Skynet signs for LAN
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According to Shwe Than Lwin Media Company, the contract - which also contains a course programme - is to be extended each year. Greg Bietchman, CNN International VP for distribution of contents and partnership, said Myanmar is an interesting country. "The establishment of the first 24-hour on the ground is an important landmark and it is our prerogative to be associated with an organization that strives for the CNN value and vision," he said.
The Irrawaddy said on May 7 that Skynet was in the middle of a transplant scan involving "a news agency that took part in the Nay Pyi Taw New Year' s festival by setting up a pavilion", a presidential office explanation, and a bribery of K5 million to a CPA.
Skynet was the only major news group to have a Nay Pyi Taw scandal during Thingyan this year, the article said. Meanwhile, Shwe Than Lwin proprietor U Kyaw Win has strong links with the former Union Solidarity and Development Party-dominated regime and the Myanmar Times reportedly reporting on the Myanmar Times as well.
U Ko Ko Ko Ko said that due to a shortage of capacities and personnel, Skynet will not broadcast any contents on its new channel Channel One for at least one year. Myanmar Times CNN will not make any decision on newsmaking, the head of the US Hong Kong intelligence alliance said, confident that Skynet will publish without prejudice and in order to preserve journalistic liberty - something U Ko Ko Ko said the proprietor would give to the editors.