You may want to read this article here about another typical 'airtime scandal'. However, its not about one who monopolises it but a TV commentator who went against the journalism ethics by dedicating much of his shows to the politicians he supports.
MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann was suspended without pay for giving too much airtime and also cash contributions to three Democratic politicians in his “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” show last week.
What the so-called Olbermann scandal has done, though, is reignite a national dialogue about a code of conduct for journalism in a new age of modern digital media and news saturation, and at the same time further underscore the confusion among many information consumers about the increasingly blurred line between news and opinion.
Olbermann is known for blasting the political right, particularly Republicans, and touting the policies of the political left.
In short, his program gives Democratic candidates and liberal causes the air time equivalent of millions of dollars in free publicity. Some would say that benefit greatly overshadows a few thousand dollars in personal contributions
Wow! But here in Malaysia, it is not a 'sin' to contribute thousand hours of airtime to politics. In fact, our TV stations, irrespective of government-owned or private-owned 'pro-govt', have subscribed to this form of propaganda a long time ago. Even the pro-Opposition private station like TV Selangor is specially founded to support the Pakatan Rakyat-led state government.
Such a 'ball game' by newscasters and news producers used to draw viewers to incline towards the political party they ride but the perception has changed. Most of us are getting blase!
And this monopoly will go on unchecked. Just like the awarding of television airtime to selected few, other airtime (including that of telecommunications) will come under the control of the same players. If you are new, dont waste your time, effort and money trying to get one!