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Broadcasting laws to be reviewed

Published:Tuesday | April 15, 2008 | 6:54 PM

Information Minister Olivia Grange said the sanctions governing media entities which breach the Broadcasting and Radio Re-Diffusion Act or the Television and Sound Regulations are to be reviewed.

The Information Minister says the review will be aimed at introducing a wider range of sanctions.

The review follows an earlier recommendation by the Commission that the the broadcasting licence of News Talk 93 FM radio be suspended following two successive breaches of the Broadcasting and Radio Re-Diffusion Act.

The commission pointed to comments made by talk show host Dr Kingsley \'Ragashanti\' Stewart while conducting his radio programme.

The Minister said she decided not to suspend the licence based on commitments given by the station to carry out specified remedial actions.

Ms. Grange said she is committed to maintaining and upholding high standards, creativity and diversity in broadcasting.

Meanwhile, the Broadcasting Commission said it will advance through the usual process of consultation, existing proposals for reform and expansion of the available range of regulatory sanctions.

With regards to the Newstalk 93 FM issue the commission said it has highlighted the urgent need for improved self-regulation within the media.