Magazine article New Internationalist

Eye Candy

Magazine article New Internationalist

Eye Candy

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Who wants to watch pricey satellite television, with its rolling news and international distractions, when there's a garden of propaganda delights to be explored on TV Myanmar? The channel has a short morning burst until 9100am, then breaks off until 4:00pm, presumably so no-one slacks off work in order to catch an eyeful. Some highlights from a regular viewing day - Tuesday, 18 March 2008.

AM

7:25 To be healthy: exercise programme

7:40 Documentary: Ying Nyein water gate

7:45 Short drama: 'Fire dropped on Thigh'

8:10 Burmese traditional floral design

8:20 Programme to honour the 63rd anniversary of Army Day

8:45 Lively cultural dance

PM

4:00 Military March music & Soldiers' songs

4:10 Prize-winning songs from the competition to honour the 63rd anniversary of Army Day

4:25 TV lesson for Distance University Education: 2nd Year Zoology major students

4:45 Songs to uphold National Spirit

4:50 Competition: playing musical instruments

5:10 Sing & Enjoy

5:50 Programme to honour the 63rd anniversary of Army Day

6:50 Variety of knowledge for fun

7:10 Foreign soap opera 'Love you, love you" (Episode 9)

8:00 Foreign soap opera 'Parallel of love' (Episode 13)

There are four 'news' bulletins, and if you are especially lucky you can catch a hapless presenter reading out verbatim a lengthy speech made by one of the generals. …

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