Sunday, April 29, 2007

Where Are The New Private FM Stations?

If I'm not mistaken the law governing the licensing of private TV and radio stations came out in August 2004 and the license fee structure was agreed by committee overseeing the process in April 2005. Three FM stations and one satellite station were were approved in October 2005. Not one of them has started broadcasting yet and the reason given is that they are yet to be allocated frequencies by the TRA because "the TRA wants to make sure any frequencies handed out are not already being utilised by a neighbouring country." That was in September, and at the time they said that they should have this sorted out and the stations on the air within 6 months. Well it's 7 months now and still no sign of these stations on the air.

Today's Al Watan has news of two more FM stations licensed:
منحت وزارة الإعلام (لجنة المنشآت الخاصة للإذاعة والتليفزيون) شبكة الترفيه الإعلامي ترخيصا لتشغيل محطتين إذاعيتين بعد أن استكملت الإجراءات القانونية والمالية المطلوبة بموجب قانون (المنشآت الخاصة للإذاعة والتليفزيون) وتبث الإذاعتان عبر موجة FM الأولى بمسمى هلا FM باللغة العربية والثانية هاي FM باللغة الإنجليزية ويشمل بثهما محافظة مسقط.
ومن المتوقع أن يبدأ بث هاتين المحطتين الإذاعيتين خلال الفترة القليلة القادمة حيث تأتي هذه الخطوة في إطار فتح المجال من قبل الحكومة للقطاع الخاص لممارسة هذا النشاط وتدعيمه وتشجيعه بما يتفق وقانون المنشآت الخاصة ولائحته التنفيذية المنظمة في هذا الخصوص

Wow, two more stations with licenses and no frequencies to broadcast on. Excellent!

1 comment:

Kishor Cariappa said...

English newspaper...private TV channels are going to hit the market/stands soon...when, I donno?? I've been hearing these things from the last 2 years!