Monday, August 04, 2008

Welcoming friends ...

A day after signing an MoU to enhance broadcasting and information cooperation with Malaysia, the delegation from Brunei Darussalam visited Bernama headquarters to get a closer look at our operations.
Energy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Pehin Awang Yahya Bakar led the delegation.
They were given a briefing on the role and services provided by Bernama which celebrated its 40th anniversary on May 20.
“It is said life begins at 40,” quipped editor-in-chief Yong Soo Heong before ending his briefing.
Apart from the Editorial Department, Pehin Awang Yahya and his delegation visited Bernama TV and Radio 24 – the agency’s venture into the broadcasting world.
Starting as a small audio-visual unit in 1998, Bernama TV launched its 24-hour operation on February 28.

The Brunei delegation also visited the NAM News Network (NNN) located on the 15th floor of Wisma Bernama.
Seeing NNN up-and-running must have been jubilant for Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Department Pengiran Datuk Paduka Ismail Pengiran Mohamed.
He had attended the Conference of the Ministers of Information of Non-Aligned Countries (Cominac) in November 2005 which endorsed host Malaysia’s proposal to set-up NNN.
But that was not the only joy for him.
He gave a big smile when he saw his “just a phone call away” phrase in this blog.
Talk about new media …

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