MDA: difficult for Singapore government to co-fund World Cup matches
I wasn’t surprised to read the Media Development Authority (MDA, the one that forces you to pay your TV and radio licence) saying that the World Cup telecast is a commercial decision.
But my eyebrows ratcheted up when it says “The Government’s funding for content on free-to-air TV goes towards a large number of public-service broadcast programmes that promote social objectives and national harmony. It would be difficult to meet requests for funding the World Cup broadcast which do not meet these objectives.” (TODAY, Jan 22)
I have no quarrel with the second part of this statement though many would ask, “Why not? It’s our money (TV licence) after all.”
All along I thought that the TV licence that they ram down our throat is meant to fund public-service programmes?
The statement gives the impression that it’s the government that coughs up the money.
The unthinkable can happen: that a country that brags about its first-world status, and one with a sovereign wealth fund that is mentioned in the same breath as oil-rich Arab countries is leaving its citizens in the lurch, forcing them to flee to Malaysia and other neighboring countries like Thailand and Indonesia to watch the World Cup.
No word is adequate to describe the utter absurdity of it all.
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