Launched in March 2003, the Cambodian Television Network or CTN, is the most popular station in Cambodia, covering 30% of the audience. It is especially appreciated by young Cambodians (15-20 years old) [CMRD, 2015]. A national TV channel, it is a free-to-air terrestrial television channel broadcasting from Phnom Penh and available by satellite with a paid subscription.
CTN was first launched as a joint venture between the Cambodian conglomerate Royal Group and the pan-European digital entertainment company MTG, based in Sweden. In 2004, it started to be distributed in the USA, Australia and Canada as CTN International.
CTN’s ambition is to reach 70% of the Cambodian audience and, to do so, introduced a variety of entertainment and educational programs formats from Sweden, the US and the UK. CTN is also airing home-grown documentaries and popular shows such as dramas, sports, and concerts [Roberts, 2011]. While the programming focuses on entertainment, morning and evening time slots are reserved to Cambodian and International news on a daily basis. International and Asian news is transmitted to CTN's broadcast facility in Phnom Penh via satellite from London.
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Cambodian Broadcasting Service (CBS)Co., Ltd.
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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.