Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Skandal media Najib -Taib Mahmud: CNBC batalkan program World Business!!

Sebentar tadi, dalam satu mesej di Twitter, portal berita Sarawak Report mendedahkan bahawa pendedahan skandal media antara Najib Altantuya dan Taib Mahmud dengan konglomerat media CNBC, amat mengejutkan!

Dalam laporan awal Jalan Pulang yang bertajuk
PANAS!! Najib Altantuya DAN Taib Mahmud Buat Skandal Antarabangsa Lagi!!, CNBC masih lagi mengekalkan World Business sebagai salah satu kandungan programnya.

Bagaimanapun, beberapa jam lalu, program tersebut telah dipadamkan dari laman web mereka sendiri!

Malam tadi, rupanya, Pemangku Ketua Ekeskutif CNBC, Charlotte Westgate mengesahkan kepada Sarawak Report bahawa program tersebut akan dikeluarkan.

FBC Media adalah penyedia program World Business untuk CNBC.

Sementara itu, APCO Worldwide, yang dikaitkan dengan skandal "pemulihan imej" Najib Altantuya yang mencetuskan kontroversi pembayaran wang rakyat RM77 juta pula ialah syarikat induk FBC Media!

Perbuatan membayar untuk melobi imej baik adalah salah menurut undang-undang media antarabangsa.


The global news broadcaster CNBC has axed its flagship business show World Business, following an exclusive expose earlier this week by Sarawak Report[see previous story].

We revealed how BN politicians, including the Prime Minister Najib Razak, Abdullah Badawi and Taib Mahmud have been paying the production company, the UK-based FBC Media, millions of ringgit of taxpayers’ money to buy them positive publicity on the show.

Allowing slots to be purchased in this way, deceiving millions of viewers who thought they were watching impartial programming, is a serious breach of broadcasting laws, for which broadcasters such as CNBC’s parent company, the American broadcasting giant NBC, would be held ultimately responsible.

Last night the company’s acting chief executive, Charlotte Westgate, made this statement to Sarawak Report confirming the decision to withdraw the show:

“In light of serious questions raised last week, CNBC immediately initiated an examination of FBC and its business practices and has withdrawn the programme ‘World Business’ indefinitely.”

Further questions to answer

The BBC, who also carry programmes by FBC Media have yet to respond to our enquiries, however it is believed they too have launched an immediate enquiry into the activities of FBC Media.

CNN has also carried a number of suspect shows made by FBC, including a number of interviews with Najib by the company’s President John Defterios.

Meanwhile, there remain many questions that the broadcasters still need to answer.

According to broadcasting laws it is the broadcast company that is held ultimately responsible by the licencing authorities for the content of their programmes, so how could they have allowed the corruption of one of their top shows by Malaysia’s BN politicians to carry on for so long?

Our key questions are these:

Did CNBC not notice how Malaysia was being constantly featured, showing nothing but praise for the BN government, despite widespread concerns about the country’s corruption?

Did CNBC not examine FBC Media’s business model, available on their website, which plainly shows how the production company doubled up as a PR company flogging slots on their shows to top dollar clients?

And, our most important question of all, can CNBC please make public the arrangement under which they commissioned the World Business programme from FBC Media ?

Evidence from FBC’s previous Annual Reports indicates that CNBC was getting the show for free and leaving it to FBC to raise their income and profits from “sponsorship”!JALAN PULANG

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