Hanoi Radio and Television on November 10 inaugurated its new transmission and broadcasting centre and antenna tower in suburban Tu Liem district's Me Tri commune, the most modern of its kind in Vietnam.

It has been designed to serve about 20 million viewers and listeners in the north.

Construction of the facilities, worth nearly 500 billion VND (23.7 million USD), kicked off in 2010 to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of the capital Thang Long-Hanoi.

The 250m antenna tower is one of the highest television and radio towers in Vietnam, with a coverage radius of 100km. It will be used by Hanoi Radio and Television, Vietnam Television (VTV), Radio Voice of Vietnam (VOV) and other local television stations.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Hanoi Radio and Television Director General Tran Gia Thai said that the tower will improve the signal in the northern midland and Red River Delta region.

The facility will help broadcasters to switch from analogue to digital broadcasting in order to reach more viewers, he said.

Addressing the event, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh urged Hanoi Radio and Television, VTV and VOV to exploit the new facility effectively and speed up the transition to digital TV.

He also asked staff to report on all fields of life and national development and deliver high quality programming.-VNA