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Local broadcasters were urged to self-regulate or have the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) regulate them, with the warning that this would come with consequences.

This caveat was issued by Chairman of the GNBA Leslie Sobers, while he lectured members of the local broadcasting fraternity on their social responsibility of the content they broadcast, as he called on them to ensure the content they deliver is wholesome for their viewers. At a meeting with television broadcasters to discuss the roadmap for the transition from analog to digital terrestrial broadcasting in Guyana, the GNBA Chairman spoke to radio and television broadcasters on the seriousness of publicizing insensitive content to the public.

According to Sobers, broadcasters should be careful and be more responsible with the type of content that is broadcast to their listeners and viewers. He noted that since he has been chairman of the GNBA he had to reprimand several radio announcers and television stations on speaking and broadcasting lewd content, mispronunciation of words and airing inaccurate and insensitive information.According to Sobers, as long as content is being disseminated viewers or audiences, GNBA has a right to monitor broadcasters. “We have a responsibility to our people. At the GNBA we monitor to ensure that there is no harm coming the way of our citizens,” the chairman said.

During his presentation, the GNBA chairman said that broadcasters should also avoid disseminating material which might lead to crime, violence or civil disorder, in the society and rebuke viewers or audiences who call in to incite violence or fear. He said that though broadcasters have freedom to air content, that freedom requires an equal demonstration of responsibility. “As we enjoy freedom of expression we must exercise responsibility in the way we exercise freedom,” he noted.

Sobers said broadcasters should self-regulate and monitor the content they air. “Monitor yourselves by ensuring that you have a proper policy of what to broadcast… broadcasters must be able to sit and decide in their own minds whether this is appropriate or not, am I being responsible when I show this…?” Sobers related. He added that as there is self-regulation, broadcasters should be able to recognize what is needed to help development, and what should be brought and diffused to children and to the citizens.

The chairman said that if broadcasters do not self-regulate or monitor themselves, the GNBA will have to do it and it will come with consequences. He urged broadcasters to acquire a framework of self-regulation and to follow the Broadcasting Act.


Article by Stabroek News



The Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA), in her quest to meet with Broadcast Operators throughout Guyana, conducted a successful session with the management of HBTV Channel 09, on Thursday last, at the Station’s location in Mandela Avenue, Georgetown. This session was led by dedicated officials of the GNBA, with the prime objective to listen and understand the challenges of this particular broadcaster, with the intention to address expressed challenges at the Board level.

Dr. Prudence Lewis- Bhola in her introductory presentation to the management of HBTV CH 09, explained the current state of the GNBA’s Board, and expressed optimism that the subject Minister will soon reconstitute and reconvene the new Board. In addition, she further noted that draft regulations for the broadcast sector have been developed, and will see the reduction of broadcast licence fees, as announced by the previous Board at its last interactive session held with broadcasters.

Relative to the challenges of this Station, the management of HBTV Channel 09 expressed that the station wishes to extend its services to include radio.  This they noted, will make the station competitive and will allow HBTV CH 09 to contend with other stations that are offering both radio and television services. An application, they explained, has been made to the GNBA for a radio licence.



Dr. Lewis- Bhola noted that she remains optimistic that the Board will address this matter when it reconvenes. In addition, the management of the station raised the matter of the payment of both Spectrum and Broadcast Licence fees and the struggle to do so; the broadcaster asked for this to be improved and requested some consideration in this regard.

GNBA’s management team noted the concerns expressed. Additionally, Dr. Lewis- Bhola explained that a Memorandum of Understanding was developed to govern GNBA’s affiliation with the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU), especially with regard to the communication of information to Broadcasters. The CEO explained the process of attaining a licence and the purpose of the NFMU, relative to the licensing process.

The management of HBTV CH 09 expressed delight to have had the opportunity this outreach created, where their concerns were addressed in the presence of GNBA’s vibrant, youthful and knowledgeable officials. GNBA’s CEO took that opportunity to commend HBTV CH 09 for the content broadcast on their television station, and expressed confidence that the station will continue to do well, especially given the new guidelines that will soon take effect. Moreover, the station was educated on areas for improvement, relative to good taste and decency of content broadcast.

The GNBA intends to continue such outreach sessions throughout 2017. This initiative is the brainchild of Dr. Prudence Lewis- Bhola, who feels it is imperative to first understand the challenges of broadcasters, in a concerted effort to address their expressed challenges, especially those intimately affecting the respective stations, all in an effort the develop the broadcast landscape in Guyana.



