Cable operator complains against BICMA

Published on Feb 13 2009 // Media Monitor

Thimphu, February 13, 2009: The media tribunal, formed by the Bhutan InfoCom and Media Authority (BCIMA) to look into complaints related to media, has received one case within a week of its formation. 

The case is filed by Paro-based cable operator Sigma Cable against the BICMA for imposing fine of Nu 9,000 by the authority for allegedly providing eight extra channels to viewers. 

Along with Sigma Cable, the authority had fined Nu 3,000B to TD Meto, also based in Paro. Meto paid the fine while Sigma refused.

BICMA had at that time permitted only 30 channels for transmission to the cable operators. From the recent review by the authority, the cable operators are now allowed to transmit 45 channels.