Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Guyana government monopoly on radio to end next year

That headline was for a story carried by CMC in 2004. It has actually been 5 years since that bold statement was made by the President. See story below.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC - The Guyana government's monopoly of radio broadcasting is to end next year, President Bharrat Jagdeo has said.

Jagdeo told CMC in an interview on Friday that the long-awaited broadcast legislation would go before parliament by the middle of 2005 and, following its passage, "private individuals will be allowed to operate in the sector."

However, he warned that there would be some degree of control to prevent a proliferation of radio stations by unlicensed owners, as has occurred with television.

"We don't want what happened in the television industry to happen on radio, people squatting on the airwaves," Jagdeo said.

There are about 15 television stations operating in the city alone and government has taken steps to regulate the TV sector.

A committee comprising senior officials from both the ruling People's Progressive Party (PPP) and the opposition People's National Congress /Reform (PNC/R) has prepared a detailed document to guide the drafting of a new broadcasting system here.

It visualises a three-tiered system comprising state owned public broadcasters, privately owned commercial operations and community broadcasting services.

It proposes that an autonomous and independent National Broadcasting Authority (NBA) manage the new system. However, the drafters of the new legislation have placed much control in the hands of government.

1 comment:

  1. "End Communism"Friday, 16 January, 2009

    This government has no interest in allowing freedom of expression.

    If they could make everyone mimes they definitely would.

    How difficult is it to enact broadcasting standards? make life easy on yourself Sam you are familiar with the CRTC right? use their model or copy the FCC model. You fellas have time to spend money on shit like Carifesta X and fly the President around the world but allowing media to flourish in Guyana and create jobs while also generating external investment is your last priority.

    We have been waiting since 1992 to get open broadcast standards and broadcast laws updated. That was 17 years ago, what bullshit are you feeding us. Freedom house is a friggin oxymoron.