Court quashes ‘premature’ $2.5M licensing fee on existing broadcasters

Acting Chief Justice Ian Chang on Friday quashed a decision to impose a $2.5 million licensing fee on existing television broadcasters, who were served letters to pay the fee last year by the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA).

The decision was delivered based on a challenge by broadcasters to have the GNBA show cause why a decision to impose a $2.5 million TV licence fee should not be quashed.

Stabroek News was told that Justice Chang, in handing down his ruling, said that the letters were “prematurely” issued to the existing broadcasters and that the court had considered that the Broadcasting Regulations 2013 were instituted after the applicants had started legal proceedings in the court.

Therefore, he said the authority could not have been acting on the basis of the regulations, since the Broadcasting Act makes no provision to give the minister power to make regulations which involved retrospective financial compulsions.

This newspaper was told that Justice Chang said the regulation could only come into effect from the financial year of 2014 and thus the regulation which seeks to be effective from the establishment of the Act in 2012 was quashed.

He stated that the grant fees applied to new not existing broadcasters.



More in Local News


About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning:

Most Read This Week

  1. Convicted drug trafficker Barry Dataram about to be handed over to local enforcement officials by the Suriname police. Inset is the information page in the fake passport for “David Persaud” that was being used by the fugitive. (Royston Drakes photos)

    Dataram, wife returned to Guyana

  2. Back in court: In this Keno George composite photo, Barry Dataram (left) and his wife Anjanie Boodnarine at court yesterday to answer three charges including fleeing the jurisdiction.

    Dataram to serve eight years in jail after guilty plea to new charges

  3. Yansen Brusche

    Ulverston mom of four stabbed to death by children’s father

  4. US Ambassador Perry Holloway and Finance Minister Winston Jordan shake hands after the signing of the agreement yesterday.

    Guyana inks pact for reporting to IRS on holdings of US citizens

  5. Updated: Man dies after bandits attack overseas-based Guyanese at Herstelling

  6. Barry Dataram

    Datarams getaway passports had been issued to other people

  7. Ameer Subrati

    Man dies after bandits target overseas-based couple at Herstelling

  8. Dr. Prudence Lewis-Bhola

    Prudence Lewis-Bhola appointed as CEO of broadcasting authority

  9. Cops grilling taxi driver after passenger robbed of $6M on seawall

Recommended For You