Saudi Arabia calls for more satellite channels

Saudi Arabia’s Audio-Visual Media Commission (AVMC) plans to open up to more satellite channels and have urged the Saudi-financed channels which operate outside the Kingdom to “invest in the homeland” assuring investors to rely on Saudi Arabian government to provide the core infrastructure.

Riyad Najm, chairman of AVMC, said that over 40% of Saudi-owned channels are keen to operate in Saudi Arabia and assured that the commission will “employ all of its capabilities to support and facilitate the tasks of these channels.”

AVMC reported that the Kingdom was also revisiting how it regulated and licensed broadcasters and on-line news websites. Najm also revealed the possibility of public Saudi Radio & Television, and the Ministry of Culture & Information, being rolled into a new media-based entity.