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Dr. Francis Khoo
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SBS should not be given any additional public taxpayers funding if it insists on its in-program commercial breaks. Ever since it (SBS) brought in its in-program commercial breaks and more English language programs (eg. English language movies), SBS is no longer any different from any of the other three commercial stations.
SBS went against its original Charter by bringing in the commercials and by introducing the commercial breaks, it can no longer be regarded as a Public broadcasting station. By introducing the commercial breaks and the English language Movies, SBS has been losing its ethnic viewers in droves. It is nothing more than a commercial station now and should be treated as such and should not be given any favoured status above the other commercial stations.
If SBS wishes to behave like a commercial station, it should be left to fend for itself and not be supported at all with taxpayers money. Furthermore SBS, by its own admission is making about $56 million from its commercials and antagonising its viewers.