Jun 12, 2013 News Comments Off on Letters of approval for broadcasting licences this week
The Guyana National Broadcasting Authority will, this week, be issuing a number of ‘Letters of Approval,’ to Broadcasters who had to re-apply for licences to continue operations.
The 36 broadcasters that operate across the country were all made to reapply for their licences in keeping the provisions of the Broadcast Act of 2011.
Kaieteur News was yesterday informed that the letters will be issued to the applicants who would have been successful in meeting the requirements.
This publication was told that upon payment of the required fees, the applicants will be issued with their formal licences.
During the parliamentary budget debates earlier this year, Chairperson of the Broadcasting Authority, Bibi Shadick, had used the opportunity to address the controversy at the time surrounding the issuance of a number radio licences.
She had stated that when the Broadcasting Act came into effect on August 28, 2012, broadcasters had 21 days within which to seek permission to continue to broadcast. She said everyone who wrote asking for permission to continue was granted such permission.
Shadick stated that all entities, including those issued licences by former President Bharrat Jagdeo, were asked to reapply for new licences and comply with requirements under the new Act.
She told the National Assembly that there are currently 36 continuing broadcasters, 14 of whom have complied with all the requirements under the new Act and are on their way to being granted licences.
The Broadcasting Authority is expected to make a formal announcement in relation to the letters issued to broadcasters on Friday.
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