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Privatisation would improve Saudi TV - top official

Ministry of Information official says Saudi TV faces bureaucratic, fiscal challenges.

Privatisation would improve Saudi TV - top official
QUALITY CALL: Saudi TV would improve if it was privatised, a top government official has said.

A top Saudi official has said the quality of TV and radio stations in the kingdom would be improved by privatising them.

Saleh Al-Mughaileth, assistant deputy minister of Information for Television Affairs said Saudi TV was currently facing a number of bureaucratic, fiscal and administrative challenges because it complies with government rules on advertising.

“I think that turning Saudi TV and radio stations into private institutions would free this sector from lots of restrictions,” said Al-Mughaileth in comments published by the Saudi Gazette on Sunday.

Al-Mughaileth made the comments during a research and studies symposium organised by Okaz Organization for Press and Publication on Saturday.

During the seminar, Dr Riyadh Najm, assistant deputy minister of Information for Engineering Affairs, said that his ministry was to produce comprehensive research on the type of viewers watching Saudi television over the next three months.

From this research, programming for the television stations will be determined, he added.

Al-Mughaileth said that at the moment Saudi TV cannot have the same content as private sector media companies because it is a public sector broadcaster.

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