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Terrorism and the Media Resource Hub
AT A GLANCE
Licensing processes need to be fair and transparent, in the sense of the public having a chance to make comments on applicants, and overseen by an independent regulator.
Licensing may be done through a competitive tender or in an ad hoc manner, depending on the degree of competition.
Community broadcasting licences should be issued through special procedures, which impose less onerous requirements on these broadcasters as compared to commercial broadcasters, taking into account the actual situation prevailing in the licensing location.
Consideration should be given to putting in place very low barrier initial short-term licensing procedures leading to short-term licences, so as to help community broadcasters get established. “Light-touch” licence conditions are also appropriate for community broadcasters.
For community broadcasting to flourish, there is a need for fair, transparent and appropriate licensing systems to be in place. It is not enough to expect community broadcasters to compete in open licensing processes with commercial broadcasters because they do not have the resources – whether in terms of expertise or funding – to do so. Instead, special procedures for licensing community broadcasters should be established. These procedures need to ensure, however, that community broadcasters also benefit from the general protections that are afforded to all broadcasters.