Saudi TV drops further privatisation hints

Move would 'increase quality': ministry official.
Dr Riyadh Najm, MOCI, Saleh al mughaileth, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabian MOCI, Saudi TV, News, Broadcast Business

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The quality of Saudi TV would improve after commercialisation, according to an official from the Kingdom’s Ministry of Culture and Information (MOCI).

The MOCI is also keen to privatise its nine channels in order to circumvent restrictive regulatory conditions.

“I think that turning Saudi TV and radio station into private institutions would free this sector from lots of restrictions,” said Eng. Saleh Al Mughaileth, assistant deputy minister of information for television affairs.

Al Mughaileth also added that Saudi TV currently faces a number of bureaucratic, fiscal and administrative challenges because it complies with government rules on advertising.

Similar comments were made last year by Dr Riyadh Najm, assistant deputy minister engineering, MOCI.

“Nothing is finalised yet. We are still holding talks with key government entities about possibly commercialising Saudi TV,” said Dr. Najm, speaking to DPME.com.

“We want to run the organisation more efficiently and profitably. Of course, it will continue to be a part of the government and abide by local customs. However, there will be greater efforts to make it profitable. Right now, all the investments for Saudi TV comes from the Ministry of Finance and any revenue generated also goes to the Ministry. There is no co-relation. We must be able to generate revenue and operate profitably.”

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