Watching TVM… and others?

Here’s a coffee shop in Hulhulmale where people are watching Waseem anchor the 2 pm news bulletin on TVM. There is a competing 2 pm bulletin on DhiTV, but the quality is not very good. I am sure they will improve with time, and they already are competing with TVM on breaking news.

During our time on Paradise Island, we saw some signal tests for VTV, or Villa TV, owned by the same company that owns the Villa resorts. We also met the former finance minister who owns the company and has plans to distribute a high quality digital signal to all the islands via satellite. I believe that more competition will improve the quality of all broadcast news media in the Maldives. All of the broadcasters could benefit from coaching in program content, presentation, fairness and ethics.