Former broadcaster Viera criticizes mechanism used by Gov’t to determine broadcast licence fee – 28th Jun 2013
The method being used by the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority for broadcasters to pay three percent of their gross revenue is coming in for strong criticism from one of the pioneers in television in Guyana, Anthony Vieira.
Vieira was speaking at a symposium recently. He said it is a case of putting the cart before the horse.
Vieira also took issue with the guidelines under which the broadcasters have to operate. He feels that the move, which was approved by Cabinet, has several shortcomings.
Some radio, cable and TV licences, are ready to be given out by the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA), once the approved licensee pay the licence fee and the spectrum fee. There are eight TV licences, eight radio licences and six cable TV licences available so far.
Former President Bharrat Jagdeo handed out the radio licences in November 2011, the very month he left office.
That decision is now subject to challenges in the court.