|Party Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong was among several of the country's top leaders to visit the Radio Voice of Viet Nam on the occasion of its 70th anniversary in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and government officials attended a ceremony in Ha Noi yesterday celebrating the 45th anniversary of Vietnam Television (VTV)'s first broadcast.
From its humble beginning 45 years ago, VTV has grown into a prestigious broadcasting station in the region with more than 4,000 staff, a modern technical infrastructure and presence on all continents.
Catching up with global media trends, VTV has made... breakthrough initiatives across management, finance, human resources, marketing and technology, helping it to annually contribute VND500 billion (US$22.7 million) to the State budget.
VTV General Director Tran Binh Minh, in his speech, said VTV strives to be on par with its Asia-Pacific counterparts by 2020, becoming one of the leading TV stations regionally.
Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam hoped that VTV would broadcast more quality programmes that honour examples of good deeds and fight against negative phenomena disrupting the country's sovereignty and interests.
He called on VTV to rally all possible resources to develop itself into a strong media consortium up to regional stature.
Amid the globalisation, VTV should continue fostering the spirit of innovation and creating broad social unity, making it a factor behind the country's rapid sustainable development, he added.
The PM also took the occasion to present the Labour Order, first class, to the VTV broadcasting centre in HCM City, and the Labour Order, second class, to the Department of International Cooperation and 12 outstanding individuals from 2010-2014.
Another seven outstanding individuals were also bestowed the Labour Order, third class, by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam.
VOV marks anniversary
Radio Voice of Viet Nam (VOV) was awarded the First Independence Order, for the second time, on its 70th anniversary in Hanoi yesterday.
Dignitaries attending the meeting included Nguyen Phu Trong, party general secretary, Tong Thi Phong, vice chairwoman of the national assembly and Vu Duc Dam, Deputy Prime Minister, among others.
In his address, Nguyen Dang Tien, VOV Director General reviewed the achievements of the national broadcaster, which was founded on September 7, 1945.
"Five days following the birth of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam, at 11.30 AM on September 7, 1945, VOV transmitted its first programme to the world," Tien said.
Tien said in an era of information explosion, VOV has operates in the four main categories of media – radio, television, newspaper and online.
"VOV airs more than 600 hours of programming a day with more than 250 programmes catering for listeners inside and outside Viet Nam. Our air coverage reaches more than 97.4 per cent of Vietnamese territory and vast areas in the East Sea and across the World", Tien added.
Dam, Deputy Prime Minister, extolled the achievements of VOV staff over the last 70 years.
He called on editors, sub-editors, reporters, announcers and technicians to work harder and maintain a good political stance to make VOV a reliable station for listeners, inside and outside the country.
Dam expressed his hope that VOV would link Vietnamese people with people in all five continents and contribute to national construction and defence and for peace, co-operation and development in the world. — VNS