Finland supports Vietnam’s continued renewal process to maintain economic growth and reduce poverty, said Finnish Ambassador to Vietnam Kimmo Lahdevirta.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (centre) launches the Vietnam News Agency's television news channel yesterday in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Quoc Khanh
The launch of V-News, which has been transmitting trial broadcasts for two months, was a significant event for Viet Nam's communication industry, he said.
"I believe the Vietnam News Agency will build a stable, trusted channel."
The Prime Minister praised the VNA as a trustworthy news service that had contributed to the country's development and was trusted not only by the people but also the Party and the State.
The Government took seriously the need to build a media group that would have a positive influence on the communication industry, he said.
The VNA should renew its operations, plan for the development of its personnel and invest further in the infrastructure to become such a group.
VNA General Director Tran Mai Huong said the launch of the channel marked an important step in the agency's effort to become the country's prestige communications group.
V-News's application of modern information technology was also expected to make the new channel a trustworthy supplier and receiver of information for the Party, the State, ministries and economic sectors, enterprises, its audience and overseas Vietnamese.
"There are many difficulties ahead, but I believe our ceaseless efforts will make renewal successful," he said.
V-News is the first channel of its type in Viet Nam to provide special reports of economics, science, social affairs and sports.
It will update its news bulletins every hour and telecast a special bulletin of political commentary and analysis from political representatives, managers, businessmen, experts and VNA journalists.
With almost 1,000 reporters and sub-editors across the country and 27 world bureaux, the VNA is set to broadcast the latest political, economic, cultural and social news.
V-News plans to telecast special programmes such as "Feedback", "Breaking News" and "Reporters' Prism" to inform the public of incorrect content and to refute fabrications, false information and schemes by hostile forces that run counter to the nation's interests.
The channel is now available via Vietnam Cable and Ha Noi Cable and will be included in cable television systems in many provinces across the country as well as in satellite television packages.
The channel will also be transferred directly onto the VNA website.
A State-owned agency that answers to the Viet Nam Government, the VNA is the country's official source of information which publishes official information and documents of the Party and the State.
It also provides information for the Party leadership and State management and gathers and publicises information through a variety of media to people and organisations inside and outside the country. — VNS