Vietnam Television has opened a news bureau in Singapore, bringing its worldwide total to eight, and has also signed a co-operation agreement with Singapore media company MediaCorp.

Both sides will promote the exchange of news and television programmes and provide technical support to each other's correspondents.

They will also co-produce television shows and documentaries, as well as share expertise and management experiences through working visits.

Tran Binh Minh, president of Vietnam Television, said: "The co-operation agreement between VTV and MediaCorp will bring about more information, more fresh updates, and information for our audience.

"We hope that after signing this agreement, we will actively exchange views and experience."

Debra Soon, managing director of Channel NewsAsia at MediaCorp, added: "As Vietnam TV opens its bureau in Singapore, we would like to congratulate them as this also coincides with our relaunch next week.

"It is interesting and very heartening to note that more Asian broadcasters are getting together, to tell original stories of Asia, which is what we feel is necessary.

"The Vietnam TV co-operation will allow us to have another reference point for viewers in Asia, and allow us to report events as it happens in Asia, from Asia, from people who understand Asia best even better."