TV5 was launched in 1992. It is the first private Cambodian TV channel of the country. Both the Ministry of Defence and the Thai media company KANTANA hold an equal share of 50 % each in it. The entertainment part and advertising are arranged without the ministry’s influence [KAS, 2009, p.52]. However, the news coverage is under the direct control of the Ministry of Defence that provides political guidelines. Although claiming to be neutral, TV5 only focuses on news regarding the ruling government. There is hardly any reporting on opposition parties and Thai Series are the most popular shows of the TV channel, especially among the youth [CMRD, 2015].
Media Companies / Groups
Mica Media Co., Ltd.
Mica Media owns 50% of the TV5 television station in a joint venture with the Cambodian Ministry of Defense.
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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.