IMDA PRAISE MEDIACORP FOR BETTER SCRIPTS, SAYS NEED MORE DIVERSITY IN CASTING ACTORS

Local Mediacorp dramas and those produced by independent producers now have better concepts and scripts with more "authentic" storylines and characters, says an annual report by the Info-Communications Media Development Authority's (IMDA) Programme Advisory Committees.

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The IMDA PACs issued their annual report publicly yesterday, which includes a review on English, Chinese, Malay and Indian broadcast content in Singapore.

The report praised Mediacorp for its greater diversity in drama themes, including even subject matters that are considered taboo.

The PACs commended local broadcasts in the local current affairs and info-educational series for their "high production standards and for spotlighting well-researched, timely issues creatively and sensitively".

For children's programs, the report also praised the increased use of dramas and information programmes such as Those Darn Questions (Channel 8) and Abraeureka (okto) tapped "innovative storytelling styles and unique concepts to foster audience interest in history, media literacy and science".

However, the PACs urged broadcasters and producers to increase diversity in casting calls, ensure greater consistency across dramas and recommended long-running current affairs series such as Bicara (Suria) refresh their presentation.

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