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  • Flying Foxes visit Yangon

    Flying Foxes visit Yangon

    Premier League champions Leicester City won over Myanmar’s football fans with a fleeting visit to Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda on May 22.

  • Shan and Southern start second-half surge

    Shan and Southern start second-half surge

    Myanmar football’s mid-season break often brings great changes in teams’ line-ups and their resulting fortunes – and 2016 looks set to deliver the same. 

  • Myanmar martial arts’ French affair

    Myanmar martial arts’ French affair

    Tomorrow 300 martial artists from across Europe and Africa will converge on the French city of Grenoble for the annual International Thaing Bando French Open.

  • They made it!

    They made it!

    At 7:17am on May 19 Nepalese time, Pyae Phyo Aung and Win Ko Ko stepped onto the roof of the world, becoming the first Myanmar climbers to summit Mount Everest.

  • Can anyone catchYadanarbon?

    Can anyone catchYadanarbon?

    Two forces, representing the nation’s two largest cities, have dominated the history of the Myanmar National League.

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  • Go West: They do ribs well

    Go West: They do ribs well

    The West Bar & Grill’s soft and distinctly un-wild opening impresses with delicious local ribs – teething problems aside.

  • Visceralicious: Zephyr pork-stick shop

    Visceralicious: Zephyr pork-stick shop

    It's enough to get tummies rumbling with hunger: the smell of well-boiled pig viscera. Even casual passers-by turn their heads and start salivating when they catch a whiff of intestines,…

  • Review: John Dee’s Steak House

    Review: John Dee’s Steak House

    I must have been in the wrong place. The brown, non-descript interior and faux-velvet conference chairs didn’t look like they belonged to the “best restaurant in Yangon” – which is…

  • Street eats: Yangon’s best mohinga shops

    Street eats: Yangon’s best mohinga shops

    Anyone who has spent more than a day in Myanmar will surely know about mohinga, the “national dish” consisting of thin noodles in a fish-based broth. In light of all…

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    Street eats: mote lin ma yar – couple’s snack

    As an active young woman and an ambitious, hard-working staff member in a busy office, I have a habit of breaking the three-meal-a-day rule. Breakfast, lunch and dinner aren’t enough…

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  • Ooredoo first to go 4G

    Ooredoo first to go 4G

    Ooredoo has begun its fourth-generation rollout in Myanmar’s main cities: Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw.

  • IFC proposes $60m telco towers deal

    The  International Finance Corporation is considering a major investment in Myanmar telecoms infrastructure firm Irrawaddy Green Towers (IGT), according to documents obtained by The Myanmar Times. 

  • Ooredoo to roll out next-gen internet service

    Ooredoo to roll out next-gen internet service

    Ooredoo Myanmar announced yesterday that it will launch 4G internet services this month – making it the first mobile operator in the market to move up from a 3G network.

  • Ooredoo net profit in the black

    Ooredoo Myanmar has made its first net profit and added 1.1 million subscribers to its user base over the January-to-March period, according to first-quarter financial results for its Qatari parent.

  • Telenor reaches 15.5m users

    Telenor Myanmar has added 1.8 million customers over the past three months, bringing its base to 15.5 million subscribers.

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The Myanmar Times

Myanmar media reform: Publish and be damned?

A vendor sells journals on the streets of Yangon January 2012. (Yadanar/The Myanmar Times)A vendor sells journals on the streets of Yangon January 2012. (Yadanar/The Myanmar Times)

The announcement was hailed around the world as a further sign of reform: Myanmar would again allow privately owned daily newspapers from April 1.

In the media industry, where companies and journalists have lobbied hard for the right to publish daily rather than weekly, the news was greeted with a mixture of relief and trepidation, as the reality of compiling, printing and distributing a newspaper every 24 hours sunk in.

Even the editor-in-chief of one of the nation’s highest-circulation publications, U Thaung Su Nyein of 7Day News Journal, was unsure whether his team would be ready by April. He admits he was surprised that the announcement came so soon.

“Daily takes a lot of work – finance, human resources, machinery, more procedures and also responsibilities. We will try our best to be able to run daily by April. But things might not go well for whatever reasons. We might start later than that,” said U Thaung Su Nyein, who is also managing director of the 7Days’ publisher, Information Matrix.

Not all papers will make the transition from weekly to daily, and he said the weekly market would become more competitive.

“More people will read daily newspaper so only those strong weekly journals with solid news and opinion will remain. Small and uninteresting journals will get even fewer readers.”

But Mr Ross Dunkley, managing director of Myanmar Consolidated Media, which publishes The Myanmar Times in English and Myanmar, said he was confident his organisation would make the transition successfully.

“We have known for some time that [the announcement] was just around the corner and have commenced our planning,” he said.

“I’m confident that we have enough time to prepare ourselves. … This is going to be a tremendously exciting period for our organisation and we will pursue our goal. We’ve waited for this for a long time.”

While reports have suggested there could soon be eight to 10 daily newspapers, Mr Dunkley said there was “not room for 10 players or even half of that number”.

“I predict at the end of year one there will be no more than three left in the game,” he said. “I’d say don’t be in this game if you can’t afford to spend US$2 million or more. It wouldn’t be hard to drop $5 million before you saw some light.”

For journals lacking human or financial resources to go daily alone, there is the option of combining with like-minded publishers or focusing on smaller geographic areas, such as a single city or state and region. Dr Myo Min Htike, the owner of Venus News Journal, said he had already begun discussions with “some friends who share the same spirit and eagerness to publish daily”.

“We might combine to be a big publication but are still just discussing it at the moment,” he said. “The main challenges are capital, the staff capacity, printing and distribution.”

Even if his publication remains a weekly, he said he has plans to reform its contents to remain competitive in the daily environment.

“When daily private newspapers come out, I will definitely change our style. At the moment we focus mostly just on news.”

We are pleased to announce The Myanmar Times has been honoured with the silver and bronze awards in the Best in Photojournalism (News) 2016 category from WAN-IFRA! Congratulations Kaung Htet and Zarni Phyo!

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