Arab, foreign TV channels starting to legalize status to continue operating in Egypt: Media council

Ahram Online , Saturday 26 Jan 2019

File Photo: The Egyptian Media Production City (Photo: Ahram)

A number of Arab and foreign TV channels have started to legalize their status to operate in the country now that a grace period for operating irregularly has expired, the Supreme Council for Media Regulation (SCMR) has said.

In a statement released on Saturday, the SCMR said the channels which applied for legal status included Saudi Arabia’s Al-Arabiya, Sky News, and other Saudi channels, and non-Arab foreign TV channels including French state television and Iris Media.

According to the statement, the channels have signed contracts with Egypt’s Media Production City (EMPC) to obtain studios on the media complex's premises.

These channels have also requested licenses to broadcast from outside the media complex, and to acquire live broadcasting equipment rented from the media complex.

The council said that studios are being prepared for the channels, and licensing applications finalized.

A source at the SCMR said the council appreciates the rapid response by the channels, calling on the rest of the channels to finalise regularising their status in accordance with the law inorder to facilitate the work of those channels' reporters in the country.

The council had recently called on all operating channels and news service providers in Egypt to regulate their operations in accordance with the country’s media regulation law, and in cooperation with the State Information Service and the foreign correspondents’ press office.  

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