Continuous efforts are being made by the management of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA), to engage Broadcast Operators. Management officials of the GNBA met with Mr. Jacob Rambarran, owner of RBS Channel 13, on Wednesday last (Feb 15, 2017), at his broadcast station located in Republic Park, Georgetown.
This session was led by GNBA’s Chief Executive Officer; Dr. Prudence Lewis- Bhola, who outlined the purpose for GNBA’s visit and noted the state of the broadcast industry, with great confidence that the Board will be poised to regularize the sector when it reconvenes. To this end, the CEO gave Mr. Rambarran an opportunity to speak to matters relative to his station and challenges he may be facing as a broadcaster.
The major challenge expressed by Mr. Rambarran was the matter of the exorbitant broadcast licence fees. Mr. Rambarran lamented that at the Board’s last meeting with broadcasters, they promised a reduction in fees, but the GNBA continues to request 2.5 Million Dollars.

Dr. Lewis- Bhola took that opp????????????????????????????????????ortunity to bring clarity to the matter. She explained that the current Broadcasting Act of 2011 stands. Therefore, she posited, until the new regulations come to the rescue, and those regulations are gazetted, the current law applies. She further noted that other broadcasters are honoring their obligations under the existing Act; she also stated that the GNBA is obligated under the Broadcasting Act to call for fees in accordance with the amount stipulated ($2.5 M or 3.5 % of the previous year’s revenue, whichever is greater).

The CEO explained to Mr. Rambarran that a new Board will soon manage the affairs of the Broadcasting Authority; therefore these outreaches form part of a strategic plan to update the files of broadcasters, to duly sensitize the Board of the concerns of broadcasters and the state of the industry. Consequently, it was strongly advocated that RBS CH 13 brings itself in compliance with the Broadcasting Act of 2011, since the Board will be presented with the necessary intelligence, when making critical decisions that will impact both individual broadcasters and the broadcast sector as a whole.
The CEO remains passionate about these outreach sessions and intends to continue to reach out to broadcasters, since it is critical to understand the needs of the industry first, before decisions are made to bring transformation and development.



The dedicated officials of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority participated in a consultative forum held last Wednesday(January 18) at the Ministry of Public Telecommunications, with stakeholders within the telecommunications and broadcasting industries. Discussions were focused on ways the industry can be improved, in light of a liberalized sector, with a new Telecommunications Agency to be developed within the first quarter of this year ( 2017).

Broadcasters present took that opportunity to ask important questions relative to the transition from Analog to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT). More specifically, with reference to the proposed deadline, year 2020 for the complete switch-off of Analogue Television Systems, questions were brought to the fore on this eventuality.

From all indications, it was noted from the Ministry’s advisors and consultant, with the agreement of stakeholders, that the proposed timeframe for the official transfer to Digital seems unrealistic given the unpreparedness of the industry. It was importantly noted that education is critical at this juncture, with regard to the implications of this transition, and what it means for broadcasters.

During this process of transition, suggestions were made that the GNBA and the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) should communicate on matters relating to broadcasters, in a collaborative effort to effectively address their concerns.

Dr. Prudence Lewis- Bhola (CEO) explained that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was developed by the GNBA to facilitate effective communication between the two entities. In addition, she asked probing questions and made important observations relative to the roadmap designed for the country’s transition to Digital. Her major concern was the matter of Broadcasters not being equipped with the necessary infrastructure to facilitate this transition. She noted, at this point, it is prudent for stakeholders to be sensitized of the requirements.



The Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority led a delegation on their second trip to the ancient county of Berbice. The GNBA officials met with the proprietor of Countryside Broadcasting Inc. Channel 19, Mr. David Subnauth, in Springlands Berbice last Friday.This Broadcaster was given an opportunity to explain his challenges with regard to the state and development of his television station and suggested ways the GNBA can assist. One of the major challenges he expressed was the matter of exorbitant fees, the Broadcaster suggested that the GNBA can assist by reducing fees, as well, provide training opportunities for new broadcasters.

GNBA’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Prudence Lewis- Bhola brought clarity on aspects of the Broadcasting Act of 2011, with specific reference to the obligation of Broadcasters under the Act. However, the Broadcaster was assured that GNBA’s Board is working on Regulations that may bring relief to all Broadcasters in the near future.

