Thursday, April 8, 2010

Fabricated TV-Show

Competition among TV stations seemed to be very tough that they would do anything, including paying guest to tell false story, so as to grab viewers' attention.

That's what I thought when I read on The Jakarta Globe about a lady presenter in TV-One who paid a guest to tell a false story during a talk show.

I hope that this incident is merely the work of the presenter and other individuals, and not TV-One which is owned by Golkar Party Chairman Aburizal Bakrie, otherwise it would give a bad name not just said TV but others as well.

April 08, 2010  Jakarta Globe

Well-Known TV Presenter on Wrong End of Story

A prominent television anchorwoman has found herself in hot water with National Police after it was alleged she paid off a man to pose as a member of the judicial mafia on news channel TV One.

National Police Spokesperson Insp. Gen. Edward Aritonang told Detik.com on Thursday that they had detained the man who claimed on television to broker cases on behalf of national police.

The man, identified as Andris Ronaldi, told police that he was paid by a television news presenter with the initials IR to talk on television.

“He said he was asked to say that he was part of the judicial mafia by the TV presenter,” Edward said. “He was paid Rp 1.5 million ($165) to do so.”

Edward said Andris was detained on Wednesday afternoon after what had been an intensive search. “We arrested him at his house and took him to the National Police headquarters,” he added.

Andris was a guest on “Apa Kabar Indonesia Pagi” (“How Are You Indonesia”), a breakfast news program on TV One, on March 18, 2010 with Denny Indrayana from the judicial mafia eradication task force. The talk show host was IR.

“We might question Denny as well,” Edward said.

According to Edward, Andris was wearing a mask when speaking on camera but after the show finished broadcasting, he removed the mask and he was introduced to Denny.

The National Police would also report IR to the Press Council for allegedly fabricating news, he said.

“We will report her to the Press Council and the Broadcasting Commission. According to Chapter 67 of Law No. 32 on Broadcasting, it is illegal to broadcast slander or lies. It carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a Rp 10 billion penalty,” he said.

Meanwhile, TV One chief editor Karni Ilyas said he was in a meeting with the news manager and producers. “I want to find out from them what really happened. I’ll make a statement later,” Karni said.

IR was not available for comment but seven hours ago she tweeted, “dear problems, my GOD is greater than you ...”

TV One, based in East Jakarta, is owned by the family of Golkar Party Chairman Aburizal Bakrie and his son, Anindya, is the chief commissioner.

8 comments:

umihoney said...

Interesting news Hizam.I believe that some stations do pay people at some point or another to 'spice' up so to speak.It's not uncommon too in other fields like politics even for commercial enterprise to get ppl to give 'testimonials'in promoting their products. We live at a time when its hard to believe what we see and hear anymore.

colson said...

What's new? In the late fifties NBC's quiz "Twenty One" had a major similar scandal of cheating.

Commercial TV will do anything, I'm afraid, to boost it's audiences. Foul play included, if necessary.

H. Nizam said...

@Umihoney,
I am aware about the practices of paying people to make stories in politics or business promotions, but TV station or other media are places where people seek for facts, so if they start fool audiences they must be ready to lost their business.


@Colson,
It is very sad if organizations that we expect to present the truth would deceive us like that.
Maybe they have been playing around with celebrity gossips too much that they failed to differentiate which can be fabricated and which cannot.
No wonder the government would want to censor them.

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

Risky businesss that, can destroy the credibility of your tv station

peter.

H. Nizam said...

Peter/Kiwi,
Yes it's terrible, it would destroy not only credibility of the TV in this case but others as well.

magicdarts said...

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yusuf said...

This is now a lot of unpleasant news in Indonesia, both of celebrity news or political news, but we should listen and take lessons from all the news there, do not easily float in it

H. Nizam said...

@MagicDart,
I am very glad that you like my blog. Thanks.



@Yusuf,
I agree that we should take lesson from whta's happening in Indonesia lately. Thanks for dropping by.ss