The Prime Minister of Vietnam has ratified a plan for the development of radio and television broadcasting services in the country in the run up to 2020.

The plan, which was approved on August 19, aims to develop pay-for-view TV services in a sustainable manner and cater for the growing demand for entertainment.

It also aims at ensuring a healthy and competitive environment, and preventing monopolies building up.

People will be encouraged to gradually change from terrestrial TV wave services to other kinds, as the country’s television stations will broadcast in digital in 2020 as set out in a different plan.

By 2015 there will be up to 80 popular TV channels and around 50 specialised pay-for-view channels for viewers to choose from.

The ratio and content of all foreign channels will be based on a full calculation of the paid service system under different periods. The paid TV services are targeted to reach up to 40 percent of population by 2015, and 70 percent by 2020.

A radio and TV services market will also be set up, allowing regulated, healthy competition.

The next step is for the sector to mobilise investment capital and improve service quality.-VNA