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Private papers feel the heat

Bhutan Today, a daily, has gone biweekly recently. Bhutan Times, the first private newspaper in the country, is laying off seven employees shortly after which it will have only 24 staff. At the height of its success three years ago, it had 97 staff. The private newspapers in Bhutan are going through what the managers […]

Published on Oct 25 2011 // Media Monitor

Popular online forum bids farewell

Technical glitches is the reason given for calling it a day Bhutan Times website One of the country’s most popular and, at times, controversial online forum, the Bhutan Times (no relation to Bhutan Times weekly newspaper) is closing shop, according to a message on its website. Instead of the usual listing of discussions and aggregated […]

Published on Oct 21 2011 // Media Monitor

Open field irks early applicants

The authority’s decision to entertain all comers upsets some who’ve been waiting long in line Private TV Broadcasters 17 September, 2011 – The Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority’s decision to allow an open licensing system for private television broadcasting services has left some earlier applicants unhappy. One of the first applicants, the managing director of […]

Published on Sep 17 2011 // Media Monitor

Another paper violates media Act

Kuensel is asked again to stop printing the unlicensed paper Druk Gyelyong Sarsho 16 September, 2011 – Kuensel corporation limited received another letter yesterday from the Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority just as it was writing its response to the earlier letter the authority had sent. This time, the letter, which was a copy of […]

Published on Sep 16 2011 // Media Monitor

Pulled up for publishing unlicenced paper

The authority has notified the corporation of its violation of the BICM Act Kuensel Corporation Ltd. 15 September, 2011 – The Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority has written a letter to Kuensel Corporation Limited yesterday for printing an unlicenced Dzongkha newspaper, Gyalchi Sarshog. It states, “BICMA would like to bring to your notice that you […]

Published on Sep 15 2011 // Media Monitor

No restrictions on number of applicants

… so long as they can part with Nu 30M for initial investment 15 September, 2011 – Starting today, the Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) will accept applications for private television stations. With the expression of interest, a policy for licencing TV stations ready, BICMA has now “leveled the playing field” for any Bhutanese […]

Published on Sep 15 2011 // Media Monitor

Kuensel (newspaper) turns silver

As Kuensel celebrates its silver jubilee as a newspaper, it is also a perfect opportunity to reflect on the journey so far. From a 12-page weekly that was put together by one of the smallest newsrooms in the world, the paper has gone through a process of evolution in content, number of pages and the […]

Published on Sep 10 2011 // Media Monitor

BBS to launch another radio station by the end of this year

By Saraswati Service (BBS) has a plan up its sleeves to launch another radio station by the fall of this year. The new station will broadcast only in Dzongkha language and will be more like an entertainment broadcaster. “This is to promote Dzongkha language,” said the new Managing Director of BBS, Thinley Dorji. He said […]

Published on Aug 27 2011 // Media Monitor

Only one out of three being entertained

Newspaper License Applicants 13 August, 2011 – Only one among the three applicants for a newspaper license with the Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority is processing his documents to open a Dzongkha newspaper. The remaining two did not meet financial or editorial requirements and, to date, have not “appealed” to the authority to follow up […]

Published on Aug 13 2011 // Media Monitor

BMS elects new executives

Following an election of new executives, three separate media entities have come up to work under same platform of Bhutan Media Society (BMS) and effective information dissemination and advocacy. Independent journalists, and those associated with the Association of Press Freedom Activists (APFA) Bhutan and Third World Media Network – Bhutan Chapter have re-expressed commitment for […]

Published on Aug 06 2011 // Media Monitor