Sunday, October 19, 2008

A dedicated TV channel after 45 years

Vasantham Central is a mostly Tamil-language, free-to-air, Indian TV channel in Singapore. I've mostly watched the channel for the Tamil movies.

Vasantham, which means Spring in Tamil, is celebrating because from today it'll have its own channel. Its billed by the station as a historic milestone in local broadcasting. It is indeed historic.

On the other hand, a friend of mine asked yesterday why did it take so long and do we have to wait another half-century for a second Indian channel. The channel is part of the government-controlled Mediacorp TV which has a monopoly of free-to-air TV in Singapore. It has taken 45 years since TV debuted nationwide on 2 April 1963 and through the many changes in the local broadcasting scene.

Its good that there's a dedicated channel now but it also says alot when it has taken 45 years to have one.

1 comment:

Usha Sudharsan said...

I have heard about Vasantham in singapore. I never knew this truth until now..