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ABC Cambodia - FM 107.5

ABC Cambodia Radio was established in 2008 by Seng Bunveng, also known as “Aja A”, and a reportedly pro-CPP commentator.

ABC Cambodia is famous for its breaking information about road traffic and accidents. Its approach to let people call in to report about accidents made it popular, but also created confusion when the information could not be verified in time.

Moreover, during the 2013 electoral campaign, Seng Bunveng, used a morning time slot to predict a military coup if the CNRP were to win the election. The day after and 3 days before the election, all its programmers, except music, songs and some ads were shut down by the Ministry of Information after the President of the National Electoral Committee asked him to stop] his provocative commentaries [WMC, 2013]. Seng Bunveng was sued for incitement by the opposition party for that commentary. The court, however, has not taken any action about the case yet.

 

After the elections, ABC resumed broadcasting and repeatedly called for mass rallies in Phnom Penh to support King Norodom Sihamoni’s call for the opposition to join the inaugural National Assembly session. Late 2013, Bunveng also used its radio to encourage students to report on any teachers speaking about politics in class.

 

 

ABC Cambodia is the most popular radio stations among general public [CMRD, 2015] as well as among youth in Cambodia [BBC Media Action, 2014, p.13].

 

Key facts

Audience Share

0.26

Ownership Type

private

Geographic Coverage

nationwide

Content Type

free content

Ownership

Individual Owner

Facts

General Information

Founding Year

2008

Founder

Seng Bunveng - was the owner of a Driving School before becoming the owner of ABC Radio in 2008.

Contact

Street Tunup Teok 7 Makara, Prek Thloeng, Cambodia(PHONE) 012 231 010

Financial Information

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Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

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Advertising (in % of total funding)

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Market Share

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The Cambodian media landscape counts at least two new outlets, a TV and a newspaper. Since the former started its daily activity and the latter its broadcasting in 2015, MOM decided not to include as most relevant medium. With less than a year of existence, the audience shares would not be representative of their popularity.

It can be highlighted, however, that their growth is taking place rapidly and their strategy seems more aggressive than the existing media on the market. Both are now hiring journalists and newsroom staffs from existing newsrooms, heightening the competition on both TV and print sectors, which are already highly concentrated.