‘Separate bodies needed to regulate radio, TV’

Kathmandu, April 6

Minister for Information and Communications Surendra Kumar Karki has stressed on the need of having separate mechanisms to regulate television and radio stations operating in the country.

In an interaction programme on the ‘Necessity of Digitalised Television’ organised in the capital today, the communications minister said that the ministry alone was not equipped to regulate both forms of media, and stressed that it was necessary to form separate bodies to distribute licences to radio and television stations, and to regulate them.

The minister said that Nepal has not been able to keep up with the pace of technological advancement in the world.

Also speaking at the programme, Joint Secretary at the Ministry Ramchandra Dhakal said that preparations were underway to digitalise all television channels in the country by the end of April 2018.

The ministry has suspended the granting of operation license for cable television stations since the November of 2014 in order to expedite works for the digitalisation of cable television broadcasting in the country.

Chairperson of Cable Television Federation Sudhir Parajuli underlined the need of digitalised television as an alternative to cable television in the digital era that the world now lives in.