Second from left: Dr. Prudence Lewis-Bhola -GNBA’s CEO. First from right: Mr. Nizam Samad -GNBA’s Accountant . Second from right: Mr. David Subnauth- Proprietor of Countryside Broadcasting. First from left: Ms. Rebecca Connelly- Confidential Secretary to the CEO- GNBA.

More specifically, reference was made to the proposed zoning system our current Board developed, with the goal of ensuring a level playing field among future and existing Broadcasters. GNBA’s Accountant was present on this outreach, and took that opportunity to highlight important financial information; relevant to the responsibilities of the Broadcaster and ways the GNBA can lend support.

The matter of broadcast content was raised by our CEO, it was explained, with reference to Section 19 of the Broadcasting Act of 2011, the standards and requirements that all broadcasters are expected to adhere to when disseminating content to the general public. The Broadcaster was duly sensitized of these standards and was encouraged to develop more local and/or indigenous content for broadcast.

This outreach initiative is expected to continue in the upcoming year. It is the vision and passion of the CEO to deliver services in a manner that is all inclusive, with an approach that first requires listening. Moreover, one that is driven with the objective to add great value to the broadcast sector; in so doing, understanding the sector and its challenges. This GNBA believes is paramount in its overall efforts to develop this vital industry.

Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Prudence Lewis- Bhola ( fourth from right), Administrative Manager, Mrs. Violet Boyal (fifth from right), Public Relations Officer Ag. ( first from right) & Management of DTV Channel 08


Officials of the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority successfully hosted an outreach session with the management of Dave’s Television Channel 08, in New Amsterdam Berbice, on Monday last. This session was spearheaded by GNBA’s recently appointed Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Prudence Lewis- Bhola. During her introductory presentation, she strategically outlined the purpose for the Authority’s visit, the value GNBA places on its clients and its desire to meet with Broadcasters in an effort to understand their challenges.

Interactive session with Operator

Among many discussions, the CEO was especially clear on the point of the Broadcasting Act of 2011 being that supreme legislation that governs the Broadcasting Sector. She explained that the GNBA operates within the law; and the regulations are derived from the Act. The broadcaster was advised to be familiarized with the Broadcasting Act of 2011. In addition, it was noted that the  Regulations are being developed and it is currently at the level of Cabinet, as declared in the media. It was also stated that upon completion of those regulations, it will be gazetted before it becomes effective, so there is some progress in that regard.

The concerns expressed by DTV Channel 08 were carefully recorded and documented for presentation to the Board. The officials acknowledged the concerns expressed. However, the CEO stressed that under the Act, GNBA is expected to call for its fees, if GNBA fails to do so, it would not be delivering in accordance with its mandate.

The Operator was however comforted by the fact that with the impending Regulations, broadcasters will see a relief with specific regard to the payment of fees, given the proposed zoning and fee structures articulated by the Board at its last interactive session.

The CEO further explained that customer’s hardship becomes the Authority’s concerns; she implored the Operator to inform the GNBA of any such challenges, preferably in writing, so that such concerns can be communicated to the Board.The CEO was clear about her management approach; she explained that in any sector, there are stakeholders who should be invited to take part in the process of developing that sector.

This outreach forms part of a broader initiative the CEO proposes for the year 2017. She is especially keen on the approach where inclusivity and/or consultation will be foremost in GNBA’s efforts to regulate, supervise and develop the National Broadcasting System.



Blood Donors- GNBA & NFMU staff Members, including Nurses from the National Blood Transfusion Service


The Guyana National Broadcasting Authority, in recognition of the recently concluded Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Month, successfully hosted its first Blood Drive yesterday. This was part of a list of activities planned by its Occupational Health and Safety Committee.

This Blood Drive saw participation from the National Frequency Management Unit; GNBA’s sister agency. Participants included: Managing Director of the NFMU, Mr. Valmikki Singh, including a number of other good Samaritans from the Unit who participated and donated with a smile on their faces.

As the demand for blood continues to exceed supply capacity at the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS), the GNBA and the NFMU took the challenge of assisting the NBTS in acquiring much-needed blood.

This initiative was well received. Donors were given a Voluntary Blood Donor’s Book and were encouraged to continue to give blood in the future since such a humanitarian gesture saves lives.

The Guyana National Broadcasting Authority continues to embrace the efficacy and importance of health and safety, morale and overall personal development of its staff members.

Administrative Manager and acting CEO of the Broadcasting Authority, Mrs. Violet Boyal, expressed her satisfaction. She views this as a stepping stone for many similar activities to be executed by the Authority in the near future.