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The next big thing (is a long time coming)

At a time, when new newspapers are rolling off the presses one after another, applicants for private television stations are wondering why it’s taking so long to get their licenses. 

The five applicants have been waiting to hear from the Bhutan InfoComm and Media Authority (BICMA) for about a year now. They had applied to […]

Published on Aug 06 2011 // Media Monitor

Don’t take the media for granted

The 14th monthly meeting of the cabinet with the press last week was full of sound and fury. An emotionally charged prime minister led cabinet made their case to the press and it did signify many things. Commenting on the controversial Bhutan lottery issue, the prime minister, in a fit of anger (which he usually […]

Published on Jul 14 2011 // Media Monitor

PM asks media to question SC verdict

The first constitutional case, which dragged on for months, served as a litmus to all the democratic institutions. It was no exception for the Bhutanese media, or so Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley said. During the press conference yesterday, where he declared the government will stay on, Lyonchhoen said the media should go beyond the […]

Published on Mar 16 2011 // Media Monitor

Bhutan continues to improve in press freedom

Thimphu: Booking the 64th position, Bhutan has moved six steps up from the previous year in the press freedom index 2010. Bhutan was ranked 64th out of 176 countries. Finland took the top position which was held by Denmark the previous year. Turkmenistan took the last position. Among the Saarc countries, Maldives was ranked at […]

Published on Feb 21 2011 // Media Monitor

First business newspaper celebrates anniversary

October 24, 2010: Country’s first business newspaper Business Bhutan has marked its first anniversary this week. The weekly paper had entered market last year amidst speculation of survival when existing papers were suffering out of advertisement shortage and government subsidy. Editor of the paper Tashi Dorji, in his special editorial on anniversary issue, mentioned that […]

Published on Oct 23 2010 // Media Monitor

Private newspapers object circulation audit

September 19, 2010: The private newspapers have objected the government decision to conduct a circulation audit as per the draft of advertisement policy prepared by the government. They say it is not a consensual decision. The government has dispatched letters to all private newspapers stating the intention to conduct such audit. The letter mentioned that […]

Published on Sep 19 2010 // Media Monitor

Testing video conference

September 19, 2010: Bhutan government has tested the first inter-ministerial video conferencing on Thursday in an attempt to build more technology friendly environment in government offices. The reason for his absence was his busy schedule to explain the journalists about the event and results. This was the trial for running the process smoothly from this […]

Published on Sep 19 2010 // Media Monitor

Kuensel website suspended

September 03: The Kuensel website has been suspended since last week. While the initial-days message read, the account has been suspended, now it is displayed that the site is undergoing regular system maintenance. The management has not furnished justifiable reasons for the suspension of the site for this long. Since the site went off without […]

Published on Sep 03 2010 // Media Monitor

First private Dzongkha weekly launched

A brand new newspaper with a reader-friendly language 30 August, 2010 – At a time when the quality of Dzongkha is being questioned and discussed in every possible medium comes an opportune attempt to apprise Bhutanese of their national language. Beginners can take a plunge into the language, starting with the alphabets illustrated in elementary […]

Published on Aug 31 2010 // Media Monitor

Yet another FM station comes into operation

In an attempt to allow media flourish in the country, a private FM radio was officially launched on Aug 6.

The Economic Affairs Minister, Khandu Wangchuk, inaugurated Radio High 92.7 MHz

Published on Aug 07 2010 // Media Monitor