Says The Jakarta Post:
The government is unlikely to press ahead with a proposal to force TV
stations with national coverage to merge as there are signs that some of them
are already on the verge of merging to boost efficiency.... [T]he government would not issue any directive requiring TV firms to merge in the foreseeable future
Right on. Even though, you don't even need the qualifier that some TV stations do want to merge. It's not your business. And what's with that "in the foreseeable future"? You still want to do it, don't you? My goodness.
And here goes the best part:
Because of the tight competition, [Minister Djalil] added, most of the stations were being forced to produce cheap, low-quality programs, such as soap operas, supernatural shows, gossip shows and crime programs... If there were fewer TV stations, each of them would be able to secure better advertising revenue. This would eventually enable them to improve their programs...
Alright now I'm confused. Crappy programs are reflection of lack of competition, Sir. You need to open up. Let Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Animal Planet and others reach the general public.1 Translate if you like. That, trust me, will make all those craps, including the stupid-but-addictive infotainments, on TV driven out. We don't even need a fatwa, yes?
And you say fewer TV stations would enable programs improvement? Oh, I wonder why can't we just go back to the monopoly, TVRI then? Or, why in the world in countries with good programs there are 50 channels, including education programs?
1 OK, some people start screaming at me. Am I saying we should let any station accessible by everybody -- kids? Well, let the family decide.