CNRP TV to Be Ready Next Year—Studio Optional

First it was supposed to be up and running by the end of 2015, then it was to be ready by April and now the schedule is sometime before June 2017.

Sun TV, the hypothetical opposition-aligned television station the CNRP hopes to insert into a broadcast market dominated by the CPP, should be on the air before next year’s commune council elections, CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann told supporters on Sunday.

“We are working hard to get it done before the commune council elections, and if we cannot get it done, let’s just install a tower and a broadcasting machine and then just put on CDs to play,” Mr. Sovann said outside the party’s headquarters in Phnom Penh.

“There’s no need for a studio.”

The CNRP had bought land in Kandal province’s Takhmao City for the station, but authorities put the kibosh on the plan after neighbors complained about potential health impacts.

The CNRP, which accused the CPP of organizing the villagers, now has its eyes on land in Dangkao district on Phnom Penh’s outskirts, Mr. Sovann said.

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