TV stations should air only locally-made ads, minister

Jakarta (Antara News) - Communication and Information Minister Sofyan A Djalil said Indonesian television stations should only carry commercials made by local advertising companies.

"This rule should be included in a ministerial regulation or in an Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) directive and the public should be familiarized about it," he said here on Friday.

He said by airing only locally-made advertisements, the broadcasting industry would also be creating more job opportunities for Indonesians.

"Malaysia has also banned the airing of foreign-made commercials by its television stations. The point is that advertisements made in other countries should not be aired in Indonesia," he said.

Citing an example, he said Indonesian television stations were now often showing soap commercials that were made in another country. .

MoU with Microsoft

About the possbility of the government signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft, Sofyan said his office was still studying it.

"We need to do a survey first on how many computer units are needed and how much they will cost," he said.

The survey was still being conducted by the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) and also being done to know the number of computer units already owned by the government.

Previously, Tresna Soenardi, a member of the Business Competition Supervising Commission (KPPU), said the talk President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had held with Microsoft chief executive officer Bill Gates on June 27, 2005 during his visit to the United States could not be used as the basis for an MoU with Microsoft.

"It is up to the consumers whether they want to buy Microsoft or others, meaning that an MoU with Microsoft is not proper and does not need to be pursued," he said.

The MoU was supposed to be followed by the signing of a contract on March 31 at the latest. Under the contract, the Indonesian government would buy the license of 117,480 Microsoft Office and 35,496 MIcrosoft Windows units.(*)
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