Uzbekistan to Get a Rolling News Channel
Uzbekistan is to get its own 24-hour rolling news channel.
In the wake of criticism from President Shavkat Mirziyoyev about the standard of news reporting on state television, plans are now in place for the creation of Ozbekistan-24, which will broadcast day and night.
On May 4, Gazeta.uz cited a presidential decree ordering the creation of the station as saying its goal would be to provide the public with “objective and reliable information” and “real-time coverage of important events in politics, security, economy, culture, science and sport, at home and abroad.”
Mirziyoyev registered his gripes about the quality of domestic news production at a March 30 government meeting, when he complained that “the time for hooray patriotism has passed and we should have critical and analytical content on our televisions, so that viewers might instead await TV shows with impatience.” The entire outburst was itself aired on television.
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