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Producer T.Narantungalag introduces ‘Why’ television program

Trans. by B.DULGUUN

Mongol TV has started a new social and cultural television program, “Why”, to compare Mongolia with the USA, and highlight some US development solutions and ideas which can be introduced in Mongolia.
The new TV program hopes to inspire Mongolians to make changes to the society through 52 short episodes. The first episode of “Why” was broadcasted on December 21, and compared children’s playgrounds in Mongolia and the USA. Through this, the program encouraged families to spend weekends together productively for a better relationship. “Why” was co-initiated by producers T.Narantungalag and G.Galbadrakh of Mongol TV.
The following is an interview with general producer of “Why” T.Narantungalag about the contents of the program. T.Narantungalag has been working on the program since last year. She has been active in television marketing for over eight years and has previously worked for NTV and Eagle television.

Why did you start “Why” TV program? What’s the goal of this program?

“Why” is a large project being implemented in Mongolia and across the continent in the USA. The name is simple. Our goal is to find permanent solutions to critical issues in Mongolia. Not only Mongolians living abroad, but anyone who visits another country would wonder why Mongolia can’t also have the same type of development solutions, transportation system, standards for social welfare services and other things. People who watch our show will be able to find answers and ideas for solutions through this program.
Mongolia has a nomadic lifestyle, but has been shifting towards a sedimentary culture in the last 100 years. Countries in the American and European continents have developed a sedimentary culture for centuries, developing into the current state after overcoming countless difficulties. “Why” aspires to recreate Mongolia’s development by introducing American systems without going through these difficulties and losing time. Our objective isn’t to praise the USA but to develop our nation with whatever resource we have.

Mongolia and the USA are incomparable countries. Why were these two countries selected for “Why”?

Many people have asked us why we chose the USA and if we’re trying to promote and praise this nation. Truthfully, the USA is setting current development trends of the world. There was a time when Mongolia used to determine the global development trends, but now, the USA is doing this. It will be interesting to explore the differences between these two countries.
The USA is made up of many nationalities. I personally believe that the USA has a great experience of having more than 300 million people from across the globe abide by one law. Rather than comparing ourselves, it’s better to learn and introduce possible solutions to our society. Moreover, we had better resources for preparing this program in the USA than other countries.

Fifty-two episodes will be made. How did you come up with the topics for each episode?

We searched for ideas that can be implemented in Mongolia and planned the first 52 topics. The program will not end with these topics. We plan to ask the public for ideas for future episodes. It’s also possible to continue this program in other developed countries.
We’re aspiring to show the public and the private sector what they can do and how they can improve society through “Why”. Mongolians talk about their rights more than anything, but never really talk about or understand exactly what their role is in the freethinking society. I think that this program should be stored in the archive of Mongolian development because not many people would venture to find out about development methods of foreign countries systematically this way.
The topics raise issues of all sectors in society, including health, social welfare, education, transportation, mining, agriculture, animal husbandry, and farming. Although we’ve chosen 52 topics, there are wide ranges of topics.

A part of the program is filmed in the USA. How did you manage finances required for shooting in the USA?

I started planning this program a year ago. Obviously, expenses for filming overseas came out quite high several times, but the Turkish Airlines supported our project by completely resolving airplane ticket issues. We’re now able to show global development to the Mongolian public thanks to this cooperation. Also, Mongolians residing in the USA have assisted us greatly with our filming there. “Why” received sponsorship from news.mn website as well.

Can you tell us about what kind of welfare services the USA has and if it’s possible to introduce any of them in Mongolia?

Of course there are welfare services we can adopt. Let’s start from the basics. Everyone must have heard of child safety seats, but this issue needs attention in Mongolia. Although Mongolians know it, they don’t abide by relevant rules. People don’t comply with these rules for various reasons. Firstly, they don’t have financial capacity to buy and use a child safety seat as it is expensive. However, a standard needs to be set for child safety seats as the number of children involved in accidents is increasing every year.
US hospitals explain the importance of child safety seats and they said they check if parents who’ve just greeted their newborn baby have prepared one before they exit the hospital. They aren’t allowed to leave the hospital if they haven’t prepared a child safety seat. The government provides child safety seats to families who can’t afford one. There are so many welfare services like this. According to US practices, it takes a considerable time until a new social system takes effect completely because it needs to overcome many challenges.

Why do you think standards aren’t complied with in Mongolia?

While we researched social issues, we found that Mongolia actually has relevant standards and legislations for those issues and even that the public is aware of them. However, Mongolians don’t abide by them in their daily lives. The Mongolian government’s control and regulation mechanism seems weak for these issues.

Without waiting for government control and regulation, what can the public do on their own?

I consider that media outlets play a major role in educating the public. Especially television contributes a lot in this. Our viewers will be able to learn new things and change the way they think. This is also one of the things we intended to do through our new program. There are many things people can do on their own initiative. Every person needs to realize their obligation and contribute in improving urban culture.
On the other hand, tourism is developing from year to year. Tourists travel great distances from one province to another in Mongolia. Yet, there are hardly any rest stops where people can take a break from their long journey. The private sector should take an initiative and build more rest areas. This will open new jobs too. I think that this work is quite possible if the government regulates or at least sorts out land issues, and if the private sector manages other matters. Viewers will be able to get new ideas from every episode of “Why”.

You said before that the program intends to find solutions and introduce “model projects” to the public. Who will develop these model projects?

As a result of “Why”, many model projects will be developed. We plan to enforce this idea starting from 2016. For example, the first episode of “Why” showed that it’s possible to start using child safety seats and build children’s playgrounds and libraries. Mongolian parents are hardly reading books to children and this has influenced the number of children interested in books, causing it to decrease. Picture books are highly demanded internationally. Some children even complete a campaign to read 1,000 books before entering school. Not even middle-schoolers are able to do this in Mongolia. There are many things parents, children and ordinary people can do on their own.

Can individuals and businesses volunteer to participate in “Why”?

“Why” TV program is special because it is independent from any political views. It’s an initiative from ordinary people. The program’s motto is “Each person should do what is in their power”, so anyone interested in joining our program and contributing to Mongolia’s development is welcome.
We are facing financial challenges, but “Why” wasn’t created for profit. Instead, it strives to give new understandings to people and take our nation’s development to a new stage. First of all, we wanted to start broadcasting our program, and then, ask for assistance and support from the public and private sector.

How long will “Why” continue for?

We planned one episode for each week of the year and determined to broadcast 52 episodes. However, we want to continue this project in the future and show development know-hows of other countries. “Why” will be broadcasted every Monday on Mongol TV.

Source: news.mn, ikon.mn

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