VTV5 Television channel is one of the National TV channels of Vietnam Television (VTV), under the Ethnic Language Television Department. It officially commenced its inaugural broadcast on February 10, 2002, marking a significant event. This allowed ethnic minority communities in various regions to watch television programs specially designed in their own languages. Prior to this, ethnic language television for minorities was an important agenda item recorded in Party resolutions and Government decisions, demonstrating the Party’s deep concern for the cultural enjoyment of ethnic minorities. It affirmed political equality and contributed to the preservation, conservation, and promotion of the cultural identity of the 54 ethnic communities in Vietnam.
Despite initial hesitations and difficulties, those involved in Ethnic Language Television gradually affirmed their resilience, creativity, and, especially, their passion and dedication in designing programs to serve ethnic minority communities across Vietnam.
Since January 1, 2016, the Ethnic Language Television Department has officially broadcast VTV5 Southwest, incorporating the Khmer ethnic language. The content of these programs comprehensively reflects the socio-economic aspects of the provinces in the Southwest and Southeast regions, meeting the increasing information and cultural needs of the Khmer ethnic people in the region
In implementing the project to enhance the production capacity of ethnic language television programs, over the years, the Ethnic Language Television Department has invested in specialized equipment systems for modern television, suitable for the operational nature of the production team at 64 local Radio and Television Stations. As a result, the quality of programs and the capacity of the production team for ethnic language programs at local radio and television stations have improved.
The investment in 11 MS-3200 systems from Datavideo at the end of 2023, through the project ” Invest in program production equipment for Khmer language ” of VTV5, has been handed over and put into use for 10 local Radio and Television Stations in the Southwest region of Vietnam (Can Tho, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Tra Vinh, Tay Ninh, An Giang, Binh Phuoc). TVS is the sole entity providing, training, and delivering projects directly into the hands of end users. This will contribute to diversifying and enriching programs for the Khmer ethnic people, meeting their needs for receiving authentic information from Vietnam Goverment, Party and the State, as well as their demand for enjoying cultural and social programs.