The local Bali Commission for Broadcasting (KPI-Bali) has formally expressed its disappointment at how a number of national television stations continued to broadcast to Bali during the official Nyepi celebrations on Thursday, March 30, 2006.
Prior to the most recent celebration of Bali's "official day of silence," the KPI-Bali had forwarded requests to the KPI headquarters in Jakarta and the Minister of Communications asking that TV stations refrain from broadcasting for the 24-hour period starting from 06:00 a.m. on March 30th. The head of the KPID-Bali, Drs. Dewa Gede Windhu Sancaya, said the failure of certain stations to heed the request to pause their Bali broadcast for 24 hours may be considered in future permits to broadcast in Bali, required by law from 2007.
According to the Indonesian language Bali Post, only three national TV stations honored Bali’s request to stop broadcasting to Bali during Nyepi: TVRI, Metro TV and ANTV.
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