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Government holds to its position on the granting of a license to a China owned and operated television station – 14th Feb 2013

shot0002The China Central TV (CCTV) agreement between the Government of Guyana and China, is getting more interesting as new details are emerging over how the Government brokered the deal.

While the Government is coming in for some criticism over the way in which the frequency was obtained, Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon, when questioned if the current administration followed the necessary procedures, responded by claiming that the Government cannot apply to itself for a frequency. Luncheon was speaking at his post cabinet press briefing today.

The Government Spokesman is now trying to justify the detail about the licensing arrangement for China’s state own CCTV being granted access to local electro-magnetic spectrum ahead of Guyanese and Caricom Nationals. Region 10 also has agreement with the Guyana Government, but Channel 13, which once belonged to the Region, is still to be returned to it.

According to Dr. Luncheon, the date on which the agreement on the project and its design that was reached with the foreign Government is still being ascertained.

The CCTV operation was given the green light but the community of linden was told to reapply for a channel that was given to them by Green Construction. It is still unclear how many more frequencies are available.

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