Diaspora to have more access to Moldovan TV channels

Moldovan audiovisual authorities had sent intention letters to responsible authorities from 13 countries, in which large communities of Moldovans are residing. The Coordinating Council of Audiovisual (CCA) wants to start negotiations in order to ensure the broadcasting of Moldovan TV channels in residence countries of the Moldovan diaspora.

Thus, the CCA started to implement its decision of 15 February, focusing on countries where most of the Moldovans are living, including Italy, France, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Israel, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Great Britain, the US and Canada. The implementation of the initiative, which is meant to build multiple cooperation ties between Moldova and its diaspora, is tightly backed by the Bureau for Relations with Diaspora.

The decision would help set up bilateral ties and create a continuous dialogue with audiovisual authorities from countries that are mostly populated by the Moldovan diaspora. Thus, the initiative would ensure an easier, faster and handier access of the Moldovan diaspora to internationally broadcasted Moldovan TV channels and media sources. The project provides for the inclusion of Moldovan TV channels in the host-countries’ channel grid. The initiative would also create an additional source of information on Moldova’s social, economic, cultural and political life.

Moreover, the reform of the CCA implies the use of several opportunities to use and improve the institution's dialogue with the Moldovan diaspora. The reformation concept and the activity plan for 2013 of the Teleradio Moldova broadcasting company provides for the inclusion and use of internet resources as a broadcasting platform for its international TV channel, TV Moldova International (TVMI). In order to meet the demands of the Moldovan diaspora, the TVMI department will further broadcast TV shows like, Moldovenii de pretutindeni (Moldovans from everywhere), Vectorul European (the European vector) and Descopera Moldova (Discover Moldova) in a renewed format. The TVMI will also carry out a special project on the occasion of the upcoming spring holidays.

The decision provides for the creation of a working group made of two CCA members, Nicolae Damaschin and Cristina Mitu. It also provides for the creation of a foreign relations department, which would study and implement the necessary solutions in order to inform the diaspora. The head of the State Chancellery’s Bureau for Relations with Diaspora, Victor Lutenco would monitor the group. He counts on the fact that these changes in the audiovisual sector would facilitate the access to a more significant number of Moldovan emigrants.

Adapted from: MOLDPRES