More than 100 local Indian artistes and their supporters gathered at the Naga’s Restaurant in support of the planned hunger strike to protest the lack of local content in TV stations and job opportunities.
At a press conference, MICCAF spokesperson NS Krishna put forth the coalition’s demands to have Channel 201 of Astro (Vaanavil) be made up of 100 percent local content by the end of 2013, and to have a Channel 202 (Vellithirai) to telecast more local telemovies on the prime time slot.
MICCAF also called for the resignation of Astro’s head of Indian programming, Rajamani Chellamuthu, holding him responsible for the lack of Malaysian-made programmes in the pay television service.
Krishna claimed that almost 300 Indians enter the entertainment field every year but many were left heartbroken for not being able to secure employment with the television stations and production houses.
“Out of this 300, five will find work in TV stations, three will become journalists and the others will end up in customer service or insurance companies,” claimed Krishna. Read more @ FreeMalaysiakini2
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